by Andrew Ramonas May 27, 2016 at 6:15 am 0

3000 block of 14th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 2:30 p.m.) A man was arrested in connection with the shooting of a woman in Columbia Heights last night, police said.

Kevin Andrade, 25, was apprehended after the domestic violence on the 3000 block of 14th Street NW about 11 p.m. Thursday. Information on his lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

The victim was rushed to a local hospital, where she is listed in critical, but stable condition, according to authorities.

The scene of the shooting, which is just south of the Columbia Heights Metro station, was where a stabbing happened last week.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan May 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

Logan Circle Park in 2010Logan Circle park will come alive with flags, speeches and music from a brass band on Memorial Day.

The Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA) will hold a free celebration in the park that includes an appearance by newly appointed U.S. Army Secretary Eric Fanning, the singing of the national anthem from the Washington Capitals’ Bob McDonald and music from a brass quintet.

The celebration will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation of the colors from the junior officer training corps, followed by the singing of the national anthem, a religious invocation, and then a presentation from historian and author Gary Ecelbarger.

Later, Fanning will lead a wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of U.S. Civil War general John A. Logan. Fanning, who was only officially confirmed to the position last week, is the first openly gay head of a military branch in the U.S., as reported by the Washington Post.

Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic blankets, lunches — and yes, even dogs — to the event.

More information from Logan Circle’s ANC 2F:

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by Andrew Ramonas May 26, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

United House of Prayer for All People parade

(Updated at 2:55 p.m.) Trumpet players, cheerleaders and other people are set to march from Shaw to Logan Circle as part of an evangelical Christian church’s annual parade this weekend.

The United House of Prayer for All People‘s parade is slated to bring congregants from its church at 601 M St. NW to the Logan Circle traffic circle Saturday morning.

M Street NW from 6th to 7th streets NW is expected close from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Other road closures from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. are expected to include:

  • 6th Street NW from L to S streets NW.
  • S Street NW from 5th to 14th streets NW.
  • 13th Street NW from S to O streets NW.
  • Logan Circle NW.
  • P Street NW from 14th to 6th streets NW.
  • 7th Street NW from Q to L streets NW.

A United House of Prayer representative didn’t have an immediate comment on the parade or provide details on exactly when it will begin and end.

But Borderstan reported in 2013 that the marchers arrived about noon at the traffic circle’s park, where several locals gathered to watch. “Sweet Daddy” Grace, the church’s founder, lived at 11 Logan Circle NW before he died in 1960.

by Andrew Ramonas May 26, 2016 at 1:30 pm 0

Movie Nights in the Heights (Image via Facebook/Columbia Heights Initiative)“Finding Nemo,” “Inside Out” and other family-friendly films are slated to get outdoor screenings in Columbia Heights this summer.

The Columbia Heights Initiative is scheduled to hold “Movie Nights in the Heights” at the Tubman Elementary School Field (3101 13th St. NW) on four Fridays in June, starting next week.

The free screenings begin at sundown. But organizers will have games for children from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The movies include:

Interested moviegoers are encouraged to RSVP through the links above.

Image via Facebook/Columbia Heights Initiative

by Karin Riley Porter May 26, 2016 at 1:00 pm 4 Comments

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A group called The Pink Pistols are celebrating a major victory in both the gun control as well as the gay rights arena, following a finding that portions of D.C.’s concealed carry requirements are “likely unconstitutional.”

Last week District Judge Richard J. Leon granted the preliminary injunction sought by the Pink Pistols and their co-plaintiff, D.C. resident Matthew Grace, effectively halting enforcement of the District’s “good cause” requirement to obtain a concealed carry permit.

Although the D.C. Attorney General plans to appeal the decision and request a stay of the injunction, the decision may nonetheless have a ripple effect on similar gun control legislation in other states. In addition to the legal ramifications, the publicity surrounding the decision has brought the Pink Pistols’ message into the public spotlight, a victory in and of itself.

The Pink Pistols feel that animus toward perceived sexual orientation “constitutes a clear and present danger to the sexual-minority community that predicates just cause to carry a firearm for self-defense.” Pink Pistols leader Gwen Patton hopes increased public awareness that the LGBTQ community is arming itself will have a deterrent effect on hate crimes.

