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DC Police Union – Daily News Clips – December 14th, 2016

Summary

A 26-year-old woman is under arrest for leading District police on a chase into Virginia after she allegedly stole a D.C. Housing Authority Police Department SUV near the Le Droit Park neighborhood.The woman drove through the Third Street Tunnel and I-395, and she hit at least 10 cars along the way, including a marked D.C. police cruiser that was involved in the pursuit. • Larry Russell Dawson, 67, of Antioch, Tennessee, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a charge of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers while using a deadly or dangerous weapon. Dawson pulled out a BB gun at a security checkpoint while entering the Capitol Visitor Center in March. • Derrick Leo Thames, 21, of Northwest Washington, was arrested and charged Tuesday with first-degree sexual abuse while armed and assault with a dangerous weapon. Thames, armed with a handgun, sexually assaulted a victim in the Park View neighborhood on Aug. 16, 2015.

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Crime Updates

WUSA9: Woman in handcuffs steals police car in D.C., flees to Va. “A woman is under arrest for leading District police on a chase into Virginia after she allegedly stole a D.C. Housing Authority Police Department SUV. According to the D.C. Housing Authority, the incident began at 5:30 p.m. at the Garfield Terrace housing complex. A DCHA officer told WUSA9 the woman had been placed in the back of one of their cars, in handcuffs, after she tried to enter the complex. The officer said she had previously been barred from the property. DCHA said one of its officers then left the car to retrieve something. The agency said that was when the suspect made her way to the front of the vehicle. She then allegedly found a way to get her hands in front of her and drive the car.”

WTOP: Man who had BB gun at Capitol Visitor Center pleads guilty “A man who pulled a weapon at a security checkpoint while entering the Capitol Visitor Center in March has pleaded guilty to a federal offense stemming from the confrontation in which he was shot by an officer. Prosecutors said that 67-year-old Larry Russell Dawson of Antioch, Tennessee, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to a charge of assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers while using a deadly or dangerous weapon. Prosecutors said in a statement that under federal sentencing guidelines, the charge carries a likely range of eight to 14 months in prison and a fine of up to $40,000. Sentencing is set for Feb. 24, 2017. Authorities say Dawson was shot March 28 after he pulled out a BB gun that looked like a handgun at the checkpoint.”

Washington Post: Man arrested in 2015 sexual assault in Northwest D.C. “D.C. police say they have arrested a man who was wanted in connection with a sexual assault that happened in the summer of 2015 in Northwest Washington. Derrick Leo Thames, 21, of Northwest Washington, was arrested and charged Tuesday with first-degree sexual abuse while armed and assault with a dangerous weapon, police said. The incident happened about 6 a.m. on Aug. 16, 2015, in the 600 block of Park Road NW. Police said Thames, armed with a handgun, sexually assaulted the victim in the common area of a building. He then fled the area, they said.”

Mayor and City Council

NBC Washington: DC Inspector General launches inquiry into alleged pay-to-play “The D.C. inspector general will investigate reports that Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration steered contracts for political reasons, sources tell News4. The two probes involve city contracting to clear land for a soccer stadium in Southwest D.C. and a $60 million Washington Wizards practice facility in Southeast D.C. Former General Services contracting director Christopher Weaver abruptly quit in August and said the administration tried to interfere in awards that did not go to a favored contractor. Dismissed city contracting official Yinka Alao is suing the city for $10 million. He contends the Bowser administration ‘embarked on a crusade to defame.’”

Public Safety

WUSA9: New Metro trains not passing agency’s targets “Stalled cars are the latest speedbump for Metro’s new trains. On Monday, a 7000 series train decoupled. It left cars behind on the tracks and forced passengers to be evacuate near the Twinbrook Station in Montgomery County. Metro hopes it was a one-time event, but it has rattled Red line riders like Kree Reese. ‘The first thing that goes through my head is utter fear. Being a Metro rider a lot of the trains are underground,’ Reese said. The 7000 series trains are a backbone of Metro’s campaign to restore rider trust. The agency wants to use them to phase out the older trains. Since last April, it’s gotten 20 new cars a month.”

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Posted December 14 2016 at 11:23 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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