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  • carrierlacy@yahoo.com
    Mr. Clark and Commander Solberg, Many members of the community would agree that the Pizza Mart, located at 4th and Adams St NE contributes to the increased
    Message 1 of 15 , May 4, 2011
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      Mr. Clark and Commander Solberg,

      Many members of the community would agree that the Pizza Mart, located at 4th and Adams St NE contributes to the increased loitering and violence in the area. Upon arriving home around 9:00pm last night there were at least 9-10 young men just hanging out in front of the establishment. One of those young men, wearing a sling on his arm, is known to sell drugs in the neighborhood and frequently sits on the stone wall with his friends at 3rd and Adams St. What can we do as a community to get Pizza Mart to close up shop at a reasonable hour? Why do we continue to tolerate a 24 hour business that caters to criminals?

      I will no longer walk my dog in the neighborhood after experiencing gunshots within a block of my walk a few weeks ago. Furthermore, I did not feel comfortable getting out of my car to go into my home last night for fear that something was about to "jump off". Sure enough, 45 minutes later...gunshots were heard in the area.

      What's most sad is I am a federal law enforcement officer and I am not easily intimidated. However, as I am unable to carry my duty weapon when I am off duty, I have no way of protecting myself other than to be very observant of everyone around me.

      Any thoughts on what we can do as a community to get Pizza Mart to change their hours would be appreciated.

      Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

      -----Original Message-----
      From: tim clark <theboyzup@...>
      Sender: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
      Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 07:27:30
      To: <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>; Lanier, Cathy \(MPD\)<cathy.lanier@...>; Thomas, Harry \(COUNCIL\)<HThomas@...>
      Reply-To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
      Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com<mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; eckington@yahoogroups.com<eckington@yahoogroups.com>
      Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

      Commander Solberg,

      Thanks for your response. I'm glad the officers were able to arrest the suspects
      immediately. This area has for many years been a hot spot for drug sales,
      loitering, prostitution and other illegal activities. I'm not sure the light
      tower goes far enough in tackling the immense amount of illegal activity that
      takes place in this area on a daily basis. This issue has to be tackled in a
      much more aggressive approach in order to successfully weed out the problems.
      Many of the violators have become use to the light tower and have found ways to
      allude the sitting squad cars and continue their criminal activity.


      I'll be in contact with you and Chief Lanier to discuss possible solutions to
      cleaning up this corridor. As always, I appreciate the hard work and dedication
      of your officers to keep our community safe.




      Regards,
      Tim Clark
      Commissioner, 5C05





      ________________________________
      From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
      To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)"
      <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
      Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>;
      "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM
      Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE
      intersection


      Steven,

      In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and
      fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

      We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent
      weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby
      in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem
      of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

      There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an
      area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will
      not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

      Andy Solberg

      Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
      If you SEE something, SAY something.
      Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@...
      to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
      Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

      To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
      Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
      To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
      Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

      Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

      Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection
      have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers
      that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are
      being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray
      bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless
      playground.

      For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last
      night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been
      an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are
      slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

      Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th
      and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage
      payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for
      their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and
      the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is
      progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant
      police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may
      not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks
      ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals
      showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national
      guard to lockdown the area?

      Best regards,

      Steven
    • Solberg, Andrew (MPD)
      I would suggest you talk to the owner and manager of the business, and bring your concerns to them. Are they able to have people wait inside as they wait for
      Message 2 of 15 , May 4, 2011
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        I would suggest you talk to the owner and manager of the business, and bring your concerns to them.  Are they able to have people wait inside as they wait for their food?
         
        Andy Solberg

         

        Preventing terrorism is everybody’s business.

        If you SEE something, SAY something.

        Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.

        Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                                                                                                       

        To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.

         

        From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of carrierlacy@... [carrierlacy@...]
        Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 11:26 AM
        To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

         

        Mr. Clark and Commander Solberg,

        Many members of the community would agree that the Pizza Mart, located at 4th and Adams St NE contributes to the increased loitering and violence in the area. Upon arriving home around 9:00pm last night there were at least 9-10 young men just hanging out in front of the establishment. One of those young men, wearing a sling on his arm, is known to sell drugs in the neighborhood and frequently sits on the stone wall with his friends at 3rd and Adams St. What can we do as a community to get Pizza Mart to close up shop at a reasonable hour? Why do we continue to tolerate a 24 hour business that caters to criminals?

        I will no longer walk my dog in the neighborhood after experiencing gunshots within a block of my walk a few weeks ago. Furthermore, I did not feel comfortable getting out of my car to go into my home last night for fear that something was about to "jump off". Sure enough, 45 minutes later...gunshots were heard in the area.

        What's most sad is I am a federal law enforcement officer and I am not easily intimidated. However, as I am unable to carry my duty weapon when I am off duty, I have no way of protecting myself other than to be very observant of everyone around me.

        Any thoughts on what we can do as a community to get Pizza Mart to change their hours would be appreciated.

        Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

        -----Original Message-----
        From: tim clark <theboyzup@...>
        Sender: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
        Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 07:27:30
        To: <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>; Lanier, Cathy \(MPD\)<cathy.lanier@...>; Thomas, Harry \(COUNCIL\)<HThomas@...>
        Reply-To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
        Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com<mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; eckington@yahoogroups.com<eckington@yahoogroups.com>
        Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

        Commander Solberg,

        Thanks for your response. I'm glad the officers were able to arrest the suspects
        immediately. This area has for many years been a hot spot for drug sales,
        loitering, prostitution and other illegal activities. I'm not sure the light
        tower goes far enough in tackling the immense amount of illegal activity that
        takes place in this area on a daily basis. This issue has to be tackled in a
        much more aggressive approach in order to successfully weed out the problems.
        Many of the violators have become use to the light tower and have found ways to
        allude the sitting squad cars and continue their criminal activity.