Current D.C. regulations require applicants seeking a concealed carry permit to meet multiple gun safety, age, personal history, and health requirements, all of which must be verified by a member of the Metropolitan Police department during an interview with the applicant.

The pending lawsuit does not challenge any of these requirements, which are mirrored in nearly every state’s concealed carry application process. Rather, at the heart of the lawsuit is D.C.’s “good cause” provision, which provides that the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department “may” issue a concealed carry permit only “if it appears that the applicant has good reason to fear injury to his or her person or property or has any other proper reason for carrying a pistol” D.C. Code § 22-4506(a).

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by Andrew Ramonas May 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm 0

3000 block of Georgia Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)A would-be thief pulled out a gun and tried to rob a man in Park View earlier this week after he said he wasn’t from the area, according to a police report Borderstan obtained today.

The attempted robbery happened on the 3000 block of Georgia Avenue NW about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The victim was walking from a store across from the Bruce Monroe Community Park when someone came up to him, authorities said. That individual then asked the man whether he was “from around the area.”

The man, who lives in Maryland, said he didn’t reside in the neighborhood. The person who approached the victim then flashed a handgun in an effort to rob the man.

But the victim ran to his car and drove away.

Police haven’t released any suspect information.

Photo via Google Maps

by Tim Regan May 26, 2016 at 10:15 am 0

West downtown planning study map; photo courtesy of DDOT

(Correction: This article originally noted the meeting would take place June 17. It will actually take place June 15. We’ve made the correction below.)

Local officials are looking at several ways to improve transportation for cyclists, pedestrians and bus riders traveling near Foggy Bottom, Farragut and McPherson Square.

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is scheduled to host a public meeting next month to talk about its planning study to improve an area that includes:

  • Pennsylvania Ave. NW between 17th St. and Washington Circle
  • H and I streets NW between New York Ave. and Pennsylvania Ave.

The purpose of the study is to enhance the streetscape and to evaluate the possibility of a bicycle facility or cycle track along Pennsylvania Ave. and to “assess the operational feasibility of a contraflow bus lane on H Street NW between New York Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue,” according to a DDOT notice.

The District’s multimodal transportation plan identified Pennsylvania Ave. NW as a “priority cycle track corridor and H Street NW as a priority high-capacity transit corridor,” officials said.

DDOT employees will share project goals and objectives and solicit public feedback during the June 15 discussion at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library (901 G St. NW) at 6 p.m.

Map courtesy of DDOT

by Tim Regan May 26, 2016 at 9:00 am 0

U Street art BRIEF

Town Intends to Stay Put — Town Danceboutique, the popular gay club near the Atlantic Plumbing development, does not intend to close despite the sale of its building. “This sale was not a surprise to us and we have a great relationship with our new landlord who is excited to have us as their tenant,” the club said in a statement. “We also enjoy solid lease terms and we intend and fully expect to be throwing parties in our current location for years to come.” [DCist]

See Inside the Obamas’ Kalorama Home — This 8,200-square-foot mansion in Kalorama is where the Obamas will live. Here’s your chance to virtually step foot inside. [Washingtonian]

MPD Not Growing — 851 D.C. police officers have retired, resigned, were terminated, or died since 2014, and cops are continually walking away from the job, the City Paper reports. But why? Money, the increasing difficulty of the job and competition from other cities are to blame, say current and former members of the police force.  [Washington City Paper]

New Speed Camera on Irving St. NW — Heads up, Park View drivers. There’s a new speed camera in town. [Park View, D.C.]

by Tim Regan May 25, 2016 at 4:45 pm 0

Pig roast photo courtesy of Dirty MartiniLocals will be able to go whole hog for free during a pig roast at Dirty Martini later this week.

The bar and lounge at 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW will host a pig roast Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to a Facebook event post.

Bartenders will sling tiki drinks during the event, said bar representative Salaam Mufti. Portions of the roasted pig are free, Mufti said, as long as patrons buy at least one drink. The festivities will also include games of corn hole and “an overall nice BBQ type vibe,” Mufti added.

The bar hosts pig roasts on the last Friday of every month.

by Andrew Ramonas May 25, 2016 at 3:55 pm 0

The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center at 1400 M St. NW

A man slipped into a downtown hotel room and got into bed with a woman without her permission as she slept early yesterday morning, police said.

