Yesterday a resident reported, on theBrookland listserv, encountering a man masturbating on the MBT around 11:30am. The following description of the 911 call could be even more disturbing:

“Where are you?”
“RHI metro bridge on the Metropolitan Branch Trail.”
“Oh are you in the metro?”
“By Foreman Mills.”
“What’s the cross street?”
“Rhode Island Ave. I am on the MBT.”
“But where on the MBT.”
“Just south of the 2.1 mile marker.”
“Mam, that doesn’t help me.”
“I thought the whole point of the mile markers was to help us tell you where we are?”
“Where are you again?”
“On the Metropolitan Branch Trail, just by the RHI Bridge Steps across from Foreman Mills.”
“What is the cross street?”
I lost it then. This is redic.
“WHAT IF I WAS BEING RAPED? Could you find me then?”
“I will send someone out there now.”

I am so frustrated, and I feel unsafe.”

I emailed OP this morning who said she heard from the 911 office today and “They are re-training everyone about the MBT.” Given the number of incidents reported on the MBT let’s hope this training is done post haste. And is thorough.

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A reader sends from You Caring:

“According to a Washington Post Article, Lakira Renee Johnson is a 21-year old woman who was pregnant with twins. Around 10pm on August 30 as she emerged from a Northeast Washington, DC carryout store she was shot in the stomach. Police described her as a bystander who was not targeted by the gunman. Lakira went into labor unexpectedly at MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Saturday. Her twins were born alive and lived long enough to be named Heaven and Nevaeh – “Heaven” spelled backward. Lakira underwent additional surgery Monday to repair damage, caused by the bullet that struck her in the stomach, that could not be addressed until after the twin’s birth. She remains hospitalized and has two other?#160;daughters, ages 3 and 7. We have established this fund to help support Lakira and her family in any way we can.”


“Dear PoPville,

I recently had been a resident of Rhode Island Row in NE DC. That was until the person living above me started a fire and ran out the building with no shoes on. The fire caused my whole apartment to flood with water and destroy almost everything my roommate and I own. If that wasn’t horrible enough the way Bozzuto management handled the situation was appalling. (more…)

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From MPD:

“On Friday, September 2, 2016, at approximately 12:35AM, officers responded to the 2500 block of 14th Street NE to the sounds of gunshots. Upon arriving on the scene, officers located an adult male victim suffering from gunshot wounds. Despite extraordinary lifesaving efforts by MPD and DCFEMS personnel, unfortunately the victim displayed no signs of life on the scene, and was therefore not transported to a medical facility.

Any persons with information regarding this crime may contact the Homicide Branch at 202-645-9600, or the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099. Reference CCN# 16-147-874.

Persons with information may also anonymously text via cell phone to 50411.”

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A reader reports:

“woke up to maybe 6 gunshots on 4th and m nw last night. Any word on what happened?”

Anyone else hear them?

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From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating an Assault With Intent to Kill offense that left two victims injured.

The offense occurred in the 1300 block of Brentwood Road, Northeast on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. At approximately 8:0010:00 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, they located an adult male and an adult female suffering from gunshot wounds. Both victims were transported to a local hospital. The male victim was admitted in critical condition. The female victim is in stable condition.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

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“Dear PoPville,

Several cars were shot on the 1300 block of Downing Street Sunday morning (the 14th) at 4:50 AM. In total, eight or more cars were shot, some 5-7 times. Police were on the scene within a minute or two investigating, collecting shell casings, and preparing a report until around 7 AM. Around 6am a man who was casually walking up and down the block was taken away in handcuffs but it isn’t known if it was related to the incident.

If you parked your car over there that night I highly recommend that you come see if there is damage. If you need a police report for insurance purposes, the number is 135899.”

1201 – 1203 Brentwood Rd, NE

From a press release:

“Artist & Craftsman Supply, an employee-owned chain of retail stores, has been supplying creative communities for over 30 years. Customers visiting Artist & Craftsman Supply’s other locations have often commented that they’d like a store in DC. The Portland, Maine based company has responded by opening two! Each store brings over 5000 square feet of hands-on shopping for professional artists, novices, crafters and kids. These quirky shops are staffed by passionate and knowledgeable local artists obsessed with a high standard of customer service.


In recent years, several major art suppliers have closed their doors, but Artist & Craftsman Supply has continued to grow. They’ve benefited from the DIY movement, which expanded greatly during the 2008 recession, and continues to be fueled by Etsy, Pinterest, and YouTube instructional videos. Artist & Craftsman’s stores continue to thrive due to the hands-on nature of their products, knowledgeable sales clerks and their willingness to adapt to the needs of the market.


Artist & Craftsman Supply has been very successful in many other locations by following its unique philosophy of adaptation: seeking out and inhabiting affordable and non-traditional spaces passed-on by conventional retail businesses. They purposefully put stores where artists live and work, connecting locally and tailoring stock accordingly. By providing items of interest for artists and non-artists alike in a fun and colorful environment, Artist & Craftsman Supply is an experience in and of itself.


The two DC area locations are:

Artist & Craftsman Supply
1201 – 1203 Brentwood Rd NE
Washington DC, 20018
(202) 526-4446
Manager – Molly Woods

Artist & Craftsman Supply
4902 43rd Ave
Hyattsville, MD 20781
(301) 887-1104
Manager – James Wine”

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From CSX:

“UPDATE: It’s been confirmed that 14 railcars derailed at 9th & RI Ave NE in Washington, DC. No evacuations or injuries have been reported.”

DC Fire and EMS reports:

“CSX train derailment NE, DC – Hazmat situation – Rhode Island Ave shutdown in area – AVOID area”

From DC Fire Fighters L36 (@IAFF36) just after 7am:

“Update – Rhode Island Ave NE – multiple CSX trains derailed & leaking hazmat, isolating area; RI Ave Metro & RI Ave closed #DCFD”

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From MPD: (more…)

600 Rhode Island Avenue, NE

“Dear PoPville,

I was driving on Rhode Island Ave yesterday and saw some African drums on the side of the road. Curious, I parked and walked in the the store, and it was AWESOME. Essentially, ‘Hand on Drums’ is a pop-up inside a community space headed by these guys from Ghana who sell drums, give drum classes, and hold workshops. But more importantly, they support multiple organizations, notably ‘The Young Women’s Drumming Empowerment Project’ and ‘Drumming up From Poverty’, which help to keep kids off the streets and provides young men and women with craftsman jobs.

Anyways, I probably spent 45mns with them and they are so nice, genuine, and trying to make a difference with their pop-up.

Address is 600 Rhode Island Avenue NE, across the street from the Autozone.”