Crime History, Nov. 26, 1965: Arlo Guthrie arrest leads to anti-war song, ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

Arlo Guthrie

On this day, Nov. 26, in 1965, Arlo Guthrie was arrested in Stockbridge, Mass., for dumping some trash following a Thanksgiving feast at a restaurant run by Alice Brock. Guthrie, the oldest son of the legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie, wrote a 15-minute song about the event that became a Thanksgiving folk classic, “Alice’s Restaurant.” Guthrie, 18, […]

D.C. police deploy ‘block the box,’ crosswalk cameras

The D.C. Street Safe campaign begins Saturday.

The Metropolitan Police Department announced today the deployment of several new types of automated traffic enforcement, including to ticket drivers for ‘blocking the box’ and running stop signs. The new photo enforcement technologies will start Saturday to combat aggressive and dangerous driving habits that endanger pedestrians, bicyclists, and other vehicle drivers and passengers.  The traffic safety […]

Crime History, Nov. 22, 1994: Gunman kills three law enforcement officers in D.C. police headquarters

Sgt. Hank Daly

On this day, Nov. 22, in 1994, Bennie Lee Lawson Jr., shot and killed three law enforcement officers and wounded another inside the D.C. police headquarters. At 3:15 p.m., Lawson walked into the building at 300 Indiana Ave., NW, with a MAC-11 semiautomatic assault weapon. He intended to shoot a detective investigating him in a triple homicide. Instead, Lawson, 25, wound […]

The Crime Scene: Subpoena of Petraeus denied in socialite murder; arrest in strip club killing; and who keeps stolen Renoir?

This  .380 semi-auto handgun was recovered in the 2300 block of Hartford Street in D.C. Wednesday night.

We round up the top crime stories because you need to get out of Dodge. • Fraud on secret Navy rifle silencer contract alleged (Associated Press) • Woman accused of running cantina out of her home (NBC4) • Arrest made in fatal stabbing outside D.C. strip club (NBC4) • Judge denies husband accused of killing […]

Update: Armed kidnapping suspect captured in southeast D.C.

Jeffrey Brown

UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 22 The Fugitive Task Force arrested Jeff Brown at an apartment in Elvans Road, in Southeast, Washington, DC, without incident. This was not a result of a readers tip. By Scott McCabe The U.S. Marshals are on the hunt for an area man wanted in an armed kidnapping in D.C. last month, […]

Crime History, Nov. 21, 1986: Oliver North, Fawn Hall begin shredding Iran-Contra evidence

Fawn Hall

On this day, Nov. 21, in 1986, National Security Council staff member Lt. Col. Oliver North and his secretary, Fawn Hall, started shredding documents that would have exposed his participation in what became known as Iran-Contra. When it became apparent that the illegal operation was about to be revealed, Hall and North began a frantic “shredding party,” stuffing a nearly […]

The Crime Scene: Feds took reporter’s notes from evidence room; ATF agent, wife killed; and head of D.C. FBI opens up

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We round up the top crime stories because there’s a lot of journalism being committed out there. • Parents, baby killed in Frederick County shooting (WTOP) • A day in the life of head of Washington FBI (WUSA) • Congresswoman mugged near Capitol Hill (D.C. Crime Stories) • Congressman admits to cocaine charge, sentenced to […]

Congresswoman attacked, robbed near Capitol Hill

Grace Meng

A Congresswoman was attacked and robbed near Capitol Hill Tuesday evening, authorities said. Grace Meng, D-New York, was struck on her head near 6th Street SE and Pennsylania Avenue around 8:30 p.m. after having dinner at a restaurant, according to a statement from her office. The mugger swiped her Gucci handbag and fled, according to […]

26 charged in Texas-to-D.C. heroin ring

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Twenty-six people have been charged in a sweeping indictment of a drug ring that trafficked heroin, cocaine and marijuana from Texas to the District of Columbia, authorities said. More than 200 federal and local law enforcement officials raided 17 locations around the capital region, resulting in the arrest of 17 people and the recovery of […]

Crime History, Nov. 20, 1969: Native Americans begin 19-month takeover of Alcatraz Island

Native Americans takeover of Alcatraz Island helped end the U.S. policy of tribal assimilation.

On this day, Nov. 20, in 1969, a group of about 80 Native Americans began a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island to call attention to the government’s treatment of Indians. Alcatraz, known as “The Rock,” had been home to the country’s most notorious criminals for decades, but was closed  six years earlier. The San Francisco […]