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From Amber Gove, ANC 6A04
Testing for lead is again coming up in our schools as a key issue, requiring greater oversight and attention. Please take a moment to sign and share this petition, developed by Maury Elementary mom Hannah Donart, asking that DGS and DCPS improve their testing and public reporting on water quality. Detailed information can be found at the following link: chn.ge/2JShv4x
The below helpful information was shared by a neighbor following the recent rat abatement conducted in our area. If you’d like an inspection, please call 202-535-1954.
Ten Tips to Rodent Activity:
1. Store garbage in metal or heavy plastic containers with tight facing lids.
2. Place trash outside shortly before pickup. Only put trash in bins provided by the city – do not leave trash in bags outside of bins.
3. Remove weeds and debris near buildings and in yards where rats can hide easily.
4. Store open food in metal or glass containers with tight fitting lids.
5. Remove uneaten pet food. Store pet food in secure containers.
6. Sweep up food remnants, litter and trash, both inside and outside homes and businesses.
7. Inspect all interior and exterior walls for cracks where rodents could enter. Seal holes with mortar.
8. Inspect all screens on windows, Replace and repair screens as necessary.
9. Add metal weather stripping and trim to doors to prevent gnawing and entering underneath.
10. Remove hiding places for rodents. Store materials such as lumber and boxes on a rack with a clean, open area underneath. Remove junk and unused materials.
I’ve very much enjoyed serving as your Commissioner over the last 9 months and have decided to seek the nomination for the November 2018 election. The petitions will be released on Monday and are due in early August. Several neighbors have kindly agreed to collect signatures on my behalf during my absence–please consider supporting my nomination and signing the petition. I would very much appreciate your support–and your vote in November!
From Kirsten Oldenburg, ANC 6B04
The SE Capitol Hill violent crimes graph shows a rise to 11 incidents compared with May (9) and last June (10). We also seem to have a 1/2 year spike in sex abuse cases being reported; 6 so far in 2018 compared with half as many in 2017 during the same period. Among the 7 robberies in June, 4 involved guns. The listed homicide in June occurred on the 700 block of 12th Street SE on 6/10. The victim was Wykenna Ferguson who died of a gunshot wound.
The homicide plus one sex abuse report occurred within PSA 106 in June. Otherwise, there were no other violent crimes reported (i.e., no robberies or ADWs). And, the number of reports in all other categories were down compared with May. Thus, this PSA had a total count of 48 reports in June compared with 62 in May.
According to my records, the next PSA 106 meeting with Capt. Pulliam is scheduled for Tuesday July 24 at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 1000 5th St SE. These meetings occur only every other month so the next one is on September 25.
In PSA 107, the total number of reports rose to 80 in June, compared with 67 in May. In June, there were 6 robberies (2 of them involved guns), 6 burglaries, and 7 stolen vehicles; all increases compared with May. Meanwhile, thefts and thefts from auto remained at about the same level as they were in May. All of the burglaries occurred in SE Capitol Hill. One was near Lincoln Park; the others, on or south of PA Avenue. The data don’t include details but summer is generally when burglaries spike because people leave windows/doors open. MPD has burglary prevention advice here.
The next Sector Two meeting (that includes PSA 107, 108 and 104) is scheduled for Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. The location rotates to J.O.Wilson Elementary School, 660 K NE, in July.
Get your daily fix on crime reports and arrests at http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MPD-1D/info. Throughout June, I saw numerous special reports on drug arrests, gun recoveries, and multiple robbery arrests.