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Archive - Sep 2013

September 30th

Capitol Hill Squirrel

Honey! We're Not In Kansas Anymore!

I really like animals, just about any kind. As kids, we weren’t allowed to have dogs or cats, and ended up with parakeets and turtles, and fish. One of those parakeets was called Ringo, and he could say his name, flew on command, and drove around on the steering wheel of a Barbie doll automobile.

In Milwaukee, we had a golden retriever first, and then a beautiful Borzoi. With the big dogs came a big yard. In the yard, there were deer, raccoons, skunks, and an assortment of woodland creatures. The birds loved the bird baths, and we spent a fortune on birdseed.

I was a winner in the New Yorker’s 2012 Eustace Tilley Contest; have a Facebook page called LIT’s DigitalPaintings; Esty and Fine Art America Shops; and two digital children’s books “A Tiny Fish Tale” and “The Four Promises” published by StoryChimes that can be found in the ITunes App Store. Print and Kindle versions of “A Tiny Fish Tale” are available on Amazon.

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris Opens at the National Gallery of Art

If you are a Francophile, history buff, photography fanatic, or any combination of those, you need to check out “Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris,” opening September 30th at the National Gallery of Art. It will make you swoon.

The exhibition marks the first of Charles Marville’s work in the United States, and runs from September 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014 in the West Building of the National Gallery of Art.

Benning Road Morning Carjacking

The Crime Blotter - September 27

There was a carjacking on the 1900 of Benning Rd. NE at a gas station at 8:15 a.m.

There was a violent robbery on the 1800 block of Benning Rd. NE at 11:49 at a.m. at a bus stop.

There were purse-snatchings on:

  • the 1900 block of I St. NE at 10:25 p.m.;

  • the 800 block of H St. NE at 2:40 p.m. at a bus stop;

  • the 600 block of H St. at 3:19 p.m. at a bank.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on September 28, 2013 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listerv.

Two Assaults

The Crime Blotter - September 26

There were assaults with deadly weapons:

  • on the 900 block of 17th Pl. NE at 10:40 p.m.;

  • on the 1700 block of Bay St. SE at 3:19 p.m.

Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Anonymous information can be texted to 50411.

In Other News

There were burglaries on:

  • the 1600 block of F St. NE;

  • the 1800 block of L St. NE at 7:10 a.m.;

  • the 200 block of Tennessee Ave. NE at 9 a.m. at a residence.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on September 27, 2013 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listerv.

September 27th

Three Evening Robberies

The Crime Blotter - September 25

There were violent, sidewalk robberies:

  • on the 1700 block of C St. NE at 11:40 p.m.;

  • at an undisclosed location in PSA 108 at 9 p.m.

  • on the 1000 block of Tenth St. NE at 10:06 p.m.

There was an attempted robbery on the 400 block of Sixth St. SE at 7:15 p.m.

There was a purse-snatching at an undisclosed location in PSA 107 at 7:55 p.m.

There was a case of attempted sexual assault in a residence on the 1600 block of Rosedale St. NE.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on September 26, 2013 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listerv.

September 26th

Five Burglaries in a Single Day

The Crime Blotter - September 24

A convenience store was robbed on the 1800 block of Benning Rd. NE at 1:12 p.m.

There was a purse-snatching on the 1900 block of Maryland Ave. NE at 9:24 p.m. at a home.

There were robberies on:

  • the 700 block of 21st St. NE at 10:12 p.m. at a residence;

  • the 1700 block of E St. NE at 10 a.m. on the sidewalk.

Anyone with information concerning these crimes is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Anonymous information can be texted to 50411.

In Other News

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on 25, 2013 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listerv.

Commander Hickson Warns of New Robbery Tactic

The Crime Blotter - September 23

Cell phone thieves have a new modus operandi, according to First District Commander Daniel P. Hickson. “There have been multiple incidents citywide where a suspect approaches a victim and asks the victim for the time. When the victim takes their phone out to check the time, the suspect snatches the phone,” stated Hickson in an advisory on the First District Listserve.

Commander Hickson advises citizens not to display their phones when a stranger asks the time. Either look at a watch or simply state ignorance of the time.

The Blotter is based on the reports posted on September 24, 2013 by the MPD to the 1D Listserv and 5D Listerv.

September 24th

Violins on the Mall

Honey! We're Not In Kansas Anymore!

It is not unusual to see artists of all types playing various instruments at the metro stations. Apparently, Metro even has contests for people to audition and win a coveted spot. Several of the artists are quite good, while many of the others are not. At Capitol South, I’ve seen and heard harps, and drums, and guitars with and without vocal accompaniment when I walk home from work in the evening.

I was a winner in the New Yorker’s 2012 Eustace Tilley Contest; have a Facebook page called LIT’s DigitalPaintings; Esty and Fine Art America Shops; and two digital children’s books “A Tiny Fish Tale” and “The Four Promises” published by StoryChimes that can be found in the ITunes App Store. Print and Kindle versions of “A Tiny Fish Tale” are available on Amazon.