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Nellie’s Sports Bar Confirms 1:15 PM Gun Robbery Today


Click to enlarge: Map shows the location of gun robberies in the U Street crime reporting area in the past year. The area covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U NW—an area that roughly runs from 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south. (MPD crime database)

Nellie’s Sports Bar has confirmed a DC Police Alert that two armed robbers hit Nellie’s at 9th and U Streets NW this afternoon around 1:15 p.m.:

Police Alert- ROBBERY (GUN) ESTABLISHMENT_NELLY’S SPORTS BAR: 900 U ST NW: 2B/M’S LAST SEEN IN A WHITE VEH UNKNOW MAKE AND MODEL DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT #I20100197796

Nellie’s then confirmed the robbery and that a gun was involved.

Crime Stats: Large Rise in Gun Crimes

A quick check of MPD crime stats shows the following numbers for the area around 12th and U Street NW¹ for the past one year compared to the prevoious one-year period. As you will note below, the number of robberies in the area has gone down from 55 to 47—but the number of those robberies with guns has doubled, from 12 to 24.

In the meantime, the number of assaults has almost tripled from 6 to 17 on the U Street corridor, which includes surrounding side streets to both the north and south.¹

Combine assaults and robberies and the number of such crimes has increased from 61 to 64 in the past year, a 5% increase. The number of gun crimes (robberies and assaults with a gun) in the U Street area has increased from 12 to 28—a 133% increase. There was one homicide in each of the years in the defined U Street NW reporting area.

Violent Crime Trends in Area

Robbery Excluding Gun

04/18/2008 to 04/18/2009: 43
04/18/2009 to 04/18/2010: 23 (43% decrease)

Robbery with Gun

04/18/2008 to 04/18/2009: 12
04/18/2009 to 04/18/2010: 24 (100% increase)

Assault with a Deadly Weapon (without gun)

04/18/2008 to 04/18/2009:  6
04/18/2009 to 04/18/2010: 13 (116% increase)

Assault with a Deadly Weapon (with gun)

04/18/2008 to 04/18/2009: 0
04/18/2009 to 04/18/2010: 4

¹ The U Street Corridor crime reporting area (see map above) covers a circular area that radiates 1,000 feet from 12th and U NW—an area that roughly runs  from 14th Street on the west to 9th Street on the east and from W Street on the north to S Street on the south. This area is in Police Service Area (PSA) 305, which is part of MPD’s Third District.

April 19, 2010 Posted by | crime | , , | 3 Comments

Video: Saturday’s “Green in the Circle” at Dupont Festival


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Last Saturday in Dupont Circle: "Green in the Circle" celebrated Earth Day as part of the new Dupont Festival activities (Video: Joel Lawson)

Check out video coverage of the “Green in the Circle” from Saturday in Dupont Circle. The Earth Day activities were part of the new activities planned as part of Dupont Festival.

The mission of Dupont Festival:

Our mission is to organize and implement a wide range of outdoor and indoor activities in the greater Dupont Circle area throughout the year. To bring members of the community together and strengthen social networks. These events may include entertainment, education, business promotion, and conservation of the environment and local heritage sites.

Dupont Festival sponsors include Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle, Pepco, Washington Gas, Live Green, PNC Bank and Friends of the National Zoo. In addition to their website, you can find Dupont Festival on Facebook.

Video from Joel Lawson.

April 19, 2010 Posted by | news | , | Leave a comment

Reader Poll: The Race for DC Mayor


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Who is your choice for mayor? Vote in the reader polll below. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Are you a newcomer to DC? You’ve probably heard there are some local elections this year… that Mayor Adrian Fenty is up for re-election and that his main opponent is DC Council Chairman Vincent Gray.

If the local political scene has you baffled, here is a very very brief backgrounder on mayoral elections before we get to the reader poll. And, for coverage of DC politics, here are some suggestions.

Read the Washington City Paper; its “City Desk” and “Loose Lips” columns/blogs are very informative. The DC Agenda (the weekly gay newspaper) is another good source of information on DC politics as WAMU-88.5 FM. Naturally, the Post covers local politics in detail and the dcist is another good online source of city news.

As noted, the race for DC mayor is underway. Since this is an overwhemingly Democratic city, the Democratic Primary in September (on the 14th this year) has always determined the winner; the November general election is an afterthought. In 2006, the Republican and Green Party candidates got 6% and 4%  of the vote, respectively.

Just how Democratic is DC? There are 12 members of the DC Council and a Council chairman. The city’s homerule charter actually reserves two spots for the non-majority party (the Democrats). Both of those seats are now held by independents (David Catania a former Republican and Michael Brown, who is really a Democrat).

The only time there was a serious general election campaign was 1994 when former Councilmember Carol Schwartz got 42% of the vote as a [liberal] Republican. She was running against Marion Barry who was making a comeback after four years out of office; he is now a member of the DC Council from Ward 8 (there is much more to the Barry story, as you undoubtedly know).

Let’s see how Borderstan readers feel about the race for mayor, specifically the September 14 Democratic primary. (Other declared candidates are Leo Alexander and Donna Alston.) It will be interesting to compare our readers versus those of the Prince of Petworth, who recently ran a poll. We will also have reader polls soon for the At-Large Council seats and the Council Chairman.

Note: DC’s primaries are “closed”—you must be registered in a party in order to vote in its primary. Moreover, if you are not registered in a party, you are ineligible to vote in any primary. If you want to vote in the September 14 Democratic primary (or the Republican or the Statehood Green Party), you must be a member of that party.


April 19, 2010 Posted by | politics and government | , , , | 3 Comments

Happy Monday… the Week Ahead


Monday: Crime Bill Hearing. The DC Council Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary holds hearings on the  “Neighborhood and Victims Rights Amendment Act of 2010.” Time is 11 a.m. in Room 123 of the John A. Wilson building at 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

POSTPONED TO APRIL 28: Shaw Dogs Meets. Shaw Dogs holds its monthly meeting at Hotel Helix, 1430 Rhode Island Avenue NW. Meetings are open to the public. This is the group that takes care of the Shaw Dog Park on 11th Street NW.

Wednesday: Meet Clark Ray. There is a meet and greet with Clark Ray at Policy Resto-Lounge (14th and T NW) from 6 to 8 p.m. Ray is running for an At-Large DC Council seat in the September 14 Democratic Primary.

Thursday is Earth Day. Look for a list of local Earth Day events on Wednesday.

Thursday: MPD 3rd District CAC Meets. The Metropolitan Police Third District Citizens Advisory Committee meets at Third District Headquarters, 1620 V Street, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Contact Marco Santiago for more information.

Saturday: BowWow PowWow. The Adams Morgan Main Street Group is hosting BowWow PowWow at Marie Reed School (18th and Wyoming NW) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is “a day of fun and festivities for you and your dog.”

Saturday: Climate Rally. The Climate Rally on the National Mall is part of Earth Day (Thursday) celebrations.

April 19, 2010 Posted by | news | | Leave a comment