Tony Goodman (Photo via Twitter/Tony Goodman)

At Large Councilmember David Grosso has turned to a NoMa-area community leader to take the helm of his office.

Tony Goodman, who has represented NoMa and Near Northeast on ANC 6C for the past four years, became Grosso’s chief of staff Tuesday.

He succeeded Keenan Austin, who stepped down this summer to serve as the Florida political director for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Aside from Goodman’s duties as commissioner, he also serves as a member of the D.C. Pedestrian Advisory Council, according to his LinkedIn profile.

He most recently was a D.C. Department of General Services construction manager, working on projects that included a new pedestrian and bike trail that will run from NoMa to the National Arboretum.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay area, Goodman has lived in D.C. since 2002.

“The Councilmember is very excited to have Tony on board,” Grosso spokesman Matthew Nocella said in a statement. “Tony’s experience with various aspects of District government deepen the knowledge base of an already incredible staff and he looks forward to working with him on behalf of the people of the District of Columbia.”

Photo via Twitter/Tony Goodman


Power outage in Near Northeast (Image via Pepco)About 1,500 Pepco customers in Near Northeast have lost power this morning, according to the electric company.

The outage affects an area centered around the H Street corridor, roughly bounded by C Street, 8th Street and Florida Avenue NE, as well as the train tracks north of Union Station. The electricity went out about 5 a.m.

The power is expected to return by 10 a.m.

Image via Pepco

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police car3A man was shot in Northeast Capitol Hill on Saturday after an argument with another man.

The shooting happened near the intersection of 17th and D streets NE just before 6:40 p.m. Saturday, according to a police alert.

Police said the two men were arguing over the sale of untaxed cigarettes and began to fight. One of the men tried to escape and heard four or five gunshots as he walked toward 16th St. NE. The man who fled was struck once in the shooting and hospitalized.

On Sunday there was an armed robbery near the H Street corridor. The robbery happened about 10:15 p.m. on the 1000 block of 8th Street NE according to a police alert.

Police are looking for three suspects in the robbery and described them as:

  • Black male with a dark complexion, slim, 16-22 years old, wearing a black sweatshirt and black ski mask

  • Black male with a dark complexion , slim, 16-22 years old, wearing a dark sweatshirt

  • Black male with a light complexion, slim, 16-22 years old, wearing a gray sweatshirt

Early this morning, a person armed with a gun robbed a 7-Eleven near the NoMa-Gallaudet University Metro station. The robbery happened about 4:25 a.m. Monday at the convenience store at 1315 2nd St. NE.

The same 7-Eleven location was robbed by a man with a gun early on Friday morning as well.


Police car lightThree men were apprehended in Near Northeast early yesterday morning as part of a police operation to combat prostitution, according to authorities.

The men were arrested for sexual solicitation on the 200 block of K Street NE, 1100 block of 2nd Street NE and the 1000 block of 7th Street NE, police said. All of the arrests happened between 4:15 and 5:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The arrests came about a month after police apprehended 13 men for solicitation of prostitution in NoMa.

Police also caught a juvenile who is suspected of stealing a chain from someone’s neck in northeast Capitol Hill yesterday.

The robbery happened about 10 a.m. on Thursday in or near the Kingsman Academy Public Charter School, which occupies the former Options Public Charter School building. The school is at 1375 E St. NE.

A school surveillance camera caught two people exchanging words before one of them snatched the chain. A fight then broke out.

Police made the arrest on the scene.


MPD Police CarsLocals who live near the H Street corridor are slated to have an opportunity to walk and talk with District police and government officials about safety in their neighborhood this week.

The community walk will start at 6 p.m. tomorrow at TD Burger (3rd and K streets NE) and cover parts of PSA 104, the area roughly bounded by 2nd Street NE and Florida, Maryland and Massachusetts avenues NE, police said.

The walk is set to come after three armed robberies were reported within two blocks of the H Street corridor over the weekend and a man was fatally shot on the 700 block of H Street NE on Oct. 3.

Officials do not expect to cover all of PSA 104 in one evening. But the walk will make several stops throughout the area to hear specific concerns.

