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October 6, 2015

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September 11, 2015

Suspect Shot by Union Station Security Guard Dies

Bystanders overlook the scene of a shooting by a security guard near the McDonald's in Union Station. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Bystanders overlook the scene of a shooting by a security guard near the McDonald’s in Union Station. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 7:35 p.m. | A shooting incident at Union Station put Capitol Hill on alert just as the House wrapped up its final votes for the week.

Police said a woman was stabbed and a male suspect was shot by a security officer Friday at the transportation hub just north of the Capitol. The suspect died several hours later, according to police. Full story

September 10, 2015

D.C. Braces for Pope Francis Frenzy (Updated)

Officials likened the pope's visit to a presidential inauguration. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Officials likened the pope’s visit to a presidential inauguration. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 5:57 p.m. | Federal and local District of Columbia officials are bracing for the hundreds of thousands of people expected to visit D.C. during the first leg of Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, security officials likened the event to a presidential inauguration, and transportation officials said there will be a number of road closures in effect. Congressional staffers and visitors will face a series of closures when the pontiff heads to the Capitol on Sept. 24 to address a joint meeting of Congress. Full story

September 8, 2015

Capitol Hill Grappling With D.C. Crime Spike

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

When Capitol Hill’s police advisory council usually convenes to discuss crime and policing issues, a handful of residents show up. On Sept. 1, it was standing room only.

Capitol Hill residents and others living in the Metropolitan Police Department’s 1st District gathered at the police station in Southwest D.C. to voice concerns about the recent spike in violent crime rocking the nation’s capital. In the front row sat 13 year-old Taije Chambliss, who walked into the station with help from a walker. Chambliss was recovering from being shot in a drive-by shooting on Aug. 30, just a few blocks from the police station. Full story

September 4, 2015

GAO Questions Capitol Power Plant Transition

The Capitol Power Plant heats and cools the Capitol complex. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A Government Accountability Office report released Thursday calls into question the ongoing project to transition the Capitol power plant from relying partially on coal to completely on natural gas.

The watchdog agency suggested the Architect of the Capitol did not follow leading capital-planning practices in the project, which result in an inefficient use of taxpayer dollars. AOC Stephen T. Ayers disagreed with the report’s claims, arguing that transitioning the power plant is the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly option. Full story

July 7, 2015

Himes Consoles Family of Slain Former Intern

Kevin Sutherland

Himes consoled the family of a former intern who was murdered in D.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., was in his home state Monday paying respects to the family of former intern Kevin Sutherland, who was stabbed to death on July 4 in Washington, D.C.

Sutherland, a 24-year-old American University graduate, worked in Himes’ congressional office as an intern from September to December 2013. He recently began working as a digital strategist for New Blue Interactive, a new media strategy firm specializing in Democratic campaigns. Full story

July 2, 2015

Capitol Police Reveal Fourth of July Concert Restrictions

 Freedom Plaza take cell phone camera photos of the July 4th fireworks in Washington on Thursday, July 4, 2013. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The annual fireworks will light up skies over D.C. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As congressional administrators prepare to host the annual Independence Day celebration, Capitol Police released details of security measures designed to curtail debauchery during the patriotic festivities.

Glass bottles have been added to the list of items prohibited from the grounds on Saturday, along with the usual ban on alcoholic beverages, suitcases, duffel bags, bicycles and weapons or explosives — including fireworks.

Full story

June 22, 2015

AOC Details July 4th Concert Security Protocols

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As lawmakers rush to check items off their legislative to-do list before the Independence Day recess, Capitol administrators are busy preparing for the annual July 4th Concert on the West Lawn.

“A Capitol Fourth,” the live concert broadcast on PBS, is set for Saturday, July 4, at 8 p.m., and the Architect of the Capitol announced Monday that the concert will result in a familiar series of street closures. Full story

June 9, 2015

Shootout Suspect Nabbed in Lower Senate Park

Code Pink Syria Protest

Capitol Police arrested a man wanted in a Pennsylvania shootout. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police nabbed a suspect on June 5 who was wanted in connection with a violent street shootout that took place about a month earlier in Pennsylvania.

Reports of an unattended package in Lower Senate Park drew police to First and D streets Northeast around 7 a.m. last Friday. The officers were approached by two individuals who claimed the bags as their property, according to the police report. 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.

Full story

May 26, 2015

Police Evacuate Capitol, CVC After Fire Alarm Goes Off

Capitol Police stand guard Tuesday outside the Capitol. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police stand guard Tuesday outside the Capitol. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 1:24 p.m. | Police evacuated the Capitol Tuesday after a fire alarm went off in the Capitol Visitor Center.

According to a source close to the investigation, “exhaust fan issues” caused the smoke to appear in a room in the CVC around 12:20 p.m., prompting Capitol Police officers to evacuate both that building and the Capitol. Full story

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