        I'll be in contact with you and Chief Lanier to discuss possible solutions to
        cleaning up this corridor. As always, I appreciate the hard work and dedication
        of your officers to keep our community safe.

        Regards,
        Tim Clark
        Commissioner, 5C05

        ________________________________
        From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
        To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)"
        <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
        Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>;
        "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
        Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM
        Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE
        intersection

        Steven,

        In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and
        fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

        We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent
        weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby
        in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem
        of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

        There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an
        area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will
        not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

        Andy Solberg

        Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
        If you SEE something, SAY something.
        Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@...
        to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
        Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

        To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
        -----Original Message-----
        From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
        Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
        To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
        Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

        Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

        Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection
        have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers
        that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are
        being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray
        bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless
        playground.

        For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last
        night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been
        an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are
        slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

        Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th
        and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage
        payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for
        their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and
        the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is
        progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant
        police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may
        not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks
        ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals
        showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national
        guard to lockdown the area?

        Best regards,

        Steven

      • teabelly
        could police be assigned to patrol that store? or a camera installed so that those who are committing crime will know they are being watched? if we are
        Message 3 of 15 , May 4, 2011
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          could police be assigned to patrol that store? or a camera installed so that those who are committing crime will know they are being watched?  if we are certain, or at least have reason to believe that the people loitering outside of the pizza mart are criminals, can the police search those who are suspected of crime for drugs, unregistered firearms, etc?

          i know we don't have loitering laws, but we do have curfews, could we have stricter enforcement of curfew laws?

          On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 1:14 PM, Solberg, Andrew (MPD) <Andrew.Solberg@...> wrote:
           

          I would suggest you talk to the owner and manager of the business, and bring your concerns to them.  Are they able to have people wait inside as they wait for their food?
           
          Andy Solberg

           

          Preventing terrorism is everybody’s business.

          If you SEE something, SAY something.

          Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.

          Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                                                                                                         

          To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.

           



          From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of carrierlacy@... [carrierlacy@...]
          Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 11:26 AM
          Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

           

          Mr. Clark and Commander Solberg,

          Many members of the community would agree that the Pizza Mart, located at 4th and Adams St NE contributes to the increased loitering and violence in the area. Upon arriving home around 9:00pm last night there were at least 9-10 young men just hanging out in front of the establishment. One of those young men, wearing a sling on his arm, is known to sell drugs in the neighborhood and frequently sits on the stone wall with his friends at 3rd and Adams St. What can we do as a community to get Pizza Mart to close up shop at a reasonable hour? Why do we continue to tolerate a 24 hour business that caters to criminals?

          I will no longer walk my dog in the neighborhood after experiencing gunshots within a block of my walk a few weeks ago. Furthermore, I did not feel comfortable getting out of my car to go into my home last night for fear that something was about to "jump off". Sure enough, 45 minutes later...gunshots were heard in the area.

          What's most sad is I am a federal law enforcement officer and I am not easily intimidated. However, as I am unable to carry my duty weapon when I am off duty, I have no way of protecting myself other than to be very observant of everyone around me.

          Any thoughts on what we can do as a community to get Pizza Mart to change their hours would be appreciated.

          Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

          -----Original Message-----
          From: tim clark <theboyzup@...>
          Sender: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
          Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 07:27:30
          To: <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>; Lanier, Cathy \(MPD\)<cathy.lanier@...>; Thomas, Harry \(COUNCIL\)<HThomas@...>
          Reply-To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
          Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com<mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; eckington@yahoogroups.com<eckington@yahoogroups.com>
          Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

          Commander Solberg,

          Thanks for your response. I'm glad the officers were able to arrest the suspects
          immediately. This area has for many years been a hot spot for drug sales,
          loitering, prostitution and other illegal activities. I'm not sure the light
          tower goes far enough in tackling the immense amount of illegal activity that
          takes place in this area on a daily basis. This issue has to be tackled in a
          much more aggressive approach in order to successfully weed out the problems.
          Many of the violators have become use to the light tower and have found ways to
          allude the sitting squad cars and continue their criminal activity.

          I'll be in contact with you and Chief Lanier to discuss possible solutions to
          cleaning up this corridor. As always, I appreciate the hard work and dedication
          of your officers to keep our community safe.

          Regards,
          Tim Clark
          Commissioner, 5C05

          ________________________________
          From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
          To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)"
          <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
          Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>;
          "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
          Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM
          Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE
          intersection

          Steven,

          In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and
          fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

          We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent
          weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby
          in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem
          of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

          There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an
          area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will
          not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

          Andy Solberg

          Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
          If you SEE something, SAY something.
          Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@...
          to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
          Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

          To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
          -----Original Message-----
          From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
          Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
          To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
          Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

          Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

          Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection
          have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers
          that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are
          being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray
          bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless
          playground.

          For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last
          night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been
          an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are
          slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

          Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th
          and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage
          payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for
          their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and
          the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is
          progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant
          police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may
          not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks
          ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals
          showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national
          guard to lockdown the area?

          Best regards,

          Steven




          --
          kimberly

          a resident of dc and taxed without representation.

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        • eckingtonwashdc@yahoo.com
          Summit Place & U street NE   Commander Solberg, Chief Lanier,   To add, I m just not seeing the police presence with the high crime commencing in this
          Message 4 of 15 , May 4, 2011
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            Summit Place & U street NE
             
            Commander Solberg, Chief Lanier,
             
            To add, I'm just not seeing the police presence with the high crime commencing in this immediate area.  At the 2000 block of Summit Place & 100 block of U street NE (intersection), I've been calling for police to come through and check and clear out drug sellers, loiterings all weekend, and during weekdays. 
             
