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Daily News Clips - January 8, 2018

Summary

A D.C. teenager shot more than a year ago died of his injuries Friday, becoming the city’s first homicide victim of 2018. James Colter was shot multiple times and found unconscious behind a Northeast Washington home on Dec. 9, 2016. After suffering from his injuries for more than a year, Colter, who turned 17 since he was shot, died Friday. The next day, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide. • A set of twins was arrested and charged in three different robberies over the past few months, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Detectives said Tyquise Powell, 18, and Tyrese Powell, 18, were arrested on Jan. 5 and charged in robberies in November and December, 2017. In all three cases, the victims were in the process of renovating homes at the locations.

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Crime Updates

Washington Post: 17-year-old is the first D.C. homicide victim of 2018 “A D.C. teenager shot more than a year ago died of his injuries Friday, becoming the city’s first homicide victim of 2018. James Colter was shot multiple times and found unconscious behind a Northeast Washington home on Dec. 9, 2016. After suffering from his injuries for more than a year, Colter, who turned 17 since he was shot, died Friday. The next day, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner ruled his death a homicide.”

NBC Washington: Twins Arrested After Home Renovation Workers Robbed “A set of twins was arrested and charged in three different robberies over the past few months, according to the Metropolitan Police Department. Detectives said Tyquise Powell, 18, and Tyrese Powell, 18, were arrested on Jan. 5 and charged in robberies in November and December, 2017. In all three cases, the victims were in the process of renovating homes at the locations.”

Washington Post: Former D.C. charter school teacher arrested on child sex abuse charges “A 33-year-old former teacher at a D.C. charter school has been arrested and charged with first-degree child sexual abuse after being extradited from Great Britain, D.C. police said Saturday. Police said Robert Leach, who lived in Silver Spring, had fled the country after the abuse allegations were made in 2014. After he was found in England, he was extradited and charged Friday, police said.”

Washington Post: Three friends were killed on a single day in the D.C. area. Police think the cases may be linked. “Three people shot to death on the same day last week in the District and Prince George’s County apparently knew one another, according to D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, and detectives are investigating the possibility the cases might be linked. Authorities said they are trying to determine motives for the shootings, which occurred at three different places and times on Dec. 28. Newsham said detectives believe the victims were friends.”

NBC Washington: Suspect Wanted for Brazen Jewelry Heist in DC “A thief smashed through the front door of a D.C. jewelry store, broke several displays and took off with a load of valuables.”

Washington Post: Four boys, ages 8 to 10 intended a robbery, D.C. police say “The four boys wanted to do it but did not succeed, according to the sketchy preliminary account provided by the D.C. police. But it was not Sunday’s failed robbery plan that drew attention, but the ages of the boys, who according to police seemed to be between 8 and 10 years old. It was just before 3 p.m. in the 800 block of Atlantic Street SE, according to police. They said the boys committed an assault but what they wanted to do was to carry out a robbery.”

Public Safety Updates

Washington Post: Passenger killed when driver passes out at the wheel “D.C. police said a man who lost consciousness while driving crashed, killing a passenger whom he was driving to a doctor’s appointment. Police said Margret Johnson, 69, died Saturday due to injuries she suffered in the Dec. 24 crash. A 75-year-old man, whom police did not name, was taking Johnson from her home in Oxon Hill, Md., to a doctor’s appointment on the morning of Christmas Eve, police spokeswoman Rachel Reid said. The man suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness.”

Fox5DC: Fire sinks at least 2 vessels at DC marina “Two vessels sank Monday morning at a marina in Southwest D.C.after fire broke out onboard. The fire was reported around 6 a.m. at the James Creek Marina near 2nd & V Street. Officials say fuel from the vessels caught fire and foam was being used to extinguish the flames. No injuries were reported and a cause is still being investigated.”

NBC Washington: Missing DC Cousins, 11 and 17, Found Safe “A missing 11-year-old girl and her 17-year-old cousin have been located and are safe in D.C., police said. D.C. police said Timyra Callaway, 11, and her cousin, Miesha Callaway, were last seen on Friday. Police said both girls were found on Sunday and are safe. No other details were released.”

NBC Washington: Fire Equipment Freezes at NW DC Rowhouse Fire “D.C. firefighters had to use road flares to defrost hydrants and ladders while battling a fire in northwest Washington, D.C., early Sunday morning. Crews were called to the 3600 block of Park Place Northwest sometime after 5 a.m. Sunday for a fire at a rowhome. The fire was located on the second floor and rear porch. One resident was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and a second person evaluated at the scene. Officials said four people were displaced by the fire.”

Washington Post: No surprise! Saturday was the District’s coldest day in at least two years. “In all the eventful days of the past two years, Washington has never had one like Saturday, based on the bitter and chilling tale told by the thermometer. The low temperature of 11 degrees at 8:10 a.m. in the morning at Reagan National Airport was lower than any reading there since at least Jan. 1, 2016. The high was 21 degrees. Not in the past two years had Washington coped with a day on which the mercury failed to rise above that.”

Mayor and City Council

Washington Post: Before a graduation scandal made headlines, teachers at D.C.’s Ballou High raised an alarm “Wilson, who started at the school district in February, acknowledged recently at a D.C. Council hearing that a teacher had tried to alert him to what was happening at Ballou. But he and other officials did not look into it until the November airing of a WAMU and NPR news report showing that Ballou students who had been repeatedly absent had graduated, he conceded.”

Washington Post: Mayor Bowser and D.C. Council at odds over public campaign financing “Pitting herself against good-government advocates and members of the D.C. Council, Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said Friday that she will not fund a public finance program for local elections. The council plans to vote Tuesday on a bill to create the program, which would allow qualified candidates for local offices to receive a base sum that varies by contest, with a maximum of $160,000 for mayor. Candidates could also be eligible for a 5-to-1 match on small donations.”

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Posted January 08 2018 at 9:48 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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