05/27/15 1:20pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Erin

“Dear PoPville,

I have a rowhouse and my neighbor has a large tree with roots that are pushing up my patio, but it’s unclear whether or not they are damaging the foundation of my house. The tree also has branches that cover a large portion of my backyard and part of my house. Has anyone else been in a similar situation and if so, how did you handle it? The damage to the patio is an easy fix, but I’m concerned about the potential of significant damage to the house itself.”

Ed. Note: We’ve recently spoken about branches but I don’t think we’ve ever discussed a root situation like this.

05/27/15 12:50pm

5526 Macarthur Boulevard Northwest

This house is located at 5526 Macarthur Boulevard, Northwest. The listing says:

“Expansive 5 lvl, 6 bedroom 5.5 bath home in sought after Palisades. Huge gourmet kitchen, 6 burner Viking gas range, 2 ovens, Sub Zero, Bosch DW, wine refrigerator and vegetable sink. Master bath with separate vanities, tub and shower. Walkout level family, play, guest rooms. Special lower lvl wine storage, media area, and magnificent full bar. Close to park, shopping, dining and downtown.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/5 full/1 half bath is going for $1,995,000.

05/27/15 12:26pm

MTPD-COLEMAN
Photo via WMATA

From WMATA:

“Metro Transit Police (MTPD) detectives today arrested Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman (aka Kidd Cole) on charges of making terroristic threats against Metro stations, buses and trains in the Washington, D.C., area.

Stone-Coleman was arrested by MTPD officers and detectives this morning at his residence in the 1600 block of Fort Davis Place, SE, in Washington, D.C.

According to the Criminal Complaint in United States District Court for the District of Columbia, Stone-Coleman is alleged to have “knowingly [conveyed] false information concerning an attempt or alleged attempt to engage in terrorist attacks or other violence against mass transportation systems,” in violation of 18 U.S.C. § (a)(9).

Between December 12, 2014, and May 12, 2015, the Metro Transit Police Communications Division received eleven telephone calls via the 911 emergency system reporting bomb threats and/or hostage situations at or directed against Metro stations, trains and buses. In each instance, the caller conveyed specific threat information concerning destructive devices and intended acts of violence. Each report prompted an emergency response by Metro Transit Police and in some cases other law enforcement agencies. The threat information provided in each of the 911 calls turned out to be “wholly false,” according to the Complaint.

Investigators allege that Stone-Coleman made false threats on approximately eleven occasions, each resulting in an emergency response and some resulting in disruptions to transit service. Among the false threats:

On January 20, 2015, the caller claimed that people “from France” told him that they planned to ambush the President’s motorcade and assassinate him that night. The caller went on to say that the same people had placed bombs around the Potomac Avenue Metro station, and also planned to kill a police officer. As a result of these threats, the entire Potomac Avenue Metro station was shut down and sweeps were conducted to check for the reported bombs or other destructive devices.

On January 22, 2015, the caller stated that he and his friends were planning to take hostages on Metrobus 6149 and that they would kill the hostages if they were not paid a $15 million ransom.

On February 22, 2015, MTPD received a bomb threat against Metrobus 7130 from a caller who advised that an individual wearing “all black clothing” and glasses had threatened to blow up the bus and was brandishing an AS-50 sniper rifle. The caller advised that the bus was near the Capitol.

On May 12, 2015, the caller claimed that someone had approached his nephew and told him that he/she was planning to blow up the Metro station.

In another 911 hoax call, a violent threat was conveyed against a Metrobus in the District of Columbia. The bus was stopped, evacuated and an innocent citizen who matched the lookout given by the caller was detained, questioned and frisked.

On April 14, 2015, the caller told a 911 dispatcher that a bomb had been placed at the McPherson Square Metro station, and that there was a bomb at the White House.

On May 5, 2015, the caller claimed that he had received information that certain individuals were planning to blow up a bus at the Potomac Avenue Metro station.

Metro Transit Police detectives used cellular phone records, digital video surveillance from stations and buses, and telephone audio to identify Stone-Coleman. A warrant for his arrest was issued on May 26, 2015.

“We have no greater responsibility than protecting Metro’s customers and employees,” said Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik. “This case demonstrates the seriousness with which we take all threats and the lengths to which we will go to bring those responsible to justice.”

in May 2014, Stone-Coleman appeared as “Kidd Cole” in an episode of the MTV reality show “Catfish,” a show that documents people who – according to the show’s website – “pretend to be someone [they’re] not by posting false information, such as someone else’s pictures, on social media sites usually with the intention of getting someone to fall in love with you.”

