“On Saturday, December 20, 2014, at approximately 4:30p.m., Third District Mountain Bike officers were flagged down by a witness who observed a female suspect take numerous mail packages from several homes in the 1900 block of 13th Street, NW.
The Third District Mountain Officers canvassed the area and was able to locate and stop the female suspect in the 1300 block of T Street, NW. After further investigation the female suspect was arrested and charged with numerous counts of Theft and receiving stolen property.
Thanks to the quick action of one of your neighbors we were able to make the arrest!!”
This rental is located at 1005 Quincy Street, Northeast. The listing says:
“LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! MUST SEE WILL NOT LAST LONG. 2 MASTER BR ,2 MASTER BATHS,UPDATED KITCHEN,SUNNY PRIVATE BALCONY, BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS, MAGNIFICENT VIEWS OF PARK,TREES & UNIVERSITY,THREE BLOCKS TO BROOKLAND METRO STATION ,UNIQUE SHOPPING,EASY COMMUTE TO CATHOLIC,TRINITY,AND HOWARD UNIVERSITY.IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES. ELEGANT LIVING AT AN GREAT PRICE. 1 BLOCK TO THE “YES” ORGANIC STORE.”
A little more than a month ago my parking and towing saga was profiled on PoPville. My car was wrongfully ticketed, then towed and stored by a private towing firm at the request of a contractor who apparently wasn’t satisfied with blocking off 60 feet of street parking – significantly more than the 20 foot roll-off dumpster he was authorized for.
I documented the abuse, complete with photos and measurements and got the $100 ticket dismissed in parking ticket court, which felt like the road to redemption was opening up before me.
Next, I filed a complaint with the DC Office of Risk Management, detailing the $220 in towing and storage fees I incurred after receiving a parking ticket that the city had subsequently dismissed, which was roundly rejected.
But thanks to advice from a PoPville poster, I found perhaps the one person in the DC gov’t capable of comprehending the disconnect between public action (faulty ticket issuance) and private fee acquisition, and the crevice that city residents fall into when the initiating event – the parking ticket – is found to have occurred in error.
And just yesterday the towing company hand delivered a refund check for $220.
No small claims court. No legal fees. No headaches. It pays to pursue grievances based on principle, no matter the sum in question.
Basically, this staffer oversees the city’s private towing contractors, and those contracts are more valuable to them than any one disputed ticket. Many thanks to popvart, who provided the essential guidance below.
popvart November 12, 2014 at 4:58 pm
I was faced with (and resolved) a nearly identical situation. First lesson: every relevant part of DC government is clueless and acts like this situation it is more rare than a talking unicorn. Second lesson: you must set aside all notions of fairness and law. Third lesson: litigation or threats of litigation should be a last resort. I contacted my city council member and Daniel Scott (who manages all things towing at DPW, including private tow companies). He has no authority to compel a towing company to return your money for towing fess from a dismissed ticket, but he did help convince the tower to give me back my money. Although adjudication services should reimburse you for towing fees related to a dismissed ticket (it is their fault after all) I’m pretty sure that would never happen (you can’t get blood from a stoned idiot). In your case, you might start with your city council member and Daniel Scott, and hopefully they will support your polite request to the contractor.”
“I used to live near the 7-11 on 14th and Rhode Island, and would always see people hanging around outside – just chalked it up to it being a part of 7-11’s nationwide charm. But recently, I’ve noticed, pretty consistently, there are no more loiterers.
Now that I live near the 7-11 at U and 12th, with 2-3 people always asking for money, I’m wondering….how did the 7-11 at 14th and RI get rid of the loitering? Was is it the store? Was it the neighbors? Curious to see if I can implement any similar tactics at the 12th and U st store. Open to ideas. Thanks.”
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The Giant on Park Road has been without power for several hours. They are open, but have barricaded all frozen, dairy, meat, chilled veggies and fruits and are pulling them from the shelves as we speak. The registers are working and you can buy anything that doesn’t require refrigeration.”
This house is located at 1846 8th Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“Updated home across from the metro (Shaw- greenline). The home features hardwood floors on the main level, updated ceramic tile kitchen and bath, fresh paint, energy efficient windows, and rear parking. Goodman HVAC system installed 5 years ago. This home is priced to sell!! The neighbor just sold $675,000.”
“At the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, we strive to further scientific research to benefit species in the wild and provide the best quality of life for the animals in our care. But we can’t do it without you!
As a result, we have an urgent need to raise $150,000 to create a comfortable, temperature-controlled indoor retreat complete with branches for climbing and multi-level platforms for playing and sleeping for our red pandas at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.
Your gift will help build this much needed facility for red pandas on Asia Trail. The success of this project will allow keeper staff to better manage the red pandas in our care so that we can continue our important conservation research. Will you join our efforts to save species and improve your Zoo by giving to the Red Panda Retreat Annual Appeal?”