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Guilherme Almeida tweets us earlier this morning:

“4th 100 year old tree being removed on my formerly beautiful tree lined block. Why?!”

“this one is at lamont st between 11th and 13th. The other have been on 11th between lamont and park.”

“I was told the reason for removal by the crew was ‘tree’s dead’. I’m no arborist but it clearly looks alive to me!”

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From MPD:

“Shooting at 1628 hrs: at 14th & Meridian Pl. NW. Lookout for: B/M wearing white shirt, brown shorts, white tennis shoes”

Update:

“Around 4:30 PM, MPD responded to the report of the sounds of gunshots in the 1400 block of Meridian Place NW. MPD units arrived on the scene and located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The victim is currently in stable condition and expected to survive the injuries. No other information is available at this time.

If you observed anything related to this offense, please call the MPD’s Command Information Center at 202-727-9099 or text anonymously at 50411.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Forget about seeing a cashier at the Columbia Heights Target.

Target in Columbia Heights has recently installed self-checkout. Now after the self-checkout addition 5 out of my last 6 visits I noticed the express checkout is closed even during the peak use of 5-6 PM during the week. I’ve had to self-checkout.

The express lane similar to the express lane at Whole Foods was extremely fast and successful. The self-checkout is slow and has the typical equipment error issues and slower lines. Some CVS stores recently got rid of their self-checkout for that reason and theft. Target had even expanded the express section of checkout over the last year because it was successful. So why the recent change?

Being a curious individual I asked a manger why this change happened. Her response was first this was a request form the customers. Well this customer requests a return to the old way.

Then after continuing the conversation she said “this allows us (Target) to keep less employees on the floor.” Directly decreasing the number of jobs needed on any given shift. In a community where jobs are needed and customer is always appreciated Target is directly decreasing the number of staff by their mangers admission. It is curious that this change also allows them to reduce the number of employees in advance of an increased minimum wage. Looks like Target found a way around that. Now only if they used that staff to keep their shelves stocked….”

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“Dear PoPville,

Any word on whats going on at Meridian Hill Park. For weeks no landscaping was done, there was trash everywhere and the grass was overgrown. They have since mowed but there is still no water in the fountains? Will the fountains be turned on at all this summer?”

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From the National Park Service:

“Meridian Hill Park’s fountain is the longest cascading fountain in North America, and it has a specialized pump motor. When we de-winterized the fountain, we discovered that the pump motor needed repairing, and because it’s so specialized, it needed more work than anticipated. We just awarded a contract this week to complete the repair of the pump motor. We expect the work to be completed and the pump installed within the next 6 weeks. We know how much the community loves this fountain, and we’re working to get it up and running as soon as possible.”

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A reader reports:

“Several law enforcement vehicles rushed sirens blazing to 14th and Irving around 3:50pm. According to someone at the scene, there was a fight between kids and the cops used Mace to break it up. Bad week on this stretch of 14th!”

Another reader reports:

“14th is basically closed again at the Columbia Heights metro for police response to a fight (?) from the high school. Traffic isn’t moving. Haven’t heard that any one was hurt.”

Updates when more is known, thanks to all who’ve emailed and tweeted.

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Update from MPD:

“We have received several inquiries regarding police activity at 14th and Irving St NW. MPD units responded for a fight between several juveniles with a large crowd gathering. Officers intervened and two officers sustained minor injuries during the incident. Three subjects were placed under arrest and have been transported for processing. MPD has cleared the scene and traffic has reopened.”

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From MPD at 5:40pm:

“The Third District is currently investigating a shooting at 14th and Girard Street NW. Detectives are currently on scene. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

A reader reported:

“I live on 14th and fairmont and I just heard several shots fired. Not exactly sure where they came from but they were coming closer to Girard/columbia/harvard. Lots of police activity. Scary because this is prime commuting time–lots of foot traffic and people out and about.”

Update: I’m told that two males were shot but are not being very cooperative. Updates when more is known.

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From MPD:

“The MPD is currently investigating shooting that took place this morning in the 2900 block of 14th Street NW, in which an adult male was shot. Detectives from the Homicide Branch are currently investigating and anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

Update from MPD
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“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred inside a residence in the 2900 block of 14th Street, Northwest on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

At approximately 6:30 am, members of the Third District responded to reports of a shooting inside the listed location. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male victim, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and EMS personnel responded to the scene and determined that there were no signs consistent with life. The victim was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The decedent has been identified as 20-year-old Devonte Crawford of Northwest, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked 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.”

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From MPD around 10pm:

“The Third District is currently working a shooting in the 1300 block of Columbia Road NW. Officers and Detectives are currently on scene. Please avoid this area and expect road closures in the area. Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099.”

and

“At approximately 8:05pm tonight, Third District units responded to the 1200 block of T Street NW in reference to an armed robbery. Officers quickly responded to the area and with the assistance of multiple witnesses, they were able to locate 2 suspects who were arrested after further investigation. A weapon was recovered, along with the property of the victims. This was an excellent example of the community and the officers working together to apprehend 2 violent individuals. Thank you and be safe.”