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Daily News Clips - March 9, 2018

Summary

A man was arrested in the area of the White House for assaulting an officer Thursday night, the Secret Service said. Officials said the incident happened at around 8:40 p.m. and the man was apprehended by Secret Service uniformed division officers. The suspect is facing charges of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, threats to do bodily harm and destruction of property. • An 8-year-old boy is in critical condition after being struck by a car in Southeast D.C. Thursday evening. D.C. police say they received a call about the collision at 30th Street and Southern Avenue at around 6:53 p.m. The driver of the striking vehicle remained at the scene. Residents say speeding has been an issue for this narrow one-way street. However, police have not said if speed may have been a factor.

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Crime Updates

Fox5DC: Man arrested outside White House, Secret Service says “A man was arrested in the area of the White House for assaulting an officer Thursday night, the Secret Service said. Officials said the incident happened at around 8:40 p.m. and the man was apprehended by Secret Service uniformed division officers. The suspect is facing charges of assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, threats to do bodily harm and destruction of property.”

Fox5DC: 8-year-old boy struck by car in Southeast DC “An 8-year-old boy is in critical condition after being struck by a car in Southeast D.C. Thursday evening. D.C. police say they received a call about the collision at 30th Street and Southern Avenue at around 6:53 p.m. The driver of the striking vehicle remained at the scene. Residents say speeding has been an issue for this narrow one-way street. However, police have not said if speed may have been a factor.”

NBC Washington: ‘He Just Was Off His Meds’: Defense Asks Jury Not to Consider First-Degree Murder for Suspect in 15-Year-Old’s Death “The defense for a man on trial for the shooting deaths of a 15-year-old boy on a Metro platform and an off-duty Secret Service office three months earlier asked the jury not to find the defendant guilty of first-degree murder of the teenager because he wasn’t taken his medication. Regarding the killing of the Secret Service agent, the defense says 19-year-old Maurice Bellamy wasn’t even there. Bellamy is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Secret Service Uniformed Division Officer Arthur Baldwin, 30, in December 2015 and Davonte Washington, 15, in March 2016.”

Washington Post: ‘As with most sociopaths, he likes to brag.’ An investigator recalls D.C.’s deadly serial arsonist. “In 2005, Thomas A. Sweatt admitted in court to setting a string of 45 fires across the Washington region, claiming two lives. He had only just begun to confess to his crimes. On a car tour and in two days of interviews with investigators, the then 50-year-old fast food manager directed agents to 309 additional fires he said he had started going back 20 years, including one on Quincy Place in Northwest Washington in 1985 that killed a couple and had initially been ruled an accident.”

Public Safety Updates

NBC Washington: ICE Detains DC-Area Immigration Activist in Arizona “Immigration rights activists are protesting the detention of a prominent Washington-area organizer in Arizona after she appeared for what she thought was a routine hearing. According to The Washington Post, Alejandra Pablos, 32, was detained Wednesday when the legal permanent resident traveled to the Phoenix area to check in with immigration officials on a pending deportation case stemming from a felony conviction for driving under the influence.”

Washington Post: D.C. solicits tax donations for at-risk children. The program it funds doesn’t exist. “As District residents fill out their tax forms this season, they have an option to chip in part of their refund to help at-risk children. But the non-profit that’s supposed to receive those contributions dissolved two years ago, and the money collected through the tax donation program has not been spent since.”

Mayor and City Council

Washington Post: A short guide to D.C. Public Schools scandals “Over the last three months DCPS, lauded for several years as a success story of the national movement to reform urban schools, has been beset by its worst series of scandals in at least a decade. Scrutiny of high school graduation rates — launched in response to an investigation by WAMU-FM (88.5) and NPR — revealed that one-third of graduates should not have received diplomas last year because of chronic truancy and other problems. The ma­nipu­la­tion of those figures led to the firing of several school administrators and prompted an ongoing investigation by the FBI, U.S. Education Department and D.C. Office of the Inspector General.”

Fox5DC: DC council member backs down from call for Bowser to testify on resignation of schools chancellor “A D.C. council member who pledged to get to the bottom of the school lottery scandal and resignation of the former chancellor of D.C. Public Schools is now backing off after he called for an emergency hearing and investigation into the matter earlier this week. Councilmember David Grosso, the chair of the Education Committee, said he will not force Mayor Muriel Bowser, former chancellor Antwan Wilson and former deputy mayor for education Jennifer Niles to testify under oath.”

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Posted March 09 2018 at 9:40 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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