Hello, neighbors. It’s Tuesday, December 15 and tomorrow we’ll be celebrating a whole nine months under some sort of stay at home order. (Remember March 16?)
Yesterday, Mayor Bowser held another situational update, sharing details on the vaccine, as well as updates on the retail Bridge fund since applications opened yesterday. The dining capacity has also been reduced from 50% to 25%– but many places are just focusing on takeout. Washington City Paper
There were also some stern words for the visitors who destroyed Black Lives Matter banners, which is the minimum you can do at this point. I appreciate that the Metropolitan Police made a pointed effort to protect and hold the line at Black Lives Matter plaza (Shelby Talcott/Twitter), but it seems we could have, for once, used a larger police presence to make sure that those who vandalized historic Black churches were arrested on the spot. (Washington Post)
DDOT will be redoing the dangerous I-695 off-ramp and intersection at 11th Street SE. It would be great if things were done right the first time around, but hey– why ask the community? Capitol Hill Corner
Dear parents who have to go through the DC lottery: This too, shall pass. My School DC opened the application period yesterday and it’ll be open through February 1 for grades 9-12 and March 1 for all other grades.
Looks like Tigo’s, a Peruvian restaurant, is coming to the 1300 block of H Street NE. The menu, which you can check out here, looks pretty delicious. Can the chaufa end the curse at that location? Only time will tell, but please burn some white sage before you open. PoPville
Washingtonian takes a look at different Detroit-style pizza joints and Side Door is one of them. Take a look.
By the way, 12 days of Capitol Riverfront is still going strong. Check the calendar here.
A couple of police blotter updates:
December 12, 2020, 21st and Benning, NE (Ward 7)
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made in a homicide that occurred on Friday, December 11, 2020, at the intersection of 21stStreet and Benning Road, Northeast.
At approximately 3:58 pm, members of the Fifth District responded to the listed location for the report of a traffic accident. Upon arrival, members located an adult male, inside a vehicle, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and after finding no signs consistent with life, the victim remained on the scene until being transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The decedent has been identified as 35 year-old Antoine Pierce, of District Heights, MD.
On Saturday, December 12, 2020, members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF) located and arrested 26 year-old Jamall Thornton, of Northeast, DC. He has been charged with Second Degree Murder while Armed.
This case remains under investigation.
December 9, 2020, 13th and L SE (Hopkins apartments)
On 12/9/20 at approximately 9:30 pm, First District officers responded to the 1300 block of L Street SE for a report of a shooting. In the rear alley of the 1000 block of 13th Street SE, officers located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. Life-saving efforts failed and the victim was pronounced dead. Another adult male victim was located in the 1000 block of 13th Street SE with gunshot wounds. This second victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
This case is being investigated by detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Violent Crimes Branch. Any information regarding the incident can be forwarded to the Violent Crimes Branch at (202) 645-9600, or MPD’s Command Information Center at (202) 727-9099.
(A later update added the following information:)
The decedent has been identified as 30 year-old Kelvin Gross, of Oxon Hill, MD.
December 8, 2020, 8th and H Streets NE
1D officers and detectives are on the scene investigating a stabbing that occurred today around 3 PM in the 700 block of 8th St NE. During an altercation, an adult male sustained lacerations to his body and was subsequently transported to a hospital for treatment. The suspect is described as a heavyset black male wearing gray sweatpants and a black coat. If anyone has relevant information about this, please call in a tip to 202-727-9099 or anonymously text 50-411.
Let’s end this on a good (?) note: Starting yesterday and through Christmas Eve, McDonald’s will feature a different holiday character each day and give away their go-to order for free with a $1 minimum purchase, exclusively through the McDonald’s app. Spoiler alert: Chocolate chip cookies are the giveaway item on Christmas Eve.