05/27/15 12:20pm

wrecked car

“Dear PoPville,

We found a navy blue Cadillac in the parking garage at Techworld (800 K Street) in Chinatown that has been wrecked and abandoned. It’s parked in an area reserved for Hotel Valet in two spots with a dented front fender and destroyed front right tire. It’s clearly been in an accident with something white. We called MPD to have them come look at the vehicle and maybe match it up with any reports of a hit and run but upon calling them and asking for a report to be taken they said “That’s not gonna happen” and hung up.”

05/27/15 11:45am

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From an email:

“&pizza launches its entree salad menu today [yesterday] at all 12 locations. Now, guests can choose three different salads– Wilma Jean (seasonal greens, fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, chicken, bacon, olives, tomato oregano vinaigrette), Don Goat (seasonal greens, caramelized onions, local mushroom blend, chicken, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, goat cheese + roasted onion dressing), and Grecian Market (seasonal greens, broccoli, spicy chickpeas, falafel, roasted peppers, feta, olives, tomato oregano vinaigrette). Along with each salad comes fresh baked crust brushed with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper.”

05/27/15 11:20am

dangerous_intersection

“Dear PoPville,

Can you ask your readers if they have any experience with the hazards of an intersection near the Convention Center? Attached is a photo looking across the intersection as a driver faces west from Mt. Vernon Place, NW (in front of the convention center), across 9th St. NW towards Massachusetts Ave. NW.

The design of the intersection forces two lanes of traffic to make a relatively sharp right onto Massachusetts Ave. as they cross 9th Avenue. The intersection narrows considerably at the turn (in fact the two lanes almost appear to narrow to one lane of traffic).

Recently, a driver of a car to the left of me crowded my lane in an effort to avoid cars coming in the opposite direction; I moved my car to the right, hit the curb, and slashed both my tires. I stopped at the Marriott Marquis and the employees there told me that the exact same thing happens at least once, and often twice, a week. This seems like a disaster waiting to happen, especially for pedestrians waiting on the northwest side.

Feedback would be helpful for me to forward to DDOT.”

05/27/15 10:45am

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501 Florida Ave, NW

From a press release:

“In just three weeks, DC’s LeDroit Park neighborhood will have an all-day destination for eating and imbibing, as The Royal opens at 501 Florida Avenue, NW, the corner of 5th & Florida NW. A coffee shop and lunch spot by day, and an intimate bar and casual eatery by night, The Royal will be a unique all-day destination for Counter Culture espressos, wood-fire grilled meats, fresh fruit shaved ice cocktails, housemade vermouth on draft and more.

MORNING

The Royal will open its doors early (7 a.m. M-F; 8 a.m. Sat-Sun), offering a full Counter Culture coffee program of espressos, lattes, drip and cold-brew coffee for dine-in and to-go. Morning sustenance comes in the form of freshly baked pastries, breakfast sandwiches and other a.m. fare. A rotating selection of fresh juices will also be available.

ALL-DAY

Come afternoon (starting at 12 p.m. M-F; 1 p.m. Sat-Sun), The Royal will offer one all-day menu, featuring a variety of vegetarian salads, Latin-inspired snacks and meats, seafood and vegetables hot off the wood-fire grill. Chef Lonnie Zoeller will hand-make Beef and Vegetable Empanadas, Cheese Arepas, and Plantains with sweet crema. All snacks may be made vegetarian.

Simple and flavorful salads might include Grilled Avocado with red quinoa/lentils/house vinaigrette, Tomatoes with hard cheese/herbs/garlic/cumin, or Cucumber and Hearts of Palm with apple/lime/chili/red onion.

A focal point of the bar will be the restaurant’s custom-made four-foot wood-burning grill, churning out fresh meats, seafood and vegetables, such as Grilled Squid with smoked tomato/radish/cilantro, Morcilla Sausage made with pork and rice/roasted potatoes/ house chimichurri, Duck Chicharron with radish/lime/hot sauce, and Steak with roasted potato/house chimichurri.

Chef Zoeller will also make a variety of sauces to accompany the dishes, ranging from a house chimichurri, aji Amarillo, house aioli, and family-recipe aji sauce.

BEVERAGES

The Royal will focus on craft cocktails created by beverage director Horus Alvarez. (more…)

05/27/15 9:50am

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3107 Mt. Pleasant Street, NW

Unless plans have changed drastically we’ll have to assume there was an error in “nature of operation” listed on the liquor license placard:

“Assisted living, nursing and apartment facility with a café room serving cocktails, beer and wine to dining residents. Entertainment will include occasional parties that may have some live music. Total Occupancy Load of 325. 240 total seats. Summer Garden with 40 seats.”

Suns Cinema reached their kickstarter goal back in March. Hopefully movies aren’t too far behind. Or maybe the coolest assisted living facility in the District…