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Daily News Clips - March 15, 2018

Summary

D.C. police said a man died after apparently shooting himself Wednesday afternoon near the National Postal Museum, located on Massachusetts Avenue next to Union Station. The shooting occurred about 1:30 p.m. between North Capitol Street and First Street in Northeast Washington. Police said it occurred in or near an alley or side street off the main thoroughfare. • Four people were shot, two fatally, in three separate shooting incidents in Southeast Washington on Tuesday night and early Wednesday, according to D.C. police. No arrests have been made, and authorities said it does not appear any of the incidents are related. Two people were shot about 8 p.m. in the 4300 block of Seventh Street SE, near Barnaby Road in the Belmont Crossing apartment complex. About 11:20 p.m., police said a man was found shot multiple times inside a second-floor apartment in the 4300 block of Wheeler Road SE, near Southern Avenue and the border with Maryland.

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Crime Updates

Washington Post: Man fatally shoots himself near National Postal Museum in D.C., police say “D.C. police said a man died after apparently shooting himself Wednesday afternoon near the National Postal Museum, located on Massachusetts Avenue next to Union Station. The shooting occurred about 1:30 p.m. between North Capitol Street and First Street in Northeast Washington. Police said it occurred in or near an alley or side street off the main thoroughfare.”

Washington Post: Separate shootings leave 2 dead, 2 wounded in Southeast Washington “Four people were shot, two fatally, in three separate shooting incidents in Southeast Washington on Tuesday night and early Wednesday, according to D.C. police. No arrests have been made, and authorities said it does not appear any of the incidents are related. Two people were shot about 8 p.m. in the 4300 block of Seventh Street SE, near Barnaby Road in the Belmont Crossing apartment complex. About 11:20 p.m., police said a man was found shot multiple times inside a second-floor apartment in the 4300 block of Wheeler Road SE, near Southern Avenue and the border with Maryland.”


Fox5DC: Man shot in leg near Metro Center; police search for vehicle that may be connected “Police are investigating after a man was shot in the leg early Thursday morning in northwest D.C. The shooting was reported just before 2 a.m. the 600 block of 12th Street near Metro Center. The victim was hospitalized. Police are looking for an older model green Honda that may be connected to the shooting. Several lanes of 12th Street were closed while police investigate.”

Fox5DC: Shoplifting suspect accused of stealing special police officer’s gun arrested “A 34-year-old Northeast D.C. man was arrested after police say he stole a gun from a special police officer at a Safeway store. D.C. police say at around 8:08 p.m. Monday, the special police officer attempted to stop the suspect, identified as Jahil Dailey, after he tried to steal laundry detergent from the grocery store located in the 1600 block of Maryland Avenue.”

Public Safety Updates

Washington Post: 14 rescued after rowing skiff overturns in Potomac River “Fourteen people were rescued from the Potomac River after a rowing skiff overturned on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. At around 5:20 p.m, water rescue personnel responded to the river near Thompson’s boathouse after the skiff overturned, Vito Maggiolo, spokesman for the D.C. fire department, said. A water taxi retrieved four of the skiff’s occupants, Maggiolo said, and they were transported to a hospital for evaluation; 10 others were taken to shore at the Georgetown Harbor pier. There were no injuries, according to Maggiolo, and fire personnel recovered the skiff.”

Fox5DC: DC police officer rescues abandoned pit bull found tied to fence “D.C. police say an officer helped rescue an abandoned dog found tied to a fence. Police say Officer Jesus Perez was on patrol Monday in the Third District when he located the pit bull scared and shaking. The dog had apparently nearly bit through the collar it was tethered to. Police posted video on its Twitter page showing the officer feeding the dog chicken nuggets as they waited for animal control to arrive.”

Washington Post: Traffic deaths continue to soar despite cities’ pledges to get them to ‘Zero’ “D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser stood in the heart of Union Station on Feb. 20, 2015, and promised to lead the nation’s capital into an era free of traffic fatalities. “We are taking our first step toward realizing a ‘Vision Zero’ where no lives are lost on our streets or at our intersections,” said a newly elected Bowser, setting a goal of zero road deaths by 2024. Instead, the number of traffic fatalities has steadily increased since then, frustrating city officials and advocates, and seemingly putting the goal further from reach.”

Mayor and City Council

Fox5DC: DC leaders at odds over Metro funding “There is a dispute among city leaders in the District over how much money the city will pay to help keep the Metro running. If the dispute is not solved soon, the funding for Metro could be in serious trouble. Metro said it needs $500 million a year in additional funding in order to maintain and improve the infrastructure of the transit system. D.C., Maryland and Virginia are all providing this new funding, but how much each jurisdiction will pay has been a major issue. For now, the Maryland Senate has approved $150 million for Metro while Virginia lawmakers have approved $154 million for the transit agency.”

Washington Post: D.C. has a high maternal mortality rate. Lawmakers want to know why. “D.C. mothers are twice as likely to die because of pregnancy than the average American woman. The city’s maternal mortality rate — among the nation’s highest — has captured the attention of local leaders and those in Congress, who say avoidable deaths of mothers are unacceptable in the nation’s capital. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) plans to sign legislation passed last week by the D.C. Council to form a commission to investigate deaths related to childbirth and recommend ways to address the root causes.”

Washington Post: D.C. Council approves subpoenas for public hospital’s former consultants “A D.C. Council committee voted to subpoena witnesses and materials connected to a consulting firm that ran United Medical Center, a rare step that suggests an aggressive new phase in the council’s investigation of the District’s troubled public hospital. The council’s health committee on Tuesday approved subpoenas for the testimony of four top officials with the consulting firm, Veritas of Washington, as well as recordings of hospital board meetings over the past three years.”

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Posted March 15 2018 at 12:19 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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