04/18/14 2:10pm

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Man impersonating an FBI agent?

“I was on the 64 Bus south to federal triangle on Tuesday morning around 9:15 when a man got on sometime between Irving and Florida Ave. He was dressed like an FBI agent with tactical pants and boots, a professional looking belt with hand cuffs and a few other official looking pouches. He was wearing an FBI sweatshirt that anyone can purchase from one of the many tourist trap trucks around the mall which raised a red flag for me. His pants were also really saggy. Maybe I just have unrealistic ideas of FBI agents but he seemed way too unprofessional to be a real one – especially the touristy FBI hoodie.

Has anyone else seen this guy? Or maybe you know him and he actually is an FBI agent? Maybe he’s just an FBI agent that had a bad morning and was looking a little sloppy. I don’t know – but considering impersonating a federal agent is very illegal I just thought I’d throw this out there and see if anyone else had any similar sightings.”

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04/18/14 1:25pm

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“Dear PoPville,

Thought you might want to make readers aware of how serious MPD will be taking this campaign over the next few days and the weekend.

Police will be out in force in Georgetown, 14th/U ST area and other areas around H st and Eastern Market.

Tickets will cost $75-$250 in DC depending on the type of crosswalk (signalized or un-signalized) This enforcement will go city wide and hopefully make DC a safer place to walk and bike.

Police will be ticketing drivers. Note there will be lots of enforcement this weekend, similar to what people saw with those traffic safety “checkpoints” that you posted about a few weeks back. Police want drivers to ensure they are driving safe in this city full of bikers and pedestrians.”

04/18/14 12:55pm

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This unit is located at 1502 Q Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Unique Logan Circle 2BR/1.5BA unit boasts 2 levels of open space. Massive 11′ ceilings highlight spectacular upper level bedroom w/custom built-in shelving, fireplace, & huge windows overlooking picturesque Q Street. Storage galore inside w/additional private storage included. Kitchen & bathrooms recently remodeled w/ new fixtures & granite throughout. Baseboard heater in half-bath conveys AS-IS”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1.5 bath is going for $569,000 ($341 monthly fee.)

04/18/14 12:30pm

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From the Washington Humane Society:

“DC resident Charles Palmer, age 35, was sentenced today to 25 months imprisonment, three years of probation, and an order not to own any animals by the Honorable Milton C. Lee, Jr. Palmer pled guilty to two felony counts and one misdemeanor count of Cruelty to Animals, as well as one misdemeanor count of Simple Assault on January 31, 2014.

Palmer was indicted November 26, 2013 on fourteen counts, including five felony counts of Cruelty to Animals and five misdemeanor counts of Cruelty to Animals involving ten different dogs. Three of the ten dogs are now deceased, allegedly at the hands of the defendant, and two of the dogs (Porter and Roxy) were rescued and rehabilitated by WHS. At this time the location of the five additional dogs is unknown.

“Today’s sentencing is a major victory for the animals in the District. This case was one of the most horrific abuse cases my team has ever experienced. The officers who rescued Porter and Roxy, the medical team and caregivers who mended them, and the families who fostered and ultimately adopted them, all played a role in today’s outcome. This sentencing sets a precedent that animal cruelty is not acceptable, can and will be charged as a felony offense in DC, and will be punishable to the fullest extent under the law.” Lisa LaFontaine, Washington Humane Society President and CEO, stated.

WHS was first alerted to this significant abuse on April 23, 2012 after receiving a call that Palmer was allegedly fighting with his pit bull type dog (Porter) and was seen beating him, slamming the animal to the ground repeatedly, bringing him into the woods, and then exiting the woods with just the leash.

During the twenty plus month investigation that ensued, WHS Officers made multiple visits to the defendant’s address following several public reports of animal abuse.

Roxy, a second survivor, was rescued by WHS officers on June 19, 2013. When officers arrived at Palmer’s then address, Roxy was found to have difficulties standing, and like Porter, the young female pit bull type dog was rushed to an emergency veterinarian. She was found to have a broken front leg, broken rear femoral head, a broken rear toe, and two lacerations on her head. After her treatment, Roxy was taken in by a foster family who nursed her back to health and adopted her.

After delivering the sentence, Judge Milton C. Lee, Jr. expressly thanked the Washington Humane Society for stepping up and caring for these animals.”

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Roxy nursed her back to health

04/18/14 11:25am

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on April 1st we noted coming soon signage was posted for Willie T’s Lobster Shack located in the former Marvelous Market sace right next door to Kramerbooks. They’ll be opening next week according to an artist who worked on the space – Arielle Jessop:

“I spent a week down in DC completing the buildout for Willie T’s Lobster Shack that will be opening next week. I did all of the drawings and interior design work for the new restaurant located in the chic neighborhood of Dupont Circle. I did everything by hand; the signs, logo replication, paintings on the wall, and writing on the walls with lobster trivia. I especially love the way the light comes through the wood hanging overhead, as it mimics the feeling of being underneath a boardwalk at the beach. It was really cool to see my vision come to life. I loved doing this project and look forward to working more in restaurant design.”

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04/18/14 10:55am

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Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 2815 Q St NW
Legal Subdivision: Georgetown
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Georgetown
Bedrooms: 3 Baths: 2.5 Parking: Street Basement: Yes, Fully finished Ownership: Fee simple
Living Square Footage per tax record: 2010
Original List Price: $1,595,000.
List Price at Contract: $1,595,000.
List Date: 3/4/2014
Days on Market: 9
Settled Sales Price: $1,770,000
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 4/7/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

Although sometimes it seems like the majority of DC real estate is out of reach financially to a large majority of residents, the reality is that homes selling between $1,000,000. and $2,500,000. generally make up approximately 8-10% of the market. As the price points go up, that share goes down substantially.

According to RBI, which is the statistics arm of MRIS, the only zip code in the District of Columbia with a median sold price point over $1,000,000. is 20007 (Georgetown/Burleith). The next highest median sold price (probably evened out by the large volume of co-op and condo units in the area) can be found in 20015 (Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase) at $870,000.

The median sold price as of March 2014 for the entire city is $473,125. The lowest median sold price is in zip code 20032 (Congress Heights) at $127,500.

The listing agent was Nancy Taylor Bubes of Washington Fine Properties.