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Daily News Clips - March 27, 2018

Summary

A five-hour barricade ended early Monday in Northwest Washington with no injuries and the arrest of one man, D.C. police said. The situation started shortly before 1 a.m. and ended just after 5 a.m. Police responded to an apartment house in the 3700 block of Connecticut Avenue near Rodman Street in the Cleveland Park neighborhood for a noise complaint, officials said. A man, later identified as Robert D. Gingell, allegedly threatened police officers. A barricade was then set up. • Suspicious packages were investigated and have been declared safe in at least four military bases in the D.C. region. Officials say a suspicious package was received at the National Defense University on Fort McNair at around 8:30 a.m. Monday in Washington D.C. The FBI, Secret Service, Hazmat and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit responded to the scene.

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Crime Updates

Washington Post: Man arrested after five-hour barricade situation in Northwest D.C. “A five-hour barricade ended early Monday in Northwest Washington with no injuries and the arrest of one man, D.C. police said. The situation started shortly before 1 a.m. and ended just after 5 a.m. Police responded to an apartment house in the 3700 block of Connecticut Avenue near Rodman Street in the Cleveland Park neighborhood for a noise complaint, officials said. A man, later identified as Robert D. Gingell, allegedly threatened police officers. A barricade was then set up.”

Fox5DC: Suspicious packages at DC-area military bases investigated, rendered safe, officials say “Suspicious packages were investigated and have been declared safe in at least four military bases in the D.C. region. Officials say a suspicious package was received at the National Defense University on Fort McNair at around 8:30 a.m. Monday in Washington D.C. The FBI, Secret Service, Hazmat and an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit responded to the scene.”

Fox5DC: Family remembers DC teen gunned down at Metro station while on way to get Easter haircut 2 years ago “It has been two years since a teenager was senselessly gunned down at a Metro station in Northeast D.C. On March 26, 2016, Davonte Washington was with his mother and two younger sisters on their way to get haircuts for Easter when he was shot twice in the chest at point-blank range on the platform of the Deanwood Metro station waiting for a train. On the two-year anniversary of his death, his family and the community called for an end to gun violence in the neighborhood. They gathered at the entrance of the Metro stop Monday evening for a candlelight vigil and balloon release.”

Public Safety Updates

Fox5DC: DC fire chief has known about department’s dash cam problems for over a year “D.C.’s fire chief has known for at least a year that dashboard cameras on many of the department’s engines, trucks and ambulances do not work. It is an issue that came to light after one of the fire department’s engines was involved in a deadly crash earlier this month and the dash camera onboard the vehicle did not record the collision. Multiple sources within the fire department said D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Gregory Dean and his deputies knew about issues with the cameras. However, for whatever reason, they did do anything about it until this past January when a contractor was hired to take a close look at the program.”

Washington Post: In the murky world of D.C. marijuana law, pop-up markets thrive “These marijuana pop-up events have emerged in the bizarre twilight zone of D.C. marijuana law, where it is legal to possess small amounts of cannabis but not legal to sell it. The events occur nightly in the nation’s capital, advertised openly on social media. Some vendors believe they have found a workaround to the law, saying that they are selling only trinkets and that the cannabis is included. Police call it illegal drug dealing.”

Mayor and City Council

Washington Post: His anti-Semitic remarks caused an international uproar. But at home, this D.C. lawmaker’s allies remain loyal. “D.C. Council member Trayon White Sr. recently volunteered a theory to explain why his community on Washington’s eastern edge and other African American neighborhoods across the country have suffered. “Historically, there was an era where especially the federal government, including presidents and the CIA, were involved with the Contra war and putting drugs in major black cities all across the United States,” White (D-Ward 8) said in early March on WAMU’s “Kojo Nnamdi Show.””

NBC Washington: Mayor Helps Break Ground on Affordable Housing in Ward 8 “A boarded-up apartment complex that has been a reminder of promises broken by city leaders will soon get new life. More than 200 units of affordable housing are expected to open next year in Capitol Heights.”

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Posted March 27 2018 at 10:00 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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