by Jennifer Currier — September 2, 2015 at 2:30 pm 0

WABA stand from 2013, photo via Facebook / WABADCThe Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and the Metropolitan Police Department’s PSA 308 will help man a “lemonade stand” — minus the lemonade — to promote public safety tomorrow evening.

Cyclists are encouraged to ride to the 600 block of O Street NW for biking-related goodies and resources from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

WABA Vice President Martin Moulton said the volunteers at the stand will hand out comprehensive maps of places to ride in the city as well as bike safety tips and cards. Riders who arrive early enough can also pick up a free gift.

“Our goal is to engage cyclists in the local community and make sure drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all get along,” Moulton said.

He also said Lieutenant Debra Pearce has been eager to work with groups in the community to promote public safety and add to their existing outreach post.

“It’s a great community engagement tool,” Moulton added. “We’re excited for the chance to talk to people, and we just hope everyone has a good time out there on the road.”

Photo via Facebook/Washington Area Bicyclist Association

by Tim Regan — August 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm 811 3 Comments

A new Vietnamese restaurant is on track to arrive in Shaw next spring.

The new restaurant, Hoa Tuc, will be located at 715 Florida Avenue NW and will serve contemporary versions of traditional Vietnamese dishes, says co-owner Suzy Duong.

“We will do traditional Vietnamese food in a very contemporary way, but we will still use the traditional recipes,” Duong says.

For example, Duong says the restaurant will serve clay pot fish with local rockfish or sea bass instead of the more traditional choice of catfish.

“We would like to use fresh ingredients that are local and present them in a contemporary way using local resources and available herbs and spices,” Duong adds.

Duong says the restaurant will seat 74 people and include a full bar that serves local beers, wine and cocktails.

The new eatery will be co-owned and managed by Van Pham and Jon D’Souza, and is an extension of a pre-existing Vietnamese restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City that shares the Hoa Tuc name. The owner of the Ho Chi Minh City restaurant, Kim Ha Do, will relocate to D.C. to help open the restaurant, Duong says.

“[Do] has such a proven record in Ho Chi Minh city. She is the owner of nine different restaurants,” says Duong.

The idea, she adds, is to recreate some of what made Do’s restaurants successful in Vietnam.

“We are hoping to convey the fact that it’s very warm and inviting,” Duong says. “There will be Vietnamese heritage art on the walls. We are hoping that this will turn into a local neighborhood hangout for people in the Shaw neighborhood.”

Duong also says she hopes the nearby Shay development will help bring people through the door.

“It’s lucky for us that The Shay is across the street,” she says.

Photos courtesy of Hoa Tuc

by Tim Regan — August 20, 2015 at 3:40 pm 465 0

Marcus King, photo via MPDPolice have identified one of the suspects in the deadly shooting that left 23 year-old Matthew Shlonsky dead last weekend.

Police say Shlonsky was killed after being caught in the path of a drive-by shooting that occurred near the intersection of 7th and S streets NW on the afternoon of Aug. 15.

Police are seeking Marcus King, 19, on a warrant for second degree murder while armed.


Police released King’s photo and information earlier this afternoon.

If you see this suspect, call 911 for immediate police response. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Photo courtesy of MPD

by Tim Regan — August 18, 2015 at 7:00 am 390 2 Comments

Police Car(Corrected at 10:51 p.m. with proper neighborhood) A man was arrested and charged yesterday in connection with the death of an infant in Petworth, say D.C. Police.

Police announced yesterday evening that they had arrested 28-year-old Robert Smith Sr. from Northwest D.C. and charged him with first-degree felony murder in connection with the death of five-week-old Robert Smith Jr.

Police say officers and emergency personnel from D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the 3700 block of 9th Street NW for the report of an unconscious person two weeks ago on Aug. 4 around 3:43 pm.

Upon arrival, crews found a five week-old infant “unconscious and unresponsive.” The infant was transported from the scene to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say the District’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner later determined the cause of death to be a homicide caused by “multiple blunt force injuries.”

Information on Smith Sr.’s lawyer wasn’t immediately available.

by Tim Regan — August 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm 1,248 0

Six persons of interest were filmed in connection with the deadly shooting that left an American University graduate dead in Shaw on Saturday afternoon.

The video, released today by police, is split into two parts.

The first part shows a vehicle connected to the shooting. Police are urging those who may have seen the vehicle before or after the shooting to come forward.

The second part appears to show footage from a shootout that occurred near the intersection of 7th and S streets NW on Saturday.

In that part of the video, several men, who appear to be clutching handguns, can be seen running with their heads down, seemingly scrambling for cover.

American University graduate Matthew Shlonsky was killed in the crossfire, say police.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at (202) 727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE to 50411.

Video via MPD

by Tim Regan — August 17, 2015 at 9:45 am 503 2 Comments

Police cars, photo via Flickr.com/MPD

An ANC commissioner is calling on D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser to implement a new crime plan following the deadly shooting of an American University student in Shaw on Saturday.

In a post written yesterday, ANC 2F Commissioner Charlie Bengel, 2F-06, laid out his concerns with “Mayor Muriel Bowser’s failure to protect the citizens of the District of Columbia.”

