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TRAFFIC AT SOUTHEAST WATERFRONT STILL SNARLED -- POLICE BAFFLED
SOUTHEAST - Local DC traffic reporters, as well as several officers, have commented to the media that in the last couple of months or so, there have been some unexplainable traffic snarls in the Waterfront area, especially around the South end of the Capitol and all the way extending to Half Street and beyond.
DCPD has reported a record number of calls from drivers claiming to be lost, stranded, stuck down one way streets the wrong way, and other odd events in the area, especially during rush hour. Fender benders are up 75% in Southeast compared to the average for the last decade. Over 20 street signs have been replaced in the last six weeks.
The DC Department of Transportation has done an audit of the area and can find no discernable cause for the mass confusion.
LOCAL RADIO SHOW PROMOTES UPCOMING ANNUAL "SPIRIT CRUISE" GHOST BOAT TOUR
MIDTOWN -- WBDE (93.1 FM, "The Blade") is hosting an upcoming live radio show from local curio shop "The Final Word," a bookstore and coffee shop in Midtown DC. On-Air Personality Lear "Nyx" Christiensen will be hosting the special event, which is promoting Spirit of Washington Cruises' upcoming October "Ghost Tour" of DC, which will take a group of up to 100 participants on a guided all-night cruise up through the Tidal Basin and Monuments area, and back down past Old Town Alexandria to Mount Vernon, then returning to the Pier in Old Town.
Groups of 15 or more attendees will be given a group rate discount on tickets, which are normally $25 and include unlimited soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres, with a cash bar.
The live broadcast will cover some of Christiensen's typical weekly material on the paranormal and occult, as well as spotlight The Final Word bookstore, one of the sponsors of WBDE's live broadcast from the Ghost Tour boat. Listeners are encouraged to call in or appear in person at the shop. 5 Tickets for the cruise will be raffled off for $2 apiece, with the profits going to a local charity.
POLICE OFFICER SUSPENDED AGAIN AFTER SECOND BREAKDOWN
NORTHEAST -- Detective Antoine "Tony" Laike, once a model officer in the DCPD, has again been relieved of duty for the second time in as many years following a botched arrest attempt last week which resulted in the death of a prime suspect in the Little Death case, prompting a call for internal investigations into the vetting process for disabled officers.
While investigating a call to an abandoned building in Northeast two years ago, Laike's partner, Detective John Moran, was brutally murdered in front of Laike, who had been incapacitated, in such a cruel way that profoundly affected the seasoned veteran of violent crime cases. Laike was traumatized by the event, coupled with many years on the force working some of the most harsh and inhuman cases the city has had in decades.
Laike was relieved of duty due to health reasons related to the incident, and remained there until earlier this year when he was deemed fit to return to work. However, he was placed on desk duty rather than street, which according to some of his co-workers did not sit very well with the restless Laike.
Unable to confine himself to paper duties, Officer Laike responded to a Virginia B&E call that came over the police band radio, involving two assailants at a private residence in the town of Clifton, Fairfax County, Virginia.
According to statements taken from the residents of the home, Laike entered the house, shot at one assailant who was established as unarmed, left said assailant unsecured with two of the victims in order to chase down, shoot and kill the second attacker. The first attacker then escaped in the meantime.
Statements also claim that Laike did not secure the crime scene, allowing one of the victims to disturb evidence crucial to the investigation.
In addition, crossing jurisdictional lines in pursuit of a crime can complicate matters and possibly invites additional charges for Laike.
Internal Affairs issued a brief statement through the media office stating simply that Laike was put back on medical leave of absence with pay until the matter can be addressed.
Calls to Laike's home went unanswered.
GWU STUDENT FOUND MURDERED IN DORM; POLICE BAFFLED
Undergraduate Harmony Neal was found dead in her dormitory
last Sunday. Neal was last reported as having been seen by
school acquaintances on the Metro heading home from the
club, and was found in her room, having been raped, with one
lung punctured. Prelimary post-mortem exams indicate that
Neal was killed by a clean knife or razor cut of the throat
Neal's roommate, whose name is being withheld, was off with family for the weekend.
There were no direct witnesses, though several students recall seeing an unknown white or Hispanic male of varying descriptions jogging away from the dorms at approximately 2:30 am.
UTILITY VANDALISM AT GWU
NORTHWEST DC -- George Washington University Campus Police were alerted when passing students noticed the abandoned power access-way by the construction site at 23rd and K Streets, N.W. was compromised earlier last week.
Safety officials did their best to re-secure the site, as it was reported that soon after the breech, a previously undiscovered secondary level under the access room had collapsed and caved in on itself.