For residents who cannot attend the entire walk, these stops and the walk’s expected arrival times are:

  • 6:10 p.m. at Parker and 2nd streets NE.
  • 6:15 p.m. at the Giant (3rd and H streets NE).
  • 6:20 p.m. at 5th and H streets NE.
  • 6:25 p.m. at 7th and H streets NE.
  • 6:35 p.m. at the H Street Connection strip mall (8th and H streets NE).
  • 6:40 p.m. at 8th and K streets NE.
  • 6:50 p.m. at the D.C. Office of Aging (5th and K streets NE).

Walkers also are invited to PSA 104’s monthly meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. at J.O. Wilson Elementary School (660 K St. NE).

The meeting will begin with comments on the results of the safety walk, followed by crime reports, updates on police activity and an open community discussion.


Morning Rundown


Parents at Near Northeast School Concerned About Potential Protesters at Nearby Planned Parenthood — Parents of children at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Near Northeast are concerned that a future Planned Parenthood near the school will draw unruly crowds of protesters. [Washington Post]

Near Northeast Residents Complain of Prostitution On Elementary School Property — Residents near J.O. Wilson Elementary School at 660 K St. NE complained to police that the school property is being used for illicit sex. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Student Art to Adorn Fence at Hine Development Near Eastern Market — On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the fence around the Hine School development project beside Eastern Market will be adorned with artwork from students at 26 Capitol Hill schools. [Hill Rag]

Pope’s Visit Leads to Spike in Airbnb Reservations on Capitol Hill and H Street Corridor — Listings for rooms on the popular room rental site have increased on and around Capitol Hill in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit on Sept. 22. [Curbed]


4th and K streets NE (Photo via Google Maps)A Near Northeast crash involving four vehicles sent two people to a local hospital this afternoon.

The collision happened at 4th and K streets NE about 3:30 p.m., a D.C. Fire and EMS Department spokesman said.

The two people were hospitalized with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately clear.

Photo via Google Maps


Morning Rundown

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Man Shot on Florida Avenue NE — A man was shot on the 1300 block of Florida Avenue just after midnight on Saturday. The victim was hospitalized and is expected to survive. [WUSA 9]

Rose’s Luxury Owner Reveals Name of New Restaurant — The Barracks Row eatery that chef Aaron Silverman is building next door to his Rose’s Luxury restaurant will be called “Pineapple and Pearls.” [Washington City Paper]

Hundreds Protest Capitol Hill-Area Planned Parenthood — Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at the future site of a forthcoming Planned Parenthood in Near Northeast as part of a national day of protest calling on Congress to defund the organization. [WTOP]

Martha’s Table Distributes Free Produce in Southwest — A new initiative by local charity Martha’s Table is bringing free farmers markets to underserved areas throughout the District, including the King Greenleaf Recreation Center in Southwest. [Washington Post]

Send Hill Now a Letter — Have something you want to share with Hill Now and our readers? We publish article and opinion contributions pertaining to local issues in the Capitol Hill community and Ward 6. [Hill Now]


A man sought in a theft from a Near Northeast house has appeared on video touching a package on the home’s porch.

The theft occurred at a house on the 600 block of F Street NE about 4 p.m. Monday, police said.

Video authorities distributed today in connection with the theft shows a bald man with glasses walking up to the home and sitting on the steps to the house’s porch.

While sitting, he reached over to a package, moved it slightly and ran one of his hands over it.

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1000 block of 3rd Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)A man was punched in the head after he thew a dollar to the ground in an armed robbery early yesterday morning in Near Northeast.

The robbery happened on the 1000 block of 3rd Street NE about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said. The area is about three blocks from H Street NE.

The victim was on a sidewalk in the area when the thief rode up to him on a bicycle. The robber, who had a gun wrapped in a shirt, told the man to “stop trying to pick up those f**s and empty your pockets,” according to authorities.

At that point, the victim flung a dollar on the ground, and the thief hit him in the head with a closed fist, police said.

Both the victim and the robber then fled.

Police described the suspect as a 20-to-30-year-old man who is five-foot-nine to five-foot-ten.

Photo via Google Maps


A car flipped over in Near Northeast this morning after it collided with a MetroAccess van and hit a parked pickup truck.

The crash happened at 2nd and K streets NE about 9:30 a.m., police said. The collision temporarily closed K Street between 2nd and 3rd streets.

A man was driving a Toyota Camry in the area when he hit the MetroAccess van and then a Ram pickup truck, before overturning, according to police.

Only the driver of the Camry was hospitalized. He had serious, but non-life-threatening injuries, according to the D.C. Fire and EMS Department.

