What do people read when they visit Borderstan.com? Here are the All-Time Top 20 Postings on Borderstan.com through November 30. The total number of visits to the Web site from the first week of August (when it went live) through November 30 is 17,957; average number of visits per day to Borderstan.com is 147. However, daily traffic has grown the past two months; for October the average number of daily visits was 190; in November it was 198.
- WaPo: Update on 2006 Swann St Murder – 687
- Annual High Heel Race on 17th… – 640
- In-Person Absentee Voting Underway… – 573
- About Borderstan – 564
- Arrest Made in Connection with 2006… – 522
- 1 Dead, 1 Wounded; Shooting in Rear… – 489
- Maryland Man Arrested in Murder… – 390
- “Taste of Dupont” is Tuesday… – 293
- In Our Neighborhood – 266
- Intelligent Traveler Compares… – 244
- Sunday, 28th: Latino Festival… – 243
- VOTE: Election Guides, DC… – 240
- “Commissary” Opens Sept. 9… – 224
- Hello Cupcake Bakery Opens… – 196
- Year-to-Date Borderstan Crime Stats – 171
- What Do You Think of the Metropole? – 169
- Dog Park at 11th & R NW… – 150
- WaPo on Metropole: “Condo Sellers… – 147
- Cafe Salsa to Open in Borderstan – 145
- Weekend Events: Union Station’s… – 137
Borderstanians: You can get police alerts for a specific area or areas when you sign up for alerts through the MPD’s system. Here is an example, below, of one I received last night about a gun robbery at 15th and V Streets NW at 7 p.m. To sign up for alerts, go to alert.ema.dc.gov.
Important Alert from DCRSANRobbery(Gun) @ 1900hrs 15th & V St. NW. LOF: B/M, 6ft-3in, medium build, wearing black pants, black jacket, black ski w/red stripe. DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT#
Sent on: 11/29 19:52
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Courtesy of Dupont Forum on Yahoo! Groups… two events next weekend at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
- Saturday, December 6 at 3 p.m.: Performance by bell ringers, Mitchell Ringers (adults) and Jubilee Ringers (7th graders). Includes 7-octave hand bells and choir chimes.
- Sunday, December 7 at 2:30 p.m.: Author lecture, Patricia Daly-Lipe discusses her book “Forbidden Loves,” about life in Paris between the First and Second World Wars.
The Historical Society of Washington, DC, is located at 801 K Street NW (Mount Vernon Square Metro stop). All events are free unless otherwise indicated. For more information, visit the Web site or call 202 383-1800.
The next membership meeting of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) is this Tuesday, December 2, at the Phillips Collection gallery at 1600 21st Street NW, from 7 to 9 p.m. “Artful Evening at the Phillips” is the theme of the meeting with a tour of the “Christo & Jeanne-Claude: Over the River” exhibit. A reception follows at Mark & Orlando’s Restaurant, 2020 P Street, NW. This event is free and open to everyone. For more information about DCCA, contact President Joel Lawson.
The Logan Circle Holiday House Tour will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2008 from 1 to 5 p.m. This year’s tour–sponsored by the Logan Circle Community Association–will feature East Logan. There will be a special emphasis on the rich history of residential and commercial alley life in Logan’s own Blagden Alley and Naylor Court. The tour will also feature the Blagden Alley studio of world-renowned master printmaker David Adamson.
Tour participants are also welcome to a Wassail reception hosted at the Long View Gallery, at 9th and N Streets, N.W. from 3 to 5:30 p.m. the day of the tour. Proceeds from the tour benefit LCCA’s ongoing community improvement efforts.
Properties Confirmed for Tour
- 1300 13th Street, N.W.
- 1217 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. – Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes
- 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. PH 102
- 1010 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W. PH 202
- 910 M Street, N.W., Unit 120
- 1240 10th Street, N.W.
- 1217 10th Street, N.W.
- 926 N Street, N.W. (rear-Blagden Alley) – Adamson Editions
- 1327 10th Street, N.W.
- 1319 Naylor Court, N.W.
- 1312 Naylor Court, N.W.
You can purchase advance tickets online for $15 each. Tickets purchased online will be available for pick up after 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, at 1324 Vermont Avenue, N.W. Same day tickets are available for $20 at 1324 Vermont Avenue, N.W., after 12:30pm. Pre-tour tickets are also available at the following retail locations:
- Azi’s Café, 1336 9th Street, N.W.
- Barrel House Liquors, 1341 14th Street, N.W.
- Home Rule, 1807 14th Street, N.W.
- Lambda Rising Bookstore, 1625 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
- Logan Hardware, 1416 P Street, N.W.
- 5th Street Ace Hardware, 1055 5th Street, N.W.
For information, or to volunteer, please contact LCCA’s Tim Christensen.
If you have been following the story of the Columbia Heights teenager suspected of being a serial robber–but turned loose twice by the court system following his arrest–this WaPo story will make you feel a bit better:
A teenager being sought by D.C. police in a string of robberies in the Columbia Heights area turned himself in yesterday, ending a two-day search in a case that generated a police-led e-mail campaign and much community attention. Police said they have charged Michael Richardson, who recently turned 18, as an adult in a robbery on the grounds of Cardozo High School. A similar charge was filed last week, but the case was dropped by prosecutors, who said evidence was lacking. Richardson was released after that charge was dropped, in what D.C. officials called a mix-up. More: Read entire WaPo story.
