Night Shift: Robbing the dead; ‘Rocket Docket;’ and Trayvon’s hoodie on exhibit in D.C.?

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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is interested in acquiring the hoodie Trayvon Martin wore the night he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

Smithsonian director wants to display Trayvon Martin’s hoodie (Washington Post)

‘Smoke Weed Evryday,’ advises electronic road sign tells drivers (WUSA9)

Pair charged with breaking into caskets, stealing jewelry from dead (WJLA)

Most Wanted: Anthony Veney wanted in 7-Eleven robbery (D.C. Crime Stories)

Woman’s death in SE may be connected to GSA suicide (WJLA)

Costco police shooting was in self-defense (NBC-4)

New book looks at history of ‘Rocket Docket’ (Richmond Magazine)

Man falls from tree, airlifted to hospital (WUSA-9)

Bethesda doctored ordered to pay $17 million for health care fraud (Bethesda Now)

Police investigate Ballston sex assault (WTOP)

Northwest Washington man killed in motorcycle crash (WJLA)

Three wanted in Prince George’s County home burglary (NBC4)

Chief reshapes Quantico police force (Potomac Local News)

Most Wanted: Large man sought in robbery of little store

By Scott McCabe

U.S. Marshals deputies are looking for a mountain of a man suspected in an armed robbery of a Northwest Washington convenience store, and they are asking the public for information that can lead to his arrest.

Deputies said Anthony Veney finished a nine-year-stint in prison in Maryland on an armed robber charge in January, and is back in business, pulling a heist at a 7-Eleven in the Takoma area neighborhood during the early morning hours of July 11.

Yes, he robbed the 7-Eleven on 7/11.

Anthony Veney

Anthony Veney

Veney shouldn’t be hard to find. He’s listed at 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds.

“A person of Mr. Veney’s size will definitely stand out in a crowd. If you have information on his whereabouts, please help us get this accused robber off the streets,” said Deputy Justin Bankert, of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

Surveillance video released by police last week shows a man in a light blue polo shirt fidgeting at the counter while waiting to buy a beverage about 1:45 a.m., at the store in the 200 block of Cedar Street NW. The man then pushes a woman out of the way and jumps over the counter and grabs cash from the register.

Anyone with information regarding Veney’s whereabouts is urged to call Deputy Bankert or the U.S. Marshals Service at 301-489-1717 or 1-800-336-0102.

‘Smoke Weed Everyday,’ electronic road sign tells drivers

Motorists in Kensington were greeted this morning by a blinking road side with a curious message: “Smoke Weed Everyday.”

According to WUSA-9, a driver on Kensington Parkway stopped to snap a photo of the large sign and sent it to the news station.

Montgomery County Police said the road sign was turned off around 9:30, and referred all calls to the county. Spokeswoman Lucille Baur said the electronic sign had been tampered with, but was not able to immediately provide any further information.

Crime History, July 31, 1977: ‘Son of Sam’ slapped with tell-tale parking ticket as final victims gunned down

David Berkowitz

David Berkowitz

On this day, July 31, in 1977, the “Son of Sam” serial killer shot a young couple kissing in a parked car, but left behind an important clue that revealed his identity as David Berkowitz.

For more than a year, the Bronx-born Berkowitz terrorized New York City with a .44-caliber bulldog pistol and chilling letters to police and newspapers: “I am the Son of Sam. I love to hunt, prowling the streets looking for fair game.”

The Son of Sam killed six people and wounded seven, causing a panic throughout the city. The fear was made worse by a soul-draining heatwave and a 25-hour blackout. Most of the victims were females with long black hair, causing women to cut and dye their hair blond to avoid becoming the next victim.

On this night, 36 years ago, Berkowitz walked up to a man and woman in a car and shot them with his .44 revolver. The blasts killed Stacy Moskowitz and wounded Robert Violante. But witnesses in another parked car provided police with a description of the gunman, and saw a yellow sedan making a getaway.

Investigators learned that the vehicle was ticketed for parking in front of a fire hydrant at the time of the Moskowitz slaying, and traced it to Berkowitz, a former disgruntled postal worker. Detectives went to his Yonkers home and looked into his car, finding a machine gun and a letter with printing that resembled those written by the killer.

Berkowitz greeted the police saying, “You got me. What took you so long?”

Berkowitz, 24, confessed to the shootings and claimed that he was commanded to kill by a demon that possessed his neighbor’s dog. He was sentenced to six life sentences.

