The Hill Rag

08/31/2016 - 10:25am
Police warned DC residents Tuesday of an aggressive IRS telephone scam. According to reports, the callers threaten arrest or prosecution if the people don’t pay them money immediately. The caller ID also is altered to show that the call is coming from a government agency or IRS number. Here’s a few tips to avoid the scam: know that the IRS will NOT call to demand an immediate payment or a tax owed; it will NOT require you wire transfer or send money a specific way; it will NOT... >>more
08/29/2016 - 4:52pm
If DC’s 911 emergency phone call service goes down, residents in the city can reach out for help using a different phone number. Office of Unified Communications’ (OUC) Alan Etter said someone in an emergency can call the Metro Police Department (MPD) at 202-727-9099 or Fire and EMS at 202-673-7197. People can also follow the Twitter accounts of @dcfireems, @DCPoliceDept and @311DCgov for live updates on any ongoing problems. Following an accidental shutoff of the standard emergency... >>more
08/25/2016 - 2:07pm
Good news for anyone looking to peruse H Street NE on Sunday: the DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced Aug. 25 that it will run the DC Streetcar seven days a week starting on Sept. 18. And, the ride still comes free. The streetcar will also reduce time between each of the six deployed cars from 15 minutes to 12 minutes — it takes about 20 minutes to travel from the Union Station stop to the turnaround on Benning Road NE. The Streetcar currently runs: Monday through... >>more
08/25/2016 - 9:45am
Police are searchign for two suspects who assaulted three people on the 1300 block of H Street NE on Aug. 3 around 12:25 a.m. Police reported that two men approached the group and physically assaulted them. Two were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. In Other News At 8:53 a.m., police arrested a man on the 1900 block of D Street SE on charges of Shoplifting. At 1:39 p.m., police arrested a man on the 1900 block of D Street SE on charges of Assault With a Dangerous Weapon... >>more
08/24/2016 - 4:45pm
Work on the Virginia Avenue Tunnel in Southeast will close the Virginia Avenue SE roadway between Fifth and Sixth Streets SE and Eighth Street SE south of Interstate-695 starting in mid-September until the completion of the project in mid-2018. CSX railway transportation announced the last phase of the closures on Aug. 19. “The closure is necessary to perform the work associated with the second phase of the project, through which CSX is building two new tunnels to replace the original,... >>more
08/23/2016 - 5:19pm
Peter Newsham will take over as interim chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) starting Sept. 17, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Aug. 23.  Currently an assistant chief and a 27-year MPD veteran, Newsham will fill Chief Cathy Lanier's position when Lanier retires from the department next month. She will move on to a role as senior vice president of security operations for the National Football League (NFL).  (Read more about Chief Lanier's history with MPD.) "... >>more
08/21/2016 - 11:07am
Watkins Elementary starts school for the 2016-17 year at its temporary home in Eliot-Hine Middle School (1830 Constitution Ave. NE) on Aug. 22. The DC Department of General Services (DGS), staff and volunteers helped prepare the renovated classrooms and service rooms over the summer for students to transition into for the new year.  Watkins' regular building (420 12th St. SE) will under go a complete $39.4 million modernization this year with a planned completion in August 2017. The... >>more
08/18/2016 - 1:30pm
About 45 people, including 16 children, were displaced from their apartment building at 1131 K Street SE around 9 p.m. on Aug. 17 when a violent storm ripped off the four-story complex’s roof. No one was injured. Though DC Fire and Emergency Management Services (EMS) ruled the building structurally sound, the damage to the roof forced the special operations team to deem the building “uninhabitable,” DC Fire and EMS spokesman Vito Maggiolo said. The building is a part of the... >>more
08/17/2016 - 5:04pm
Cmdr. Morgan Kane took over as First District commander last week after Cmdr. Robert Contee moved into an assistant chief role with MPD. Kane has worked with MPD for nearly 18 years and started in 1998. Her first post was as a First District patrol officer, and she later moved up to sergeant and lieutenant in 2007. She earned her promotion to captain and as an inspector in 2015. “My first patrol assignment after graduating from the academy was in the First District, so it is with great... >>more