This case is a good example of the power of citizens working with police to bring attention to a public safety problem. D.C. Police Inspector Edward Delgado, commander of the Third District Substation in Columbia Heights, played an important role in Richardson’s arrest and detainment. Through an email campaign, Delgado asked residents to contact the D.C. attorney general’s office and D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office, demanding that Richardson be re-arrested and detained. The result was a floof emails by residents to authorities.
Richardson was then arrested on Friday, November 21–but released because of a paperwork glitch. Police believe he may have committed two more crimes between November 21 and 26 when he was arrested once again.
You have to wonder: How often do papework glitches in the court system result in suspects being released back into Bordersan?
Borderstanians: The following post is from 14th & U and a good reminder of how the homeless suffer even more in cold weather. Call the Shelter Hotline Transport at 800-535-7252 if you see someone outside at danger from the cold weather. You can get more information about the Shelter Hotline online.
It’s chilly again, and those who live outside are at risk of hypothermia and frostbite. If you see someone suffering out in the cold, please make a call to Shelter Hotline Transport at 800-535-7252. They make periodic rounds in the city, but, when alerted, will go directly to the location of someone who may be at risk for hypothermia. Those who turn down transportation to a shelter will be offered blankets and warm clothing.
You may have already heard the news, but it’s worth repeating for those in Borderstan who are thinking about renting their home to out-of-towners in January… for the inaugural festivities of Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Borderstan is pretty close to ideal for anyone–resident or visitor–who wants to take in some of the January 20 Inauguration festivities. We can walk to the White House and Pennsylvania Avenue… restaurants, clubs and stores are right outside our front doors.
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has pretty much suspended the usual rules regarding permits, sales taxes and such for Washingtonians who want to rent out their homes as hotel rooms next month for the 2009 Inauguration.
The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has even drafted a sample lease to use when renting to guests. You can download the sample lease online (PDF).
Incident 1: Robbery with a Gun, 1900-block of S Street NW
- Date, Time & Location: Thursday, November 27, at 1:30 a.m., on the 1900-block of S Street NW.
- Details: Complainant reports he was walking in the block when the suspect approached him from the rear, pointed a silver colored gun at him and demanded his property. Suspect fled on foot. Police believe there may be a connection between this crime and the street robbery that occured about 75 minutes earlier at 1617 15th Street in Borderstan.
- Lookout: Lookout for a black male, 19 years of age, 6’0″, medium complexion, wearing a blue-white skull cap, dark coat, carrying a silver gun.
Incident 2: Assault with Intent to Rob, 1800-block of R Street NW
- Date, Time & Location: Saturday, November 22, at 11 p.m., on the 1800-block of R Street NW.
- Details: Complainant reports he was walking in the block when he was approached by two suspects and was punched. The suspects fled on foot, eastbound on R Street.
- Lookout: Lookout is for two black males, 15- to 17-years old, 5’11”, 165 to 170 pounds wearing black coats.
Incident 3: Robbery Force & Violence, 1800-block of T Street NW
- Date, Time & Location: Saturday, November 22, at 10:40 p.m., at 1800-block of T Street NW.
- Details: Case closed with arrest of three suspects. The complainant reports he was walking in the block and was approached from behind by three suspects. All three suspects knocked the complainant to the ground and started punching him. The suspects fled on foot and were apprehended by Officer Mike Smith, PSA 208. The complainant was treated at George Washington Hospital for his injuries.
- Three Arrested: Arrested were one adult and two juveniles. The adult is identified as Joshua Fortson, Black Male, DOB: 7/24/89. His address of record is 1119 Stevens Road SE. The two juveniles arrested are 15- and 17-years old and live in the vicinity of the arrested adult suspect; their names cannot be released because they are juveniles.
Incident 4: Robbery Force & Violence, 1700-block of Swann Street NW
- Date, Time & Location: Tuesday, November 11, at 6 p.m., 1700-block of Swann Street NW.
- Details: Complainant reports while walking in the block a group of six males jumped him from behind and began punching him. The complainant sustained a laceration to his forehead and was treated at George Washington University Hospital.
- Lookout: A general lookout was provided for six black males in their late teens to early ’20s.
Incident 5: Assault with Intent to Rob, 18th & New Hampshire NW
- Date, Time & Location: Monday, November 10, at 12:10 a.m., at 18th Street and New Hampshire Avenue NW.
- Details: Female complainant reports she was walking in the block when two suspects approached her from behind and pushed her to the ground. The suspects attempted to grab the complainant’s bag, but fled before taking possession of it. The suspects fled on foot northbound on 18th Street.
- Lookout: Lookout is for two black males, 15- to 16-years old, 5’7″ to 5’8″, 140 pounds, wearing blue jeans and dark coats.
