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“Dear PoPville,

OH MY GOSH. Did anyone else witness the world’s biggest asshole driving down 14th last night/this morning?? [going south past Taylor and Shepherd]

I was awoken by persistent honking around 3:00am. Living on 14th Street I’m used to being woken up by car alarms, sirens, and even the occasional drunk person yelling, however last night was probably the most ridiculous thing I’ve witnessed since I moved to the city. A pick up truck with Maryland plates and what looked like construction equipment in the bed of the truck was driving at a snail’s pace (probably > 5 MPH) and deliberately preventing anyone from passing him. The driver was swerving into oncoming traffic so people couldn’t go around him, and when drivers behind him would honk, he so kindly responded by holding down his horn as if it were all just a fun game. He also came to a complete stop a few times, as if to let people go around him, but when cars would try, he would swerve in front of them again.

To make matters worse, while cars were lining up behind him, I saw him leaning out his window to talk to a group of people who were walking up 14th (not sure if he was harassing them, or if they also thought it was a hilarious game to play at 3:00 in the morning). All of this continued for as long as I could see him from my window, and I could still hear the honking for a few minutes after.

In no way do I blame the drivers who were honking at him; I definitely would have done the same thing. It’s the fact that even at 3 in the morning 14th is a busy street, and yet someone would still act so recklessly just because they think it’s funny. It’s astonishing.

I realize there’s not much we can do at this point, but I’m just curious if anyone else saw this all go down?”

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“Dear PoPville,

Last evening I had an experience that I’m curious if others might be familiar with. My pregnant wife and I were walking our dog along Illinois Ave. at Farragut just about a block from our home and as we pass a house with two 50-something year old African-American guys out on the front porch, we hear one of the guys start muttering under his breath and then gradually raising his voice into a yell for the whole neighborhood to hear.

What was he saying? Well he was fairly accurately describing what WE were doing, albeit in a really racist way: “WHITE A$$ CRACKER MFer WALKIN HIS MFing DOG ALL PREGNANT ON THE SIDEWALK LIKE A WHITE A$$ CRACKER…. WHITE SUPREMACY…. WALK THAT DOG MFer… UP HERE ALL PREGNANT WITH THAT WHITE SUPREMACY… WALKIN THROUGH THIS MFing NEIGHBORHOOD MFer… WHITE A$$ CRACKER…”

This went on in various combinations of these phrases basically as long as we were in his view. The other guy on the front porch just chuckled.

So what am I supposed to do in this situation? We just assumed the guy was drunk so we just ignored it and kept walking, but it’s very disturbing and discouraging and bothered me the rest of the night. Do you call the cops? Do you say something to the guy?

Some might say casual racism is par for the course in a gentrifying neighborhood, but I don’t accept it.”

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A reader reports last night:

“Don’t know what’s going on but wanted to give you the heads up of huge police presence on Quincy St between 13th and 14th. At one point I counted 12 police cars. Never heard sirens, though.”

From MPD:

“On April 16, 2015, at approximately 11:46 PM, Fourth District Officers were flagged down in reference to an armed robbery (knife displayed) that had just occurred in the west alley of the 3900 block of 13th Street, NW. Pursuant to eyewitness information, four suspects were stopped by police officers in the 1300 block of Randolph Street, NW. The two victims of this offense were robbed of their cellphones and wallets.

As a result of the police investigation, three juvenile males and one adult male were arrested and charged with Armed Robbery (Knife). During the investigation, the respondents/ defendants were found to be in possession of the victim’s cellphone’s and wallets.

Anyone with information regarding this offense is asked to call the MPD Command Information Center at 202-727-9099. Thank you!”

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From an email:

“We’re getting ready to launch our 6th season and would love for you to come out to our events.

  • Silent Auction Fundraiser – Join us April 20th from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm for a fun night and a great cause at Chez Billy. We have the whole place to ourselves this year! Buy your tickets here! We’re hosting a silent auction with lots of goodies from local Petworth businesses. 100% of the money that we raise from this event goes into running the market and we need you to come out and support us. Join your neighbors to contribute to your market and come out and take advantage of the drink specials. For more information, check out our Silent Auction Flyer.
  • The Market Is starting soon and we will be kicking things off in a big way on May 2nd from 9 am – 1 pm and every Saturday after that though November. We’ll have plenty of food and produce, as well as goods from local vendors. Each week we’ll feature events that are great for the entire family including live music, storytelling, cooking demos, and more. Come out and join us! For more information check out our website: https://petworthcmarket.wordpress.com/

The Petworth Community Market, Inc. is a non-profit organization of Petworth residents, which manages a weekly market that acts as a catalyst and stimulator of economic and social activity for the benefit of the Greater Petworth Community.  Petworth Community Market seeks to improve the quality of life for local producers, artisans and entrepreneurs as well as residents and neighbors throughout the neighborhood and the City. Your participation in the market and our fundraisers helps contribute to your local community!”

One reader writes:

“Around 11:50 today I heard about seven or so shots near Varnum and 8th NW, some squealing tires, and then saw a guy running in the alley behind Varnum toward Grant Circle.

I called 911 right as I saw the car go by. The Police now have Varnum between 9th and 8th blocked off, as well as that block’s alley on the north side of Varnum. I just spoke with one of the officers who said they had a really good description of several individuals and had actually just had a report of more shots fired “a few blocks north”, maybe Buchanan area.

Crazy, right in the middle of the day. I just saw a group of kids in a daycare class walk by not minutes before the shots were fired. Unbelievable.”

UPDATE from MPD:

“At 11:56 am MPD units responded for sounds of gunshot in the 800 block of Varnum Street, Northwest. During the canvass several shell casings and a handgun were recovered.”