Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Local Briefing: Arrest in 3/21 Homicide, NoMa Parks, & Cava Grill


Police have arrested El Hadji Alpha Madiou Toure, 28, for the recent murder of Corrina Mehiel in the 600 block of 14th Street. Police now suggest that Toure and Mehiel were strangers, and the motive may have been robbery. Toure faces charges of first degree murder while armed and theft one. There's lots of coverage on this story, including from Washington Post and NBC 4.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Have You Seen Frank Witherspoon?


Police are seeking the public's help to find 45 year old Frank Witherspoon. Mr. Witherspoon was last seen in the 1600 block of Montello Avenue about 8:30 a.m. March 23. He's a black male with a medium complexion, about 5'2" tall, weighing 180 lbs, with brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing khaki pants, a grey shirt, and white shoes. Please call 202-576-6768 or 202-727-9099, or text 50411. The latter two options can be anonymous.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Local Briefing: Boozy News & Korean Fried Chicken

Tacos at Fresca

Rosticeria Taqueria Fresca (701 H St.) is getting their liquor license. The restaurant entered into a settlement agreement with ANC 6C and a group of ten.

Police Release Video & Still of Person of Interest in 3/21 Homicide

First image of the person of interest

Police have a released images and a video of a person of interest in the March 21 murder of Corrina Mehiel in the 600 block of 14th St.


Police have identified and arrested the man shown in the video and photos.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Supreme Court to Hear Appeal in 1984 Fuller Murder Case March 29

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The Washington Post has a story on the 1984 brutal sexual assault and murder of Catherine Fuller, and how a Supreme Court hearing on March 29 could change lives. It's a complex story, and one involving allegations of an attack by a large number of people, some of whom would go on to serve lengthy prison terms while maintaining their innocence. Questions linger about the case and prosecution. The Supreme Court will look at an alleged Brady violation in which prosecutors failed to turn over information about a man named James McMillan who some say may have actually committed the crime. McMillan is currently serving a life sentence for the murder of a woman he raped and beat in 1992 a few blocks from the site where Fuller was attacked. The article says we could have a decision as soon as June, and if the Supreme Court finds the evidence was material and should have been turned over to the defense that could mean a new trial more than 30 years after the original crime.

The tale of Ms. Fuller's fate is a tragic one that cast a long shadow over the District, and over the H Street NE Corridor in particular. There are many great articles out there about it, and I would encourage anyone out there with an interest in H Street history to read up.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Victim in Homicide in 600 Block of 14th St. Identified as Corrina Mehiel

Corrina Mehiel in a Facebook profile photo

At 4:19 p.m. on Tuesday Metropolitan Police Department officers responded to a report of an unconscious person inside a residence in the 600 block of 14th Street. The officers found an adult female suffering from multiple stab wounds. An emergency medical crew responded, but the victim was deceased. She was later identified as 34 year old Corrina Mehiel, of Brunsville, North Carolina. An artist, Ms. Mehiel was temporarily living in the District to work on an art project.


Police have arrested a suspect and located Ms. Mehiel's car.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Local Briefing: Dirt & Drinks, Ballast Point at Vendetta, a Court Phone Scam, & Composting

Strawberries grow in a Cultivate the City VEG Tower at H Street Farms

Cultivate the City teams up with Fare Well (406 H St.) for the latest in their Drinks and Dirt series, Mints and Mojitos. Join them Tuesday, April 4 at Fare Well. Learn about ten different varieties of mint, and how to make a mojito like a pro with tips from a Fare Well mixologist. You'll also get to sample different flavors of shrubs, including ginger lemon, strawberry basil and spiced apple cider. Each $25 ticket includes the workshop, and one cocktail. Proceeds from your ticket purchase go towards supporting Cultivate's youth education and school garden programs in the District. The mint and berries will come from Cultivate the City's own H Street Farms on roof of W. S. Jenks & Son Hardware (910 Bladensburg Road). This event is for those 21+ years of age.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Local Briefing: Rodham Rye Release, Blue Collar Cats, & Cooking with Toli Moli

It's a little too early for local blooms like these, but they'll be here before we know it

Ivy City based Republic Restoratives (1369 New York Ave.) will launch their new whiskey Rodham Rye on Saturday, and they plan to celebrate the occasion. March is Women's History Month, so the female distilling team behind Republic Restoratives will partner with female-led food makers to serve delicious snacks and cocktails all afternoon.