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Daily News Clips - March 8, 2018

Summary

Police are investigating after a body was found near a construction site in Southeast D.C. The body of a man was reported to authorities around 2:20 a.m. along the unit block of I Street in a large fenced off section below the Interstate 695 overpass. Several lanes of Interstate 695 were closed between the South Capitol Street exit and the 6th Street exit during the investigation. Police say it’s not clear if the man fell or jumped from the overpass. They do not suspect foul play at this time. All lanes in the area have reopened. • A fifth-grade student heading to her school was struck by a vehicle and injured Wednesday morning a block from the campus in Northwest Washington, according to police and school officials. The victim is a student at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual school in the 1300 block of Aspen Street NW. The girl was struck in the 1400 block of Aspen Street, near 16th Street. D.C. police would confirm only that a female juvenile was struck by a vehicle shortly after 8 a.m. and was reported conscious. A fire department spokesman said that the girl was taken to a hospital in serious condition, but the school’s assistant principal said later that the victim’s condition had improved.

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Fox5DC: Body found below overpass in Southeast DC “Police are investigating after a body was found near a construction site in Southeast D.C. The body of a man was reported to authorities around 2:20 a.m. along the unit block of I Street in a large fenced off section below the Interstate 695 overpass.Several lanes of Interstate 695 were closed between the South Capitol Street exit and the 6th Street exit during the investigation. Police say it’s not clear If the man fell or jumped from the overpass. They do not suspect foul play at this time. All lanes in the area have reopened.”

Washington Post: Fifth-grader struck by vehicle while walking to school in Northwest D.C. “A fifth-grade student heading to her school was struck by a vehicle and injured Wednesday morning a block from the campus in Northwest Washington, according to police and school officials. The victim is a student at the Latin American Montessori Bilingual school in the 1300 block of Aspen Street NW. The girl was struck in the 1400 block of Aspen Street, near 16th Street. D.C. police would confirm only that a female juvenile was struck by a vehicle shortly after 8 a.m. and was reported conscious. A fire department spokesman said that the girl was taken to a hospital in serious condition, but the school’s assistant principal said later that the victim’s condition had improved.”

Washington Post: N.Y. prisoner charged in 2010 fatal stabbing in D.C. “A prisoner in Upstate New York has been charged with fatally stabbing a man eight years ago in an apartment in Southeast Washington’s Anacostia neighborhood, according to police and court records. Investigators matched DNA retrieved from the crime scene to the inmate, identified as Jackie Raiquan Berry, 28, who at the time of the killing lived in Southeast Washington but later moved to Niagara Falls, N.Y., authorities said.”

Public Safety Updates

Fox5DC: Residents displaced after fire in utility room of Northeast DC home “Four residents were displaced after an early morning fire in Northeast D.C. The fire was reported in the 1000 block of 18th Street around 4:30 a.m. Thursday. Fire investigators say the blaze originated underneath the home’s boiler in the utility room. No injuries were reported. Officials say the Red Cross will assist the displaced residents.”

NBC Washington: Bus Video Captures Near-Misses of Kids Crossing Street “Drivers aren’t following the rules of the road when driving near stopped buses — and the bus cameras are catching violators in the act.”

Fox5DC: 2 workers injured during scaffolding collapse “Crews are investigating after D.C. Fire says two workers were hurt when a scaffolding collapsed from underneath them. D.C. Fire and EMS say the scaffolding collapse happened at the 1400 block of I Street NW. They say two adult male workers fell as a scaffolding collapsed. Investigators say the two workers were transported to the hospital with potentially serious injuries.”

Fox5DC: Youth gun violence victims to be honored with memorial of 7K pairs of shoes on Capitol lawn “Activist organization Avaaz says it is working on creating a monument and memorial on the Capitol lawn that will represent the number of children lost to gun violence since the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Avaaz says staff and volunteers will construct the “massive monument to our kids” by laying 7,000 pairs of children’s shoes on the Capitol lawn. Newsweek reported in 2017, a study that was published in the journal “Pediatrics” found that an average of 1,297 children die annually from gun-related injuries, making guns the third-leading cause of death for children in America (behind illnesses and unintentional injuries like drownings or car crashes).”

Mayor and City Council

Washington Post: D.C. voters to decide in June if tipped workers should get same minimum wage “District voters will decide whether to get require restaurants to pay the minimum wage to waiters, bartenders and others who now earn a “tipped wage” - a low base rate plus tips. The D.C. Board of Elections on Wednesday authorized a ballot measure for the June 19 election that would gradually increase the hourly wage — currently $3.33 — made by restaurant workers until it matches the city’s minimum wage for other workers by 2026.”

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Posted March 08 2018 at 9:58 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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