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Cops Release Photos of Man Wanted in NoMa Bank Robbery

A man suspected of robbing a bank in NoMa yesterday afternoon has appeared on surveillance footage, police said.

The robbery happened in the Premier Bank at 1160 1st St. NE about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Photos police distributed today in connection with crime show a man standing in the bank. At the bank, the man passed a teller a note that demanded money, according to authorities. He then got the cash and fled.

Police described the man as a:

White male, 30’s years of age, 5’8″ in height, pale complexion, with light brown hair, white shirt with blue lines, white tennis shoes, and blue jeans.

The bank also was robbed twice in April.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C. currently offers a reward of up to $5,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Photos via Metropolitan Police Department

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Morning Rundown

NoMa sculpture

Power Outage Hits Hill East — About 400 Pepco customers are without power this morning near Pennsylvania Avenue between 14th and 17th streets SE. The power is expected to return by 2 p.m. [Alert DC]

Capitol Put on Lockdown After Bullets Fly Nearby — The U.S. Capitol campus was put on lockdown yesterday afternoon after a passenger in a car near the Third Street Tunnel shot at police. [Washington Post]

Developers Get OK to Demolish H Street Connection — Rappaport and WC Smith have secured permits to raze the H Street Connection strip mall. [Frozen Tropics]

Cops Nab Men Wanted in Near Northeast Carjacking — Police have arrested two men in connection with an unarmed carjacking on the 600 block of L Street NE on July 6. [Hill Rag]

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Meet the Capitol Hill Area’s ANC Candidates So Far for 2016

"I Voted" stickerThe race to enter (or stay in) the lowest level of elected office in the D.C. government officially has begun.

Almost a dozen locals who live in the Capitol Hill area yesterday picked up nominating petitions to serve as members of District’s Advisory Neighborhood Commissions.

Monday was the first day prospective candidates could get the nominating materials. They have until Aug. 10 to collect the signatures of 25 of their neighbors in their single member districts to get on the Nov. 8 ballot.

So far, the candidates include:

ANC 6A

  • Single Member District 01
    • Marie-Claire Brown (704 10th St. NE)
  • Single Member District 02
    • Commissioner Phil Toomajian (631 10th St. NE)
  • Single Member District 07
    • Commissioner Sondra Phillips-Gilbert (1744 E St. NE)

ANC 6B

  • Single Member District 03
    • Brian Ready (622 1/2 I St. SE)
  • Single Member District 04
    • Commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg (423 12th St. SE)
  • Single Member District 07
    • Aimee M. Grace (1219 Potomac Ave. SE)
  • Single Member District 10
    • James Zeigler (1717 East Capitol St. SE)

ANC 6C

  • Single Member District 03
    • Commissioner Scott Price (517 E St. NE)
  • Single Member District 06
    • Heather Edelman (1152 5th St. NE)

ANC 6D

  • Single Member District 05
    • Katelynd Mahoney (1250 4th St. SW)
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Ice Cream Social to Return to Union Market This Weekend

DC Scoop, photo via MoKi MediaA spoon might come in handy for an ice cream social slated to return to Union Market this weekend.

Ice cream lovers can purchase ice cream, gelato, ice cream sandwiches, popsicles and other frozen treats from local businesses in celebration of National Ice Cream Day during DC Scoop at Union Market (1309 5th St. NE) this Sunday at 1 p.m.

Businesses slated to attend the event include Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Carmen’s Italian Ice Dolci Gelati and Timber Pizza Co.

A panel of judges composed of ice cream aficionados from Dolcezza and Puddin’ will help crown the winner of the coveted “Best Ice Cream” title during the ice cream social. The event will also feature ice cream eating contests, raffles, samples and giveaways.

Photo courtesy of MoKi Media

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Pet-Wise: Uma Recommends In-Home Boarding

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Pearl Steckler snuggles with Diesel during one of his in-home boarding stays

This sponsored column is written by Saving Grace Petcare owner Grace Steckler and Bonny King-Taylor, director of training and communication at Saving Grace Petcare. Visit www.savinggracepets.com and let us know how we can support you.

It’s 9 a.m. I am working at my home office desk while Uma the bulldog sleeps by my feet. She is a noisy puddle and her snores are making me laugh as I try to help a walker who has stepped in to pick up a key.