            Twice, police cruisers drove right pass a known drug dealer on Summit Place, near the interection of U street NE, very near Yangs Market, in which I gave a very detail description of him to the 911 dispatcher.
             
            At one point, there were only three (3) guys on the corner, and police did come, got out of their cars, but did not make them leave the corner.
             
            I know there are civic laws, and so on, but when an area is a serious problem area, and there is no reason that grown guys, men, should be walking up and down the block and or loitering on a corner, I still feel the police should have make them move. Which they didn't this time.  Police usually do though.
             
            But a couple of days a go, I made a call, Monday in fact, of guys standing on the side wall of Yangs Market, and this time, vice showed up, and one young guy ran away and the poilice interrogated the rest and moved them along.
             
            It's Wednesday, May 4th, and block is still clear!  See, what vice, police and neighborhood interaction can accomplish?  I'm sure it's not going to stay clear for long, but we really must have more police presence.  And Summit Place is only a few blocks from 4th RI ave and Adams Street.
             

            From: tim clark <theboyzup@...>
            To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)" <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
            Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 10:27 AM
            Subject: Re: [Eckington] Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

             
            Commander Solberg,

            Thanks for your response. I'm glad the officers were able to arrest the suspects immediately. This area has for many years been a hot spot for drug sales, loitering, prostitution and other illegal activities. I'm not sure the light tower goes far enough in tackling the immense amount of illegal activity that takes place in this area on a daily basis. This issue has to be tackled in a much more aggressive approach in order to successfully weed out the problems. Many of the violators have become use to the light tower and have found ways to allude the sitting squad cars and continue their criminal activity. 

            I'll be in contact with you and Chief Lanier to discuss possible solutions to cleaning up this corridor. As always, I appreciate the hard work and dedication of your officers to keep our community safe.




            Regards,  
            Tim Clark
            Commissioner, 5C05


            From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
            To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)" <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
            Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
            Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM
            Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

             
            Steven,

            In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

            We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

            There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

            Andy Solberg

            Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
            If you SEE something, SAY something.
            Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
            Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

            To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
            -----Original Message-----
            From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
            Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
            To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
            Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

            Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

            Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless playground.

            For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

            Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national guard to lockdown the area?

            Best regards,

            Steven


          • amy.clark
            Commander Solberg, The crowds seem to gather on the Adams St. side of Pizza Mart, which is where the walk-up window is. Customers can buy soda, candy,
            Message 5 of 15 , May 4, 2011
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              Commander Solberg,

              The crowds seem to gather on the Adams St. side of Pizza Mart, which is where the walk-up window is. Customers can buy soda, candy, cigarettes etc. there but there is no prepared food (that's on the 4th St. side- which I can't see well from my apartment). There really isn't anywhere to wait other than on that sidewalk.

              I have noticed that when MPD parks one of its vehicles on that sidewalk with the flashers on, the crowds thin considerably! :)

              I'm sure the owners intend it to be a convenience, but the walk-up window is nearly as great a neighborhood nuisance as a vacant lot would be. Regardless, that business is a part of the community & has an interest in safety as well as in profit. What other opportunities are there to work together on this?

              (Ideally the whole lot Pizza Mart is on would get sold and redeveloped, but I wanted a pony when I was little and I never got that either....)

              Amy
              (she of the stray bullet through the window from a few weeks back)

              On May 04, 2011, at 10:14 AM, "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...> wrote:

               

              I would suggest you talk to the owner and manager of the business, and bring your concerns to them.  Are they able to have people wait inside as they wait for their food?
               
              Andy Solberg

               

              Preventing terrorism is everybody’s business.

              If you SEE something, SAY something.

              Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.

              Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                                                                                                             

              To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.

               



              From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of carrierlacy@... [carrierlacy@...]
              Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 11:26 AM
              To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection


               

              Mr. Clark and Commander Solberg,

              Many members of the community would agree that the Pizza Mart, located at 4th and Adams St NE contributes to the increased loitering and violence in the area. Upon arriving home around 9:00pm last night there were at least 9-10 young men just hanging out in front of the establishment. One of those young men, wearing a sling on his arm, is known to sell drugs in the neighborhood and frequently sits on the stone wall with his friends at 3rd and Adams St. What can we do as a community to get Pizza Mart to close up shop at a reasonable hour? Why do we continue to tolerate a 24 hour business that caters to criminals?

              I will no longer walk my dog in the neighborhood after experiencing gunshots within a block of my walk a few weeks ago. Furthermore, I did not feel comfortable getting out of my car to go into my home last night for fear that something was about to "jump off". Sure enough, 45 minutes later...gunshots were heard in the area.

              What's most sad is I am a federal law enforcement officer and I am not easily intimidated. However, as I am unable to carry my duty weapon when I am off duty, I have no way of protecting myself other than to be very observant of everyone around me.

              Any thoughts on what we can do as a community to get Pizza Mart to change their hours would be appreciated.

              Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

              -----Original Message-----
              From: tim clark <theboyzup@...>
              Sender: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
              Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 07:27:30
              To: <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>; Lanier, Cathy \(MPD\)<cathy.lanier@...>; Thomas, Harry \(COUNCIL\)<HThomas@...>
              Reply-To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
              Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com<mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; eckington@yahoogroups.com<eckington@yahoogroups.com>
              Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

              Commander Solberg,

              Thanks for your response. I'm glad the officers were able to arrest the suspects
              immediately. This area has for many years been a hot spot for drug sales,
              loitering, prostitution and other illegal activities. I'm not sure the light
              tower goes far enough in tackling the immense amount of illegal activity that
              takes place in this area on a daily basis. This issue has to be tackled in a
              much more aggressive approach in order to successfully weed out the problems.
              Many of the violators have become use to the light tower and have found ways to
              allude the sitting squad cars and continue their criminal activity.

