by Prince Of Petworth April 13, 2019 at 1:45 pm 0

2900 block of Connecticut Ave, NW photo by Joseph Motta

From MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department, Second District announce that on April 12, 2019, approx. 1715 hours, the Second District responded to a call for a suspicious package in the 2900 block Connecticut Avenue, Northwest. Vehicles and pedestrian traffic were ceased in all directions in the 2700 to 3300 block of Connecticut Avenue Northwest. Subsequently, the suspicious package was deemed to be safe, and all vehicles and pedestrian traffic have been restored.”

From MPD:

“At approximately 5:15 PM, members of the Third District attempted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 2600 block of 11th Street NW. The vehicle, which was determined to have been reported stolen, fled from the scene of the traffic stop and was last seen heading towards Columbia Heights.

Additional units responded to the area to search for the vehicle and located it traveling northbound on 14th Street NW. When the vehicle observed the marked MPD units, it again attempted to flee but struck 2 metro buses. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 11, 2019 at 9:15 am 0

via google maps

Ed. Note: I was away from the computer when this went down yesterday, so I passed on reports via Twitter and Facebook. If you’re interested in following breaking news reports, follow us @PoPville on Twitter and/or on Facebook here.

From MPD:

“At approximately 3pm today (Wednesday April 10, 2019), officers from the Third District responded to the 1400 block of Columbia Road NW in reference to several calls for the sounds of gunshots. Officers on scene located several shell casings, but initially there were no victims or individuals reporting that they had been shot at. Several hours later an individual reported to police that they had been shot at while in that area. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 10, 2019 at 1:45 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

Wanted to alert you and others about an individual (see red shirt) that accosted my girlfriend and I as we tried to enter the Columbia Heights metro station after an otherwise nice night out. Official reports filed with WMATA too, of course. It was near closing so the gates were partially up and thus limited egress into station. Individual in question blocked our way at the bottom of the escalator and menacingly stared us down while mumbling and grunting. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 5, 2019 at 1:10 pm 0

Bill DeBaun lives with his wife and child in Columbia Heights. Thanks to Bill for taking the time to write this up.

“Last night there were about 20 attendees at the ANC 1A Public Safety Committee meeting at District Bridges in Columbia Heights. The panel last night consisted of representatives from the Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement. A representative from the Department of Behavioral Health was supposed to attend but couldn’t make it. Notably there was no MPD representative (it appears that was last month, next month will be representatives from community-based organizations engaged in the ANC). During introductions, half or more of the attendees noted they were there out of concern for Columbia Heights’ recent shootings. Attendees identified homelessness, public substance abuse, stop and frisk, underfunding of the NEAR Act, and concerns about MPD training exchanges with Israel, among other issues, as concerns.

Judy Williams ([email protected]) was the DHS representative and discussed her and her team’s work with homeless engagement and meeting those living on the street where they are and connecting them with available resources. She noted there are currently two members of her team on homeless outreach (for the whole city!) and two focusing specifically on opioid outreach and K2 monitoring/prevention (also for the whole city). There was some discussion about whether or not an additional three positions on these teams were funded and just not filled yet or whether funding was pending (I wasn’t clear on where that shook out from my notes, apologies.) K2 (“spice”) is a big problem in Columbia Heights’ plaza, and she noted that they try to keep tabs of what the K2 “hot spots” are to try to put cold water on them by being present as a deterrent and monitoring those who have bad reactions to the drug. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 1, 2019 at 9:15 am 0

Ed. Note: I’ll make this preface once today – April 1st is not a recognized holiday on PoPville – all posts are like any other day – just our regular dose of insanity/awesomeness, no pranks needed.

Thanks to Nima for sending:

“Any reason as to why there is a giant wild turkey/bird/peacock walking around 14th street this morning?”

If you spot a hawk or any interesting wildlife around town, lunching or otherwise, and get a good photo please send where you spotted it to [email protected] and I’ll add it to the queue. Hawks around Town is made possible by a generous grant from the Ben and Sylvia Gardner foundation.


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