Author Archive for Rend Smith

Charlie Sheen Police Escort: Okay With D.C.

A D.C. Office of Inspector General investigation has concluded that the cops who gave Charlie Sheen a police escort through the District didn't screw up.  It's also concluded that it doesn't trust Sheen's Twitter feed.
In a report the OIG said non-dignitary escorts "have been routine for years." In June, two officers who participated in [...]

What’s Going Too Far at Yale Laundry Condos?

Where's the line between being neighborly and stalking?
A swanky building with a rooftop pool,the Yale Steam Laundry Lofts on New York Avenue NW would seem to be a relaxing place to live, but perhaps not if you believe you're being watched.
Yale residents Vance Thompson and Rachelle Nigro have settled a civil complaint filed earlier this [...]

Charlie Sheen Escort May Get D.C. Cop In Trouble

The D.C. police commander who suggested that chauffeuring celebrities like Charlie Sheen around has been "standard operating procedure"  for his department for years says he's in trouble.
Commander Hilton Burton says he's been "ostracized" by other police officials. He also says that, last week, Internal Affairs officers questioned him for a second time regarding Sheen's law [...]

Man Can Sue for HIV Scare

A man who said he spent five years thinking he was HIV positive after he was misdiagnosed with the virus can sue a District clinic, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled last week.
Previously, Terry Hedgepeth's negligence suit was tossed out because it didn't meet a "zone of physical danger" standard.
Hedgepeth—whose riveting story we told last [...]

At D.C. Jail, Stabbing Isn’t Life-Threatening?

Raymond Roseboro was brutally stabbed five times last Friday in the D.C. Jail. His mother, Raylette Roseboro, says her son was "stabbed twice in the chest, once in the back, once in the shoulder and once in the forehead."
She also says that, at first, the jail kept her in the dark about the situation. City [...]

Ted Loza Gets Eight Months in Prison

The former chief of staff to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham, Ted Loza, will spend eight months in prison, another four on supervised release, and 150 hours doing community service.
Loza, who pleaded guilty to taking $1,500 in gratuities in connection with legislation on the taxi industry, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court, four months after [...]

A Tense Saturday for the Caribbean Parade

On Saturday, gunfire rang out near the corner of Georgia Avenue and Gresham Place NW, according to police, leaving four shot, and one man, Robert Foster, dead. The three other victims are hospitalized. The violence erupted at approximately 5:03 p.m., sometime after the nearby D.C. Caribbean Festival parade ended.
The day saw [...]

Northern Virginia Teacher Goes Missing

About 1,200 people have joined a Facebook group dedicated to finding English teacher Tom Duesterhaus, who reportedly vanished after being told his contract at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington wouldn't be renewed for next year.
Duesterhaus' popularity as an educator is what's drawing some to the Facebook group. "He definitely connected with a lot of students," [...]

Charlie Sheen and Pardoned Turkeys: Birds of a Feather?

Charlie Sheen remains the kooky albatross hanging around the Metropolitan Police Department's neck—only now he's been joined by a turkey.
Besides providing guarded companionship for the fowl that gets a presidential pardon for Thanksgiving, MPD has escorted  "Santa Claus," and sports teams like the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2003, Justin Timberlake got his own D.C. police ride [...]

D.C. Cop: Gallons of Dangerous Drug Mailed to Georgetown

Just a little of the tasteless and odorless "date rape drug" gamma hydroxybutyric acid slipped into a drink can cause drowsiness, unconsciousness, and also amnesia, so it's scary to think of someone receiving gallons of the stuff in the mail. But that's what a Metropolitan Police Department source says happened in the area of the [...]

Peaceoholics: The Movie?

It's an alluring tale of power and intrigue, so it's weird that it's taken this long for someone to think up shooting a flick about the rise and fall of the Peaceoholics.
American University graduate student Michael Lindley says he and colleague Anthony Greene, of local indie film production company Silent Code Features, are ready to [...]

Coming Soon To Twitter: Courtland Milloy

Brace yourself, D.C.: Courtland Milloy is learning Twitter.
The fiery Washington Post Metro columnist says his newspaper editors have been putting him through a "social networking tutorial," that he's almost done with it, and that his Twitter account launches in July.
The tutorials aren't just for Milloy, says the Post's deputy local editor for digital Jane Elizabeth, though he [...]

Did D.C. Cops Know How to Deal With Mt. Pleasant Standoff?

A bad day in Mt. Pleasant left Jean E. Louis dead. Louis was fatally shot Tuesday after a Metropolitan Police Department "Emergency Response Team" broke an hours-long standoff, and Louis lunged at an officer with a sharpened object, according to reports.
The episode raises, not for the first time, some questions about whether MPD [...]

Safeway Apologizes For Homophobic Slur

Sure, everyone can be rude occasionally, even in the service industry. But at the Safeway at 1100 4th St. SW, near the Southwest waterfront, things went much farther last week.
Jason Morgan and his partner Brendan Harrington told Metro Weekly that they'd just put their food on the conveyor belt when they heard their check-out person [...]

Quiet D.C.

Hey D.C., shut up already.
The 161 members of the community message board Quiet D.C. want a little peace. Recently, they've wondered if the loud sirens the D.C. police and fire department are using are always necessary. A noise abolitionist who identifies herself as Deborah writes:
The sirens from fire, ambulance, and police [...]