“Matt Shlonsky was 23 years old, a 2014 graduate of American University and an employee at Deloitte,” wrote Bengel on the deadly shooting in Shaw. “He was walking near the Shaw Metro station yesterday, minding his own business, when he was randomly killed, a victim of a drive by shooting in what has become a lawless Shaw community.”

Bengel continues: “As an elected city official I call on the mayor to immediately implement a true plan, with specific actions, to take back our communities from the violent crime we’ve seen recently.”

Below are Bengel’s 10 strategies for crime prevention in the District:

1. Use the bully pulpit of the mayor’s position to discuss with communities the importance of coming forward with information that could lead to the closure of open cases of violent crime. We must overcome the culture of a hero being labeled a snitch.

2. Increase the reward from $25,000 to $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for homicides. Year to date the city has seen 93 homicides and more than half remain unsolved.

3. Re-introduce district-based plain clothes vice units. The Third District vice unit was responsible for 1,400 arrests and 100 gun seizures alone in 2014. Crime suppression teams, fully uniformed and in marked, and very visible, police cruisers, are unable to be as effective as the vice units were.

4. Increase enforcement of public housing and Section 8 rules. With 70,000 residents on the waiting list for housing assistance, we cannot tolerate any public housing or Section 8 residents who harbor criminals or break rules – or allow their guests to. When a public housing or Section 8 resident is convicted of a felony that news needs to be shared amongst agencies and result in an eviction per the public housing rules.

5. Set up zero tolerance policing zones where arrests will occur, without warning, to anyone committing any crime – including quality of life crimes such as drinking in public, prostitution, public urination, marijuana use, illegal gambling and the like.

6. Unrestricted police overtime. The police department needs as many officers on the street as possible to get us through the summer.

7. Curfew enforcement. The law says juveniles under the age of 17 shall be inside by midnight in the summer and that law needs to be strictly enforced.

8. The city needs to greatly increase the use of high definition surveillance and recording cameras and give grants to businesses willing to install exterior cameras and share the live feed with the police department.

9. The same people are getting arrested over and over again and it becomes a “badge of honor”, as one officer told me. We need to look closely at how many arrests are not prosecuted and what comes of those cases that are. The reality is a tiny portion of people commit the violent crime and we need to get them locked up for a long time.

10. All District agencies must work together to combat crime and the agency directors need to be held accountable. It should not have taken three months after a homicide across from Kennedy Rec Center in Shaw for DPR & DGS to get a contract for cameras executed.

Bengel also called for more ANC commissioners to speak out about violence in the District.

“I call on my fellow Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners to keep up the pressure,” he wrote. “Don’t be afraid to speak out. Don’t let this issue slip when crime drops with the temperature. Demand that our leaders in the executive branch come up with long term solutions to what is an always anticipated rise in crime in the summer.”

Photo via Flickr/MPD

by Tim Regan — August 13, 2015 at 12:55 pm 304 1 Comment

A pedestrian was hit by a car and critically injured near the intersection of 9th and R streets NW, D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted around 12:26 p.m.

D.C. Police have since reopened 9th and R streets NW to French Street NW.

by Tim Regan — August 12, 2015 at 11:30 am 156 0

700 Florida Avenue NWD.C. Police say a man was arrested yesterday after punching and trying to tase another man during a fight over dropped cash at a bus stop in Shaw.

Police arrested Jeffrey Birth, 34, near the 700 block of Florida Avenue NW around 4:42 p.m. yesterday.

The incident started when a man waiting for the bus dropped cash on the ground, police say. Birth allegedly tried to snatch the cash from the ground and began to argue with the man when confronted. Police say Birth then punched the man, pulled out a taser and tried to shock him with it.

A police officer near the 1900 block of 7th Street NW witnessed part of the incident and approached the bus stop. Police say Birth then tried to tase the man again before fleeing from the officer.

Birth was chased down by the officer and arrested shortly thereafter. He faces charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, simple assault, drug possession and possession of a destructive device.

The victim was not injured during the alleged assault, say police.

Information regarding Birth’s lawyer was not immediately available.

Image via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — August 7, 2015 at 2:25 pm 202 0

1800 9th Street NWA man was arrested for attacking another man with a knife and a brick yesterday afternoon in Shaw, say D.C. Police.

According to police, James Jordan, 45, was arguing with another man near the 1800 block of 9th Street NW around 4:45 p.m. yesterday. The argument escalated when Jordan allegedly entered a nearby residence and came out wielding a knife.

Police say Jordan lunged at the man with the knife, but failed to injure him and fled on foot. The man then chased Jordan down the block, and during the chase, Jordan allegedly picked up a brick and hurled it at the man.

Police say they stopped and arrested Jordan near the end of the block.

The victim was treated by D.C. Fire and EMS authorities on the scene but was not transported to a hospital.

Information on Jordan’s lawyer was not immediately available.

Image via Google Street View

by Tim Regan — August 7, 2015 at 10:50 am 419 0

All Souls rendering

Applause rang out at last night’s ANC 1B meeting at the Reeves Center after the commission unanimously approved a settlement agreement regarding a long-debated and proposed outdoor patio at Shaw bar All Souls.