Arrest Made in Theft from Auto
PSA 208 officers made an arrest in a Theft from Auto case on November 27 in the 1600-block of O Street NW. The suspect is identified as Reginald Teneyck, 52-years old, no fixed address.
- Date, Time & Location: Wednesday, November 26, at 10:30 p.m., at 1717 15th Street NW.
- Details: Two complainants reported they were walking in the block, when three suspects approached them from the rear and began punching them. The suspects took $120 cash and fled northbound on 15th Street.
- Lookout: Be on thelookout is for three black males, 16- to 18-years old, wearing dark coats.
Incident 2: Robbery with a Gun at 1617 15th Street NW
- Date, Time & Location: Thursday, November 27, at 12:15 a.m., at 1617 15th Street NW.
- Details: Two complainants report they were walking in the block when Suspect 1 approached him from the rear, pointed a gun at him and demanded cash. Stolen was $40 cash and a cell phone. Police believe there may be a connection between this crime and the street robbery that occured about 75 minutes later in the 1900-block of R Street NW.
- Lookout: Be on the lookout for Suspect 1: black male, 19-years old, dark complexion, 5’9″, wearing blue jeans, armed with a black handgun. Lookout for Suspect 2: black male, 19 years old, 5’9″, wearing a black coat and black pants.
The MPD has announced the results of last weekend’s all hands on deck policing effort:
Nov. 25-Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier announced today results of the citywide All Hands on Deck (AHOD) Phase IV, which began at 6 am Friday, November 21, and continued through 6 am on Sunday, November 23, 2008. This AHOD was a citywide effort involving various DC government agencies including the Department of Human Services, Department of Public Works, and the Department of Employment Services among other agencies that followed up with clients already in their systems and made referals to address residents’ needs throughout the city.
Borderstanians: The follwoing holiday shopping season safety tips are from the MPD Web site, courtesy of Field Training Officer K.A. Sodimu of the Fourth District/PSA 401; they were posted to the Dupont Forum on Yahoo! Groups.
As we are all excited about the holiday shopping season, so are the criminals–they are getting ready to take advantage of any mistake we make. Remember that criminals also need to buy presents, too–for their kids, spouses, parents, grandparents, girlfriends and boyfriends. Criminals also drive and visit people, too, and if they do not have the money or the means to get around, they are coming for ours. So, we have to be proactive and remember to put into action all the safety tips that learn throughout the year. The following safety tips are from the MPD Web site:
- Auto Theft Prevention
- Thefts from Autos
- Burglary Prevention
- Guarding Against Robbery and Assault
- Theft & Pickpocket Prevention
- Identity Theft
- Street Smarts
- Personal Safety in Your Vehicle
- Gas Station Safety
- Consumer Protection
- ATM Safety
- Protecting Your Private Information
- Drunk Driving Prevention
- Pedestrian Collisions in DC
- Pedestrian Protection Bus Safety Law
- Pedestrian Bus Safety
Disclaimer: Some materials have been compiled from a variety of sources, and are subject to change without notice. I do not warrant or make any representations as to the quality, content, accuracy, or completeness of the information.
In case you somehow missed it… new developments last week in the 2006 murder of Robert Wone on the 1500-block of Swann Street NW:
- “3 Indicted In Alleged Coverup of D.C. Killing” (The Washington Post, November 21)
- “Bail request dropped for men charged in Wone murder; Price, Zaborsky plead not guilty to obstruction of justice” (Washington Blade, November 21)
Borderstanians: The following selected crimes occured from late October to late November in Police Service Area (PSA) 208. West Borderstan is part of PSA 208. Report is from the MPD Second District listserv on Yahoo! Groups.
- Theft occurred in the 1000-block of Connecticut Avenue NW on 11/21/2008, 1125 a.m. Citizen reports the suspect, a black male wearing gray sweatpants, was observed on camera concealing women’s clothing and fled the store.
- Theft occurred in the 1500 block of M Street NW between 11/20/2008 (5:30 p.m.) and 11/21/2008 (9 a.m.). Citizen reports the office was entered between the listed dates and times and two computers were stolen.
- Theft occurred in the 1600-block of L Street NW on 11/20/2008 (8:40 a.m.) to 11/21/2008 (6:24 a.m.). Citizen reports that four computers were stolen from the office in an unknown manner.
- Theft occurred in the 1500-block of Connecticut Avenue NW on 11/21/2008 between 4:30 and 5:08 p.m. Citizen reports the listed property was stolen while he was inside the restaurant.
- Theft from auto occurred in the 1700-block of M Street NW on 11/27/2008 between 9:20 a.m. and 12 midnight. Citizen reports the vehicle, a ’95 Mercedes C220 bearing Viginia tags was entered through the unlocked rear door and a laptop computer and assorted makeup was stolen.
- Theft from auto occurred in the 1200-block of 20th Street NW on 11/21/2008 between 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Citizen reports the vehicle, a 2004 Jeep SUV bearing Virginia tags was entered by smashing the driver’s rear window and a backpack containing personal papers was stolen.
- Arson occurred in the 2100 block of Connecticut Avenue NW on 10/28/2008 at 11:30 p.m. Citizen reports a small fire was set to the front door of the residence by unknown suspect.