              I'll be in contact with you and Chief Lanier to discuss possible solutions to
              cleaning up this corridor. As always, I appreciate the hard work and dedication
              of your officers to keep our community safe.

              Regards,
              Tim Clark
              Commissioner, 5C05

              ________________________________
              From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
              To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)"
              <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
              Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>;
              "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
              Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM
              Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE
              intersection

              Steven,

              In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and
              fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

              We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent
              weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby
              in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem
              of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

              There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an
              area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will
              not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

              Andy Solberg

              Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
              If you SEE something, SAY something.
              Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@...
              to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
              Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

              To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
              -----Original Message-----
              From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
              Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
              To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
              Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

              Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

              Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection
              have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers
              that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are
              being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray
              bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless
              playground.

              For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last
              night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been
              an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are
              slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

              Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th
              and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage
              payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for
              their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and
              the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is
              progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant
              police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may
              not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks
              ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals
              showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national
              guard to lockdown the area?

              Best regards,

              Steven


            • Steven Conn
              Dear Commander Solberg, thank you for the prompt response and congratulations on the swift arrests. The community is ready to work however we can to get these
              Message 6 of 15 , May 4, 2011
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                Dear Commander Solberg, thank you for the prompt response and congratulations on the swift arrests. The community is ready to work however we can to get these criminals behind bars.
                 
                I urge CM Thomas to also do what he needs to do, via legislation, to curb these people with too many idle hours on their hands from interrupting communities, and wreaking havoc on the lives of innocent bystanders.
                 
                In my opinion D.C. is entirely way overdue for some type of anti-loitering legislation to get these people off street corners, and wherever it is they belong... Perhaps social programs need to be focused on and re-vamped - limiting dependency on government assistance to a predefined time span would certainly prevent a lot of folks from taking up a life of leisure supplementing their assistance checks with drug sales, prostitution, etc... Whatever it is, that will prevent this volcano from erupting, now is the time because this area is quickly digressing from a liveable community with random bullets penetrating windows, gunshots every couple of nights, etc.
                 
                We appreciate your assistance, and I realized after sending my original email that I was remiss in thanking MPD for your continued dedication. Be safe out there.
                 
                Best regards,
                 
                Steven


                From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
                To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)" <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
                Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
                Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM
                Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                 

                Steven,

                In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

                We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

                There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

                Andy Solberg

                Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
                If you SEE something, SAY something.
                Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
                Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
                -----Original Message-----
                From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
                Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
                To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
                Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
                Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

                Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless playground.

                For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

                Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national guard to lockdown the area?

                Best regards,

                Steven

              • Charles Bashara
                As an Edgewood homeowner, I have to say that the light tower and police presence are definitely having an effect in thwarting the criminal activity at Third
                Message 7 of 15 , May 4, 2011
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                  As an Edgewood homeowner, I have to say that the light tower and police presence are definitely having an effect in thwarting the criminal activity at Third and Adams.  I'm grateful that the tower will be here for a while, but wonder how we can continue to prevent this activity once the light towers move on to the next hot spot.  The Pizza Mart is definitely a problem.  We should identify the owner, but I'd be surprised if he or she will be sympathetic.  I'm sure they make good money here and live elsewhere, where they don't have to endure the effects of their business practices.  Unless we can appeal to their sense of civic responsibility we may have to resort to public hearings to force a change in the terms of their license, organize protests to force a boycott, harass them with calls to the food inspectors and police and take other similar measures to embarrass them into becoming good neighbors or move on.  Does anyone know what legal or economic redress we have in this situation?  Any community organizers out there?

                  There are other measures that we could take such as pushing for speed humps on Adams, 2nd and Third, as they have installed on Bryant.  We might also work to make Third one-way going towards RIA to limit traffic coming into Edgewood along Third from Eckington.  I've also seen interest in organizing community watch/walk programs and perhaps also installing signs declaring Edgewood drug-free, putting perps on notice that we're watching and will be relentless in reporting their activities.  The installation of surveillance cameras is another option.  While insisting upon respect for civil liberties, I also wonder how the police might help us in implementing these measures for the sake of our safety and well-being.

                  Chuck on Adams

                  On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 7:56 PM, Steven Conn <steven_conn@...> wrote:
                   

                  Dear Commander Solberg, thank you for the prompt response and congratulations on the swift arrests. The community is ready to work however we can to get these criminals behind bars.
                   
                  I urge CM Thomas to also do what he needs to do, via legislation, to curb these people with too many idle hours on their hands from interrupting communities, and wreaking havoc on the lives of innocent bystanders.
                   
                  In my opinion D.C. is entirely way overdue for some type of anti-loitering legislation to get these people off street corners, and wherever it is they belong... Perhaps social programs need to be focused on and re-vamped - limiting dependency on government assistance to a predefined time span would certainly prevent a lot of folks from taking up a life of leisure supplementing their assistance checks with drug sales, prostitution, etc... Whatever it is, that will prevent this volcano from erupting, now is the time because this area is quickly digressing from a liveable community with random bullets penetrating windows, gunshots every couple of nights, etc.
                   
                  We appreciate your assistance, and I realized after sending my original email that I was remiss in thanking MPD for your continued dedication. Be safe out there.
                   
                  Best regards,
                   
                  Steven


                  From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
                  To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)" <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
                  Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
                  Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM
                  Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                   

                  Steven,

                  In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

                  We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

                  There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

                  Andy Solberg

                  Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
                  If you SEE something, SAY something.
                  Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
                  Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                  To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
                  -----Original Message-----
                  From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
                  Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
                  To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
                  Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
                  Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                  Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

                  Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless playground.