The bar’s plans for an outdoor patio at the corner of 8th and T streets NW previously ran into some heavy opposition from neighbors, reported Short Articles About Long Meetings in February, March and April.

According to a July post on the All Souls Facebook page, the bar has already been approved for a public space permit by DDOT, pending technical changes.

The room seemed to tense when Mark Ranslem, 1B-08, spoke up after a motion to approve the settlement agreement was put forth.

“I know they put a lot of work into this,” he began. “And I’m very happy.”

The commission then voted unanimously to approve the settlement agreement.

Commissioners broke out into laughter, applause and sighs, seemingly relieved to put the long-debated issue to rest.

“I had a big speech planned,” joked commissioner Brian Footer, 1B-01. “Put the speech away,” responded commissioner Dyana Forester, 1B-06, to more laughter.

The Shaw bar’s next step will be at an ABRA protest hearing on Sept. 9.

Image via Facebook.com/allsoulsbar

by Tim Regan — July 30, 2015 at 10:55 am 203 0

bike robbersA boy was arrested today in connection with a group robbery that occurred in Shaw earlier this month, say D.C. Police.

Police say that on July 11 around 10:30 p.m., 15-20 suspects ambushed three men and one boy near the exit of the Shaw Skate Park on the 1100 block of R Street NW.

The robbers surrounded three of the victims and repeatedly struck them until they surrendered their property, police told Borderstan on July 16.

A video connected to the robbery and released by police earlier this month shows a man forcefully beaten on the ground as he clenches onto a bicycle.

Police have charged the boy with robbery force and violence in connection with the crime.

The investigation is ongoing, say police.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a robbery force and violence committed in the District of Columbia.

Image via MPD

by Tim Regan — July 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm 1 Comment

Parcel 42The D.C. Government will hold another informational meeting related to a plot of land known as Parcel 42 and located at the intersection of R Street and 7th Street NW.

The meeting will be held next Tuesday, July 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library (1630 7th Street NW).

Last month, employees from the D.C. Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) held a public meeting to share information and receive feedback from locals regarding the plot of land.

Now, the DMPED wants to talk with more residents as part of its new Request for Proposals (RFP) initiative, which is designed to loop locals in on decisions regarding future neighborhood development.

“The purpose of this meeting is to reconnect with the community on the feedback received through the Workshop and Online Engagement Forum and how community input will be incorporated in the RFP,” reads the online posting.

by Tim Regan — July 20, 2015 at 3:00 pm 883 1 Comment

Police CarD.C. Police officials say they’ve arrested 30 men since cracking down on prostitution in parts of Shaw, Logan Circle and Dupont on July 14.

All of the arrests were made in the area between 9th and 17th and L and N streets NW, and police say the arrested men have all been charged with solicitation of prostitution.

According to police, this is an ongoing operation that “will continue to focus on the prostitution complaints in this area.”

Earlier this month, police conducted an operation in the 1100 block of K Street NW that resulted in eight prostitution-related arrests.

by Jared Holt — July 16, 2015 at 2:30 pm 200 0

D.C. Police have released a video showing five men violently robbing a man near the Shaw Recreation Center.

Police say 15-20 suspects ambushed three adult males and one juvenile male on the 1100 block of R Street NW on July 11th around 10:30 p.m.

Robbers surrounded three of the victims and repeatedly struck them until they surrendered their property, police said. Authorities could not disclosure whether the juvenile was one of three injured.

In a video released by police, a man is forcefully beaten on the ground as he clenched onto a bicycle. A group of men surround the victim as his attacker jumps on his body and kicks his head.

Police believe the video footage is directly related to the robbery on July 11.

Victims’ injuries were treated on-site.

At this time, police have not identified or arrested any suspects .

Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia. Your assistance is appreciated by your community.

Anyone who can identify these individuals or who has knowledge of this incident should take no action but call police at 202-727-9099 or text your tip to the Department’s TEXT TIP LINE at 50411.

by Tim Regan — July 10, 2015 at 12:35 pm 100 0

Climate Ride BoyceA Shaw woman is raising money for a bike ride meant to bring awareness to environmental issues.

Lily Boyce, who lives near the southern boundary of Shaw, seeks to raise $2,800 for a 380-mile Climate Ride from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Boston in September.

Boyce, who works as a researcher at consumer rights non-profit Food and Water Watch in Dupont Circle, says she’s riding to help end fracking, bring awareness to GMO labeling and to make clean water sources available for all.

“We’re trying to use this ride to promote our campaign a little bit,” says Boyce.

Boyce says she’s also riding for bicycle advocacy in general.

“I lost someone very close to me last year through a bicycle crash in New York,” she says. “City urban infrastructure needs to be more open of bicycling as a way to get around.”

Boyce, who has already raised $372, has just two months to raise the $2,800. But she’s confident and excited that she’ll be able to bike during September’s ride.

“I’m so sick of this humidity,” Boyce says. “I’m a total cold weather girl. I’m all about the snow and mountain life. If I get to wear a jacket, I’m happy.”

Photo courtesy of Lily Boyce


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