District of DeBonis: Public Safety


Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 04/23/2014

Full steam ahead on firefighter shift changes, Vincent Gray says

D.C. mayor brushes off lame-duck concerns, says he’ll implement controversial deployment proposal.

By Mike DeBonis  |  04:15 PM ET, 04/23/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 04/21/2014

Fire shifts fight goes on

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said the savings from proposed shift changes would help beef up paramedic corps.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:10 AM ET, 04/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 04/11/2014

Accountability delayed is accountability denied

The fire lieutenant implicated in Cecil Mills’s premature death retires without sanction.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:39 AM ET, 04/11/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014

The search for Relisha continues

Police released new photos Monday of 8-year old Relisha Rudd and the 51-year-old man believed to have abducted her.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:21 AM ET, 03/21/2014

Where is Relisha?

Police are frantically searching for 8-year-old Relisha Tenau Rudd, said to be in the care of a D.C. General shelter janitor.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:21 AM ET, 03/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/17/2014

Tommy Wells picks up police, fire union endorsements

The union nods could give Wells, who is underfunded relative to his foes, a late-breaking boost.

By Mike DeBonis  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/17/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/28/2014

Firefighters did not fight for Cecil Mills

Internal report raises questions about basic training for firefighters.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/26/2014

Responding to fire department criticism, Vincent Gray stands by his men

Responding to fire department criticism, the mayor says calls for resignations are rooted in politics, not performance.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/26/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DCision 2014, Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 02/24/2014

Medric Cecil Mills Jr. did not have to die

City report finds multiple failures led to longtime city employee’s Jan. 25 death

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:43 AM ET, 02/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 10/04/2013

Shutdown to shootout

Another week, another violent encounter prompted by a visitor to our fair city.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:10 AM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Public Safety

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 09/23/2013

A grim accounting

D.C.’s murder count had been on a five-year downward trend now highly unlikely to continue.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:03 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 08/29/2013

Twice the traffic cameras

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:56 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 08/27/2013

Kenneth Ellerbe is here to stay, Gray says

Mayor Vincent Gray put to rest rumblings he might abandon Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, who has deeply criticized.

By Mike DeBonis  |  02:11 PM ET, 08/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 09:18 AM ET, 08/15/2013

Civil war in the fire department

Relations between D.C. fire brass and its rank-and-file are "deteriorating," and that is putting it kindly.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:18 AM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 08/14/2013

City launches new app for sexual assault victims

"ASK DC" is meant to help victims of sexual assaults in the city find medical help, get counseling and contact police.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:39 PM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Safety

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 08/14/2013

Fire chief: 'We are in a critical period of change'

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said he's been "working hard behind the scenes" to address problems.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:15 AM ET, 08/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Just keep walking

The problems continue for the Fire and Emergency Medical Services department, and so do Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe's peevish reactions to being questioned about them.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:01 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:03 AM ET, 07/23/2013

Keep your 'hands' to yourself, judge says

The battle between Police Chief Cathy Lanier and the police union over legality of "All Hands of Deck" deployment tactic continues.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:03 AM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Public Safety, The Law

Posted at 09:53 AM ET, 07/09/2013

What happened to Michael Kingsbury?

The autistic 7-year-old, missing for more than a day, was found on the floor of a car just yards from his home.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:53 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 07/02/2013

Mary Cheh is first D.C. Council member to call for fire chief's resignation

A D.C. Council member is calling on Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe to resign, following months of controversy about the department's readiness and management acumen.

By Mike DeBonis  |  12:09 PM ET, 07/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013

'Faulty assumptions' in sexual assaults probe

An independent review has sustained many of the police department's criticisms of the Human Rights Watch report of sexual assault investigations.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 06/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Law Enforcement, Public Safety

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 06/24/2013

No mercy for Nats scalpers

An out-of-towner describes the consequences for those who engage in the "unspeakable crime" of reselling their Nationals tickets on Half Street SE.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:22 AM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeMorning Links, Public Safety, Sports

Posted at 08:10 PM ET, 06/05/2013

Liveblog: Fire at Frager's Hardware

Frager's Hardware, the iconic Capitol Hill retailer whose narrow aisles and stuffed shelves have served residents for 90 years, caught fire Wednesday evening.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:10 PM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 06/05/2013

The marijuana arrest capital of the U.S.

