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July 24, 2015

Capitol Police Stop Ex-Cop From Taking Loaded Revolver Into Library

lag flies at half staff over the Library of Congress Jefferson Building to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Police at the Library of Congress Jefferson Building found a loaded gun in the Virginia man’s briefcase. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Updated 5:33 p.m. | Capitol Police stopped a 55-year-old Virginia man who claimed to be a local cop from carrying a loaded revolver into the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building Tuesday.

Jeff Jefferson Ahn, listed as Yong Ahn in documents filed in D.C. Superior Court, entered the Jefferson Building’s carriage entrance on First Street Southeast, Tuesday morning. He placed a black briefcase into the X-ray machine around 9:45 a.m. During screening, an officer noticed what appeared to be a handgun. Full story

Capitol Marks 17 Years Since Fatal Shooting

Capitol Police Officer Gene Petty stands on ceremonial duty before an annual wreath-laying ceremony for U.S. Capitol Police Officer Jacob J. Chestnut and Detective John M. Gibson, killed by a gunman while on duty in 1998. The ceremony took place at an entrance to the Capitol dedicated to the slain officers. (Photo By Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police honor two of their own, who were killed by a gunman while on duty in 1998. (Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

On a day when Louisiana lawmakers and other members of Congress mourned a fatal shooting in a Lafayette movie theater, Capitol Hill also honored two Capitol Police officers killed by a gunman who charged into the Capitol exactly 17 years ago.

“Shots fired at the Document Door. This was some 50 feet from where I was sitting. Two U.S. Capitol Police officers were down,” Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, recalled on Friday. “Their names were Jacob J. Chestnut and John M. Gibson. Between them, they had eight children and 36 years on the job.” Full story

July 22, 2015

National Security or First Amendment? Gyrocopter Case Proceeds

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 wants to argue a “necessity defense” for his gyrocopter flight. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The airspace security concerns Congress has harped on since the April 15 gyrocopter stunt on the West Front continue to delay Douglas Hughes from a federal trial, but the Florida mailman has dreamed up his own defense strategy.

Hughes presented his “necessity defense” to reporters Wednesday, after a status hearing in the federal courthouse mere blocks from the Capitol. Full story

July 15, 2015

Capitol Bike Accident Reveals Cyclists’ Challenges in D.C.

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Emily Estus’ daily bicycle route to work includes a stretch along the Capitol grounds, but her commute took a turn for the worse one day in April.

As the 23-year-old D.C. resident rode on the north side of the Capitol through the parking area along Constitution Avenue, a regular pathway for cyclists, she collided with a car as it turned into a parking spot. Full story

July 13, 2015

Boehner Bartender Found Not Guilty

Boehner invited Pope Francis to address Congress. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Ohio bartender who threatened Boehner was found not guilty by reason of insanity. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Ohio bartender accused of threatening to kill Speaker John A. Boehner by poisoning his wine was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Michael Robert Hoyt, 44, known to patrons as “Bartender Mike,” will remain in custody and undergo more mental health testing before returning to federal court on Aug. 21. According to documents from the 55-minute hearing in Cincinnati on Monday, a forensic report establishes that Hoyt is not guilty of threatening the Ohio Republican’s life “only by reason of insanity.”

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July 8, 2015

Lawmakers Disturbed by Suspension of Suspected Capitol Police Whistleblower

Blunt wonders whether Capitol Police are being forthcoming. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Blunt wonders whether Capitol Police are being forthcoming. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As a matter of policy, members of Congress usually refrain from commenting on personnel issues related to the force of 1,775 officers sworn to protect them. But when it comes to fallout for bodyguards who protect top GOP leaders leaving their guns in publicly accessible bathrooms, some lawmakers are criticizing Capitol Police’s top brass.

“We need to do everything we can to protect whistleblowers,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah., reacting to CQ Roll Call’s report that Capitol Police have suspended a sergeant in the Capitol division, allegedly in retribution for a suspected leak. Full story

July 7, 2015

Capitol Police Sergeant Suspended in Gun-in-Bathroom Probe

On Jan. 29, this gun was left in a bathroom stall inside the Senate office portion of the Capitol VIsitor Center. (Photo courtesy of CQ Roll Call Tipster)

This photo has caused a firestorm within the agency. (Photo provided to CQ Roll Call)

Capitol Police have suspended a sergeant in the Capitol division, allegedly in retribution for a leak related to Roll Call’s May 1 report of three incidents in which officers left loaded guns in problematic places, such as the bathroom.

The sergeant was one of two senior officials ordered on June 22 to speak with internal affairs investigators in the Office of Professional Responsibility, according to sources within the department. Those sources did not want to speak on the record about disciplinary matters for fear of retribution. Only one returned to work, the sources said, while the sergeant has not been back on duty since. Full story

Senators Weigh In on Capitol Police Hiring

 (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The Capitol Police union alleges department brass is circumventing the agency’s mandatory retirement age of 57 to hire back friends. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Handing over some of the duties currently performed by Capitol Police officers to civilian employees may be one way to better utilize the department’s nearly $348 million budget, Senate appropriators have suggestedbut the efforts to do so have caused tension with the union — including allegations of “double-dipping.” Full story

July 6, 2015

Montana Woman Indicted for Mailing Gun to Tester’s Senate Office

Sen. Jon Tester

Two suspicious packages addressed to Tester caught the attention of Senate mail screening facility staff. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

 

A federal court has indicted a Montana woman for allegedly shipping a .22 handgun and ammunition to Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

Cathleen Roselyn Cantlon, 56, pleaded not guilty on June 29 to charges of interstate mailing of a firearm and ammunition and possession of a firearm and ammunition by a person who has been committed to a mental institution. Full story

July 2, 2015

Virginia Man Cries Foul Over Capitol Police Actions

Shimeles thinks Capitol Police overreacted. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Shimeles thinks Capitol Police overreacted. (CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The man at the center of a Memorial Day bomb scare near the National Mall wants Capitol Police to help pay for the pressure cooker and propane tank they detonated, plus for damage to his automobile.

“Honestly, it’s not only my equipment. They destroyed my car as well,” said Israel Sean Shimeles, the Arlington, Va., man who was arrested on May 24. Traffic charges against Shimeles were later dropped, but he has yet to hear from Capitol Police in response to his damage claims. Full story

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