                  For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

                  Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national guard to lockdown the area?

                  Best regards,

                  Steven


                • tim clark
                  The monthly PSA meetings are a great tool for residents to discuss solutions like the ones you suggested, with MPD and other residents. The PSA 501 meetings
                  Message 8 of 15 , May 4, 2011
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                    The monthly PSA meetings are a great tool for residents to discuss solutions like the ones you suggested, with MPD and other residents. The PSA 501 meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of every month and for the months of May, June and July, they have been moved to the Edgewood Recreation center.

                    The information provided at these monthly meetings can go a long way in decreasing crime if just a few more residents attended. A group of residents leaving a meeting with MPD also serves as a visible deterrent to criminals.

                    Commander Solberg, could you arrange for one of your officers to give a presentation on starting neighborhood watch programs at this month's meeting? I think this would be a good starting point for residents looking for more ways to help decrease crime in our communities hot spots.   
                     
                    Tim Clark
                    Commissioner, 5C05



                    From: Charles Bashara <cgnbashara@...>
                    To: eckington@yahoogroups.com; edgewooddc <EdgewoodDC@yahoogroups.com>
                    Cc: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)" <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
                    Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 10:58:12 PM
                    Subject: Re: [Eckington] Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                     

                    As an Edgewood homeowner, I have to say that the light tower and police presence are definitely having an effect in thwarting the criminal activity at Third and Adams.  I'm grateful that the tower will be here for a while, but wonder how we can continue to prevent this activity once the light towers move on to the next hot spot.  The Pizza Mart is definitely a problem.  We should identify the owner, but I'd be surprised if he or she will be sympathetic.  I'm sure they make good money here and live elsewhere, where they don't have to endure the effects of their business practices.  Unless we can appeal to their sense of civic responsibility we may have to resort to public hearings to force a change in the terms of their license, organize protests to force a boycott, harass them with calls to the food inspectors and police and take other similar measures to embarrass them into becoming good neighbors or move on.  Does anyone know what legal or economic redress we have in this situation?  Any community organizers out there?

                    There are other measures that we could take such as pushing for speed humps on Adams, 2nd and Third, as they have installed on Bryant.  We might also work to make Third one-way going towards RIA to limit traffic coming into Edgewood along Third from Eckington.  I've also seen interest in organizing community watch/walk programs and perhaps also installing signs declaring Edgewood drug-free, putting perps on notice that we're watching and will be relentless in reporting their activities.  The installation of surveillance cameras is another option.  While insisting upon respect for civil liberties, I also wonder how the police might help us in implementing these measures for the sake of our safety and well-being.

                    Chuck on Adams

                    On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 7:56 PM, Steven Conn <steven_conn@...> wrote:
                     

                    Dear Commander Solberg, thank you for the prompt response and congratulations on the swift arrests. The community is ready to work however we can to get these criminals behind bars.
                     
                    I urge CM Thomas to also do what he needs to do, via legislation, to curb these people with too many idle hours on their hands from interrupting communities, and wreaking havoc on the lives of innocent bystanders.
                     
                    In my opinion D.C. is entirely way overdue for some type of anti-loitering legislation to get these people off street corners, and wherever it is they belong... Perhaps social programs need to be focused on and re-vamped - limiting dependency on government assistance to a predefined time span would certainly prevent a lot of folks from taking up a life of leisure supplementing their assistance checks with drug sales, prostitution, etc... Whatever it is, that will prevent this volcano from erupting, now is the time because this area is quickly digressing from a liveable community with random bullets penetrating windows, gunshots every couple of nights, etc.
                     
                    We appreciate your assistance, and I realized after sending my original email that I was remiss in thanking MPD for your continued dedication. Be safe out there.
                     
                    Best regards,
                     
                    Steven


                    From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
                    To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)" <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
                    Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
                    Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM
                    Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                     

                    Steven,

                    In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

                    We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

                    There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

                    Andy Solberg

                    Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
                    If you SEE something, SAY something.
                    Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
                    Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                    To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
                    -----Original Message-----
                    From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
                    Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
                    To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
                    Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                    Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

                    Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless playground.

                    For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

                    Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national guard to lockdown the area?

                    Best regards,

                    Steven


                  • Solberg, Andrew (MPD)
                    Thanks for your comments. I encourage you to continue to call the police, even if we are not always able to have an instant impact. You re correct that people
                    Message 9 of 15 , May 5, 2011
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                      Thanks for your comments. I encourage you to continue to call the police, even if we are not always able to have an instant impact.

                      You're correct that people are free to come and go as they please, but we also have the ability to stop and talk with them to figure out what they are up to, whether they are on the corner or standing outside a store.

                      Andy Solberg

                       

                      Preventing terrorism is everybody’s business.

                      If you SEE something, SAY something.

                      Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.

                      Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                                                                                                                     

                      To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.

                       

                      From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>
                      To: Eckington@yahoogroups.com <Eckington@yahoogroups.com>; MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>; Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
                      Sent: Wed May 04 15:52:33 2011
                      Subject: Re: [Eckington] Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                       

                      Summit Place & U street NE
                       
                      Commander Solberg, Chief Lanier,
                       
                      To add, I'm just not seeing the police presence with the high crime commencing in this immediate area.  At the 2000 block of Summit Place & 100 block of U street NE (intersection), I've been calling for police to come through and check and clear out drug sellers, loiterings all weekend, and during weekdays. 
                       
                      Twice, police cruisers drove right pass a known drug dealer on Summit Place, near the interection of U street NE, very near Yangs Market, in which I gave a very detail description of him to the 911 dispatcher.
                       