She arrived at 7:30 a.m. this morning, dragging her owner up the front steps of our house as if we hadn’t seen each other in years. The truth is, she has spent many weekends with our family, soaking up the love and … don’t tell them we said so … not really missing her people until she sees them again!

During the day, she follows me around, well, like a puppy! Upand down the steps, into the yard, around the corner to mail a letter. She spends a lot of time attending to backyard pee-breaks and snoozing in a cozy dog bed under the tree where she can keep an eye on me, while bird and squirrel watching.

4 p.m. rolls around and my kids burst in from school: running to shower her with kisses. “Uma, UMA! echoes through the house and her tail wags so hard, it looks like it might fall off!

The kids love her so much that they even take turns sleeping on the floor to cuddle with her
every night.

When the week is over, Uma barks to let us know that her family is coming to get her. She leaps for joy to see them, and gets plenty of last minute ear rubs from us on the way out.

Once on the other side of the door, she looks back as if to say, “Four paws up! I will definitely recommend you to my friends. The biscuits were yummy and the hugs were great. Thanks for having me. See you again soon!”

Uma, and hundreds of pets like her on Capitol Hill have enjoyed what we call, “Camp Saving Grace” like this, staying with one of our care providers as if they were our own pets. In fact, we take their comfort and safety so seriously, that we only do in-home boarding.

Whether you prefer our model, or commercial boarding, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Whenever possible, go with an established boarding provider, with a track record for quality care. What the spur-of-the-moment boarders offer in convenience cannot make up for inexperience and being mostly on their own if something goes wrong. Without support systems and oversight in place, they cannot provide the level of security your pet deserves.
  • Visit the boarder’s home in advance. Eliminate surprises by visiting the home of your boarding provider a week or two beforehand. Your doggie can sniff around the house and acclimate to the new smells before the big (sometimes emotionally-charged) departure day.
  • Make sure you provide everything your pet needs to be comfortable and happy. Portion out meals and medications, make sure your equipment: ID tags, leash, harness, bed, bowls, travel crate, toys, blanket, brush, etc., are in good working order.
  • Update your client profile. If you are using a pet sitting service with an online scheduling portal, update your contact information and feeding instructions, select a veterinary clinic, and make sure you have the names and numbers of two local contacts who can help in an emergency. Consider printing this information and handing it to your pet’s boarding provider.
  • Limit treats and extra food on drop-off day. The change of location can initially be stressful for a pup; let the boarding provider get off to a great start and treat your dog after you’ve said goodbye.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, if your plans change, be sure to let your boarding provider know FIRST. That way, you can go about problem solving knowing your pet is safe, and we can adjust our own schedules.

Preparations like this help us to provide the quality of care Uma loves!

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Finding a great pet-life balance when you are busy with work, family and social obligations can be tough. Busy people need all the help they can get and Saving Grace Petcare is here to help you navigate the urban, professional environment across the 20002 and 20003 zip codes.

We’ve learned a thing or two during our 16 years of caring for thousands of every kind of pet you can imagine. In Pet-Wise each week, we will share tips, tricks, behavioral and product recommendations, book reviews and sweet stories about life with pets in the Capitol Hill, Hill East, NoMa and Brookland neighborhoods.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hill Now.

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Men Wanted in Hill East Theft Caught on Video

Three men sought in a theft in Hill East last month have appeared in surveillance footage, police said.

The theft happened in the CVS Pharmacy at 500 12th St. SE about 9:10 p.m. June 14.

Video authorities released yesterday in connection with the crime shows the men walking into the store together and leaving, after some time elapsed. One of them held a bag as he walked out.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, D.C., currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a serious crime committed in the District of Columbia.

Video via YouTube/Metropolitan Police Department

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Morning Rundown

H Street NE public art

Thief Breaks Into FBI Vehicle Near H Street, Steals Guns — A thief would up with a handgun and a long gun over the weekend after breaking into an FBI-issued vehicle on the 800 block of 7th Street NE. [Washington Post]

ANC 6D Commissioner Won’t Seek Reelection — Commissioner Stacy Cloyd of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6D, who has represented a chunk of the Capitol Hill area centered around South Capitol Street since 2014, has decided not to run for reelection. [JDLand]

