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June 22, 2015

Will Doug Hughes Do Hard Time for Embarrassing Congress?

UNITED STATES - MAY 21: Doug Hughes conducts a news conference outside of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, May 21, 2015, after pleading not guilty to six counts regarding his landing of a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the Capitol in April. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hughes and his attorney are negotiating a plea deal with government prosecutors. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Back in Washington for a Monday morning status hearing at the federal courthouse, Florida mailman Douglas Hughes showed no fear about going to trial for his April 15 gyrocopter flight to the West Front.

“I don’t think I should be doing hard jail time for a flight that brought attention to corruption in Congress,” the 61-year-old said, speaking to reporters on a sidewalk blocks from the Capitol. Federal prosecutors offered Hughes a plea deal prior to his May 20 indictment on six charges, including two felonies and four misdemeanors, but he rejected it, seeking to avoid significant time behind bars. Full story

June 17, 2015

West Virginian Sent to Prison for Manchin Death Threats

Major will go to jail for making threats against Manchin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Major will go to jail for making threats against Manchin. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

A West Virginia man who threatened to murder Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., and his family is headed to prison for 18 months, after reaching a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s office in the state’s Southern District.

Steven Anthony Major, 50, initially faced up 10 years behind bars after admitting to making a series of alarming phone calls to Manchin’s Charleston district and Capitol Hill offices in March 2014.

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June 3, 2015

Doug Hughes: Postal Service Firing Me, but Letters Will Get to Congress (Updated)

Doug Hughes conducts a news conference outside of the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse, May 21, 2015, after pleading not guilty to six counts regarding his landing of a gyrocopter on the West Lawn of the Capitol in April. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Hughes said Wednesday his gyrocopter flight was “just the beginning.”  (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 6:33 p.m. | Two weeks after Douglas Hughes got a hero’s welcome and displayed a jumbo, celebratory stamp outside Washington’s federal courthouse, the U.S. Postal Service informed the Florida mailman it plans to can him. But Hughes is “not going to take it lying down,” he said Wednesday.

Hughes, 61, told CQ Roll Call the USPS notified him in an overnight letter it intends to fire him from the job he’s held for 12 years for “unacceptable conduct.” On April 15, Hughes landed on the West Front of the Capitol in a gyrocopter labeled with the USPS logo, wearing a letter carrier’s uniform. Capitol Police seized the aircraft and a USPS bin holding letters to Congress addressing what Hughes says is the corrupting influence of money in politics and the need to change campaign finance laws. Full story

May 29, 2015

‘Catfish’ Subject Indicted for Metro, SOTU Threats

A 20-year-old D.C. man allegedly called Metro Transit Police on the night of State of the Union, claiming people “from France” told him they planned to ambush President Barack Obama’s motorcade and assassinate the president that night.

The caller went on to say the same people had placed bombs around the Potomac Avenue Metro station, and also planned to kill a police officer. As a result of these threats, the entire station was shut down and sweeps were conducted to check for the reported bombs or other destructive devices, the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Authority stated in a release announcing the arrest of Jerez Nehemiah Stone-Coleman.

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May 26, 2015

Food Truck Man Owned Pressure Cooker Destroyed by Police

The Arlington, Va., man who triggered a bomb scare Sunday near the National Mall apologized and explained the pressure cooker that Capitol Police exploded was used for his food truck business, NBC4 reported on Monday.

Acting out of an abundance of caution during the annual Memorial Day concert that draws thousands to the Capitol grounds, a bomb squad smashed his back window of a “suspicious” car parked on the west side of Third Street Northwest, removed the pressure cooker and a propane tank — also food truck equipment — and then blew them up. Full story

May 13, 2015

Guns and Members, When Congress Protected Itself

Before there were Capitol Police to protect Congress (and leave their guns stashed in bathrooms), lawmakers tended to their own security — and their own weaponry.

And through much of the first half of the 19th century, whenever political tensions began to run high, guns were likely to appear on the hips of members. Full story

April 15, 2015

Gyrocopter Lands Amid Capitol Police Tumult

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

After arresting the pilot of a small gyrocopter that touched down Wednesday on the West Front, many Capitol Police were left wondering, “What’s next?”

Hours before Florida man Doug Hughes landed his small aircraft, officers learned new details about a major shakeup underway among the department’s top brass. In an official memo obtained by CQ Roll Call, Chief Kim C. Dine notified the force he had chosen Deputy Chief Matt Verderosa to replace outgoing Assistant Chief Daniel Malloy, effective May 1.

Still uncertain is Dine’s own future with the department. The chief has submitted a resignation letter to the Capitol Police Board, following reports of conflict within the agency. Full story

April 11, 2015

MPD Will Lead Capitol Shooting Death Investigation

Spectators gather near Peace Circle on the West Front of the Capitol to view officials process the scene of an apparent suicide on the Capitol grounds. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Spectators gather near Peace Circle on the West Front of the Capitol to view officials process the scene of an apparent suicide on the Capitol grounds. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C., will lead the investigation of the death of a man who shot himself on the West Front of the Capitol on Saturday, according to Capitol Police Chief Kim C. Dine.

Standing behind yellow police tape and in front of about 30 reporters at a 5 p.m. press conference at Pennsylvania Ave. and First Street NW, Dine said a male subject with a backpack and rolling suitcase walked along a public area along the Lower West Terrace at approximately 1:05 p.m. and “engaged in a self-inflicted gunshot wound.”

According to Dine and a follow-up advisory from the Capitol Police, the man who turned his weapon on himself was the only shooter, and no other injuries were reported. Law enforcement officers on the scene did not fire their weapons. The department’s bomb squad, with an assist from MPD, didn’t find any hazardous materials in the man’s belongings. Parts of the West Front will likely continue to be closed off until the investigation is completed, according to Capitol Police.

The subject’s identity is being withheld until his next of kin is informed. In addition to the MPD, Capitol Police will be working with the FBI, Secret Service and Park Police in the probe of the event. The subject had a sign with him, which Dine acknowledged was a “social justice” message. “I don’t have the actual language,” he said, but added he would relay as soon as it could be confirmed.

“That’s all we have now,” Dine said.

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Shots Fired at Capitol (Updated)

Spectators gather near Peace Circle on the West Front of the Capitol to view officials process the scene of an apparent suicide on the Capitol grounds. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Spectators gather near the West Front of the Capitol to view officials process the scene of an apparent suicide on the Capitol grounds. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 3:58 p.m. | Shots have been fired on the West Front of the Capitol in an apparent suicide, Capitol Police confirmed Saturday.

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March 7, 2015

Congressional Staffer Arrested on 17 Counts of Child Sex Crimes

Matthew Pennell, right, a staffer for Huelskamp is facing criminal charges for sexual exploitation (Photo Courtesy Facebook)

Matthew Pennell, right, a staffer for Huelskamp, is facing criminal charges for sexual exploitation of a minor (Photo Courtesy Facebook)

A staffer for Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., has been arrested and charged with sexual exploitation of a child, according to KWCH in Kansas.

Matthew P. Pennell was arrested Thursday on 17 counts of alleged child sex crimes. He is listed as a constituent services representative for Huelskamp, according to Legistorm. He started working for Huelskamp in June 2014, according to his Facebook profile. Full story

By Rebecca Gale Posted at 12:08 p.m.
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