                      At one point, there were only three (3) guys on the corner, and police did come, got out of their cars, but did not make them leave the corner.
                       
                      I know there are civic laws, and so on, but when an area is a serious problem area, and there is no reason that grown guys, men, should be walking up and down the block and or loitering on a corner, I still feel the police should have make them move. Which they didn't this time.  Police usually do though.
                       
                      But a couple of days a go, I made a call, Monday in fact, of guys standing on the side wall of Yangs Market, and this time, vice showed up, and one young guy ran away and the poilice interrogated the rest and moved them along.
                       
                      It's Wednesday, May 4th, and block is still clear!  See, what vice, police and neighborhood interaction can accomplish?  I'm sure it's not going to stay clear for long, but we really must have more police presence.  And Summit Place is only a few blocks from 4th RI ave and Adams Street.
                       

                      From: tim clark <theboyzup@...>
                      To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)" <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
                      Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
                      Sent: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 10:27 AM
                      Subject: Re: [Eckington] Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                       
                      Commander Solberg,

                      Thanks for your response. I'm glad the officers were able to arrest the suspects immediately. This area has for many years been a hot spot for drug sales, loitering, prostitution and other illegal activities. I'm not sure the light tower goes far enough in tackling the immense amount of illegal activity that takes place in this area on a daily basis. This issue has to be tackled in a much more aggressive approach in order to successfully weed out the problems. Many of the violators have become use to the light tower and have found ways to allude the sitting squad cars and continue their criminal activity. 

                      I'll be in contact with you and Chief Lanier to discuss possible solutions to cleaning up this corridor. As always, I appreciate the hard work and dedication of your officers to keep our community safe.




                      Regards,  
                      Tim Clark
                      Commissioner, 5C05


                      From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
                      To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)" <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
                      Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
                      Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM
                      Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                       
                      Steven,

                      In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

                      We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

                      There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

                      Andy Solberg

                      Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
                      If you SEE something, SAY something.
                      Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
                      Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                      To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
                      -----Original Message-----
                      From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
                      Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
                      To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
                      Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
                      Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                      Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

                      Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless playground.

                      For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

                      Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national guard to lockdown the area?

                      Best regards,

                      Steven


                    • Solberg, Andrew (MPD)
                      There s not a lot we can do if they are waiting to buy stuff from the store. Andy Solberg ________________________________ From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
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                        There's not a lot we can do if they are waiting to buy stuff from the store.

                        Andy Solberg


                        From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>
                        To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>
                        Sent: Wed May 04 16:28:36 2011
                        Subject: Re: RE: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                        Commander Solberg,

                        The crowds seem to gather on the Adams St. side of Pizza Mart, which is where the walk-up window is. Customers can buy soda, candy, cigarettes etc. there but there is no prepared food (that's on the 4th St. side- which I can't see well from my apartment). There really isn't anywhere to wait other than on that sidewalk.

                        I have noticed that when MPD parks one of its vehicles on that sidewalk with the flashers on, the crowds thin considerably! :)

                        I'm sure the owners intend it to be a convenience, but the walk-up window is nearly as great a neighborhood nuisance as a vacant lot would be. Regardless, that business is a part of the community & has an interest in safety as well as in profit. What other opportunities are there to work together on this?

                        (Ideally the whole lot Pizza Mart is on would get sold and redeveloped, but I wanted a pony when I was little and I never got that either....)

                        Amy
                        (she of the stray bullet through the window from a few weeks back)

                        On May 04, 2011, at 10:14 AM, "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...> wrote:

                         

                        I would suggest you talk to the owner and manager of the business, and bring your concerns to them.  Are they able to have people wait inside as they wait for their food?
                         
                        Andy Solberg

                         

                        Preventing terrorism is everybody’s business.

                        If you SEE something, SAY something.

                        Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.

                        Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                                                                                                                       

                        To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.

                         



                        From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of carrierlacy@... [carrierlacy@...]
                        Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 11:26 AM
                        To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
                        Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection


                         

                        Mr. Clark and Commander Solberg,

                        Many members of the community would agree that the Pizza Mart, located at 4th and Adams St NE contributes to the increased loitering and violence in the area. Upon arriving home around 9:00pm last night there were at least 9-10 young men just hanging out in front of the establishment. One of those young men, wearing a sling on his arm, is known to sell drugs in the neighborhood and frequently sits on the stone wall with his friends at 3rd and Adams St. What can we do as a community to get Pizza Mart to close up shop at a reasonable hour? Why do we continue to tolerate a 24 hour business that caters to criminals?

                        I will no longer walk my dog in the neighborhood after experiencing gunshots within a block of my walk a few weeks ago. Furthermore, I did not feel comfortable getting out of my car to go into my home last night for fear that something was about to "jump off". Sure enough, 45 minutes later...gunshots were heard in the area.

                        What's most sad is I am a federal law enforcement officer and I am not easily intimidated. However, as I am unable to carry my duty weapon when I am off duty, I have no way of protecting myself other than to be very observant of everyone around me.

                        Any thoughts on what we can do as a community to get Pizza Mart to change their hours would be appreciated.

                        Sent on the Sprint® Now Network from my BlackBerry®

                        -----Original Message-----
                        From: tim clark <theboyzup@...>
                        Sender: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
                        Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 07:27:30
                        To: <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>; Lanier, Cathy \(MPD\)<cathy.lanier@...>; Thomas, Harry \(COUNCIL\)<HThomas@...>
                        Reply-To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com
                        Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com<mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; eckington@yahoogroups.com<eckington@yahoogroups.com>
                        Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                        Commander Solberg,

                        Thanks for your response. I'm glad the officers were able to arrest the suspects
                        immediately. This area has for many years been a hot spot for drug sales,
                        loitering, prostitution and other illegal activities. I'm not sure the light
                        tower goes far enough in tackling the immense amount of illegal activity that
                        takes place in this area on a daily basis. This issue has to be tackled in a
                        much more aggressive approach in order to successfully weed out the problems.
                        Many of the violators have become use to the light tower and have found ways to
                        allude the sitting squad cars and continue their criminal activity.