No students were injured in the cave-in. The site has been re-enforced with a heavier steel door to prevent further vandalism.
STUDENT PRANKS AT GWU UP FROM LAST YEAR
NORTHWEST -- An unnamed male co-ed was the victim of a B&E theft last Sunday. Two antique items were stolen. Descriptions are being withheld pending investigation.
Campus police say that the graduate student's room was forced open, ransacked, and some personal items of worth stolen.
Such pranks are common amongst college students, and reports of such mischief are up 10% from this time last year.
Police currently have no evidence of a correlation between the thefts, the vandalism and the murder in the freshman dorms, all of which have occurred since the opening of school after Labor Day.
Anna Nicole Son's Death Unnatural
Bahamas - The death of
Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son was termed "suspicious"
Wednesday by the coroner's office, which scheduled a formal
inquiry that could lead to criminal charges.
Daniel Smith flew in Saturday to visit his mother and three-day-old sister at the private Doctors Hospital in Nassau. The following morning, the 20-year-old was dead.
LOKI - HOW LONG WILL THE STAGE AT ASGARD REMAIN DARK?
SOUTHEAST - Stephen Byrne, aka "Loki," owner of Southeast nightclub Dark Asgard, has been keeping such a low profile of late that sources are beginning to wonder if he has merely retired from stage life and not announced it, much to the possible chagrin of his fans.
As he has stated in interviews in the past, he chose his stage name after the Norse god of mischief and misdirection, his favorite mythological figure since childhood. It is his belief that causing mischief and misdirection cause people to think and look at things from new and different angles.
Born in London from an American mother (who passed away at childbirth) and a British father (with a high position within HM’s government), he moved to Paris on his own in his late teens.
By the time he was 20, he released his first recording, an EP (The Trickster God), under his own independent label, Ragnarok Records.
The EP’s popularity was limited, but he caught the ear (and eye) of famed French songstress Marianne Sers; who took her under her wing. Sers produced his first LP (Shedding Layers Of Skin), and it was during the recording of that album that the two artists became lovers.
Thriving under Marianne’s patronage, Loki released his first LP in early 2001, and toured the US and Europe as opening act for one of his favorite bands, Depeche Mode, during their Exciter tour. By mid-2001 he released his second album, a two-disc (Dreams Of A Trickster God), in which his style took a shift to a more electronic-based sound, including some remixes of songs from his first LP.
By early 2002 Loki embarked on a world tour to promote his second album, playing in Europe, North America, South America, Australia/New Zealand and Asia. Success seemed to mark every one of his projects, so much that he grew out of Marianne's shadow... in fact, most observers point out that he straight-up overshadowed her own fame. Marianne didn't like that, and the couple broke up, with Sers disappearing from the public eye.
Sources say that the break-up was traumatic for Loki, who dropped his third album in mid-recording; an event which was followed by countless reports of his abuse of alcohol and drugs, particularly cocaine.
His downward spiral continued, and he, too, dropped from sight, not releasing even one single since Dreams, and refusing to perform in public. A confidential inside source at St. Croix hospital in Paris has reported that he almost died of a heroin overdose on New Year’s Eve, 2005.
What is it that keeps Loki off the stage? No one knows for sure, aside from the obvious love dramas and drugs. Byrne refuses interviews at every turn, but it seems that his change of environment has been doing him some good.
Reports have also surfaced in recent weeks of an unnamed blonde ingénue with whom Loki has been spotted several times in the club since his late summer Fetish Masquerade Ball, and also rumors that he is back in the studio working on a secret project. His label denies the latter, and no comment could be gotten on the former.
FBI looking for missing cruise tourist
MIAMI, Florida (AP) -- Authorities were
investigating the disappearance of an
Ohio woman who was reported missing Monday from a Carnival Cruise Lines
Astronauts deliver addition to space station
Texas (AP) -- Using their ship's robotic arm, astronauts aboard
shuttle Atlantis handed over the first big addition to the international
space station in more than 3 1/2 years Monday and will conduct three
spacewalks to install the giant new section.
Revenge theory in stingray attacks
Australia (AP) -- At least 10 stingrays have been found
and mutilated on Australia's eastern coast since "Crocodile
Hunter" Steve Irwin was killed by one of the animals last
week, an official said Tuesday, prompting concerns of
revenge attacks on the normally docile fish.
Japan's new prince named Hisahito
TOKYO, Japan (AP) -- Japan's new prince, the first male heir
Chrysanthemum Throne to be born in four decades, on Tuesday
was named Hisahito -- meaning "virtuous, calm and
everlasting," the Imperial Household Agency announced.
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