I was walking my dog around 11 on Saturday night when I saw around 100 teenagers running from the police (some being taken down by the cops). They appeared to be coming from somewhere near the Marie Reed School (Florida, California, and 18th). Anyone know what happened? It was an incredibly strange sight.
At approximately 2015 hours, Third District units responded to the 1700 block of Euclid Street, NW, for the sound of gunshots. Third District Officers are on the scene and currently investigating this matter. No victims have been located at this time.
Complainants were not injured. We are still securing the scene and collecting evidence.
Lookout for the suspect in reference to this shooting is a juvenile hispanic male, 5’9, and medium build.
Any additional information please call 911 or the Command Information Center 202-727-9099.
Update from CM Jim Graham:
Early last evening, about 7 PM, a chance encounter between three Latino males resulted in shots being fired at 17th and Euclid. No one was injured. The shooter appears to be a member of the 17 crew. The good news is that there are video records (from the MPD camera on that corner, and another camera) of the crime. There are also cooperating witnesses. Hopefully that will result in the arrest of the shooter.
We have made solid progress fighting crime in this block, and we will not be deterred in those successful efforts by this setback . Chief Lanier has once again committed major police resources to this area.
For the Francophiles and those who want to get reservations in – from an email:
Mintwood Place will be honoring Chef Maupillier’s French heritage by celebrating Bastille Day the entire week from Tuesday, July 9th to Sunday, July 14th. Cedric will be offering a taste of Provence and more specifically Toulon, where he is from, in recognition of Bastille Day. In addition to our a la carte menu, guests may enjoy a 5 course tasting menu for $65, complimented by wine pairings for $35 all week. We hope to see you at the restaurant!
Jack Rose Dining Saloon Celebrates National Bourbon Day on June 14 with Rare Bourbon Flights in Private Basement Bar
Home to the largest whisky collection in the Western Hemisphere, Jack Rose offers uber-rare flights of Kentucky bourbon for National Bourbon Day
There’s no better place to celebrate a day devoted to bourbon than the place
with the largest whisky collection in the Western hemisphere. One of the country’s most esteemed bourbon destinations, Jack Rose Dining Saloon is celebrating National Bourbon Day on Friday, June 14 by offering can’t-get-anywhere-else flights of bourbon in its private basement bar.
June 14, 1789 is said to be the day that Rev. Elijah Craig first distilled whiskey from corn in Kentucky, storing his wares in barrels that had been charred in a fire. Hence, June 14 is now celebrated as National Bourbon Day. Elijah Craig’s name lives on in the form of a premium bourbon brand produced by Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY.
In honor of Craig’s significant contributions to bourbon history, Jack Rose has created two flights of Heaven Hill-distilled bourbons – one featuring the award-winning Elijah Craig and one featuring Evan Williams single barrel vintages from the 90s. These bourbons are extremely rare, with no other place in the region able to offer all four in a flight.
Jack Rose will offer two different flights, one for each type of bourbon lover: an approachable flight of Evan Williams at $19; and a $ 55 flight for the serious bourbon connoisseur featuring small-batch, cask strength and single barrel bottlings from Elijah Craig. Each flight features 1 oz. pours of four bourbons.
Here are full details on Jack Rose’s National Bourbon Day flights:
$19 Evan Williams Flight:
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 1993 | 9 YR, 86.6°
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 1995 | 9 YR, 86.6°
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 1996 | 9 YR, 86.6°
Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage 1997 | 9 YR, 86.6°
“Had a middle aged guy get beaten up in the street by 5 young guys around 10:30 tonight on Shepherd between 13th and 14th. MPD was on the scene in minutes after neighbors called 911. I only saw the end of it, but it was pretty coordinated. All dressed in black, two or three guys attacking the victim while the rest kept watch.”
“2D ROBBERY/2300 CALVERT ST NW/LOF 10-12 B/M’S WHITE SHIRTS AND BLACK HOODIES/”
A witness reports on the Cleveland Park listserv:
Last night coming back from U Street my cab passed a robbery on Calvert St on the bridge. My cab stopped as did the one behind us. The perpetrators, a group of dark-skinned, black-dressed young males, ran off and dispersed when two guys ran after them calling 911.
I stayed with the victim who suffered blows to the head and body and was bleeding from his eyebrow.
They took nothing but a dated smartphone. That’s what our lives have become worth I fear…
Police says such robberies are frequent on the bridge, particularly on the weekend.
Third District members are investigating a shooting that occurred in the area of Ontario and Kalorama at approximately 0300 hours where an adult male was shot and taken to local area hospital. While we are confident that we have apprehended all parties involved as well as the weapon used, we are seeking assistance from anyone that has information related to it. Thank you.
“Kalorama closed between 17th and Champlain right now.”
As of 8:45am a reader sends in the photo above and word that a taxi cab driver may have been shot.
Update from Council Member Jim Graham:
I have just come back from the scene of incredible police courage at Ontario and Kalorama early this morning.
MPD was in the neighborhood at about 3 AM this morning, when they heard a car accelerating. They went to the site on Ontario Rd near Kalorama.
A cab driver had tragically been shot in his cab, in an apparent robbery. The vehicle crashed into a sign and meter, and struck no other car. He later died at the hospital.
The officers gave chase on foot as two men fled the scene. They did so, even though the suspects fired some twenty shots at them. This all occurred in pitch darkness as the area was in a power blackout. (I have requested a report from Pepco on causes and future prevention of this power outage.)