                        I'll be in contact with you and Chief Lanier to discuss possible solutions to
                        cleaning up this corridor. As always, I appreciate the hard work and dedication
                        of your officers to keep our community safe.

                        Regards,
                        Tim Clark
                        Commissioner, 5C05

                        ________________________________
                        From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
                        To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)"
                        <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
                        Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>;
                        "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
                        Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM
                        Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE
                        intersection

                        Steven,

                        In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and
                        fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

                        We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent
                        weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby
                        in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem
                        of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

                        There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an
                        area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will
                        not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

                        Andy Solberg

                        Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
                        If you SEE something, SAY something.
                        Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@...
                        to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
                        Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                        To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
                        -----Original Message-----
                        From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
                        Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
                        To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
                        Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
                        Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                        Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

                        Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection
                        have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers
                        that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are
                        being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray
                        bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless
                        playground.

                        For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last
                        night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been
                        an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are
                        slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

                        Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th
                        and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage
                        payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for
                        their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and
                        the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is
                        progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant
                        police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may
                        not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks
                        ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals
                        showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national
                        guard to lockdown the area?

                        Best regards,

                        Steven


                      • Solberg, Andrew (MPD)
                        Thanks very much, Steven. It s great to get such positive feedback. Andy Solberg Preventing terrorism is everybody’s business. If you SEE something, SAY
                        Message 11 of 15 , May 5, 2011
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                          Thanks very much, Steven. It's great to get such positive feedback.

                          Andy Solberg

                           

                          Preventing terrorism is everybody’s business.

                          If you SEE something, SAY something.

                          Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.

                          Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                                                                                                                         

                          To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.

                           

                          From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>
                          To: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com <MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com>; Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
                          Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; eckington@yahoogroups.com <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
                          Sent: Wed May 04 19:56:29 2011
                          Subject: Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                           

                          Dear Commander Solberg, thank you for the prompt response and congratulations on the swift arrests. The community is ready to work however we can to get these criminals behind bars.
                           
                          I urge CM Thomas to also do what he needs to do, via legislation, to curb these people with too many idle hours on their hands from interrupting communities, and wreaking havoc on the lives of innocent bystanders.
                           
                          In my opinion D.C. is entirely way overdue for some type of anti-loitering legislation to get these people off street corners, and wherever it is they belong... Perhaps social programs need to be focused on and re-vamped - limiting dependency on government assistance to a predefined time span would certainly prevent a lot of folks from taking up a life of leisure supplementing their assistance checks with drug sales, prostitution, etc... Whatever it is, that will prevent this volcano from erupting, now is the time because this area is quickly digressing from a liveable community with random bullets penetrating windows, gunshots every couple of nights, etc.
                           
                          We appreciate your assistance, and I realized after sending my original email that I was remiss in thanking MPD for your continued dedication. Be safe out there.
                           
                          Best regards,
                           
                          Steven


                          From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
                          To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; "Lanier, Cathy (MPD)" <cathy.lanier@...>; "Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
                          Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
                          Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM
                          Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                           

                          Steven,

                          In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

                          We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

                          There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

                          Andy Solberg

                          Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
                          If you SEE something, SAY something.
                          Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
                          Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                          To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
                          -----Original Message-----
                          From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
                          Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
                          To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
                          Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
                          Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                          Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

                          Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless playground.

                          For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

                          Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national guard to lockdown the area?

                          Best regards,

                          Steven

                        • Solberg, Andrew (MPD)
                          Yes, we re in the process of arranging this, Mr. Clark. Andy Solberg Preventing terrorism is everybody s business. If you SEE something, SAY something. Call
                          Message 12 of 15 , May 5, 2011
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                            Yes, we’re in the process of arranging this, Mr. Clark.

                             

                            Andy Solberg

                             

                             

                            Preventing terrorism is everybody’s business.

                            If you SEE something, SAY something.

                            Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.

                            Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                                                                                                                           

                            To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.

                             

                            From: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com [mailto: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of tim clark
                            Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2011 12:36 AM
                            To: Eckington@yahoogroups.com; edgewooddc
                            Cc: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com ; Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL); cgnbashara@...
                            Subject: [MPD-5D] Monthly Police Service Area (PSA) Meetings

                             

                             

                            The monthly PSA meetings are a great tool for residents to discuss solutions like the ones you suggested, with MPD and other residents. The PSA 501 meetings are the 3rd Wednesday of every month and for the months of May, June and July, they have been moved to the Edgewood Recreation center.

                            The information provided at these monthly meetings can go a long way in decreasing crime if just a few more residents attended. A group of residents leaving a meeting with MPD also serves as a visible deterrent to criminals.

                            Commander Solberg, could you arrange for one of your officers to give a presentation on starting neighborhood watch programs at this month's meeting? I think this would be a good starting point for residents looking for more ways to help decrease crime in our communities hot spots.   

