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Daily News Clips - October 20, 2017

Summary

DC police are asking for the public’s help locating a person of interest for a robbery that they say happened on Sunday in Northwest Washington. According to police, around 3 a.m. the suspect broke into an establishment in the 400 block of Massachusetts Avenue and stole some cash before fleeing the scene. • The man who killed a recent college graduate on board a Metro train in 2015 has pleaded guilty to the crime that shocked the city. Jasper Spires, 21, pleaded guilty to beating and stabbing Kevin Sutherland, 24, while the two men rode a Red Line Metro train on July 4, 2015.

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Crime Updates

WJLA: DC police ask for public’s help finding suspect in Northwest robbery “DC police are asking for the public’s help locating a person of interest for a robbery that they say happened on Sunday in Northwest Washington. According to police, around 3 a.m. the suspect broke into an establishment in the 400 block of Massachusetts Avenue and stole some cash before fleeing the scene.”

NBC Washington: Man Pleads Guilty to Killing American University Graduate on Metro Train in 2015 “The man who killed a recent college graduate on board a Metro train in 2015 has pleaded guilty to the crime that shocked the city. Jasper Spires, 21, pleaded guilty to beating and stabbing Kevin Sutherland, 24, while the two men rode a Red Line Metro train on July 4, 2015.”

WJLA: 15-year-old girl missing; last seen 2 days ago in Northeast D.C., police say “A 15-year-old girl is missing Thursday after she was seen on Oct. 17 in Northeast Washington. April Patterson was last seen in the 1900 block of Shephard Street, NE.”

Public Safety Updates

NBC Washington: D.C.-Area Police Departments Operating With Fewer Sworn Officers Than Authorized “More than a dozen Washington, D.C.-area police departments are operating with fewer sworn officers than they’re authorized to have on staff, according to an investigation by the News4 I-Team. The implications of these shortages vary, but police unions said the records obtained by the I-Team demonstrate a growing concern among rank and file officers.”

WJLA: Flunked-out medical student suspected of causing shooting scare at Howard University ”“It does not appear to be a hoax,” Newsham says. “It seems like the initial caller called because they received information from a third party so they called in good faith.” Stephen Whetstone of Howard’s Health Sciences section tells Sam Ford they were aware of an angry former medical student who had flunked out and had made numerous threats.”

Mayor and City Council

Washington Post: Mayor Bowser’s office awards $3 million to begin closing the ‘grocery gap’ “The District says it will pump $3 million into housing and retail projects in Wards 7 and 8 to help close the city’s long-standing “grocery gap.” Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) this week awarded $2.1 million to the Jair Lynch group, which is redeveloping the shopping center at Pennsylvania and Branch avenues SE near the Maryland border, and $880,000 to the South Capitol Affordable Housing project located at Atlantic and South Capitol streets SW.”

WUSA: ‘He actually spat on me’ | Push to stop street harassment in DC ” Women are sharing their stories about sexual harassment and assault after the hashtag ‘Me Too’ went viral. One DC councilmember is working to do something about it by tackling harassment on the streets. Brianne Nadeau is working to pass the Street Harassment Prevention Act.”

Washington Post: 2 millennial men running to unseat D.C. Council member Anita Bonds “Marcus Goodwin, a 28-year-old acquisitions associate at the real estate development company Four Points, and Jeremiah Lowery, a 31-year-old organizer at the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, said separately that they have the “utmost respect” for Bonds, a 72-year-old activist and veteran D.C. politician who has served on the council since 2012.”

Fox5DC: DC Council holds hearing on bill to decriminalize fare evasion on Metro “Metro is against decriminalizing fare evasion and Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik said 92 percent of the people who are stopped for fare evasion results in either a warning or ticket, and arrests are usually the result of an outstanding warrant, refusal to cooperate with an officer or other crimes.”

Police News

Washington Post: Montgomery County officer injured by hit-and-run driver “Montgomery County police have identified a 28-year-old officer who was injured by a hit-and-run vehicle after she stopped to assist another officer during a traffic stop in Silver Spring Wednesday night. Officer Heather Haynes, a 3rd District Officer with two and half years experience, sustained non-life threatening injuries on New Hampshire Avenue near Piney Branch Road about 10:35 p.m., officials said. She was treated at a hospital and released early Thursday, police said.”

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Posted October 20 2017 at 2:11 PM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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