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.


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H Street streetcar

H Street NE Streetcars Still Running Empty — The end date for practice runs of the H Street corridor’s streetcars is unclear. D.C. transportation officials still don’t know when the streetcars will start carrying passengers. [FOX 5]

Ex-TV Anchor Removed from Northeast Capitol Hill School Lawsuit — Former WUSA anchor J.C. Hayward, a onetime Options Public Charter School board chairwoman, was removed from a high-profile lawsuit alleging financial mismanagement at the northeast Capitol Hill school.  [Washington Post]

Vegan Diner and Bar to Arrive on H Street Corridor This Fall — Fare Well, a diner-style vegan restaurant from the owner of Sticky Fingers bakery in Columbia Heights, is slated to come to the H Street corridor in the coming months. [Hill Now]

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H Street streetcar

(Updated at 12:40 p.m.)

H Street Streetcar Update — Streetcars on H Street NE are “months away” from carrying passengers, District Department of Transportation director Leif Dormsjo said yesterday. [WAMU]

Former Capitol Hill-Area Teacher’s Sex Abuse Charge Dropped — A former substitute teacher at Options Public Charter School is no longer facing a first-degree sexual-abuse charge in connection with an incident at the E Street NE school. Symone Greene, 22, was arrested in October and charged with having oral sex with a student. Prosecutors have since dropped the charge. [Washington Post]

Start Over on Hill East Redevelopment Plans — The D.C. Department of General Services has thrown out proposals to transform the former Eastern Branch Boys and Girls Club building and will restart the planning process, after redevelopment plans faced opposition from Hill East residents. [Capitol Hill Corner/Charles Allen]

A Look at Starburst Plaza’s ‘Twilight Farmers Market’ — Frozen Tropics has photos of the inaugural “Twilight Farmers Market,” which is slated to run every Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. until mid-September at the Starburst Plaza. [Frozen Tropics]


Police at Options Public Charter School

(Updated at 5 p.m. Friday) A student at a charter school in Near Northeast slashed a fellow student with a boxcutter this afternoon.

One teen attacked another at Options Public Charter School about 1:40 p.m., police said. The pair reportedly had an ongoing dispute.

The victim was transported to Howard University Hospital, a spokesman for the D.C. Fire and EMS Department said Thursday afternoon. Police initially said the victim received serious but non-life threatening injuries, and then updated that assessment to describe “superficial” wounds.

The accused attacker was arrested, police said. Several police cars still lined the block of the at 1375 E St. NE school about 3:35 p.m.

Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen called the attack “very troubling.”

“I expect to hear more from MPD and the school,” Allen said.

The executive director of Options, Shannon Hodge, released the following statement Friday afternoon:

An incident occurred at the school yesterday that involved two students getting hurt by a pocket-sized object. School administrators called the police and paramedics. They quickly responded. One student was taken into custody and the other was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Options does not have a police officer on duty full time; School Resource Officers rove there, First District Commander Jeff Brown said.

Options was in the news this fall when a 22-year-old substitute teacher was charged with sexually assaulting a student, as Hill Now reported.


Capitol Hill campus of the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy (Photo via MySchoolDC.org)

New data from the city shows how many local high school students got their cap and gown last summer.

The Capitol Hill campus of Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy had the highest graduation rate of any high school in Ward 6 where administrators reported stats to the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

The school at 709 12th Street SE saw 66 percent of its students graduate in 2014, according to a report by the D.C. Office of Revenue Analysis.

Of the 31 schools that reported data on their graduation rates, 17 schools gave a greater percentage of their students diplomas than Cesar Chavez did. The school had 380 students in the 2013-2014 school year.

Options Public Charter School was the only other Ward 6 school to report its graduation rate. With 49 percent of its students graduating, the school at 1375 E St. NE came in at No. 24 on the citywide list. Eastern High School and Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts in Ward 6 didn’t submit information on their graduation rates.

The Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Northwest had the highest graduation rate District wide, with 100 percent of its students receiving diplomas. At 32 percent, the Hospitality High School in Northwest had the lowest percentage of graduates.

Overall high school graduation rates for charter schools across the District fell to 68.9 percent in 2014, from 75.6 percent the previous year, WAMU reported.

Photo via MySchoolDC.org

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Streetcar coming soon sign

H Street Streetcar Update — There’s still no official start date for when H Street Streetcar service will begin, and buses traveling behind the streetcars are expected to face significant delays. [The Washington Post]

Teacher Accused of Sexual Abuse Released — The substitute teacher who police say had oral sex with a student at Options Public Charter School on E Street NE pleaded not guilty to first-degree sexual assault against a minor. Symone Greene, 22, was released and ordered to stay away from the 17-year-old boy. [NBC Washington]

Armed Robbery on I Street NE — A woman walking on the 1100 block of I Street NE was robbed at gunpoint at 8 p.m. Monday, police said. Her purse was stolen, but she was not hurt. [Hill Rag]

Fried Chicken Sandwich on a Doughnut ‘Bun’ — The Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken food truck will hit NoMa today. [Washingtonian]


Options Public Charter school (photo via Google Maps)(Updated at 1:30 p.m.) A 22-year-old teacher at Options Public Charter School was arrested Tuesday following allegations that she had sex with a student in a classroom.

Symone Greene, 22, was arrested after police were told she had sex with a 17-year-old boy inside the 1375 E. St. NE school, Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said.

The incident with the student reportedly occurred in a classroom on Friday, Options executive director Shannon Hodge said. Staff members told her on Monday that they had learned of the videotaped event, she said.

Greene worked at Options as a substitute teacher for just one day and was hired through the charter school staffing company S.O.S. Personnel, Hodge said.

“We have terminated the relationship with that particular company, and we’re focusing on security,” the Options administrator said.

S.O.S. Personnel did not immediately respond to inquiries.

The school serving at-risk youth in grades 6 through 12 is being sued by the city on charges that its former leaders stole more than $3 million in taxpayer money, The Washington Post reported.

Greene has been charged with first-degree sexual assault of a minor and is due in court Wednesday afternoon, NBC’s Mark Segraves was first to report. The charge carries maximum jail time of 15 years, D.C. law says.

Photo via Google Maps

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