The encounter occurred in The Westin Washington, D.C. City Center at 1400 M St. NW about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday.

The man didn’t force his way into the room before he laid next to the sleeping woman, according to authorities. But it wasn’t clear how he got in.

The victim awoke when the man started to rub and touch her right arm. The woman began to tussle with the man soon after, and he eventually left the room.

Morris Sherman, 38, was arrested in connection with the incident and charged with burglary.

Emily Barth, a lawyer who is representing him, wasn’t immediately available to comment.

A Westin representative didn’t have an immediate comment.

by Tim Regan May 25, 2016 at 2:35 pm 0

Photo via Facebook :Columbia Heights initiativeA Columbia Heights nonprofit is inviting neighbors to clean up, then cook out in the neighborhood tonight.

Locals will meet at the office of the Columbia Heights Initiative (3400 11th St. NW) this evening at 5:30 p.m. to help beautify the surrounding streets. The cleanup will be followed by a cookout where neighbors can socialize and eat together.

“Join us for our monthly community clean ups,” reads a volunteer page. “Following each clean up will be a hangout where volunteers can spend time getting to know each other and building community.”

Click here to volunteer.

Photo via Facebook / Columbia Heights Initiative

by Tim Regan May 25, 2016 at 1:35 pm 0

House catches fire in Shaw May 28

(Updated at 2:06 p.m.) A house under construction caught fire in Shaw this afternoon.

Authorities received a call for smoke billowing out of a three-story rowhome on the 900 block of Westminster St. NW at approximately 1:16 p.m. today, D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez said.

Dozens of firefighters rushed to the the scene at 1:18 p.m. and are currently working to douse the fire, which started in the attic of the building.

Nobody was injured during the blaze, said D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo.

“It looks like [firefighters] have a handle on it,” Maggiolo added.

Authorities said the fire was accidental.

by Andrew Ramonas May 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0

(Updated Friday at 5:11 p.m. with video of the incident. See above.) A man threatened to shoot a worker at a Columbia Heights restaurant in an attempted robbery yesterday afternoon, police said.

The incident happened in the IHOP on the 1400 block of Irving Street NW about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The would-be thief made his threat with a handwritten note on a takeaway menu he gave to the IHOP employee, police said.

“This is a robbery,” the note said, according to authorities. “Don’t say sh-t, or I will blow your f–king brains out.”

But the man never showed a weapon and ran away after the worker said the cash register was empty.

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by Tim Regan May 25, 2016 at 10:25 am 0

A national coffee chain is slated to invade the 14th Street corridor by Memorial Day.

Peet’s Coffee and Tea is set to open its doors at 1829 14th St. NW on Monday, according to a sign on the door of the forthcoming business.

“We will be opening on Monday,” the sign reads. “Please stop back in for Peet’s love and coffee!”

Employees at two other Peet’s locations in D.C. confirmed the opening date.

When it opens, the new Peet’s will be located on the same block as Black Cat, Ted’s Bulletin, Bar Pilar and Source. The new coffee shop will also compete for customers against the nearby Wydown, Peregrine Espresso, Slipstream and Dolcezza coffee shops.

by Tim Regan May 25, 2016 at 8:50 am 0

Dupont fountain birds BRIEF

Obama in Kalorama — It appears as though the Obamas are moving to the Kalorama neighborhood. Although it wasn’t immediately clear which house the first family might buy, there are plenty of lavish homes to choose from. [DCist; Washingtonian]

Developer Buys Land Near Atlantic Plumbing — An apartment developer apparently has plans for four parcels of land between V St. and Florida Ave. NW. An affiliate of Jefferson Apartment Group reportedly purchased the land — which includes the building that houses Town Danceboutique — for $25 million. [Washington Business Journal]

Noodle Pudding Pop-up Headed to Union Market — Toli Moli, which in March whipped up Burmese dessert drinks at Thip Khao, will pop up in Union Market starting June 1. [Washington City Paper]

Metro to Share News About Violent Crime — Metro will now notify the public about violent crimes on the day they happen. The decision comes after outcry over news of a rape on the Red Line was not shared with the public for more than a month. [Washington Post]

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