The MetroAccess van, which received a few scratches in the crash, had at least two people in it at the time of the collision. The truck, which sustained a large, driver’s side dent after the crash, was unoccupied.

By 11 a.m., K Street was open to traffic again.

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1100 block of 5th Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 2:55 p.m.) A boy wanted for an armed robbery in Near Northeast Saturday night has been arrested.

The juvenile is suspected of robbing a man at gunpoint on the 1100 block of 5th Street NE about 11:45 p.m. Saturday, police said.

A teenager with a handgun went up to the man and demanded his property, according to authorities. The victim complied, and the juvenile ran away.

Police canvassed the area and located a boy, whom they arrested in connection with the crime.

Another thief with a gun also struck in the Capitol Hill area over the weekend.

The armed robbery happened in an alley on the 200 block of E Street SE about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, police said.

A man was walking in the area when two people approached him, according to authorities. One of the individuals then flashed a handgun before robbing the man.

The victim followed the pair through Garfield Park, where someone struck him in the head, police said.

Violent thieves struck early Sunday morning in Southwest, too.

The robbery occurred about 1:30 a.m. between the 500 and 700 blocks of 4th Street SW, police said.

A woman was walking in the area when a man pushed her and took her property, according to authorities. She was treated for minor injuries.

Photo via Google Maps


A young man was caught on video entering a home in Near Northeast and leaving with electronics, sunglasses and baby clothes last week, a victim said today.

A burglar hit the house on the 900 block of K Street NE about 2:30 p.m. Friday, police said. Someone took two laptops, a camera, three pairs of sunglasses and baby items, a 33-year-old woman who lives in the house said in an email. Most of the baby items later were found on 10th Street NE, she said.

The young man got into the home through the front door, a video obtained by Hill Now shows. He then walked around the first floor of the house, as a dog growled off camera.

He eventually returned to the foyer of the home and disappeared from view. The young man then reappeared and went upstairs.

On his way down the stairs, the young man was holding a red bag. He then left the house, with his white tank top shirt covering his face.

The woman who lives in the house said visitors accidentally left her front door unlocked when she and her husband were at work. No one was home when the young man entered the house, she said.

“We feel safe in the house, and it does not change our perception of the neighborhood,” said the woman, who moved into the house last year. “These things happen everywhere. It was sheer bad luck and an opportunistic criminal.”

The young man is the latest in a string of men captured on video in suspected thefts in the blocks around the house.

Suspected package thieves have been filmed on the 900 block of 8th Street NE and twice at the same house on the 900 block of 9th Street NE.


Flipped-JeepFINAL_Blurred(Updated at 6 p.m.) A stolen Jeep sports utility vehicle slammed into a D.C. government pickup truck in Near Northeast yesterday, flipping the truck and injuring one person, police said.

The crash happened about 7:30 p.m. at 15th and D streets NE, police said. The Jeep’s driver fled after hitting the truck.

A person in the truck received non-life threatening injuries, police said. Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 tweeted last night that the driver was the injured individual.

Police haven’t made any arrests related to the crash. But authorities are looking for four boys in connection with the incident.

People chased the suspects, but they got away, Allen tweeted.

The Jeep was reported stolen from the 1500 block of Independence Avenue SE on Friday, police said.

Photo via Twitter/CharlesAllenW6


A masked person was recorded breaking into Two Rivers Public Charter School in Near Northeast and walking away with a computer monitor earlier this month.

A burglar hit one of the school’s buildings on the 1200 block of 4th Street NE about midnight on May 1, police said. It wasn’t immediately clear if the thief’s target was the elementary school at 1227 4th St. NE or the middle school at 1234 4th St. NE.

The masked individual appeared to have two accomplices, video police distributed over the weekend shows. One of collaborators, who wore a hooded jacket, used a bolt cutter to break a chain wrapped around an outside door of a Two Rivers building.

The masked person then tried to force the door open, but failed. The individual eventually swung bolt cutters at the door, shattering its glass.

After stepping through the broken door, the person disappeared from the video and returned with an Apple computer monitor. The individual then ducked through the door and left.

At one point in the video, a third person with a blue hooded jacket is seen walking outside.

This was the second break-in at Two Rivers in about two weeks. On April 16, thieves stole electronics from the school about 12:30 a.m. A glass door also was broken to enter the school.

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