Archive for December 2017

Gun Violence Continues in Park View

December 27, 2017

UPDATE: See Commander Emerman’s response below

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, last night (December 26), at approximately 8:45, PM two juvenile males were near the corner of Otis Place and Warder Street when two suspects approached them and began shooting at them. Both victims sustained injuries to their lower extremities, but they do not appear to be life threatening.  The following was also shared on Twitter:

 

MPD also shared through their listserv that “Fourth District members are working a confirmed Robbery Hold Up Gun located in the 600 b/o Princeton Place N.W. The lookout is for two black males. The first subject is wearing a dark coat and black beanie, armed with a handgun. The second make is wearing a dark coat and has dreadlock hair style.”

It is currently unknown if there is any relationship between the Otis Place and Princeton Place events last night.

Last night’s shooting marks the fourth shooting event in the Park View community during the past week.

The recent shootings in the neighborhood since December 20th are:

While these events are in one neighborhood, they are in two police districts. I’ve reached out to both police districts to learn more about the events and what actions are being taken to ensure the public safety of the community.

Anyone with information on any of these events can contact 202-727-9099 to assist.

UPDATE 10:22 am: Response from 3D Commander Emerman:

Good morning Commissioner Boese and thank you for your email.  While the city has been experiencing great reductions in violent crime this year, the incidents last night and those over the past week have been concerning to us as well.  I have been in communication with Commander Manlapaz and his team in the 4th District as we address these recent incidents.  At this time, we do not have any indication that these are related crimes.  Some of the instances are being reported to us as robbery attempts, while others have been unknown motives.  Our detectives continue to investigate all of these incidents.  I would also like to note that no shooting took place at the 3210 Warder location that you listed below.  During the calls that came in last night regarding the shooting at Otis and Warder, that location was given by someone who heard the gunshots.  That area was canvassed and no victims or evidence were found.

In the meantime, we have increased our presence with patrol officers, along with members of our Crime Suppression Teams (CST).  Just this past weekend our 3D CST made an arrest and recovered a handgun from a subject in the 3400 block of Georgia Avenue NW.  Our intelligence unit is continuing to work to determine if there is any explanation for the recent instances, and we are working with our partners in CSOSA and other agencies to see if any offenders with violent felony histories have been recently released into the community.  We will continue to work to investigate these incidents and target the illegal guns on the streets.

You can help us to spread the word as we continue to encourage the community to take part in the Mayor’s camera rebate program.  Information can be found at https://ovsjg.dc.gov/service/private-security-camera-system-incentive-program.  In addition, it is imperative that anyone that observes criminal or suspicious behavior in the community call 911 so that we can send a unit out to investigate as soon as possible.

Thank you again for your continued support of public safety in the community.  Please let me or Commander Manlapaz know if you have any additional questions or concerns.  Thanks again and be safe.

Arrest Made in 600 Park Rd/Morton Street Shooting

December 22, 2017

MPD has made an arrest in the Wednesday afternoon shooting that occurred on the 600 block of Morton Street. I congratulate them on their effect and solid police work in this case.

Below is the announcement MPD’s Third District shared on area listservs:

Arrest Made in an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) Offense: 600 Block of Morton Street, Northwest

(Washington, DC)  – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Third District announced an arrest has been made in reference to an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred in the 600 block of Morton Street, Northwest, on Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

At approximately 4:23 pm, the victim was attempting to retrieve property that was stolen from his vehicle. While at the listed location, the victim engaged in a physical altercation with several suspects. One of the suspects brandished a handgun and shot the victim.  The victim was transported to an area hospital for a non-life threatening gunshot wound.  The suspect was apprehended by responding officers.  This case remains under investigation.

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017, 23 year-old Michael Muschette, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun).

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.  Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a shooting committed in the District of Columbia.

Two Shootings in Neighborhood Yesterday

December 21, 2017

Yesterday witnessed two daylight shootings in Park View.

The first was reported by MPD at 3:15 pm, when they responded to a shooting in the 600 block of Columbia Road, NW. A victim was shot in the leg and is in stable condition. Police have advised residents to be on the lookout for two suspects: suspect 1 is described as a Hispanic male armed with a silver handgun; suspect 2 is described as a Black male with dread locks. Both suspects were wearing all black clothing. An investigation is ongoing.

The shooting on Columbia Rd was followed by another daylight shooting that occurred about 4:25 pm. In contacting MPD’s Third District, the following information was shared with me: The victim interrupted a theft from auto of his vehicle in the 600 block of Park Rd. He chased the suspects into the 600 block of Morton where an altercation took place. One subject produced a weapon and fired it, striking the victim in the foot. The suspects then fled. The victim was transported to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The following lookout for the Park Rd/Morton Street shooting was shared on Twitter: Confirmed Shooting at 1625 hrs in the 600 block of Park Road, NW. Lookout for (S1) B/M, 20-25 yrs, wearing blue jacket with red stripes and blue jeans (S2) B/M wearing Brown Polo Jacket and a Green Jacket. (S3) B/M. Shot Spotter detected is negative.

Investigations are ongoing for both incidents. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.

The History of Cannabis Museum Moving to Georgia Avenue

December 20, 2017

Based on the signs in the windows at 3626 Georgia Avenue, it looks like the History of Cannabis museum is moving from Park Road to Georgia Avenue. It opened on Park Road on April 20th of this year, and you can read more about it from a DCist article here.

According to some who toured the Park Road location, a tour through this cannabis-focused museum provides an education chronicling the industry of the plant from its inception to modern day. Museum exhibits change semi-annually and elaborate on the medical, legal, cultural, technological, historical information and events impacting the cannabis industry.

2017/2018 Leaf Collection Schedule Update

December 19, 2017

Here an update on this year’s leave collection schedule from the Department of Public Works:

2017/2018 Leaf Collection Schedule Update: Unfortunately, our collection crews are behind schedule in some areas of the city, which has been exacerbated by recent winter weather events. Leaf collection crews are the backbone of our city’s snow program. When snow is predicted, our trucks’ leaf collection equipment is replaced with snow plows and salt spreaders, and our crews receive snow and ice removal assignments. After a storm clears, leaf crews resume collections across the District—there may be delays, but neighborhoods are never skipped.  We thank you for your patience and apologize for the inconvenience. Assuming the current weather forecast holds, we expect to be back on schedule by the end of this week.

Should you have questions about the collection schedule in your neighborhood, please contact our customer service specialist Hope Cousin directly at Hope.Cousin@dc.gov.

-DC Department of Public Works

Area More Seasonal Following Weekend Events

December 18, 2017

Over the weekend, things started to look more like the holidays.

On Saturday, volunteers partnered with Wreaths Across America to lay wreaths on graves at the Armed Forces Retirement Home Cemetery.

… and on Sunday evening, neighbors in Kalorama decorated the lions on the southern side of Taft bridge on Connecticut Avenue.

Future Community Meetings on Hebrew Home Scheduled for January

December 13, 2017
Two more community meetings have been schedule for neighbors to provide community feedback and discuss the next steps for the former Hebrew Home at 1125 Spring Road, NW.  
The format and content of these meetings will be similar to the first meeting held earlier this month. Since the development plan has already been selected, the discussion will be focused on aspects of the development that will directly impact the surrounding area, including traffic/parking, building design, and community amenities.

More information is below and on the flyer.

1125 SPRING ROAD REDEVELOPMENT

COMMUNITY INPUT MEETINGS

WHERE: Raymond Recreation Center (3725 10th ST NW), Multi-purpose Room

WHEN: Tuesday January 9, 2018 – 6:00-8:00pm  AND Saturday January 13, 2018 – 1:30-3:30pm


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