09/21/14 1:02pm

From MPD:

“On September 21, 2014, at approximately 12:05AM police responded to a call for sounds of gunshots in the 4800 block of 7th Street, Northwest. Police arrived and found complainant suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Complainant was transported to hospital and treated by medical staff. At this time the complainant has non-life threatening injuries.

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 text messaging 50411.”

and

“Last night at approximately 12:00am, the Metropolitan Police Department responded to reports of gunshots in the 4800 block of 7th Street NW (near Decatur & Crittenden Streets NW). An adult male was found suffering from gunshot wounds to the face and attempted to transport himself to the hospital. The complainant was transported to the hospital and MPD is still waiting to interview him. At this time, the complainant has non-life threatening injustices. Update to follow accordingly.

Regards,
Shayne Wells
Office of Councilmember Muriel Bowser”

09/20/14 1:29pm

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A reader reports:

“We didn’t see it happen but we heard tire squeals and screams and saw them load the victim’s body in the ambulance. Not 100% on the happenings but from what we were told by police a bicyclist was killed by a hit and run driver last night at the intersection of 8 and s st nw at 2:20am.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Major Crash Unit are investigating a hit and run that resulted in a traffic fatality which occurred at the intersection of 8th and S Streets, NW.

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, at approximately 2:33 am, a bicyclist was on 8th Street, NW when she was struck by a light colored SUV that was traveling southbound on 8th Street, NW. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The striking vehicle was last seen fleeing southbound on 8th Street towards Rhode Island Avenue, NW. The SUV may have damage to the right front bumper.

The decedent has been identified as 53 year-old Tonya Reaves of Northeast, Washington, DC.

This crash is currently under investigation.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

09/20/14 8:21am

From MPD:

“At approximately 9:20 pm tonight [Friday], Third District Units observed several ATV’s operating recklessly in the area of 14th & U Street NW. At that time, the Scooter Tactical Unit was deployed to the location to monitor and assess the situation. They were advised that the group had moved up at the Crown Gas Station located at 908 Florida Ave NW. The Scooter Tactical Unit responded and was able to successfully apprehend one individual operating an ATV without incident. Additionally, after fleeing, a second individual bailed off a dirt bike at 9th & T St NW. The members were able to recover that dirt bike for evidence as well. NOTE: the use of ATV’s and Dirt Bikes recklessly on our streets will not be tolerated and we encourage all citizens to alert police when the observe the usage or storage of these vehicles. Thank you”

Ed. Note: A marked change in messaging from what we’ve previously heard.

Another reader emails around 8:30pm last night “dirt bikes jousting with cars”:

“Just driving home eastbound on M between 1st NW and North Capitol. About a dozen dirt bikes there driving the wrong way down all three lanes, literally charging straight at oncoming cars. Had to keep screeching to a halt. Then they’d go off to the side and wait for another car to come along and charge at it. Only about half of them had lights — really scary! Why can’t the police do anything about this again?”

09/19/14 4:15pm

Willie's Brew & Que
300 Tingey St, SE

Last week ANC Rep David Garber tweeted that the long awaited Willie’s Brew & Que was finally hiring. Now, these photos were posted to Willie’s facebook page. If the BBQ is any good this could be another a great addition to Navy Yard. They are located at the opposite end of Bluejacket brewery in the Boilermaker building. Stay tuned for an opening date.

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09/19/14 3:55pm

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“Dear PoPville,

Another contender for ugliest popup — this one in the heart of Petworth at 456 Randolph St NW. Maybe you’ve seen it already, but I just had to say something bc it’s a real shame what they’ve done to it.

This house was an ugly eyesore for a long time but has (had?) great potential, so I’m glad someone is flipping it, and in general I have nothing against popups. But, they completely obliterated the nice brick curves and arches on the roofline that echoed the neighbors. How it’s a brown ugly boring box with the world’s least inspired pop up inside.

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The even more annoying thing is that Landmark Construction Development shows a design on their website that included at least a watered down version of the arch, albeit with what looks like a shipping container behind it.

Strangely, after this house was sold, they gutted it completely, literally down to the brick outer walls and mud floor leaving a cathedral of empty space inside, and then left it for months before starting to rebuild. Very unusual for the neighborhood.

I note that the mirrored house at 445 Quincy St NW also had the same great roof design, and sold for $830k in January after a terrific flip job that preserved the design.

Does anyone review these things before they’re allowed to move forward?”

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prior view via Google street view

09/19/14 3:30pm

If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 3-4 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit. Please try to send horizontal photos 640×480 (medium size on your iphone) if possible. If you’re not using an iphone any size is fine.

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“Tallulah from Bloomingdale”

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“This is Hogarth Valentino from Capitol Hill.”

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“Donna Martin of Adams Morgan, formerly of WHS.”

09/19/14 3:10pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user vpickering

From WMATA:

“Reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of September 19-21 with service adjustments beginning at 10 p.m. Friday night and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

Silver and Yellow line trains will operate at regular weekend intervals (Yellow Line trains will run between Huntington and Mt. Vernon Sq only). Green Line trains will run every 20 minutes, and Orange and Blue line trains will run every 24 minutes. Red Line trains will operate every 15 minutes with additional trains between Grosvenor and NoMa-Gallaudet during daytime hours. (more…)