In very few places are more people arrested for possessing marijuana than in the District of Columbia. And African Americans are more than eight times more likely to be arrested than whites

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:56 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 06/04/2013

Sexual assault reported at West End firehouse

What's worse is that two captains and a lieutenant could also be in trouble for failing to act promptly on the woman's report.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:10 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:07 AM ET, 05/31/2013

No more July 4 gun march

You can all exhale now: It appears the armed march on Washington scheduled for July 4 has been called off.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:07 AM ET, 05/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 05/30/2013

The EPA and a seven-minute ambulance delay

While a Wednesday ambulance delay might appear to be another story of fire department dysfunction, the story is rather more complicated.

By Mike DeBonis  |  11:06 AM ET, 05/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 05/17/2013

'Medic unit roulette'

At hearing, D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe will address questions about department's paramedic shortage.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Showdown on Memorial Bridge?

The District of Columbia is no stranger to civil disobedience, to protesters who break the law to make a point. But never have the protests involved more than 2,000 loaded rifles.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:53 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Who you gonna call?

The District government's latest public safety flare-up comes after a resident claims she was put on hold by a city 911 operator for more than a minute while an intruder was inside her house.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:42 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:55 AM ET, 04/29/2013

One department, two arson rates

Fire and Emergency Medical Services investigators last year seemed to close arson cases at a remarkable rate. But turns out the statistics are misleading.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:55 AM ET, 04/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013

It could happen here

Mayor Gray called on D.C. residents and visitors to enjoy today's Emancipation Day festivities but urged them to remain vigilant.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:23 PM ET, 04/05/2013

Kenneth Ellerbe: I know my job is on the line

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe appeared on WAMU-FM's Politics Hour Friday to reassure the public of his department's ability to serve the public.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:23 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013

An 'acceptable state of readiness'

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe's appearance in front of the D.C. Council dais Thursday did not go altogether smoothly.

By Mike DeBonis  |  08:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Wilson Building camera chase!

On Monday, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul Quander offered a lesson in how not to handle a media feeding frenzy.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:27 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Creative fire truck accounting

A deputy fire chief has been forced into retirement after giving a D.C. Council a faulty list of reserve equipment.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:48 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:24 AM ET, 03/11/2013

A public safety 'tipping point'

The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services department faces a potential crisis of public confidence after a series of well-publicized incidents.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:24 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Cab driver is convicted of assaulting his passenger

A Superior Court judge on Jan. 9 convicted Kefyalew B. Teshome, 44, of misdemeanor assault, and now his driving privileges have been suspended.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:41 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Safety, Transportation

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/25/2013

Mary Cheh is featured on Mugshots.com

After introducing bill to release mugshots of criminal suspects, Cheh is getting a taste of what it's like to have you face plastered among the accused.

By Mike DeBonis  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Politics, Public Safety

Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 01/25/2013

They said, she said

Responding to criticism of the police department's handling of sexual assault cases, Chief Cathy Lanier has come out swinging yet again.

By Mike DeBonis  |  09:50 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 07:09 PM ET, 01/09/2013

Three years after breathalyzer scandal, D.C. police restart alcohol breath testing

Three years after breathalyzer scandal, D.C. officials say they are confident things are back on track.

By Mike DeBonis  |  07:09 PM ET, 01/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 12/28/2012

Fire chief revises controversial ambulance plan

Kenneth Ellerbe's proposal would have taken the city's most advanced ambulances off the street during overnight hours.

By Mike DeBonis  |  05:24 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Public Safety