CM Todd sends letter to MPD Chief Newsham to get vice to remain in Ward 4

CM Todd sends letter to MPD Chief Newsham to get vice to remain in Ward 4

After a recent surge in crime, residents in the Southwest Petworth portion of Ward 4 have been imploring MPD to bring their Narcotics and Special Investigations Division (NSID) to Ward 4 on a more permanent basis. The Ward 4 Councilmember, Brandon Todd, recently sent a letter to MPD's Chief Newsham requesting that MPD make this change happen. 

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Gunshot victim breaks into Petworth resident's locked basement

Gunshot victim breaks into Petworth resident's locked basement

After the sounds of four to five gunshots one night last week, a homeowner on Crittenden street was startled when there was a crashing sound from the back of his house, and a stranger burst into the house suffering from gunshot wounds.

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Is there a hydromaniac loose in the neighborhood?

Is there a hydromaniac loose in the neighborhood?

File this one under “weird but true.” Someone seems to be going around the area opening up the water spigots on the outside of buildings and homes and letting the water run at full force. Why?

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Shooting reported 8th & Shepherd closed with arrest

Shooting reported 8th & Shepherd closed with arrest

On Friday, July 27th, there was a shooting on the 3800 block of 8th Street (originally reported as occurring at 8th and Taylor Streets). The shooter was arrested.

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Petworth residents trying to find a way to deal with a recent jump in local crime and violence

Petworth residents trying to find a way to deal with a recent jump in local crime and violence

According to neighbors in Southwest Petworth who have been sharing a large email thread, in the last several months there has been a dramatic increase in petty and violent crime along and around Quincy and Kansas Avenue NW.

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Bicyclist involved in a July 4th hit & run looks for witnesses

Bicyclist involved in a July 4th hit & run looks for witnesses

Alex said he was riding his bike in the designated bike lane around Grant Circle around 7:45pm on July 4th when a green Jeep sped around him aggressively. The Jeep's right quarter panel ended up colliding with him, knocking him to the ground and severely damaging his bike. He received injuries to his hands and knees.

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Barricade incident on Arkansas Avenue ends peaceably

Barricade incident on Arkansas Avenue ends peaceably

Late on Tuesday afternoon, July 3rd, MPD closed several streets around Arkansas Avenue and Emerson Street NW due to a domestic dispute that turned into a barricade situation.

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MPD on the Patio returns to Slim's Diner, meet your local PSA 407 officers

MPD on the Patio returns to Slim's Diner, meet your local PSA 407 officers

The monthly get-together returns this Saturday, June 16th,  from 9am to 11am at Slim's Diner at the corner of 9th and Upshur Street NW. (Stop by on your way to the Petworth Farmers' Market!)


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Meet your local MPD PSA 407 officers this Saturday, May 19th

Meet your local MPD PSA 407 officers this Saturday, May 19th

How well do you know the officers who patrol the Petworth area? Now you have an opportunity to get to know two of the leaders of Police Service Area 407 on Saturday, May 19th from 9-11am at Slim's Diner (4201 Georgia Ave NW) at a new series called MPD on the Patio.

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Helen Mitchell passes at 90, long history serving DC and Ward 4

Helen Mitchell passes at 90, long history serving DC and Ward 4

Helen Mitchell, who has a long history of service to DC and Ward 4, passed away this week at the very respectable age of 90. She was the grandmother of PSA 407 Lieutenant Anthony Washington.  

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A shooting on Varnum & 8th Sunday night leaves no injuries but many questions

A shooting on Varnum & 8th Sunday night leaves no injuries but many questions

Readers reported hearing the sound of gunshots on Sunday evening, April 1st, around 8th and Varnum (also reported at Webster and Illinois Avenue, but this was the same incident... sound just carries).

It's a wacky story.

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MPD's Fourth District to get new commander, Manlapaz promoted to Assistant Chief

MPD's Fourth District to get new commander, Manlapaz promoted to Assistant Chief

MPD's Chief of Police Peter Newsham sent out an email this afternoon informing residents that Fourth District Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz has been promoted to Assistant Chief. Manlapaz will take on the role of running MPD's Internal Affairs Bureau. 

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