Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or rejoice about daily life in DC.

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  • Prince Of Petworth

    From MPD:

    “Shortly before 2 AM on June 23, 2012, MPD Fourth District units received a call for a shooting in the 500 block of Crittenden Street, NW. The responding units located an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the body. DC Fire and EMS personnel transported the victim to a local area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. The incident is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Branch.”

    • bfinpetworth

      There was a street fight among a group of young males down near Webster and Illinois earlier on Friday night. We called 911 and MPD showed up very quickly to try to break it up. But of course they dispersed at the first sound of a siren. Cops were heavy in the neighborhood last night but I guess not heavy enough. Regardless, all of us that live in this neighborhood need to be vigilant and recognize that there is increasing crew activity this summer – possibly a new crew that seems to be centered at a house at 5th and Allison – this isn’t the first and I doubt the last of this nonsense this summer. My sense is it’s a new crew and they are not appreciated by some of the neighboring crews. But of course I’m only guessing based upon the view from my porch. Above all, it is tragic that another young man is dead for no good reason and a family is devastated at the loss.

  • Rant – My favorite niece’s “getting serious” boyfriend turned out to be a dunce.

    Rave – She found out sooner rather than later. Also, now I get her for myself this weekend. Has anyone ever been to the Ballroom Tea Dance at Glen Echo on Sunday afternoons? Is it all old fogies or would a (cool, gorgeous, fun) 25 year old have fun? I thought it might be a nice diversion.

  • Rave: All of my ice cream survived the power outage.

  • Rant: I’m at work at 10:20 pm on Saturday night.

    Rav: I have an opportunity to land my dream job this week. PLEASE HIRE ME, DREAM JOB, AND I SWEAR YOU WONT REGRET IT!

  • Rant: I was surprised and shocked to see the damage done in my Ward 4 neighborhood, after yesterday’s storm. A huge tree had fallen at 14th & Jefferson Street, NW, the old cleaners at 14& Colorado Avenue, NW. the roof was blown off and the windows. Trees had fallen on Colorado Avenue, NW between 16th & 14th Street, NW. Where was the Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser and Mayor Vincent Gray to access the damage? In the past, former Ward 4 and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty would have been out on the scene. To give the Ward 4 Councilmember the benefit of the doubt, maybe she came out to access the damage in her Ward and I didn’t see her.

    • Allison

      Wait, you actually want an elected official to come to your neighborhood and put on airs about surveying the damage publicly, just to be seen doing so for the cameras? It’s not like a visit from them gets anything whatsoever done– much akin to Bush’s visit to New Orleans post-Katrina. The proper crews already know what they need to do.

      • Second. An elected official’s job is to properly equip government agencies to do their jobs and hold those agencies accountable which shirk their responsibilities. If you have damage that is the city’s responsibility to clean up and they don’t, call CM Bowser’s office or 311. But do you honestly think they don’t know there was a storm because you didn’t see them on channel 4 standing in front of someone’s house with a tree limb sticking out of the roof?

    • To give bowser credit her and her staff were all over the list serves helping people with pepco issues

  • Rant: Some asshole broke into my friend’s mother’s house. She’s 94 years old and was at home at the time. The creep pulled out all of the phones so she couldn’t call for help and knocked her in the head when she verbally challenged him. Then he spent an hour ransacking the house. She doesn’t have a flat screen tv or computer so he took all of her jewelry. Luckily she’s fine and was able to walk over to the neighbors to call for help. No fingerprints were taken by the cops even though there was a break in two weeks prior two blocks away. The creep used a porch chair to climb up and come in the front window which was closed and locked. The cop said he could see no sign of forcible entry and left after taking the report.

    Rave: No storm damage to my house and all of my nine trees are still standing even though some of them were bent to the ground.

    • That’s unacceptable. Why won’t they take fingerprints? She was assaulted and they won’t take fingerprints for a break in? Here’s a case where someone needs to involve a councilmember’s office, because if this is true, MPD is being criminally negligent in their responsibility toward protecting this woman.

      • bfinpetworth

        I had a break-in and theft a couple years ago and when the police showed up, I asked if he would fingerprint to try to identify the perps. The cop looked at me a little sideways and said something along the lines of “we don’t usually do that for this type of crime.” I guess they wait for murders before they pull out the fingerprint dust.

      • Allison

        Yeah, it’s probably because they know they don’t have enough equipment or personnel to process this kind of evidence, much like rape kits go for years before ever (if ever) being completed.

      • Police aren’t responsible for your personal safety. Even if they make errors, don’t show up when you call 911, etc. Case law for it was set here in DC [near 11th & Lamont] back in ’81. Don’t recommend reading the details unless you have a strong stomach for sick sh|t, but the case is Warren v. District of Columbia.

        • Allison

          Indeed. Apparently we pay taxes to have police, not to have them necessarily do anything. Only recourse is voting.

        • You don’t have a “right” to have the police take your crime seriously. But there is certainly a reasonable expectation that they will because it is their job to do so. I second the idea of reporting this to the councilperson who represents that area. If the cops won’t investigate breakins in Palisades, the rest of the city is really screwed.

  • My friend’s mom lives in the Palisades neighborhood. I guess the cops don’t think crime happens over there.

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