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Daily News Clips - December 5, 2017

Summary

A man is in critical condition after a fire at an apartment building in Southeast D.C. The fire took place at the Friendship Court Apartments in the 4500 block of 3rd Street at around 6:30 p.m. Monday. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo says firefighters forced entry into an apartment and rescued the victim from the burning unit. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital. • A man was arrested by Transit Police on Sunday after they say he got into a Metro station without paying, threw a bike onto Metro tracks, causing a crash and also set trash on fire. Authorities say at around 7 p.m., 50-year-old Demarcus Joseph Graves got into the Minnesota Avenue Station without making an attempt to pay the fare.

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Crime Updates

Fox5DC: Source: Man was found bound, beaten inside apartment during Southeast DC fire “A man is in critical condition after a fire at an apartment building in Southeast D.C. The fire took place at the Friendship Court Apartments in the 4500 block of 3rd Street at around 6:30 p.m. Monday. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson Vito Maggiolo says firefighters forced entry into an apartment and rescued the victim from the burning unit. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital.”

Fox5DC: Fare evader throws bike onto Metro tracks, causes crash, then starts trash fire, police say “A man was arrested by Transit Police on Sunday after they say he got into a Metro station without paying, threw a bike onto Metro tracks, causing a crash and also set trash on fire. Authorities say at around 7 p.m., 50-year-old Demarcus Joseph Graves got into the Minnesota Avenue Station without making an attempt to pay the fare.”

Fox5DC: Woman arrested for injuring another passenger during Metrobus altercation “A female passenger was arrested after injuring another woman on a Metrobus nearby the Walmart store in the NoMa neighborhood, police say. According to Metro Transit Police, they responded to 1st Street and H Street in Northwest D.C. for a report of an altercation between two passengers. At the scene, they found the 48-year-old victim with a non-life-threatening laceration to her arm. She was taken to the hospital for her injury.”

Washington Post: Man charged in fatal September stabbing in Northeast Washington “D.C. police arrested a suspect Monday in the fatal stabbing of a 46-year-old man who was attacked three months ago near the Eckington neighborhood of Northeast Washington. Gregory Williams, 42, of Northwest Washington was charged with first-degree murder while armed. He could make an initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday.”

Washington Post: D.C. man sentenced to 20 years in his mother’s killing “He had beaten his 81-year-old mother with his fist, a wooden stick and an iron in the summer at the apartment they shared in Northeast Washington after smoking crack earlier in the day. His mother later died, and a federal judge has sentenced the man — 52-year-old Derek Cook — to 20 years in prison.”

Public Safety Updates

Fox5DC: Principal of Ballou High School reassigned after investigation ordered into graduation policies “The principal of Ballou High School has been reassigned to another position following a report last week that claimed several students lacked the requirements to graduate despite all 164 students in Ballou’s 2017 graduating class received their diplomas and were accepted to college.”

Fox5DC: DC residents still waiting for answers from Metro as reports of intense vibration, shaking continue “It has been one year since FOX 5 first told you about complaints that Metro trains are causing homes to rumble and shake in the Petworth neighborhood of Northwest D.C. Residents and D.C. leaders are growing impatient and frustrated now that a full year has gone by without answers from Metro. The thought is the newer, heavier 7000-series trains are what is the causing the shaking. Metro has not agreed the trains are to blame. A study on this has been underway for months, but there is still no conclusion.”

Mayor and City Council

NBC Washington: Mayor Bowser Seeks to Rectify House Tax Bill’s Impact on Affordable Housing “The creation and maintenance of affordable housing developments may be at risk amid passage of the House of Representative’s tax bill, News4’s Tom Sherwood reports. Delta Towers, a Section 8 housing facility devoted to seniors ages 55 and up, is an example of a development that would be affected by the House’s tax bill. Its 147 Northeast D.C. units are more than 40 years old and falling into disrepair.”

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Posted December 05 2017 at 9:40 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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