D.C. meeting to focus on water pressure work in Ward 3


Washington County sheriff’s officials examine the scene of a multiple homicide near Glade Spring, Va., on Tuesday. Four people were killed and another was critically wounded at a home, authorities said. (David Crigger/Bristol Herald Courier via AP)
February 26, 2014
THE DISTRICT
Meeting to focus on water pressure work

D.C. Water will hold a public meeting Wednesday for Ward 3 customers about who will be affected by coming work to increase water pressure there.

The work will raise pressure to 5,000 homes and businesses and will require placing pressure-reducing valves in 924 properties to protect plumbing, officials said. The valves and installation will be free.

The hour-long meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the University of the District of Columbia, Building 44, Room A-03.

— Katherine Shaver

D.C. letter carrier
is beaten by robbers

A letter carrier was beaten in Northeast Washington on Tuesday afternoon by two armed robbers, authorities said.

They said he was confronted in the unit block of Hawaii Avenue NE about 4 p.m, forced into a vehicle and tied up. Police said keys and a wallet were taken, but a U.S. Postal Service spokesman could not confirm what, if anything, was taken.

— Martin Weil

Gray drops measure on homelessness

Only days after sending the D.C. Council emergency legislation on homelessness, Mayor Vincent C. Gray said he is no longer asking for a vote on the controversial measure before the April 1 Democratic primary.

Gray (D) had responded to an unprecedented 135 percent jump in homeless families in shelters this winter — as well as criticism from his Democratic challengers — by asking the council for power to determine whether families seeking shelter from the cold had no other place to go.

Under his plan, a version of which the council had previously rejected, the city would have placed families in shelters temporarily but removed them within 24 hours if social workers determined that they could stay with a friend or family member.

The council rebuffed a similar request by Gray last spring, saying it would have eroded the city’s right-to-shelter law.

The mayor’s prospects for success at the council’s next scheduled meeting on Tuesday, its last before the primary, appeared increasingly slim. On Monday, council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), chairman of the committee with jurisdiction over city homeless services, canceled a hearing on Gray’s proposal.

— Aaron C. Davis

MARYLAND
U-Md. expands its credit protection offer

The University of Maryland is offering four more years of credit monitoring for anyone affected by a computer security breach that compromised hundreds of thousands of personal records.

The school had offered a free year of credit protection after the Feb. 18 cyber attack. On Tuesday, U-Md. President Wallace D. Loh said the offer was extended to five years at no cost.

The school asks victims of the security breach to call 866-274-3891 to register for Experian ProtectMyID Alert, which tracks misuse of personal data. Those who have already enrolled for a year of protection will be upgraded automatically, Loh said.

— Patrick Svitek

Crime in Montgomery decreases 9 percent

Montgomery County crime fell 9 percent in 2013, continuing what appears to be a multiyear trend that surpasses nationwide figures.

In 2013, Montgomery recorded 52,903 crimes of all types, compared with 58,132 the year before, county officials said.

Violent crime declined by 7 per cent from 2012 to 1,665 incidents.

Nationwide figures for 2013 were not yet available, but in the preceding five years, however, Montgomery had a 14 percent drop in violent crime totals, compared to a 13 point drop in the national totals.

When serious property crimes are included, Montgomery had a 31 percent drop from 2008 to 2012, while the nation saw a 9 percent decline, according to county and federal figures.

— Dan Morse

Woman is killed
by bus in Rockville

A woman was struck by a bus and killed Tuesday night at the Rockville Metro station, Montgomery County police said.

They said Anicia Caringal, 62, of Falls Church was hit by a Ride-On bus about 7:20 p.m.

— Martin Weil

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