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From the October 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Police are still investigating the June murder of homeless photographer Joel Johnson outside the St. Luke’s Mission Center (3655 Wisconsin Ave.), according to MPD spokesman Sean Conboy. Johnson was stabbed in the center’s portico by an unknown assailant. “We are still asking for people with information to contact us at 202-727-9099 or by text at 50411,” Conboy says. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for a homicide in the city.

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From the October 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

One local reveler recently took the concept of “identity theft” a little too literally. Shortly after midnight on August 22, a man was smoking on the sidewalk in front of Good Guys (2311 Wisconsin Ave.) when a person accused him of being too young to smoke, according to a police report. The accuser, who seemed “very intoxicated and confused,” also suggested that the smoker’s cigarette contained marijuana rather than tobacco, the report stated. When the smoker produced his identification to prove his age, the drunk grabbed the ID, hopped into a white BMW, and took off heading north.

 

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From the October 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

When you’re out and about, hold onto your phone. On Wednesday, September 16 at about 4:30 p.m., a woman was walking southbound in front of Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches (2428 Wisconsin Ave.) with her iPhone 6 in her right hand. Someone approached her from the front, snatched her phone and Bose headphones, and ran through the Pearson’s parking lot into an awaiting four-door Ford sedan, according to a police report. The sedan was last seen fleeing southbound on 37th Street.

 

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From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On July 23, a cyclist riding north in the 2200 block of Wisconsin Ave. fell while taking a curb cut up onto the sidewalk. The driver of an SUV emerging from a driveway then hit the fallen cyclist, who was transported to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The driver was cited for failure to pay full time and attention to the operation of a vehicle.

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Margaret Ruth Dickie, 1935 - 2015

Margaret Ruth Dickie, 1935 – 2015

From the September 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The Metropolitan Police Department has concluded its investigation into the death of Peggy Dickie and has presented to the United States Attorney’s Office for prosecutorial review. This indicates that police investigators believe a crime may have been committed. At our press time, no charges had been filed against the driver. Although a friend of Dickie’s tells us that she had a living niece, police have not been able to locate her next of kin.

Dickie, 79, a resident of Carillon House (2500 Wisconsin Ave.), died on June 11 after being hit by a Peapod grocery delivery truck at Calvert Street and 37th Street. On the day of the incident, the Peapod truck was stopped at a red light on 37th Street, then turned right onto Calvert, where it hit Dickie, who was in the crosswalk heading north, according to the Washington Post.

Dickie was a government retiree who had lived in the apartment building for 50 years. A native of St. Louis, she studied music in college and was fascinated by biology, according to Carillon House concierge Michelle Miranda, who knew her well. “She was very kind and caring, and extremely intelligent,” Miranda says. Dickie was a talented pianist, and she once transcribed The Star Spangled Banner and a work by Beethoven from memory for a neighbor who wanted to learn to play them on the guitar. “She loved going to the museums; she was fascinated by Japanese art, by linguistics, by other people’s cultures,” Miranda recalls. Although Dickie was a private person, “when she knew you, she would do anything for you,” Miranda adds.

 

 

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On the morning of July 16, a grey Scott hybrid bike was stolen from outside the Salvadoran Consulate (2232 Wisconsin Ave.), according to a police report. The owner had locked her bike to a rack on the sidwalk; when she returned, both bike and lock were missing.

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POI Homicide 3600 Calvert St NWOn June 19, 53-year-old Joel Johnson Jr. was killed in the portico of St. Luke’s Mission Center (3655 Calvert St.), the victim of a stabbing by an unknown assailant. The Metropolitan Police Department has released the above photo of a person of interest in the case. The person can be seen in the middle of the frame, behind the archway.

Johnson, who studied fine arts in college, was known by local friends as “the Quiet Guy,” according to a profile in the Washington Post. After his employer, a film processing company, closed three or four years ago, Johnson became homeless, though he always told family that he was staying with friends, the Post states. Johnson had planned to sleep under the St. Luke’s portico the night of the attack.

“He was a photographer by profession, with a portfolio that included shots of parades and rallies, of the famous and ordinary, of moments centered on civil rights and social justice causes,” the Post states. “He wrote on his LinkedIn page that he wanted to tell a story ‘that others did not have a chance to witness first hand.’”

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone who provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

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