(Updated Wednesday at 5:47 p.m.) A man who was found with a self-inflicted stab wound in Thomas Circle Park yesterday morning has died.
D.C. Fire and EMS personnel received a report that a man was injured and unconscious in the park around 9:20 a.m. yesterday.
The man, identified by the Washington Post as Paul Wegerson, stabbed himself in the abdomen with a pair of scissors, according to a D.C. Police spokesman. Though paramedics rushed Wegerson to a local hospital soon after he was found, he later died from his wounds.
Wegerson, 35, worked as a director at Burson-Marsteller, a public relations and communications firm with offices about a block from Thomas Circle.
Additional photos by Samantha Moore
An annual sidewalk festival centered around dogs and local businesses will return to the 14th and U street corridors early next month.
More than 70 businesses, restaurants and organizations are expected to bring deals and freebies to parts of 14th and U streets as part of this year’s MidCity Dog Days festival on Aug. 6 and 7, said MidCity Exploration Manager Hallie Powell.
Founded in 2000, the yearly event has become a tradition where dozens of businesses in the area set up tents with giveaways and fun events for dog lovers and pups alike.
Before the sidewalk sale begins on Saturday, residents will have a chance to celebrate during the festival’s kick-off party at Miss Pixies (1626 14th St. NW) on Friday, Aug. 5. The party will include activities like balloon twisting, photo booths and music from classical jazz band Laissez Foure, Powell said.
Looking for a new option downtown? Here's one – a brand new 19 dock station installed this AM at 14th St & L St NW. pic.twitter.com/S6ZWycEDim
— Capital Bikeshare (@bikeshare) April 5, 2016
And the newest Capital Bikeshare station is located . . . one block away from Thomas Circle.
The D.C. Department of Transportation announced on Twitter that a new Capital Bikeshare hub came online at the intersection of 14th and L streets NW earlier this morning.
The rally is scheduled to occur at 9 a.m. across the street from the Lowes Madison Hotel (1177 15th St NW). Registered D.C. Republicans will meet at that hotel tomorrow at 10 am. to cast their vote for the party’s presidential nominee.
Erick Sanchez (pictured above), who last summer launched a petition to convince chef José Andrés not to open a new restaurant in Donald Trump’s forthcoming D.C. hotel, is the one organizing tomorrow’s rally.
The bike rental program shared its top 10 list of busiest stations yesterday. According to Bikeshare, more than 3.2 million people cycled through its service in 2015, its busiest year to date.
Where did riders frequently hop on? The two most popular stations last year were Columbus Circle/Union Station and the Lincoln Memorial, Bikeshare said. The stations at Massachusetts Avenue NW and Dupont Circle, Jefferson Drive and 14th Street NW and 15th and P streets NW followed close behind.
Bikeshare also noted that the station at Thomas Circle was its “most used station for transferring bikes being rebalanced back to empty stations,” and coined a clever nickname for the station at New Hampshire Avenue and T Street NW: the “monster.”
The robbery happened on the 1700 block of Vermont Avenue NW about 1 p.m. Thursday. The area is near 11th and R streets NW.
The victim was walking in the area when three young men came up to him, according to authorities. One of the young men pulled out a black handgun, which he used to hit the victim several times in the forehead. Another one of the young men then punched the victim numerous times in the face.
The third young man eventually reached into the victim’s pocket and grabbed his wallet.
With the wallet, the robbers jumped into a white Lexus and drove away, police said.
The victim was hospitalized.
Robbery Gun in the 1700 block of Vermont Ave. Lookout for 3 B/M's, 18 Yoa, wearing all dark clothing with mask
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) October 22, 2015
In addition to the shooting near Howard University early this morning, other crime reported in Borderstan since Thursday morning included robberies on the 1300 block of Green Court NW near Thomas Circle NW last night and on the 1300 block of Fairmont Street NW in Columbia Heights yesterday afternoon, according to authorities.
Suspects were arrested in connection with both of the robberies.
Photo via Google Maps
MidCity Dog Days is set to return to the Borderstan area this weekend.
The annual neighborhood sidewalk sale will take place this Saturday and Sunday on 14th Street NW from Thomas Circle to Florida Avenue NW and along U Street from 7th to 17th streets NW.
The sales will start at 9 a.m. and last until 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Though the festival started in 2000 with six businesses, more than 70 business are expected to show up this year. Participating retailers include Home Rule, Lee’s Flower Shop, Crown Pawnbrokers and Urban Essentials.
MidCity Business Improvement District Formation Director Aaron DeNu says the event has become an area tradition.
“The Dog Days Sale and Festival has been a central unifying event that brings together otherwise disparate efforts,” DeNu said in an email.
“We’re excited to continue this tradition and expand upon its base in the future.”
MidCity BID is a nonprofit that aims to create and explore business opportunities in the area.
There was a stabbing shortly after 1 am at 15th and L Streets NW on Sunday, November 25, just south of Massachusetts Avenue NW. The two suspects were last seen near Thomas Circle at 14th Street and Vermont Avenue NW.
From DC Police Alerts: “Stabbing 0111 hrs 15th & L St NW LOF: 2 Lt Skn B/M’s with corn rows L/S 14th & Vermont Ave NW DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20120593829. Sent on: 11/25 02:05.”
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Borderstan is covering four contested Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) races in the three local ANCs: ANC 1B02, 1B04, 2B09 and 2F06. The general election is Nov. 2. Today’s interview is with Michael Benardo, a one-term incumbent in ANC 2F06. He is being by Kate McMahon; her interview will run Wednesday.
ANC 2F06 is the area at the east side of ANC 2F, roughly between 9th and 11th Streets south of Logan Circle to I Street NW, and between 11th and 13th Streets north of the Logan Circle to R Street NW (see the map below the fold). You can learn more about the district at the DC Citizen Atlas. ANC 2F has six commissioners and includes Logan Circle, Thomas Circle and areas to the east.
ANC commissioners are elected from Single Member Districts (SMDs) in the city’s 37 ANCs. While the number of commissioners in each ANC varies, each SMD has approximately 2,000 residents. (See links to related posts at bottom.)
For the past 25 years, National City Christian Church, at Thomas Circle, has offered their “Music at Midday” noon-time recital series on Thursdays each week. The concert series returns on FRIDAYS, starting on September 11, 2009, with a new pipe-organ-only focus, a burst of renewed energy, and a fun and interactive approach which will open your eyes to the amazing world of the pipe organ. Come experience the “Magical, Musical, Mystical Machine”!