District Digest: A series of unfortunate events
This belated edition of District Digest (courtesy of crashed computer) includes a new kind of flash mob, foul play, more Council member corruptions, a bad birthday, and a terrible restaurant experience.
Flash mobs of crime
On Saturday, Mayor Vincent Gray announced that the District would crack down on flash mob robberies. Thursday morning, about ten girls invaded a Benning Road convenience store and stole about $70 of snacks and other items.
To combat similar instances, Montgomery County Council proposed a new curfew requiring children under 18 to be home by 11 p.m. on weeknights and 12 a.m. on weekends.
Foul play in the village
Last Tuesday, police arrested Albrecht Gero Muth, 47, for murdering his wife Viola Drath, 91, a former journalist and Georgetown socialite.
Drath was found unconscious in her Q Street home after purportedly falling down the stairs. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide. Drath had taken out several protective orders against Muth before the incident.
Muth had also engaged in an extramarital affair with another man, Donald Davis, who eventually took out a protective order against the man in 2002.
Muth, a native of Germany, goes by the name Sheikh Ali Al-Muthaba and claims to be a brigadier general in the Iraqi Army. He received an undergraduate degree from American University in 1991.
Council member’s currency, part 2
Another D.C. Council member has been found to be misusing funds given by the District. Since 2002, Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has spent $143,800 on Washington sporting events.
According to a Washington Post review of Office of Campaign Finance records, Evans spent $4,681 for Capitals season tickets on March 1, $7,644 for Wizards season tickets on March 3, and two Nationals season tickets (right behind first base) last fall.
Evans defends his use of constituent funds by stating that he purchases season tickets to help local sports franchises, gives a majority of the tickets away to Ward 2 residents, and directed $101,000 towards charitable organizations and neighborhood activities.
Happy birthday to fire
Last Tuesday night, a thirteen year old girl and her two parents were injured during a birthday celebration gone wrong. Fireworks were mixed in with the candles and caused a small fire when lit. The three suffered minor burns and are still wondering where the fireworks came from.
On Thursday, Juan Alberto Melgar, owner of the Pelican Restaurant in Germantown, was arrested and charged with a second degree rape. The female victim told the police that Melgar had been at the Pelican, on August 6, when he forced her into the bathroom to have sex with him.
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