New Elementary School Principal in Southwest Speaks Out — TaMikka Sykes, who was tapped to lead Amidon-Bowen Elementary School (401 I St. SW) for the 2016-2017 school year, said she is bringing on the school’s first Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) focused teacher. [Hill Rag]

Worker Seriously Injured After Falling From Scaffolding in Southwest — A construction worker was seriously injured after falling from scaffolding in Southwest yesterday. [Hill Now]

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Hill Pet of the Week: Tigress

Metro Mutts

Tigress is the Hill Pet of the Week. She is a 3-year-old Terrier English Staffordshire mix available for adoption. Here’s her bio shared by the Washington Humane Society shelter on New York Avenue NE:

Hello! I’m Tigress! I was brought to the shelter as a stray several years ago and adopted quickly, but it didn’t work out with my new owner long-term so now I’m back (through no fault of my own!). My previous owner says I’m good with kids and other dogs, but I haven’t been around any kiddos here so the shelter staff doesn’t know for sure. They do know that I’m a smart dog! My old owner had me for over a year and worked with me on housebreaking and taught me tricks like how to give kisses on demand. Maybe my new owners can teach me some new tricks? Could that be you?

To adopt Tigress or other pets from the Humane Society, see the Petango adoption site or call 202-576-6664.

Want your pet to be considered for Hill Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a gift bag of dog or cat treats from Metro Mutts, along with 100 Metro Mutts Reward Points.

Known for “What dogs and cats want. What owners need,” Metro Mutts specializes in products and services for passionate pet owners. Now offering individualized dog walking, pet sitting and cat care on H Street NE. Learn more at www.metromuttsdc.com.

Photos via Washington Humane Society

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Capitol Hill Agenda (July 12-18)

Capitol Riverfront Outdoor Movie Series (Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID)

Capitol Hill Agenda is a listing of interesting events for the week ahead in the Capitol Hill area. If you’d like to see your event featured, fill out our event submission form.

For more events, be sure to check out our event calendar.

Tuesday

Under the Sea
Southwest Library (900 Wesley Place SW)
3 p.m.

Kids, between the ages of 5 and 12, can get an introductory lesson on sharks and stingrays to learn how these fish benefit marine ecosystems.

Wednesday

Rockin’ the Block Concert Series
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Musical performers, lawn games and food from local restaurants are once again coming to Navy Yard as part of a free concert series.

Thursday

Jurassic World
Canal Park (200 M St. SE)
7 p.m.

Locals can watch dinosaurs come to life in this free outdoor thriller as part of Capitol Riverfront’s Outdoor Movie Series.

Keeping Cool with Capoeira
Rosedale Library (1701 Gales St. NE)
5 p.m.

Teens can learn how to use music, rhythm and language for self-defense and other purposes through this Afro-Brazilian art form.

Wine & Design
National Postal Museum (2 Massachusetts Ave. NE)
5-7 p.m.

A happy hour with wine and crafting is coming to the National Postal Museum.

Friday

The Texas Chainsaw Horns
The Yards Park (355 Water St. SE)
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Capitol Riverfront’s Friday Night Concert Series is back this week with the funk, soul and R&B band, The Texas Chainsaw Horns.

Photo via Capitol Riverfront BID

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Thieves Target Sleeping Man in Capitol Hill-Area Robbery

7th and C streets SETwo thieves gave a man sleeping in his car a rude awakening when they robbed him at gunpoint early yesterday morning.

Police said a man was sleeping in his vehicle near the intersection of 7th and C streets SE around 5:30 a.m. yesterday when he was approached by two suspects. One of the thieves pulled out a black handgun and took the man’s money and wallet, according to authorities.

Both suspects fled eastbound on C Street, police said.

Additionally, teenagers robbed someone near the intersection of L St. NW and New Jersey Ave. NW late last night, police said.

Police just after 11 p.m. provided a lookout for:

3 B/M’s between the ages of 14-15 Suspect (1) wearing red shirt, red hat, red shorts armed with a gun.

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Worker Seriously Injured After Falling From Scaffolding in Southwest

A construction worker was seriously injured after falling from scaffolding in Southwest earlier this morning.

The incident happened on the 400 block of Water St. SW around 8:15 a.m., according to D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Oscar Mendez. The worker fell nearly 10 feet onto a plate glass window.

Rescuers rushed the seriously injured worker to the hospital shortly after the fall, Mendez said.

Photo via D.C. Fire and EMS

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