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Thanks to Walter for sending: “looks like NPS put out some signs to warn about Turkeys on the ART.”

Ed. Note: In November 2021 a reader recounted another incident on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail near the aquatic gardens. More recently in February a reader recounted an unprovoked attack “had to get a tetanus shot and antibiotics”. In response to that post I received multiple messages about similar incidents.

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“Dear PoPville,

I was running on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail near the aquatic gardens early this morning when I spotted a huge turkey sitting in the middle of the trail. Here’s a video I captured while still in the “what a lovely bird” mindset.

But it just kept walking towards me, so I decided I’d better be on my way and turned to run in the other direction. But it followed me–chased is the better word. And when I realized, looking panicked over my shoulder, that it was closing in on me like a velociraptor road runner, I saw that I definitely could not out-run a turkey and probably shouldn’t try to. So I stopped and yelled “I’m a vegetarian!”, Read More

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via MPD

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Sixth District announce a wanted suspect has been apprehended for an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun) offense that occurred on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, in the 1600 block of Eastern Avenue, Northeast.

At approximately 5:01 pm, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult female victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Read More


Photo by Tim Brown

From the National Park Service:

“It’s almost peak bloom at Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens! The National Park Service invites you to join us online to celebrate the blooming of the lotus and water lilies at the 2021 Virtual Lotus and Water Lily Festival. The online festivities officially kick off on July 8 and feature videos, activities and interactive events through the end of the month. Online events can be found on the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens Facebook, and the Lotus and Water Lily Festival website.

Online events and activities will include: Read More

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Photo via DC Fire & EMS

From DC Fire and EMS: “Update bridge collapse I-295 prior to Polk St NE. 6 patients assessed, 4 of those were transported. #DCsBravest Hazmat unit mitigating diesel fuel leak from truck that is partially beneath bridge. At least 1 other vehicle was struck by debris. Collapse blocks both directions.”

Update from Alert DC: “Interstate 295 is closed in both directions with no access from US-50/New York Ave split to the 695 interchange. Expected to reopen on Thursday at 10 pm. Local resident access only, others should avoid area.” Read More

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via MPD

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating an Assault with Intent to Kill offense that occurred on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, in the 1600 block of Olive Street, Northeast.

At approximately 1:50 pm, the suspect entered a residence under construction at the listed location. The suspect brandished a firearm and fired a shot at the victim. The suspect took property then fled the scene. Read More

“Dear PoPville,

I’m sure you’re aware of the predatory speed camera on Kenilworth Ave. that catches essentially everyone taking the Benning Rd. exit off of the Anacostia Freeway.

After my wife and I both got tickets here in quick succession, and I did an analysis and was able to get them both dismissed by arguing that the camera’s location relative to the speed limit sign is unsafe.

I’m sending you the argument I used, along with supporting docs, as I think this could be useful Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I went to the Aquatic Gardens today [Sunday] around 3:10pm and upon entering, we saw a park staff member or officer in uniform running to the info booth with a flotation device under her arm in a panic. We stopped in our tracks and she said “Did he go to get the gator?” “Where is it?” The person manning the booth said yes and pointed her to the left around the body of water. She ran in that direction and yelled “Tell him I’m over here, okay?” I’m from Florida and we don’t play with that so obviously we left but an alligator?! In DC?! Hoping your readers can shed some light on this.”

Ed. Note: On July 27th 2018 “an illegal 5-foot caiman” was removed from a home in SE. The National Zoo says: “The American alligator is found in the United States from North Carolina to the Rio Grande in Texas.”

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