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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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Keep an eye on your belongings when you’re out and about. Thieves have been making off with unguarded valuables lately. Some examples from recent police reports:
• On February 8, a shopper left her purse unattended in a cart in the parking garage at Safeway (1855 Wisconsin Ave.). She later discovered that she was missing $300 in cash, several credit cards, and a New Jersey driver’s license.
• On January 28, a shopper left her purse unattended in a cart at Whole Foods (2323 Wisconsin Ave.). A “suspicious female” in her 60s tried to take the cart and then apologized. Shortly afterward, the shopper discovered that her wallet was missing.
• On February 7, a driver stopped to fuel her Nissan SUV at the Washingtonian Gas Station (2450 Wisconsin Ave.). A black Hyundai with tinted windows and temporary tags pulled up next to her, and a man got out, opened her SUV’s rear door, and stole a leather bag containing a wallet, a sweater, a Pennsylvania driver’s license, and $15 in coins. The Hyundai then fled southbound on 37th Street.
• On February 12, a man at Georgetown Plaza (2233 Wisconsin Ave.), left his wallet and iPhone in an unlocked locker before taking a class. When he returned, he noticed the items were gone. Someone later tried to use one of his credit cards to charge $250 at a Safeway in Arlington, Virginia.
• On January 12, a woman at CorePower Yoga (2233 Wisconsin Ave.) found that her silver necklace, black leather boots, and iPhone had been stolen from a community storage area while she took a yoga class.

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From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

On January 5, a judge ordered that the liquor license for JP’s Lounge (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) be turned over to the federal government as part of a plea deal in a cocaine trafficking case. The defendant, Lawrence Carl Nelson, pled guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Nelson, a co-owner of the license, is believed to have bankrolled the club’s 2012 purchase by a partnership known as The Vice Group. Also seized by the feds was a $1 million promissory note from The Vice Group to Nelson, according to the judge’s order.

The strip club was evicted from its building last July for nonpayment of rent, and the building has been vacant since then. The landlords found the original liquor license on the premises and turned it over to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration for safekeeping.

Meanwhile, the club’s former owner, Michael Papanicolas, is suing The Vice Group and its spokesman, Paul Kadlick, for breach of contract. Papanicolas claims he is owed at least $375,000 from the 2012 sale. There was a hearing on the case held January 9, but no defendants showed up. Another hearing has been scheduled for March 27.

As for the building, the owners of The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) are in talks to move to the larger JP’s space. Although neither the landlords nor the Mason Inn owners are talking publicly about the negotiations, the Georgetown Current has reported that the Mason Inn owners are interested in purchasing the building.

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From the February 2015 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Late at night on December 19, a 1998 Nissan two-door sedan with Virginia plates was stolen from outside Jimmy John’s (2428 Wisconsin Ave.), according to a police report. The owner parked the car around 10 p.m. and returned a few hours later to find it missing, the report stated.


Around 2 p.m. on December 5, a shopper at CVS (2226 Wisconsin Ave.) lost two credit cards and $160 in cash to a pickpocket, according to a police report.


On December 17, a man sleeping in the vestibule at Safeway (1855 Wisconsin Ave.) became abusive when asked by a staff member to leave. The man pointed a pocket knife at the staffer and addressed him using profanity and racial slurs, according to a police report. The man fled on foot after the staffer called 911.


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