09/02/15 2:10pm

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Daytime Burglaries in SE Petworth

“Our house was burglarized yesterday at 9:36 am. The intruders climbed through a small alley-facing window into our carport and then kicked in our basement door. They took a 50″ TV and a laptop. Luckily, our alarm was set and they did not enter the main part of the house.

The security company immediately called the police, who arrived 7 minutes after the alarm went off. The thieves were long gone, but the DC police who arrived were professional and very thorough – from the K9 unit to the responding officers to the crime scene officer who pulled prints. With all the negative press for law enforcement lately, I just wanted to highlight our positive (well, as positive as it could be given the circumstances) experience with DC Police.

Unfortunately, we learned we were the third daytime burglary in the past couple of months in our particular alley. Neighbors noticed a suspicious black sedan with 2 men parked in the alley outside our house. If you live on the alley bordered by Rock Creek Church/Shepherd/Illinois/4th St NW, be sure to secure your basement entry points. All the burglaries involved kicking in a basement door, prying open a small basement window, or taking a basement door off its hinges.”

Another reader sends via email:

“Just a heads up for folks living in the Shaw area around 5th St & Q St, early this morning at 2.00AM I woke up to the sound of someone trying to break in to my back yard. I heard what seemed like metal being pounded by an object of some sort. We have a fairly tall 9ft roll up gate which would make it pretty difficult to break in but when I looked out from the window (our bedroom faces the back yard) I saw a guy with a flashlight trying to open our neighbor’s gate. I immediately called the MPD who responded in about 5 minutes. Two officers came through the alley on foot but the guy was gone by then. Please double check that you have locked your doors, people!”

09/02/15 1:15pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I’ve been a resident of Adams Morgan for 3 years now and this evening I witnessed something I’d never seen before.

Around 9:30pm this evening, I was walking eastbound on S Street NW, towards 18th Street and I noticed a Lincoln car was parked right at the intersection f 18th & S Street NW and the passenger side door was open onto the sidewalk. As I walked past the open door, I saw two figures, both African American, arguing and the man was on top of the woman (who was in the passenger seat) trying to force her to do something. It’s unclear exactly what he was trying to force her to do, maybe shoving her or physically dominating her in some capacity. Whatever the case was, she was screaming for him to get off her.

I stood and watched the scene unfold for about a minute, before realizing that this was a pretty bad situation. So, I pulled out my phone, and yelled that I was calling the police. After I yelled it a couple times and told the man he better get off her because there were other witnesses (including other cars nearby), the man got off the woman, got out of the car with his hands up and faced me. He had the car keys in his hand and essentially “surrendered” and I told him to start walking the other way. I said, “Look man, she’s upset. She doesn’t want you near her, so give her some space. Start walking or I’m calling the police.”

And the man walked away from the car when suddenly–another man, a white man in a red polo shirt and khakis and presumably college-educated, approached me from behind and started yelling in my face, “What the fuck? It’s always the man’s fault isn’t it?! This could be this guy’s car!” (more…)

09/02/15 12:45pm

This house is located at 5032 Fulton Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“A Touch of Nantucket in DC! Immaculate and elegant top to bottom renov. of 6 bedroom, 6.5 bath home with over 7000 sq ft of stunning finished space situated on a prime 1/2 acre lot! A chef’s dream gourmet kitchen, grand entertaining spaces , custom tile, stone, & woodwork, warm hardwood floors, incredible outdoor spaces & minutes to everything.Views to va & walk to shops, restaurants & more”

You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/6 full/2 half bath is going for $2,899,000.

09/02/15 12:10pm

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Streetcars may not be carrying passengers (yet?) but its saga remains hilarious. Ed. Note: Living in the District we often encounter scenarios where we can either laugh or cry – your choice. Thanks to a reader for sending the photo above last night:

“They’re destroying this trolley stop at H and 5th. Not sure what that means but it didn’t look good.”

09/02/15 11:40am

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450 K Street, NW

First look at the new menus for L’Hommage:

Brunch Menu (PDF)

Lunch Menu (PDF)

Dinner Menu (PDF)

Dessert Menu (PDF)

From a press release:

“Restaurateur Hakan Ilhan is pleased to announce his newest French restaurant venture, L’Hommage Bistro Francais, which will open in stages beginning in early September at 450 K Street, NW, within the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. Those craving French pastries and freshly baked bread will want to stop in at the Boulangerie as it opens first on Friday, September 4th and will operate daily, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. serving breakfast options like house-made breakfast pastries, sandwiches for lunch, as well as coq au vin, boeuf bourguignon, cakes and patisseries to go, for those who’d like to enjoy their French meal at home. Then the 170-seat L’Hommage Bistro Francais’ main dining room and spacious bar will commence for dinner service on Friday, September 11th, and will be served Sunday through Thursday, from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, from 5:30 p.m. to 12 Midnight. Lunch will debut Tuesday, September 15th and will be available weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a late lunch offering available from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and weekend brunch will also become available in the near future. (more…)

09/02/15 11:11am

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The epic beach exhibit from the building museum is coming to the potentially epic Dupont Underground and they need your help making it happen:

“You might have heard or read somewhere that the Dupont Underground is taking the 650,000+ plastic balls from the National Building Museum’s blockbuster BEACH installation. It’s true! We’ll be holding a competition for a site-specific installation in our space that will use the balls as both inspiration and artistic/design medium.

FIRST, however, we have to transport the balls from the museum to our space. And that’s where YOU come in. We need people to devote a few hours on SEPTEMBER 7 and SEPTEMBER 8 helping us pack the balls, load them in moving trucks, unload them at the other end, and put the boxes in the Dupont Underground.

There are a number of different volunteer opportunities and times to work.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

—The Dupont Underground Team”

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09/02/15 10:40am

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Just after 10am a reader witnessed:

“At least 6 police cars outside the Foggy Bottom metro. What’s going on?”

Another reader heard “Apparently a woman tried to steal a baby” and saw on twitter the following reports from @MattPaolillo:

“Someone just tried to steal a baby at the foggy bottom metro stop, I kid you not @wmata”

“Woman attempted to snatch the baby before arriving at FB. People tackled her, got the baby back, waited for police at the stop. @wmata”

@BrandonJCarroll tweeted:

“Just saw a man attack a baby on the metro and got arrested. A few of us subdued him. WTF is wrong with people. Def shaken up by this”