Morning Roll Call: A balloon thief; phantom voters; and Georgetown slashers caught on tape

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A resident caught on video this attack just off Braddock Road in Fairfax County.

We round up the morning’s top stories because you have to get ready for your day.

MoCo woman accused of using dead mom’s name on 2012 ballot (Baltimore Sun)

Brutal beating caught on video in Springfield (FOX5)

Gunshot slaying in Prince George’s County (NBC4)

Suspect in green paint vandalism on expired visa (WTOP)

Georgetown tire slashing caught on tape (WJLA)

Bystanders at Farmers Market stop ‘Balloon’ thief (Reston Patch.com)

Night Shift: Metro flasher exposed; fugitive captured; and boyfriend confesses to pregnant woman’s death

ImageWe round up the day’s top crime stories before darkness falls.

Police: D.C. man turned self in for fatally stabbing pregnant girlfriend (Homicide Watch)

Bradley guilty of spying in WikiLeaks case, faces 130 years in prison (Washington Post)

Metro police investigate indecent exposure cases (WTOP)

Cathedral vandal suspect held; police chief says green paint acts linked (NBC4)

PG man arrested after pit bull attacks two neighbor children (D.C. Crime Stories)

NJ police officer indicted in road rage killing in Anne Arundel (Capital Gazette)

Former longtime Baltimore Police spokesman dies (Baltimore Sun)

Babysitter charged in murder of Stafford toddler (WUSA9)

Longtime fugitive wanted in attempted murders captured in Georgia (Falls Church News-Press)

PG man arrested after pit bull attacks two children

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Police said this pit bull attacked two boys Monday afternoon.

A 20-year-old Clinton man was arrested after two children were attacked by a pit bull.

According to police, a 6-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy encountered the unleashed pit bull in the 11600 block of Cosca Park Drive at around 5 p.m. Monday. The younger boy fled and the pit bull gave chase, catching and biting the child just as he reached his house.

The older boy tried to pull off the dog off the child, and the pit bull turned on him. Two neighbors were able to remove the dog away from the house. A girl who was with the dog at the beginning of the encounter fled the scene before police arrived, police said.

On Tuesday, police arrested 20-year-old Drew Byron Street, of the of the 11500 block of Cosca Park Drive, on charges of violating the county ban on pit bulls.

The county passed a law in 1997 outlawing the breed, and the law was upheld by the Maryland appeals court. The dog has been taken into custody by animal control.

Talking Crime With WJLA’s Bruce DePuyt

Had a great time chatting with WJLA News Channel 8’s Brucy DePuyt yesterday. We talked green slime, stupid criminals and Adam Kokesh.

D.C. launches new way to get alerts for public safety, emergency and justice info

The District’s Public Safety and Justice group has created an official Twitter account so residents, workers and visitors can receive important updates: @SafeDC.

The @SafeDC feed will feature breaking news, updates and other information from Distric

t agencies including the Metropolitan Police Department, Fire and Emergency Medical Services and the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency.

Paul Quander

Paul Quander

“This is about establishing yet another means of communication for our office to provide the facts on public safety issues to District residents quickly and accurately,” said D.C. Deputy Mayor Paul Quander.

The D.C. Public Safety and Justice agencies under Quander’s authority also include the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, Department of Corrections, Department of Forensic Sciences, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, Justice Grants Administration, Office of Returning Citizen Affairs, Office of Unified Communications and the Office of Victim Services.

The independent Public Safety and Justice agencies that Quander oversees are the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, D.C. National Guard, Office of Police Complaints and the D.C. Sentencing and Criminal Code Revision Commission.

Quander also oversees the Corrections Information Council.

Crime History, July 30, 1975: Jimmy Hoffa vanishes from restaurant in one of the most enduring American mysteries

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Jimmy Hoffa

On this day, July 30, in 1975, Teamster leader Jimmy Hoffa disappeared from a restaurant parking lot in suburban Detroit. The mystery of his vanishing has become an enduring part of American lore.

Hoffa, 62, had been the powerful head of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters union despite spending the last four years of his term in prison for jury tampering and attempted bribery. His 13-year sentence was commuted by President Nixon in 1971, with the agreement that he step down from the union.

In 1975, while trying to regain power in the Teamsters, he vanished outside the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Township, Mich.

Hoffa was expecting to meet two high-ranking Mafia leaders that day. He has not been seen or heard from since. He was declared legally dead in 1982, and the FBI has repeatedly searched for his body, most recently last month when they dug up a field in Oakland Township, Mich.