As a result of their determination, two individuals were arrested, Apparently they had hailed the cab in another section of DC.
I want to express our appreciation for this fine police work.
The tragedy of the death of the cab driver is very sad indeed. I believe we can take steps to avoid t his in the future. Tomorrow, I will attend a hearing on cab driver safety chaired by CM Mary Cheh.
We must consider all options to protect our cab drivers in the District of Columbia. This must not happen again.
Update from MPD:
The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a police involved shooting which occurred in the 2400 block of Ontario Road, NW.
Preliminary investigation reveals that on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at approximately 3:15 am, police officers in the Third District’s Robbery Tactical Unit, were patrolling in the 2400 block of Ontario Road, NW, when they observed a taxicab drive by and heard a gunshot. The taxicab crashed and two suspects jumped out of the taxicab and fled on foot. The police officers pursued the suspects and one of the suspects pulled out a handgun and fired at the officers who returned fire. The suspect then forced his way into a home where he was apprehended. The second suspect was apprehended nearby without further incident. A weapon was recovered. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the taxicab driver, the victim of the shooting, to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.
The decedent is identified as 57-year-old Solomon James Okoroh of Lanham, Maryland.
The first suspect has been identified as 32 year-old Ercell Overton of Northwest, Washington DC. He has been charged with Murder I, Felony Assault on a Police Officer, Burglary One.
The second subject has been identified as 24 year-old Joshua King of Hyattsville, Maryland. He has been charged with an unrelated Probation Violation Warrant.
No police officers were injured in this incident. The Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division and Homicide Unit are conducting the investigation.
You can read about the first Operation Adams Morgan here.
We are pleased to announce that we will be conducting the next phase of “Operation Adams Morgan”. In conjunction with MPD’s Summer Crime initiative, the Third District will begin its annual summer initiative on the weekend of June 1st and it will carry through September 1st.
We are currently finalizing all the particulars and have reunited with a few old partners to be able to bring Adams Morgan once again, one of the most efficient enforcement efforts in the region. Citizens and stakeholders can expect to see an increase in police presence and interaction with the public around the Adams Morgan area every day of the week. While our efforts will be to build on the progress made over the last few years, we want to also be able to sustain the rich and growing atmosphere the area provides all its residents and consumers. We look forward to seeing everyone out there during this safe and wonderful summer.
Dysfunction Junction chronicles the most forlorn, baffling, and wonderful crossroads of our fair city. The column is written by Ben Ball, a transportation nerd in his spare time. He lives in LeDroit Park. Ben previously wrote about Wisconsin and M Street, NW.
18th and Florida/U St, NW
This intersection has been problematic for a while. As early as 2003, DDOT was thinking about possible solutions. Enter the Adams Morgan Streetscape Project, which altered the traffic pattern, gave us pedestrian-friendly “bump out” sidewalks, removed the underlying streetcar tracks, and added bike infrastructure along 18th St, all for the low, low cost of $6.8 million. The whole thing took fifteen months to complete, but it seemed like an eternity.
This is not an easy intersection to fix. The U Street/Florida Avenue route is by default the main cross-town arterial in this area, given the lack of east-west options in Adams Morgan and the preponderance of one way roads in northern Dupont. Complications quickly mount when you add all the strange angles and rights-of-way involved. Oh, and it’s the gateway to Adams Morgan, so naturally there are a ton of pedestrians trying to cross every which way, regardless of what the lights say.
So did we get a Good Deal or Not™? Given the level of difficulty here, I’m willing to cut DDOT some slack. They probably did the best they could, given the circumstances. But that doesn’t mean that everything’s coming up roses here. The stoplights in particular are still a problem.
Yesterday we learned about the snakes falling from trees in Walter Pierce Park [2630 Adams Mill Rd, NW] in Adams Morgan and now I see this ominous sign: “Do you know anything about the Dog Bite“? I fear for what we learn next…
I was mugged Thursday, May 23 around 11:30pm about a block south of the corner of 19th and Wyoming. Two African American males (guessing in their 20s) pushed me down and took my belongings and ran off. I (not so wisely) ran after them and saw them get into a car at 18th and Wyoming heading north (a dark SUV I believe). If anyone witnessed the event and has more details I could provide to the police, that would be wonderful. Or if they happened to find any of my belongings that were dumped (coral colored purse – Target brand, blue old navy bag with gym clothes inside). The case number is 069461
On Thursday, May 23, 2013 around 11:40am a call came in about a couple of snakes that fell out of the trees. When the snakes fell they scared the children, and everyone fled. This was in the playground area. I responded but found no snakes. I caught one small enough to fit inside an empty water bottle I had. It was probably a black rat snake. They are indigenous to trees and the warm weather is drawing them out.
Common rat snakes tend to be shy and, if possible, will avoid being confronted. If these snakes are seen and confronted by danger, they tend to freeze and remain motionless. Some adults attempt to protect themselves. They coil their body and vibrate their tails in dead leaves to simulate a rattle. If the snakes continue to be provoked, they will strike.
“Although black rat snakes do not usually attack when threatened, there have been extreme cases of black rat snakes charging at predators. Black rat snakes also produce a strong foul odor when scared to deter predators and people.”
Back in Feb. we noted that Viet Thai and Sutra (formerly Felix) had closed at 2406 18th St, NW. Thanks to a reader for sending word about the new signage that has just gone up. Well, uh, more info as it becomes available…