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Daily News Clips - March 16, 2018

Summary

A man was shot and critically wounded Thursday afternoon on 16th Street in Northwest Washington, according to D.C. police. Authorities said a possible suspect was taken into custody and was being questioned. Police said they were looking for a second man. A description was not immediately available. The shooting occurred about 1:35 p.m. at 16th Street and Park Road in Northwest, on the border of the neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights. Police said the victim was unconscious at the scene and was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. • D.C. fire officials say 16 Department of Corrections employees were evaluated Thursday morning after potentially being exposed to fentanyl contained in a package received in the department’s mailroom. Of those employees who reported symptoms, officials say 7 were transported to Washington Hospital Center to be evaluated as a precaution. Department of Corrections officials said the suspicious package was received around 9 a.m. Thursday. D.C. fire crews were called around 10:30 a.m., after employees started reported having symptoms consistent with exposure to fentanyl. Those symptoms can include dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty breathing.

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Crime Updates

Washington Post: Man shot, critically wounded in Northwest Washington “A man was shot and critically wounded Thursday afternoon on 16th Street in Northwest Washington, according to D.C. police. Authorities said a possible suspect was taken into custody and was being questioned. Police said they were looking for a second man. A description was not immediately available. The shooting occurred about 1:35 p.m. at 16th Street and Park Road in Northwest, on the border of the neighborhoods of Mount Pleasant and Columbia Heights. Police said the victim was unconscious at the scene and was taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.”

Fox5DC: Package containing fentanyl-type substance sent to DC Department of Corrections, 7 transported “D.C. fire officials say 16 Department of Corrections employees were evaluated Thursday morning after potentially being exposed to fentanyl contained in a package received in the department’s mailroom. Of those employees who reported symptoms, officials say 7 were transported to Washington Hospital Center to be evaluated as a precaution. Department of Corrections officials said the suspicious package was received around 9 a.m. Thursday. D.C. fire crews were called around 10:30 a.m., after employees started reported having symptoms consistent with exposure to fentanyl. Those symptoms can include dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty breathing.”

NBC Washington: 14-Year-Old Boy Hit by Bus in DC Dies “A 14-year-old boy struck by a tour bus near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Friday has died, U.S. Park Police say. The boy had been in critical condition after he was pinned under the bus on the 1900 block of Independence Ave. SW along the National Mall, fire officials said. Dramatic video showed several D.C. firefighters working to get the child out from underneath the front of the bus. They then got the boy into a medevac. He was taken to Children’s National Medical Center in D.C., where he died Thursday afternoon, Park Police said.”

Public Safety Updates

NBC Washington: Most Firefighters Believe Asking for Mental Health Help Makes Them Seem Unfit for Duty: NBC Study “People have to be brave to even consider becoming a firefighter, but a new study on the emotional and mental toll of their work finds they’re also human. NBC-owned stations conducted a nationwide survey that found while 65 percent of firefighters are haunted by memories of traumatic situations, 81 percent believe asking for help will make them seem weak or unfit for duty. Nineteen percent have thoughts of suicide, and 27 percent said they have struggled with substance abuse. Maryland firefighter Chris McKenna researched the subject for his college thesis.”

Washington Post: Advocates fear accelerated closure of D.C. General homeless shelter could hurt families “Advocates for the homeless agree with Mayor Muriel E. Bowser that D.C. General, the city’s mega-shelter for homeless families, is hazardous and needs to be replaced with smaller, modern facilities in neighborhoods across the District. But they say the mayor’s plan to close D.C. General this year and start demolishing some nearby buildings next month — before replacement shelters are ready — poses even greater risks to homeless families.”

Mayor and City Council

Washington Post: D.C. taxpayers have recently paid at least $735,000 to settle sexual harassment lawsuits “D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser in December ordered 30,000 city employees to undergo training to prevent sexual harassment, but her administration could not say how many misconduct allegations had been made against government employees and how much taxpayers had paid in related settlements. Since then, 94 percent of city workers have completed the training, and the mayor’s office and the D.C. Council have been able to offer a partial accounting of the costs of sexual harassment in the past two years.”

Washington Post: D.C. Council chair backs away from threat that could have blocked Metro funding deal “A threat to derail a regionwide Metro funding plan dissolved in less than 24 hours as D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said Thursday that he wouldn’t let his objections to the deal prevent it from being approved. Mendelson (D) and five other council members sent a letter to Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) late Wednesday saying the city should give Metro only $167 million a year in new, permanent funding. That was at odds with Bowser’s support of a Virginia plan, approved in a historic vote Saturday, calling for the District to contribute $178.5 million as its share of a total of $500 million.”

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Posted March 16 2018 at 2:53 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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