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1901 4th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Does anyone know the story behind Ledroit Market? I’ve lived in Bloomingdale for 3 years and it seems to follow the pattern of being open for a few months, closing down, going up for sale for 6-7 months, then re-opening and looking exactly the same.”

Another reader shares a bit more enthusiasm:

“LeDroit market is now open!!!

Awesome normal hours 7am-10pm.
Serving breakfast and lunch
Your good’ol neighborhood convenient store!

Hallelujah!”

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From MPD around 10:45pm Sunday night:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is currently investigating a death in the 200 block of Florida Avenue, NW.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call (202) 727-9099.”

Ed. Note: Previous cases of MPD ‘death investigations’ (as opposed to homicide investigations) have concluded natural or self-inflicted causes. Updates if/when more info is known on this case.

UPDATE from MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating an undetermined death, which occurred in the 200 block of Florida Avenue, Northwest.

On Sunday, November 30, 2014 at approximately 7:37 pm, Fifth District officers responded for a call for an unconscious male in the rear alley of the 200 block of Florida Avenue, NW. Upon their arrival, they located an adult male who was unconscious and unresponsive suffering from head trauma. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel responded to the scene and transported the unconscious male to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as a 33 year-old Robert Damien Marston of Northeast, Washington, DC.

The decedent’s remains have been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A determination of the cause and manner of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

The investigation is continuing.

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking anyone with information about this case 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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501 Florida Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

My girlfriend and I poked our heads in 501 Florida NW yesterday morning. The space looks great! Workers said they should be done with the renovations in 2 months. Looking forward to another great business in the neighborhood.”

Ed. Note: 501 Florida Ave is the future home of Royal from the owners of Vinoteca wine bar at 11th and U St, NW.

“Dear PoPville,

I had some friends over this past Saturday night and we were congregating in the kitchen around midnight, which is a pretty small space and gets warm when many people are packed in. I decided to open the door to let some air in. As I was standing just inside my kitchen from the open door talking with a friend, I felt a sharp sting and what sounded like fire crackers. I was unsure what happened and immediately shut the door, and was then told I was bleeding from my neck. Another friend standing nearby also said he felt a sharp pain on his neck. We deduced we were likely shot with a beebie gun, and ran out of the house to (stupidly) chase after the suspects.

A neighbor indicated she had just walked outside at the same time to let her dog out and saw the whole thing unfold. She witnessed three teenagers with a small barreled gun shoot into my kitchen towards the crowd. We ran out towards 5th Street NW and were asking people nearby if they saw anyone with no luck. When I returned to my house other friends had found the beebies. They were rather large, and if I were struck in the eye who knows what would have happened. I have filed a police report, but wanted to pass this along so others are aware. I live at 5th and Florida Avenue NW.

From MPD:

“At approximately 10:30 p.m. [Friday] the Third District Crime Suppression Team was conducting an operation in the area of 4th and Bryant Street, NW. The Crime Suppression Team observed a suspect operating an ATV and drinking a bottle of alcohol.

The suspect was arrested for Operating a Recreational Vehicle on Public Space and Drinking and Public.”

Ed. Note: Last week we learned about a new Scooter Tactical Unit and an arrest was made at 14th and U St, NW. Though this arrest was made by a CST – a reader shares an email with MPD confirming that there is a new unit has been created to deal with these issues: “We have recently started a Scooter Tact Unit to look into matters just like these. [However] It is our policy not to chase these ATV because of the dangers that it poses to innocence citizens.”

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V Street NW between 2nd and 4th Streets NW courtesy Common Good City Farm

From an email:

“Come have a beer on an urban farm in DC! A Night on the Farm…Without Leaving the City.

An ordinary Washington, DC night becomes a magical one at Common Good City Farm in LeDroit Park
– Tasty farm-fresh food from local chefs
– Festive music and fun raffle items
– Special Honoree Joe Yonan, Washington Post Food & Trave Editor

Thursday October 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm
Tickets $50

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection to the Assault with Intent to Commit First Degree Sex Abuse offense which occurred in the 500 block of Florida Avenue, Northwest, on Monday, September 8, 2014, at approximately 6:10 pm.

On Monday, September 8, 2014, at approximately 6:10 pm, an adult female was in the area of the 500 block of Florida Avenue, Northwest, when she was approached and sexually assaulted by an unknown male.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5’6” in height, dark complexion, medium build, last seen wearing white underwear and dark pants.

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.”