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January 27, 2015

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January 26, 2015

White House Drone Raises Questions About D.C., Capitol Policy

Sen. Leahy brings a drone to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in March. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Patrick J. Leahy brought a drone to a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in March. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

A small drone found on the White House lawn caused some lawmakers to question the Federal Aviation Administration’s drone policy in the District of Columbia Monday.

“The Secret Service cannot handle the threat of drones without further Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations that update the interpretation of the no-fly zone to include such unmanned aircraft,” Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., said in a statement Monday. Full story

Driver Arrested in SOTU Car Chase

Police in Maryland’s Prince George’s County have arrested the driver who skirted Capitol Hill on State of the Union night in a high-speed chase.

District Heights, Md., Police Chief Elliott W. Gibson said officers arrested the man — who entered the District via the John Phillip Sousa Bridge in a white Crown Victoria, passed through 17 traffic lights at speeds of up to 80 mph, and came to a stop in traffic on a street adjacent to the Rayburn House Office Building — on Jan. 23, around 11:33 p.m. Full story

January 23, 2015

Driver in SOTU Police Chase Had No License, Police Say

(Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

(Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

An officer on the scene of the State of the Union night car chase through Capitol Police jurisdiction says the man briefly handcuffed by police, then allowed to drive away did not have a driver’s license.

Capitol Police officers and a pursuing officer from the city of District Heights, Md., witnessed the driver of the white Ford Crown Victoria violating multiple traffic laws  blowing through red lights, racing around the Hill at speeds of 60 mph  then resisting arrest. However, no arrest was made. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 4:34 p.m.
Capitol Police

January 22, 2015

McConnell’s Sergeant-at-Arms Team’s Time Together Goes Way Back (Audio)

Deputy Senate Sergeant at Arms James W. Morhard, left, and Sergeant at Arms Frank J. Larkin, are interviewed by Roll Call in the Capitol, January 9, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Deputy Senate Sergeant-at-Arms James W. Morhard, left, and Sergeant at Arms Frank J. Larkin, are interviewed by Roll Call in the Capitol, January 9, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The two men at the helm of the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms office first crossed paths nearly two decades ago as staffers on the chamber’s Appropriations Committee.

In 1997, freshly-minted SAA Frank J. Larkin began a congressional fellowship with the subcommittee in charge of Treasury Department funding, bringing his unique perspective as a Secret Service agent and former Navy SEAL to the turbulent and often arcane process of crafting appropriations bills. Full story

January 21, 2015

Capitol Police Ordered Not to Arrest Driver in SOTU Car Chase

The driver was detained briefly and then released, according to police. (Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

The man who engaged police in a high-speed Capitol Hill car chase as the president delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night was allowed to drive away from the scene after being briefly detained in handcuffs, CQ Roll Call has learned.

Capitol Police officers were ordered by superiors to release the driver of a white Ford Crown Victoria, according to multiple sources. The driver ran seven red lights and raced through streets south of the Capitol at speeds of up to 60 mph, said one source who responded to the scene. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 5:15 p.m.
Capitol Police

January 20, 2015

Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested Near Capitol During SOTU

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(Hannah Hess/CQ Roll Call)

A man allegedly involved in an armed robbery in Prince George’s County, Md., picked the wrong night to lead police on a car chase to Capitol Hill.

About 20 minutes into President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, reports came in over Capitol Police radios of an armed robbery suspect driving erratically toward the Capitol. The driver was trailed by police cars from two Maryland jurisdictions on streets north of the Hill.

Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 11:18 p.m.
Capitol Police

(Don’t) Put Another Log on the Fire for SOTU

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As President Barack Obama makes his State of the Union address Tuesday, no one will be cozying up to a fireplace in the Capitol to listen to the speech.

One element of a multi-faceted security process involves closing down the Capitol fireplaces to avoid the smell of smoke, which would presumably cause alarm, during the president’s speech. Workers were spotted taking away firewood Tuesday and notices were posted explaining the fire’s absence. Full story

January 16, 2015

New Bike Rules, Restrictions for Uber Hit on Tuesday

Cyclists, including Blumenauer, have to comply by new rules beginning on Jan. 20. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Capitol Police announced that cyclists, including Blumenauer, have to comply by new rules beginning Tuesday. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

New traffic regulations for the Capitol campus go into effect on Jan. 20, impacting Uber and Lyft drivers and bicyclists, the Capitol Police announced Friday evening.

Bicycles will no longer need to be equipped with bells, bringing the rules into line with a District of Columbia law that permits use of a vocal signal as a warning noise.

Full story

January 15, 2015

House Sergeant-at-Arms: Congress Is a Top Terrorist Target

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As the Capitol Hill community digests news of a foiled ISIS-inspired plot to bomb and shoot the complex, law enforcement officials are reminding congressional offices the Capitol is a top target for terrorists.

“Most of you have seen media reports about yesterday’s arrest of a man in Ohio who allegedly was planning an attack at the U.S. Capitol,” stated House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul D. Irving in noon alert to Capitol employees and staff that was obtained by CQ Roll Call. Irving states that the public, and in particular the congressional community, “was never in danger during the investigation.” Full story

January 14, 2015

FBI: Ohio Man Planned to Detonate Pipe Bombs at Capitol

 Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., walks behind an armored Capitol Police truck as the House wraps up votes for the week on Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., walks behind an armored Capitol Police truck as the House wraps up votes for the week Wednesday. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

FBI agents announced Wednesday they had foiled a Cincinnati-area man’s plot to wage a jihadi attack the Capitol, arresting a 20-year-old who allegedly considered members of Congress his enemies.

Christopher Lee Cornell, of Green Township, Ohio, was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States in a plan that involved building and detonating pipe bombs at and near the Capitol, then shooting employees and officials. Full story

By Hannah Hess Posted at 5:44 p.m.
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