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Columbia Heights Residents React To Shooting At Caribbean Festival

Watch the video above to see how people in Columbia Heights are reacting to the shootings that took place down the street at the Caribbean Festival today, June 25.

The Flower Felon

The Flower Felon

In the last few months, Cleveland Park residents have been frantically posting about their beautiful blooming flowers being stolen from their yards and community garden plots.  One resident claims that over 50 of her peony blooms were stolen. This blossom burglary has been going on for quite some time now. Many residents have described a man carrying flowers—loose, unwrapped, and strikingly similar those stolen from the neighborhood.

Report Says Crime on U Street Is Up

Report Says Crime on U Street Is Up

The U Street area blog Borderstan is reporting that crime on U Street is up.

Report Says Teenage Crime Way Up In D.C.; Lack Of Youth Programs To Blame?

A few days ago, Scott McCabe of the Washington Examiner published an article reporting that teenage crimes in D.C. are way up thus far this year

"The number of children under 18 arrested and charged with violent crimes -- homicide, rape and aggravated assault -- has risen 10 percent this year compared with last year,"  McCabe wrote.  "Burglary arrests of juveniles jumped 90 percent, while thefts shot up 173 percent."

Read McCabe's entire story on the Examiner's website.

Columbia Heights Resident Says Four Of Her Friends Have Been Killed In Past Several Months

Meet Jasmine Hermonstine.

Jasmine is a 20-year-old mother who lives with her 7-month-old daughter on 11th Street in Columbia Heights.  She says she has had four friends killed in the past several months, in various incidents.

Watch the video above to see what Jasmine had to say about her loved ones being killed, how it makes her feel, and how she is going about life with her baby girl after these tragic events. 

Fourth DC Youth Who Escaped South Carolina Has Been Captured

This story comes to us from Reggie Sanders:

Washington, DC -- The DC Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) announced that a youth under the agency’s supervision who escaped from a South Carolina placement center on April 20th was taken back into custody by the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force today without incident.  The task force is made up of several state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the United States Marshals Service. 


Two Days After Stabbing, Mayor Gray Calls For Increased Security At National Zoo

Just two days after the stabbing at the National Zoo, Mayor Gray is calling for increased security at the location.

“This incident highlights the need for the National Zoo Police and other outside agencies to coordinate more closely with our Metropolitan Police Department to ensure public safety on high-turnout days and special events, such as Monday’s event at the Smithsonian National Zoo,” Gray said.  “(MPD Police) Chief Lanier is meeting with her counterpart in the National Zoo Police to discuss this incident and work toward better coordination to prevent such events in the future."

The violent incident also left some locals wondering if the Woodley Park site needs to step up its security.

Unlike many D.C. museums, the Zoo does not have metal detectors, a measure that some locals are calling for after the violent incident.