Posts Tagged ‘MPD’

District Line Daily: Hooked By Police

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The D.C. Police Department is using high-risk sting operations in which undercover police officers lure [...]

City Paper Will Pay Your $25 Marijuana Fine

At midnight tonight, the District's law decriminalizing possession of less than an ounce of marijuana for personal use takes effect. Get stopped with a small amount of weed in your pocket today, and you could be facing six months in prison and a $1,000 fine. Wait until tomorrow, and you'll pay just $25. (As the [...]

Former D.C. Cop Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for Sexually Abusing a Girl in His Church Choir

A 22-year veteran of the  Metropolitan Police Department was sentenced to 18 years in prison today for sexually abusing a girl multiple times between 2004 and 2006, U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen announced in a press release today.
The officer, Wendel Palmer, was the youth director at the Bethuel Temple Church of Christ Apostolic on the 2400 block of Martin [...]

Capitol Hill Area Apartment Building Fire Ruled a Suicide

The man who was killed in the Hill East apartment fire earlier this month intentionally started the fire, according to a police investigation. 
The Metropolitan Police Department has ruled the death of Christopher Christofi, 46, a suicide. The fire occurred on June 4 at around 4 p.m.
After Christofi was suspected to have died in the fire on the 1600 block [...]

Police Looking for Group of Snack-Stealing Teens

Police are searching for more than a dozen youngsters who raided a store on the 4400 block of Benning Road NE last month and stole what appear to be soda and snacks. Police released the video of the theft today. The suspects can be seen on the video filing into the store, then running out [...]

Two Men Injured in Shooting Outside National Zoo

Update, April 22: Two men were reportedly injured in the gunfire outside the zoo Monday afternoon, the Washington Post reports. Neither man is thought to be seriously injured. One man was found on the 3000 block of Connecticut Avenue NW outside the zoo and the other man was found about four blocks away.
The motive of the [...]

MPD Identifies Man in Relisha Rudd Case Video, Finds No Answers

The Metropolitan Police Department has come up dry once again in its search for 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, who was last seen March 1.
On Friday, MPD released a video asking for the public's help in identifying a man in the footage in connection with the missing girl's case. Officials announced today that they interviewed the man, [...]

Police Looking to Public to Identify Man in Connection With Relisha Rudd Case

The Metropolitan Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the man in this video in connection with the case of missing 8-year-old Relisha Rudd.
Officials did not detail how this man may be involved, only saying that the "Department believes this individual may have information and we are only seeking to speak [...]

The Needle: Litteratti

Trash Police: Who knew? April is litter enforcement month, which means police will be paying special attention to illegal dumping and littering from vehicles. Fines start at $50 for littering and can run up to $500 for illegal dumping. +2
Like a Bird: The rare snowy owl that visited D.C. and then got hit by a bus had [...]

Police on Relisha Rudd: “He May Have Killed Her”

Kahlil Tatum, the man authorities are seeking in connection with the disappearance of 8-year-old Relisha Rudd, could have killed her, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said Thursday afternoon.
Officials are now searching the sprawling Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens, off Anacostia Avenue NE, for any signs of the missing girl.
The last sighting of Relisha was March 1, Lanier [...]

Fact Check: No Dead Body in Front of Columbia Heights Target

A vigilant reader wrote into PoPville today saying he saw a possible dead body in front of the Target in Columbia Heights this morning. The Prince subsequently posted this possible dead body sighting:
Black male 20 to 30 years old, in a black jacket, lying face down on the sidewalk in a small pool of blood. [...]

MPD Officer Arrested for Allegedly Stealing From Evidence Room

Another D.C. cop is in trouble with the law.
Twenty four-year police force veteran Rodney Williams was arrested and charged with second-degree theft Thursday for stealing evidence from the Evidence Control Branch, MPD said Friday.
Officials would not reveal what he stole, but said a tip from another department employee launched the investigation.
Williams is just the latest [...]

Beware: Scammers Pretending to Be D.C. Law Enforcement Are Trying to Steal Your Money

Scammers are calling residents pretending to be D.C.-based officials and asking them to wire money to satisfy an unpaid ticket, bill, or loan, the Metropolitan Police Department said today.
According to MPD, the scammers often say they are a detective with "financial crime unit" of the Metropolitan Police Department or an IRS agent. Several of the [...]

Report: 78 Percent of 911 Calls for Sexual Assaults at GW Don’t Have Police Reports

The Metropolitan Police Department received 76 emergency calls for sexual assaults on George Washington University's campus in the past four years, but only 17 of those—22 percent—have an accompanying police report, according to an article from the school's student newspaper, The Hatchet.
The paper quoted crime experts and victim advocates saying the discrepancy seems "surprisingly [...]

District Line Daily: Chief Lanier Defends Her Cops

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D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier met with residents last night to quell citizen concerns over a [...]