Archive for the ‘Public Safety’ category

New Crosswalks Signs Installed on New Hampshire at Otis Place, NW

May 25, 2017

Yesterday new signs were installed for the HAWK light at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and Otis Place, NW. Unlike a traditional stoplight, at this intersection pedestrians push the button to activate flashing lights, which in turn are intended to stop traffic so that the pedestrians can cross the street. However, cars frequently do not stop for the flashing lights.

As you can see from the photos, the new signs include a stop sign graphic, include the phrase “DC Law”, and have a separate sign below the flashing lights that states “Up to $250 fine”. This is a significant upgrade from the old signs installed in August 2010 which merely indicated that there was a crosswalk.

Time will tell if the new signs increase the number of vehicles that stop for pedestrians, but I’m happy to see DDOT is aware of the need to improve safety at this intersection.

Arrest Made in Casa Ruby Vandalism/Assult, Casa Ruby Seeks Donations for Repairs

March 14, 2017

Vandalism of door at Casa Ruby

On Sunday at around 2 pm Casa Ruby — located at 2822 Georgia Avenue — was vandalized and the perpetrator engaged in a verbal altercation with a staff member working at the center. Casa Ruby is a drop-in center and advocacy organization for transgender women which was founded in 2004 by Ruby Corado. As the subject left the building, he threw a brick at the door causing damage.

On Monday, March 13, pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant, Andrew Cook of Southeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Felony Destruction of Property. He was additionally charged with Simple Assault and Threatening to Kidnap or Injure a Person.

I can’t thank MPD enough for their support of Casa Ruby and swift response, but Casa Ruby also needs help in repairing the damage. A gofundme campaign has been set up “to help raise enough money to help Casa Ruby get better security doors as to keep everyone inside safe and make them feel safe.  The transgender community and especially our youth really need our help right now.”

Please consider supporting Casa Ruby to help them repair damage and upgrade their safety.

(Ruby Corado (center) of Casa Ruby)2

Police and Bangs on Georgia Avenue Cause Concern Tuesday Night

December 15, 2016

I received a few emails asking about a police presence and explosions on Georgia Avenue that occurred around 9 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13th, near the intersection of Newton Place, NW. In reaching out, I was able to find out that it was part of an investigation conducted by the ATF in which MPD assisted in executing a search warrant using their Emergency Response Team. The explosions/bangs people heard were the result of flash-bang grenades used as part of the operation.

The investigation is ongoing with no additional specifics at this time.

m6ur1iav(MPD’s Emergency Response Team supporting December 13th ATF search warrant on Georgia Avenue near Newton (Photo courtesy of reader).

Nuisance Property at 805 Rock Creek Church Road is Evicted

December 6, 2016

I’m happy to report that the nuisance property located at 805 Rock Creek Church Road was evicted yesterday. This property has long-been a know problem due to its use as a drug marketplace. Back in March MPD executed a search warrant at the place which resulted in MPD seizing multiple quantities of controlled substances as well as a loaded firearm.  Three adult males were also arrested inside of the location. In September a judge finally granted an eviction for those using the property, and that was carried out yesterday.

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Shooting on 600 Block of Lamont Street

August 25, 2016

The Third District is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the 600 block of Lamont Street NW, shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th. The adult male victim had what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. MPD issued the following lookout:

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099 or text to 50411.

Paying Attention to Drug Arrests in Washington

August 15, 2016

I know a lot of people weren’t happy with MPD’s decision last year to do away with Police District-based vice units in favor of a centralized approach (me being among them). However, one thing MPD began doing that I do like is they begain compiling and distributing weekly Narcotics and Special Investigations Division Activity Reports via the MPD listservs. Their first report was sent out on June 15, 2016.

I’ve been looking over these reports with great interest and am trying to find a way to report the information out to the broader community. The reports have three basic types of information: 1) Narcotic Enforcement Unit Arrests, 2) Gun Recovery Unit Arrests, and 3) Criminal Interdiction Unit Arrests.

I’m particularly interested in the narcotic enforcement arrests — especially as these events are not tracked by the DC Crime Map. Looking at the report for August 13, 2016 (see full report on 4D listserv) I’ve created the following map showing the locations of drug arrests and color coded them to the type of drugs involved. Of the 25 reports listed, 5 (or 20%) were for arrests located in Ward  1 — all in Columbia Heights (mostlye crack cocaine) and Park View (heroin). No narcotic events occurred in Wards 3 or 6 this week.


(Quick key to map: Green=Marijuana / Yellow=Crack Cocaine / Red=Heroin / Brown=Synthetic Cannabinoids)

Free Dog and Cat Vaccinations For District Residents at Upshur Dog Park Animal Health Fair This Saturday

May 17, 2016

During April, May, and June the Department of Health’s 2016 Animal Health Fairs are traveling throughout the District. In addition to learning about animal laws and getting dog licenses, free vaccinations are provided for dogs and cats belonging to District residents. The Ward 1 fair isn’t until Saturday, June 4th (and will be held at Walter Pierce Dog Park).

However, you don’t have to wait that long. The Ward 4 animal health fair will be held at Upshur Dog Park from 9:00 am to 11:30 am on Saturday May 21st. Upshur Dog Park is located at 4300 Arkansas Avenue making it more convenient for Park View pet owners.

The flyer below contains details and contact information.

2016 Animal Health Fair


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