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DC Police Union – Daily News Clips – December 5th, 2016

Summary

A man who was fatally shot Thursday night in the Ivy City neighborhood has been identified as Timothy Pretlow, 45, of Southeast. Police said he had been shot several times. A second man, who lives in Hyattsville, Md., was also shot in the incident. No arrests have been made. • Six robberies, at least three of them at gunpoint, were reported Friday night in the Edgewood neighborhood. No suspect information is available at this time. • Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, North Carolina, 28, was arrested for entering the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria near Chevy Chase. The suspect entered the restaurant and pointed his gun at the employee who was working at the time. Welch then fired shots inside of the restaurant. There were no injuries reported and the incident is still under investigation.

An ongoing Washington Post investigation has found a pattern of violent offenders returning rapidly to the streets and committing more crimes. Hundreds of criminals sentenced by D.C. judges under the Youth Rehabilitation Act, which was crafted to give second chances to young adult offenders, have gone on to rob, rape or kill residents of the nation’s capital. The original intent of the law was to rehabilitate inexperienced criminals under the age of 22 and allowed for shorter sentences for some crimes and an opportunity for offenders to emerge with no criminal record.

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Crime Updates

Washington Post: D.C. police identify man fatally shot in Northeast Washington “A man who was fatally shot Thursday night in Northeast Washington’s Ivy City neighborhood has been identified as a 45-year-old from Southeast, according to D.C. police. Timothy Pretlow died at an area hospital shortly after the shooting, which occurred just before 7:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Capitol Avenue NE. Police said he had been shot several times. A second man, who lives in Hyattsville, Md., was also shot in the incident. Police said he suffered a graze wound to the back and a wound to the left hip and was treated at an area hospital. No arrests have been made.”

Washington Post: Six robberies in 90-minute span reported in Northeast Washington “Six robberies, at least three of them at gunpoint, were reported Friday night in less than 90 minutes in a relatively compact section of Northeast Washington. In another robbery-related development, a reward totaling up to $60,000 was offered last week in the Nov. 26 armed robbery of a postal service mail carrier in the 2300 block of Second Street NE. The robbery occurred at 6 p.m., after he had finished his route, postal inspectors said. He was forced to the ground and beaten.”

WUSA9: Suspect carrying assault rifle arrested near NW pizzeria “A man allegedly walked into a Northwest D.C. pizzeria carrying an assault rifle to ‘self-investigate’ the alleged Pizza Gate conspiracy theory, Metropolitan Police said. Edgar Maddison Welch, of Salisbury, North Carolina, 28, walked into the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in the 5000 block of Connecticut Avenue Northwest. Police responded to the scene around 3 p.m., along with SWAT officers and a helicopter. After a brief search, police arrested a man carrying an assault rifle. The suspect entered the restaurant and pointed his gun at the employee who was working at the time. The employee fled and was able to notify police. Welch then fired shots inside of the restaurant. There were no injuries reported. Police found two firearms inside and an additional weapon was located in the suspect’s vehicle. In a post-arrest interview, Welch told police he came to the establishment to self-investigate “Pizza Gate” (a fictitious online conspiracy theory).”

Washington Post: The crimes against them were terrifying, but the judicial system made it worse “Three young men, wearing black masks over their faces, surrounded him as he walked home from the Stadium-Armory Metro station about 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 20, 2015. They grabbed his backpack. They took his phone and laptop, his wallet and keys. They dug deeper still into his pockets and fished out the last bit of loose change. During the days and months to follow, one young man would be linked to the crime. In a span of several months, he would leave a trail of terror across the region, only to be granted a break under the Youth Rehabilitation Act, a D.C. law often used by judges seeking to give second chances to young violent offenders.”

Washington Post: Man who police say is at center of violence in one neighborhood to be sentenced to prison “On May 16 at 10:13 a.m., a text message popped up on Keith Cooper’s phone: ‘Bring me da toaster to the Door.’ D.C. police say “toaster” is street slang for gun, and, according to court documents, Cooper responded by giving a silver .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun to a man who came to his Southeast Washington home. The weapon was loaded with 14 bullets. Two hours later, authorities said, that gun was used in a shootout that left more than a dozen shell casings on the street. No one was injured, but two more shootings occurred that day along the Benning Road corridor. Cooper’s mother was one of two people slain. On Monday, Cooper is set to be sentenced after pleading guilty to possessing ammunition that police found in his home after his mother’s death.”

Mayor and City Council

WTOP: DC officials settle lawsuit over access to interpreters “The District of Columbia has settled a lawsuit filed by immigrants who accused the state of violating a law that mandates access to interpreters. The Washington Post reports that the city has agreed to put a multilingual employee in D.C. Department of Human Services centers that will help residents with language access. Under the settlement, the city will also create a ‘language access customer advisory group.’ The lawsuit was filed last year by the Washington Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights on behalf of two Latin American immigrant women.”

D.C. wants to regulate ‘flushable’ wet wipes “Council member Mary Cheh introduced the Nonwoven Disposable Products Act in July. ‘We looked at definitions [of flushable] that come out of the wastewater industries themselves,” Cheh says. “They have a definition of what’s flushable that these products do not meet.’ Cheh’s bill would require wipes to meet certain standards before they can be sold as flushable in the District. Many kinds of wipes are sold at local stores. But only some — about 7 percent of wipes sold nationwide, according to industry figures – are marketed as flushable. These wipes are different from your average baby wipe. They’re usually made with cellulose so they break down faster than regular wipes in wastewater systems.”

Public Safety

WUSA9: Metro inspectors noted track problems years before derailment “Metro officials knew about deteriorating wooden ties in the section of silver line track where July’s derailment occurred as early as 2013, newly-released interviews with track inspectors showed on Thursday. Track inspector Jovito Azurin told an investigator he first noted fifteen deteriorating wooden ties in the ‘K05’ section of track where the derailment occurred in a report filed in 2013. Neither he nor any of his supervisors ever followed up on the report, or others that would follow it for years, noting the same problem, before the July 2016 derailment.”

WJLA: Several residents rescued, 2 row homes damaged in NW DC 2-alarm fire “Several residents were rescued and two row homes damaged during a raging 2-alarm house fire early Monday morning in Northwest DC, ABC7’s John Gonzalez reports from the scene. A firefighter also received minor injuries, DC Fire and EMS reports. The home was fully engulfed in flames as firefighters arrived on the scene. Fire officials confirm, around 100 firefighters responded and it took about 20 pieces of equipment to fight the flames.”

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Posted December 05 2016 at 10:43 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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