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Daily News Clips - March 12, 2018

Summary

A fire engine responding to an emergency call Friday was involved in a crash that left a motorist dead and critically injured a pregnant pedestrian on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast Washington, fire officials said. The male driver of one vehicle died at a hospital after being trapped in the wreckage near a stone sign announcing the entrance to the Brookland neighborhood at 12th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NE. The fire engine, a gold sedan and a dark-colored passenger vehicle were involved in the collision about 12:15 p.m. Friday. • A 44-year-old Ohio man who apparently demanded to get into the White House Thursday night was arrested by the Secret Service after he allegedly assaulted a police officer and resisted arrest, authorities said. Peter S. Theado of Elyria, Ohio, was ordered held Friday for a competency screening after a court appearance. According to a D.C. police report, at about 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Theado was near the East Executive Avenue entrance to the White House grounds and demanded to get inside. When he was told he wasn’t allowed in, he “became agitated and punched an officer in the head with a closed fist,” the report said.

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Crime Updates

Washington Post: Man arrested near White House after allegedly assaulting police officer “A 44-year-old Ohio man who apparently demanded to get into the White House Thursday night was arrested by the Secret Service after he allegedly assaulted a police officer and resisted arrest, authorities said. Peter S. Theado of Elyria, Ohio, was ordered held Friday for a competency screening after a court appearance. According to a D.C. police report, at about 8:40 p.m. Thursday, Theado was near the East Executive Avenue entrance to the White House grounds and demanded to get inside. When he was told he wasn’t allowed in, he “became agitated and punched an officer in the head with a closed fist,” the report said.”

Washington Post: Motorist killed, pregnant pedestrian critically hurt in crash involving D.C. fire engine “A fire engine responding to an emergency call Friday was involved in a crash that left a motorist dead and critically injured a pregnant pedestrian on Rhode Island Avenue in Northeast Washington, fire officials said. The male driver of one vehicle died at a hospital after being trapped in the wreckage near a stone sign announcing the entrance to the Brookland neighborhood at 12th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NE. The fire engine, a gold sedan and a dark-colored passenger vehicle were involved in the collision about 12:15 p.m. Friday.”

NBC Washington: 16-Year-Old Boy Charged in 17-Year-Old’s December Death in Southeast D.C. “Police arrested a 16-year-old boy in the slaying of a 17-year-old whose mother says her son was killed over a pair of shoes she gave him as an early Christmas present. James Anthony Smith was shot before 6 p.m. Dec. 18 on a basketball court at the Frederick Douglass Community Center in southeast D.C. Benita Smith says her son was wearing the new Air Jordans she gave him when he was shot and killed.”

Washington Post: District parents sentenced to 12 years in prison for starving death of 7-week-old infant “In her 7-week life, authorities say Trinity Jabore suffered from starvation, 13 fractured ribs and severe diaper rash. When paramedics were called to her Southwest Washington home on Christmas morning two years ago, her lifeless body, strapped in a car seat that was used as a bassinet, weighed just slightly over four pounds. On Friday, a D.C. Superior Court judge sentenced the infant’s parents, Trishelle Jabore, 27, and Jay Crowder, 34, to 12 years in prison in Trinity’s death. The couple pleaded guilty last summer to voluntary manslaughter and child abuse.”

NBC Washington: Boy Hit by Tour Bus Near MLK Jr. Memorial in DC: Police “A tour bus struck a 14-year-old boy near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., Friday night, U.S. Park Police say. D.C. Fire and EMS said the victim was in critical condition and he was pinned under the bus. Dramatic video of the rescue showed several firefighters working to get the child out from underneath the front of the bus. Firefighters then got the victim into a medevac. The crash happened about 6:50 p.m. on the 1900 block of Independence Ave. SW along the National Mall. There did not appear to be a crosswalk nearby, News4’s Shomari Stone reports. Park Police said the boy was taken to Children’s National Medical Center in D.C. with serious injuries.”

Washington Post: 19-year-old found guilty of first-degree murder in shootings of teen, off-duty U.S. Secret Service officer “It was Easter weekend nearly two years ago when Maurice Bellamy decided a youth he encountered on a Metro station platform was staring at him. Bellamy opened fire, killing the 15-year-old boy who had been headed to a haircut for church services the next morning. Months before that, Bellamy had fatally shot another unarmed stranger. The victim was an off-duty U.S. Secret Service officer who was sitting in a car waiting for a friend. On Friday, after more than a week of often emotional and graphic testimony from eyewitnesses to the killings, a D.C. Superior Court jury convicted Bellamy, now 19, of both murders. He faces a maximum of two life-prison terms when he is sentenced July 20.”

Public Safety Updates

NBC Washington: Man Struck by Falling Tree During Windstorm Dies “A man who was struck by a falling tree in Northwest D.C. during last week’s fierce windstorm has died, police confirm. Paul Agbo, 50, of Burtonsville, was driving on the 2500 block of 44th Street Northwest, near Glover Archibold Park, when a tree fell onto his SUV. Agbo was trapped in the vehicle before rescuers freed him and took him to George Washington University Hospital with critical injuries. He was taken off life support on Wednesday.”

Mayor and City Council

NBC Washington: Councilmember Questions DC Water Rate Proposal: ‘It Looks Like Kind of A Shell Game’ “The DC Water Board is proposing a small reduction in its Clean Rivers fee. But the News4 I-Team, which has been investigating that fee for nearly a year, found the reduction might actually amount to higher bills for many customers. If approved, the $2.18 rate drop would be temporary, taking effect in October 2018. At the same time, DC Water has proposed raising customers’ sewer rates by 13 percent — so many customers wouldn’t see any break on their bills at all. Plus, the Clean Rivers fee would begin rising again in October 2019, surpassing the current rate and continuing to rise exponentially each year thereafter.”

NBC Washington: Jaffe Report: Grosso Backed Down on Bowser Over Schools Scandal After Visit From Lawyer “Last year, two of Bowser’s top appointees overstepped the lottery system that mere mortal parents must endure and used their special positions to place their children in coveted public schools. Bowser let her buddies slide. Nary a slap on the wrist. But she ordered her freshly appointed schools chancellor, Antwan Wilson, to write stringent guidelines prohibiting high-ranking city officials from moving their children from school-to-school – period.”

Washington Post: A student, a homeless man and an ex-lawyer: Who says D.C. mayor has no election challengers? “With less than two weeks before the deadline for submitting signatures to compete in the Democratic primary, Bowser does not have what pundits like to refer to as a “credible” opponent — shorthand for candidates whose chances of winning are somewhere north of zilch. Yet, depending on whether they qualify for the ballot, there are plenty of potential candidates who fancy themselves mayoral material. The flock includes a George Washington University sophomore; a part-time courier; an IT manager; a real estate broker; a disbarred lawyer; and a former U.S. marshal once convicted of manslaughter.”

Washington Post: Bowser calls Rubio a hypocrite for trying to restrict District gun laws and tighten federal ones “Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said Sen. Marco Rubio’s efforts to repeal the District’s gun laws despite his support for certain federal limits on the purchase of guns are “the height of hypocrisy.” Following a public outcry for stricter gun control after the Parkland, Fla., school shooting last month, Rubio (R-Fla.) proposed a plan to strengthen background checks and said he would explore changes involving age limits and reducing magazine capacity.”

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Posted March 12 2018 at 9:46 AM by DC Police Union News | Permanent Link

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