by Borderstan.com March 19, 2013 at 9:57 am 0

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Protesters against the Keystone Pipeline talk to morning commuters and the media following this morning’s protest at TD Bank, 1489 P Street NW. (Borderstan)

A small group of protesters occupied the ATM lobby and a small space on the sidewalk in front of the TD Bank branch at 1489 P Street NW Tuesday morning. The group was protesting TD Bank’s funding of the Keystone XL Pipeline. One of the group members said there was no organization behind the protest, although some of them had come from the Occupy DC movement.

DC Police were on hand in full force, and the 1400 block of P Street was closed to traffic at 7:30 am Tuesday morning. By 8 am, the two protesters inside the ATM lobby and the sidewalk protester — who was chained to a 300-pound chunk of cement — had been removed by police.

The protesters were giving media interviews and talking to early morning foot commuters at 15th and P NW. Police on the scene said no arrests were made. There was no representative of TD Bank on hand to confirm that the bank was not pressing charges against the protesters.

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The scene shortly before 8 am this morning at 15th and P NW. (Borderstan)

The planned fourth phase of the Keystone Pipeline has yet to receive final approval from the U.S. Government, and is the subject of considerable controversy; it is opposed by a number of major environmental groups, including the Sierra Club.

According to TransCanada, “The Keystone XL Pipeline is a proposed 1,179-mile (1,897 km), 36-inch-diameter crude oil pipeline beginning in Hardisty, Alta., and extending south to Steele City, Neb. This pipeline is a critical infrastructure project for the energy security of the United States and for strengthening the American economy.”

As Wikipedia explains, “The Keystone Pipeline System is a pipeline system to transport petroleum products from Canada and the northern United States “primarily to refineries in the Gulf Coast” of Texas.(USSD SEIS March 1, 2013 p.ES-2). The products to be shipped include synthetic crude oil (synbit) and dilbit (diluted bitumen) from the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin (WCSB) in Alberta, Canada, and Bakken synthetic crude oil and light crude oil produced from the Williston Basin (Bakken) region in Montana and North Dakota. Two phases of the project are in operation, a third, from Oklahoma to the Texas Gulf coast, is under construction and the fourth is awaiting U.S. government approval as of mid-March 2013.”

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by Borderstan.com November 21, 2012 at 10:00 am 1,460 0

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

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Police are looking for a suspect in the robbery of the TD Bank branch at 7th and I Streets NW on Saturday. (Courtesy Metropolitan Police Department)

The Metropolitan Police Department is searching for a suspect who robbed a TD Bank location at 7th and I Streets NW on Saturday, November 17. The suspect entered the bank just after 1 pm and gave a note to the teller demanding money.

The suspect fled the scene with an undetermined amount of cash. He is described as a black male 40- to 50-years old with a dark complexion and dark hair. He is 5’9″ to 5’11” and weighs about 160 pounds. Police released three photos from surveillance footage in the bank.

This is the second TD Bank branch to be robbed in the Borderstan area in recent months. The TD Bank on Connecticut Avenue NW just north of Dupont Circle was robbed on October 5 (TD Bank Robbery North of Dupont Circle on Connecticut), although the suspect descriptions in the two cases do not match (FBI Releases Wanted Poster in Friday’s Bank Robbery).

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call MPD at 202-727-9099 or text information to 50411. A reward of up to $10,000 is available for information leading to an arrest.

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by Borderstan.com October 10, 2012 at 7:00 am 1,955 0

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation/Metropolitan Police Department Violent Crimes Task Force released a wanted poster in connection with Friday’s robbery of the TD Bank branch at 1753 Connecticut Avenue NW (TD Bank Robbery North of Dupont Circle on Connecticut).

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Click for a larger image. (Poster from FBI)

The suspect entered the bank at 11:49 am Friday and handed the teller a note demanding money. He fled the scene by hailing a taxi once outside the bank.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s, between 5’6″ and 5’10” tall and weighing between 150 and 190 pounds. During the robbery, he was wearing a dark suit and tie, black sunglasses, a dark Washington Nationals hat with a red and white logo, and a latex glove on his left hand.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call the FBI at 202-278-2008 or MPD at 202-727-9099.

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by Borderstan.com October 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm 2,447 0

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The TD Bank branch at 1753 Connecticut Avenue NW. (Cody Telep)

From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.

A man robbed the TD Bank branch at 1753 Connecticut Avenue NW just before noon Friday, October 4. According to a tweet from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), he was wearing a blue suit and a blue cap. He did not show a gun in the bank robbery, but did hand the teller a note demanding money.

According to the The Washington Post, the man dropped a package as he exited the bank, and so police closed down a number of streets to investigate the suspicious package. Connecticut Avenue NW between R Street and Florida Avenue NW was closed in both directions for about two hours as explosives units from the MPD investigated. S Street NW between Connecticut Avenue and 20th Street NW was also shut down.

The shutdown of Connecticut Avenue led to major traffic back-ups on surrounding side streets. The FBI was also on the scene collecting evidence in the bank robbery. The package was determined to not be a threat, and all streets reopened around 2:30 pm.

Police have made no arrests in the case. TD Bank will remain closed the rest of the day.

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