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Daily News Clips - March 5, 2018

Summary

A Maryland man was arrested after, D.C. police said, he drove a sport utility vehicle onto a sidewalk and fatally struck a pedestrian early Friday in Southeast Washington’s Congress Heights neighborhood. The pedestrian was identified as Vincent Childs, 42, of Southeast. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, in the 3200 block of Wheeler Road. Police said it occurred shortly before 2:30 a.m. • D.C. police say a man has been declared dead after Secret Service reported they were investigating a person found allegedly suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the north fence line of the White House. Secret Service officials say the subject approached the area of the North White House fence line and removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds. Investigators say the suspect shot himself in the head. They say none of the shots fired appear to have been directed towards the White House.

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Crime Updates

Washington Post: Intoxicated driver fatally strikes pedestrian on sidewalk, D.C. police say “A Maryland man was arrested after, D.C. police said, he drove a sport utility vehicle onto a sidewalk and fatally struck a pedestrian early Friday in Southeast Washington’s Congress Heights neighborhood. The pedestrian was identified as Vincent Childs, 42, of Southeast. Police said he was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, in the 3200 block of Wheeler Road. Police said it occurred shortly before 2:30 a.m.”

Fox5DC: Police: Man dead, after officers reported person with self-inflicted gunshot wound near White House “D.C. police say a man has been declared dead after Secret Service reported they were investigating a person found allegedly suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the north fence line of the White House. Secret Service officials say the subject approached the area of the North White House fence line and removed a concealed handgun and fired several rounds. Investigators say the suspect shot himself in the head. They say none of the shots fired appear to have been directed towards the White House.”

Washington Post: ‘I pummeled him pretty good’: Carjacker stole two vehicles at one D.C. gas station, but not without a fight “They were headed to work and had pulled into a gas station in Northeast Washington to fill their vehicles — a hulking Chevrolet Trailblazer and an older model Honda Accord. Kelly Byron Williams, 58, and Freddie Wyatt, 52, had never met. But on Tuesday afternoon, police said, each became a victim of a carjacker who, in a few chaotic and violent moments, stole and wrecked both their vehicles. Williams, a maintenance supervisor for D.C. schools, said he fought back, punching the assailant several times in the face as the man wrested control of the Trailblazer from him at a Shell station in the 3800 block of Minnesota Avenue NE, between Benning Road and East Capitol Street.”

Fox5DC: Police need help locating critical, missing teen from Northeast DC “Police in D.C. need help locating a missing 17-year-old girl from Northeast D.C. Police say Makaia Arrington was last seen in the 4800 block of Sargent Road Northeast on Thursday. They say Makaia is a black girl with a medium complexion. She is five feet, six inches tall, weighs 120 pounds, with blond braided hair and brown eyes. Investigators say she was last seen wearing a pink jacket, with a pink shirt and pink scarf, as well as gray pants and black boots.”

Washington Post: The District dealt with wind gusts and four reported robberies “At least four robberies were reported on city streets during the hours of fierce winds and gusts. In the latest incident, two people made off with a purse about 6:45 a.m. Saturday in the 2600 block of Newton Street NE, police said. The purse held a car key. The robbers drove off in their vehicle, but returned and took the victim’s car. Winds were still gusting about 30 mph. About 8 p.m. Friday, a man with a gun carried out a robbery in the 1500 block of Church Street NW, according to police, who said he made off with only $3. A 50 mph gust was measured around then.”

Washington Post: Man found Tuesday suffered blunt force injury, was slain, DC police say “The man found dead Tuesday near the southern tip of the District was the victim of a homicide and died of blunt force trauma, the D.C. police said Friday. They identified the man as Mohammed Kamara, 37, of Alexandria, Virginia. He was found in the block of Forrester Street SW just west of South Capitol Street, according to police. An autopsy was conducted, and the cause of death was determined by the office of the chief medical examiner, which also ruled the death a homicide, police said.”

Washington Post: A mother waited for a Metro train. Then a gunman shot one of her children as the others looked on. “Washington’s recollections of her son’s March 26, 2016, killing came during the ongoing trial of Maurice Bellamy, now 19, who is charged with first-degree murder. That March day nearly two years ago, Washington said, she and her family had been out shopping, with plans to get Davonte a haircut for Easter church services the next morning.”

Public Safety Updates

Fox5DC: DC police looking for missing 73-year-old man with Alzheimer’s “D.C. police say they’re looking for a critically missing 73-year-old man with Alzheimer’s. Police say Harris Lenowitz was last seen on Sunday at around 2 p.m. at the U.S. National Archives Museum near 7th and Constitution Ave, NW. He was seen wearing a black rain jacket with a gray hood that says “Minnesota 2011 Governor’s Fishing Opener” and a black beanie hat.”

NBC Washington: Winds Knock Down Wall at Vacant DC Home “A D.C. home that was previously damaged by fire suffered additional damage Friday when strong winds knocked down a wall. A car parked next the building also suffered damage.”

Washington Post: With a cry and a howl of the wind, historic tree topples in D.C.’s Dupont area “The oldest resident of an unnamed alley in Dupont Circle fell to her death Friday night when howling winds snapped her off at her 200-year-old roots and sent her crashing into a parked car. Legend has it that the Jackson Tree, as the historic elm was known, was planted on what was once farmland Andrew Jackson owned before he became the seventh president. Some mourned the tree’s demise. Others quietly celebrated the end of a potential hazard. Everyone agreed that the quirky little street would never be the same.”

Mayor and City Council

Washington Post: With mounting scandals in D.C., where are the challengers to the mayor? “The District’s only public hospital is plagued by mismanagement. The school system is awash in scandal. Allegations of cronyism, favoritism and contract steering loom over city hall. The litany of missteps that have punctuated Mayor Muriel E. Bowser’s first term would form robust talking points for any opponent making the case against her reelection. That is, if anyone was running against her. Less than three weeks before the deadline to enter the Democratic primary, Bowser faces no formidable opposition and will probably become the District’s first mayor to win a second term since Anthony Williams in 2002.”

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Posted March 05 2018 at 10:39 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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