“Dear PoPville,

I lost my wallet yesterday afternoon somewhere between the Columbia Heights Giant and Oak & 16th St NW. I am still dumbfounded by the whole situation – my only theory is that I dropped it along the way and figured it out after walking 10-15 minutes. It did not contain any cash, but it did have my IDs, including my Driver’s License from Puerto Rico, which is very difficult for me to obtain a duplicate of, and the DC Resident ID, Health insurance cards, some credit cards that have already been canceled and some pictures.

The police has my info so they can turn it in at the station, send it in the mail or give me [Cristina María] a call at (202) 830-7425 for further options. I am also willing to offer a $40 reward if the wallet turns up as it was. The wallet is a Coach envelope wristlet with the C pattern. It is gray, with black Cs and black trim. I attached a photo of a very similar looking wallet – the only difference is that mine had a turn lock in the front where the metal seal is.”

3039 16th Street Northwest

This unit is located at 3039 16th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Spectacular Condo in Heart of Columbia Heights. 97% Walkability Score! 2 Levels, 2 BR, 2 Full BA. Loft Style Condo with Walls of Windows and 18′ Ceilings w/Exposed Vent Work. Direct Elevator Access. Gourmet Kit, Granite, SS. Freshly Painted, Bamboo Floors, W/D, Extra Storage, Rooftop Deck w/Amazing Views. Master BA and Walk-in Closet. Next to Shopping, Restaurants, Metro. Don’t Miss!!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $695,000 ($485 monthly fee.)

Photo by PoPville flickr user KJinDC

From MPD:

“On March 11, 2015, at approx. 230pm members of your 3D VICE Unit responded to an address in the 1400 block of Girard Street NW regarding the service of a Civil Protection Order.

While on scene, it was determined the male resident was illegally in possession of an unregistered AK-47 7.62x39mm Assault Rifle and associated rifle ammunition.

The adult male resident was arrested and charged with “Poss. of an Unregistered Firearm”, Poss. of Unregistered Ammunition” and “Poss. of High Capacity Magazines”.”


“Dear PoPville,

The 1200 block of Kenyon is a bit of a confusing, um, clusterpark, around the time that street cleaning starts up again. When street cleaning stops, we need to park on the south side of the street every day.

When it starts back up, we need to park on the north side of the street (across from Harriet Tubman) on Mondays. The signs are clear but take some looking at because they are also confusing in a way that only street parking signs can be.

So today, the folks correctly parked on the north side of Kenyon all got $100 parking tickets for parking there during evening rush hour even though the signs say “except Monday” on the north side and ban parking on the south side from 7 to 7 for Monday street cleaning.

The hope is that each person incorrectly ticketed will NOT have to fight their ticket. It seems possible that the mistake will register before the tickets actually register on the dmv site. That has happened to me when I was incorrectly ticketed before if you can believe that …. but there are many a tale of people getting fines doubled or penalties added when fighting illegitimate tickets…”

Ed. Note: I wonder if this is related to the pushing back of street cleaning to March 16th? Even so, this seems messed up.

A readers reports on twitter and via email:

“About 50 just went through Columbia Heights, south on 14th.

I did see two cops actually run out into the group, on foot, trying to make a grab for a couple riders. Not sure if it was heroic or dumb. The riders were all over the place.”

@alanhenney tweeted:

“OFFICERS UNDER ATTACK by ATVs, 2900 14th St NW, DC. MPD car damaged by ATV riders who tried to run-down police. Search underway.”


“20 ATVs/motorbikes tried to run-down 2 MPD officers. One police car damaged. Supsects made unsafe getaway. 2900 14th St NW, DC.”

From MPD:

“At around 9:40 PM, sounds of gunshots were detected in the area of Center Street and Ogden Street, NW. The victim was found suffering from gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital. The victim did not survive his wounds and was pronounced dead just before the midnight hour. The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification to the next of kin.

We ask that if anyone has any information regarding this crime to please call the MPD Command Information Center at (202)727-9099 or text at 50411.”

Update from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting which occurred in the 3500 block of Center Street, Northwest. On Saturday, March 7, 2015, at approximately 9:43 p.m., members of the Fourth District responded to a call for the report of a shooting victim in the 1500 block Ogden Street NW, where they located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as 30 year-old Deonte Bethea of Northwest, Washington, DC. An investigation revealed the shooting occurred in the 3500 block of Center Street, NW.

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 wanted 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.”

14th and Park Road, NW

From DPW:

“During the snow emergency that goes into effect Thursday, March 5, DCUSA neighbors may park in the garage for $1.00. Please follow these instructions:

Please get your ticket at the kiosk and park on P2 level. Keep the ticket in your car. Go to the parking office and give the staff your tag number and make, model, and color of your car.
When you are ready to leave the garage, return to the parking office, pay the $1 and leave as usual.”


“Dear PoPville,

I know there are massive problems with massive potholes in DC, but I have never seen anything like what happened to my street. The stretch of Belmont St. NW between 13th and 14th NW was paved a few months ago, with one giant exception: the 100 feet or so that intersects 14th St. NW was prepped and coated weith gravel then abandoned. During the past 2 months winter has wreaked havoc on that area, to the point now where it looks like it’s been bombed. I wrote to DDOT and received a standard “thanks for letting us know, we’ll pass your concern along” for email. (The reply took about a month.) Any other suggestions regarding how to get DDOT to act? Maybe they need to wait until spring to pave again? It’s just odd that they paved the entire block and left this one portion to be destroyed by the elements.”

Ed. Note: Perhaps Potholepalooza will return in April?