                             

                            Tim Clark
                            Commissioner, 5C05

                             

                             


                            From: Charles Bashara <cgnbashara@...>
                            To: eckington@yahoogroups.com ; edgewooddc <EdgewoodDC@yahoogroups.com>
                            Cc: MPD-5D@yahoogroups.com ; " Lanier, Cathy (MPD)" <cathy.lanier@...>; " Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
                            Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 10:58:12 PM
                            Subject: Re: [Eckington] Re: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                             

                            As an Edgewood homeowner, I have to say that the light tower and police presence are definitely having an effect in thwarting the criminal activity at Third and Adams .  I'm grateful that the tower will be here for a while, but wonder how we can continue to prevent this activity once the light towers move on to the next hot spot.  The Pizza Mart is definitely a problem.  We should identify the owner, but I'd be surprised if he or she will be sympathetic.  I'm sure they make good money here and live elsewhere, where they don't have to endure the effects of their business practices.  Unless we can appeal to their sense of civic responsibility we may have to resort to public hearings to force a change in the terms of their license, organize protests to force a boycott, harass them with calls to the food inspectors and police and take other similar measures to embarrass them into becoming good neighbors or move on.  Does anyone know what legal or economic redress we have in this situation?  Any community organizers out there?

                            There are other measures that we could take such as pushing for speed humps on Adams, 2nd and Third, as they have installed on Bryant.  We might also work to make Third one-way going towards RIA to limit traffic coming into Edgewood along Third from Eckington.  I've also seen interest in organizing community watch/walk programs and perhaps also installing signs declaring Edgewood drug-free, putting perps on notice that we're watching and will be relentless in reporting their activities.  The installation of surveillance cameras is another option.  While insisting upon respect for civil liberties, I also wonder how the police might help us in implementing these measures for the sake of our safety and well-being.

                            Chuck on Adams

                            On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 7:56 PM, Steven Conn <steven_conn@...> wrote:

                             

                            Dear Commander Solberg, thank you for the prompt response and congratulations on the swift arrests. The community is ready to work however we can to get these criminals behind bars.

                             

                            I urge CM Thomas to also do what he needs to do, via legislation, to curb these people with too many idle hours on their hands from interrupting communities, and wreaking havoc on the lives of innocent bystanders.

                             

                            In my opinion D.C. is entirely way overdue for some type of anti-loitering legislation to get these people off street corners, and wherever it is they belong... Perhaps social programs need to be focused on and re-vamped - limiting dependency on government assistance to a predefined time span would certainly prevent a lot of folks from taking up a life of leisure supplementing their assistance checks with drug sales, prostitution, etc... Whatever it is, that will prevent this volcano from erupting, now is the time because this area is quickly digressing from a liveable community with random bullets penetrating windows, gunshots every couple of nights, etc.

                             

                            We appreciate your assistance, and I realized after sending my original email that I was remiss in thanking MPD for your continued dedication. Be safe out there.

                             

                            Best regards,

                             

                            Steven

                             


                            From: "Solberg, Andrew (MPD)" <Andrew.Solberg@...>
                            To: Steven Conn <steven_conn@...>; " Lanier, Cathy (MPD)" <cathy.lanier@...>; " Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)" <HThomas@...>
                            Cc: "mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com" <mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com>; "eckington@yahoogroups.com" <eckington@yahoogroups.com>
                            Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 9:53:55 AM

                            Subject: [MPD-5D] RE: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection


                             

                            Steven,

                            In last night's incident, two men got into a dispute with an area resident and fired shots into a house. Both men were arrested.

                            We have been sending the light tower up to the 3rd and Adams St. area in recent weeks and will continue to do so, and as you know 5D officers have been nearby in each instance of recent gunfire. We are working hard to combat the problem of violence in the area and have made progress and some good arrests.

                            There is still work to be done and we are committed to doing it. This is an area of focused attention for us here at 5D due to recent incidents and we will not abandon our efforts to create a peaceful community.

                            Andy Solberg

                            Preventing terrorism is everybody's business.
                            If you SEE something, SAY something.
                            Call the Metropolitan Police Department at (202) 727-9099 or email at SAR@... to report suspicious activity or behavior that has already occurred.
                            Call 911 to report in-progress threats or emergencies.

                            To learn more, visit http://www.mpdc.dc.gov/operationtipp.
                            -----Original Message-----
                            From: Steven Conn [mailto:steven_conn@...]
                            Sent: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 9:42 AM
                            To: Lanier, Cathy (MPD); Solberg, Andrew (MPD); Thomas, Harry (COUNCIL)
                            Cc: mpd-5d@yahoogroups.com; eckington@yahoogroups.com
                            Subject: gun violence around the 4th and Rhode Island NE intersection

                            Dear Chief Lanier, Commander Solberg, and Councilman Thomas,

                            Eckington and the areas surrounding the 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE intersection have been under siege by criminals and their guns. As the crews and drug dealers that operate in the area continue their turf wars, residents and homeowners are being held hostage. Some are too scared to walk their dogs, one reported a stray bullet coming through the window, and the area is quickly becoming a lawless playground.

                            For the second night in less than a week gunshots rang out in the area last night about 9:45. There were six quick shots from what could have only have been an automatic weapon sounded just like the one from Thursday night. Things are slowly getting out of control just in this small area.

                            Please, advise what is being done to curb violence in the areas surrounding 4th and Rhode Island NE. We're all under budget cuts, trying to make our mortgage payments, some of us can't afford to lose tenants, and others are scared for their lives. We've worked very hard to get vacant buildings rehabilitated, and the commercial / residential project @ the Rhode Island Ave Metro Station is progressing, however the areas around 4th and Rhode Island Ave NE need constant police supervision - and we're pleading for help. Even police supervision may not be enough. Commander Solberg advised that when the shote were fired 2 weeks ago @ Bates and 3rd NE there was a manned cruiser in the block. With criminals showing such brazen disrespect for the law, is it time to activate the national guard to lockdown the area?

                            Best regards,

                            Steven

                             

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