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Teen In Stolen Car Tries To Run Down Police

There are 32 comments on the NBC 4 Washington, DC story from Sep 13, 2008, titled Teen In Stolen Car Tries To Run Down Police. In it, NBC 4 Washington, DC reports that:

Two police officers said a 14-year-old in a stolen car attempted to run them over in the Petworth neighborhood of the District Tuesday night.

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Knights Of Columbus

Arlington, VA

#2 Sep 13, 2008
I may have watched too much CSI and Miami Vice but I have to say this, this is too dramatic for me to even read in the paper. Traditionally, this kind of drama is tailoredmade for the movies and shows. Albeit, I do watch Numbers and Flashpoint. They at least put things in perspective. Prison Break and 24 are too hardcore and Desperate Housewives is for the faint of heart. I have my family watch Parental Guidance material just to keep the spirit in check.

Since: Apr 08

MARYLAND

#3 Sep 15, 2008
If I was that cop, this kid would be DEAD !!!!!
AVet

Centreville, VA

#4 Sep 15, 2008
The use of a vehicle to attempt to run down police is assult with a deadly weapon. The cops would have been justified to put a couple of bullets in the little darlin's brain pan.
AVet

Centreville, VA

#5 Sep 15, 2008
Knights Of Columbus wrote:
I may have watched too much CSI and Miami Vice but I have to say this, this is too dramatic for me to even read in the paper. Traditionally, this kind of drama is tailoredmade for the movies and shows. Albeit, I do watch Numbers and Flashpoint. They at least put things in perspective. Prison Break and 24 are too hardcore and Desperate Housewives is for the faint of heart. I have my family watch Parental Guidance material just to keep the spirit in check.
LOL... 24 rocks! Jack Bauer for President!
Washington DC

Oxon Hill, MD

#6 Sep 15, 2008
14? Sad.
BOB

Knoxville, TN

#7 Sep 15, 2008
He's a gangsta He ashould be dead!!!

“Stop Global Whining”

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#8 Sep 15, 2008
BOB wrote:
He's a gangsta He ashould be dead!!!
Oh Geez, can you imagine!? I can hear it now, "whole city mourns teen shot by police", etc. Obviously he should be dead, but that's not the way they see it down there. Hence the problems!
BOB

Knoxville, TN

#10 Sep 15, 2008
monkeys
fed up with the mess

United States

#11 Sep 15, 2008
Dumb azz kids w/o anything else better to do. Must be LD.
If dogs could talk

United States

#12 Sep 15, 2008
********** In the meantime, the cops need more time at the shooting range practicing their marksmanship. What's the point of shooting at a car unless you're going to disable it or the driver?
BOB

Washington, DC

#13 Sep 16, 2008
If dogs could talk wrote:
********,* In the meantime, the cops need more time at the shooting range practicing their marksmanship. What's the point of shooting at a car unless you're going to disable it or the driver?
The weapons that are issued to DC police Glock 9mm and 40 cal are wounding rounds unless it's a head shot. The cops are out gunned on the streets. If the thugs knew the cops had real firepower maybe they would think about the ramifications of their actions.These thugs wear their scars as a badge of honor.If you get caught shooting @ a cop they should be put on a plane to IRAQ lets see how "bad " these waste of life thugs really are
Retired Prosecutor

United States

#14 Sep 17, 2008
Like I said earlier, the Petworth neighborhood has a bunch of crips, bloods and other gangs such as the 4th street mob that call cops pigs and steal cars from elderly residents and mug old ladies in the alleys. The neighborhood has a history of being one of the worst. I feel for Cathy Lanier because she has a job that is way above her head. I am worried that one day, she may be attacked by some 14 or 15 gang members. She is going to need help from the National Guard to deal with the crime in the area.
Justice

Owens Cross Roads, AL

#15 Sep 17, 2008
Just kill'em lil b*st*rds! Their sorry-worthless daddys should have shot them on the wall or in a towel.

Not a sermon, Just a thought!
carol

Cohoes, NY

#16 Sep 18, 2008
his daddy wasnt around to buy him a car.poor laddie
fed up with the mess

United States

#17 Sep 18, 2008
Justice wrote:
Just kill'em lil b*st*rds! Their sorry-worthless daddys should have shot them on the wall or in a towel.
Not a sermon, Just a thought!
What do you mean???
fed up with the mess

United States

#18 Sep 18, 2008
Retired Prosecutor wrote:
Like I said earlier, the Petworth neighborhood has a bunch of crips, bloods and other gangs such as the 4th street mob that call cops pigs and steal cars from elderly residents and mug old ladies in the alleys. The neighborhood has a history of being one of the worst. I feel for Cathy Lanier because she has a job that is way above her head. I am worried that one day, she may be attacked by some 14 or 15 gang members. She is going to need help from the National Guard to deal with the crime in the area.
They are ALL learning disabled dumb azz's.
I can understand

Potomac, MD

#19 Sep 18, 2008
BOB wrote:
<quoted text>The weapons that are issued to DC police Glock 9mm and 40 cal are wounding rounds unless it's a head shot. The cops are out gunned on the streets. If the thugs knew the cops had real firepower maybe they would think about the ramifications of their actions.These thugs wear their scars as a badge of honor.If you get caught shooting @ a cop they should be put on a plane to IRAQ lets see how "bad " these waste of life thugs really are
I agree if you get caught shooting at anyone they should put you on a plane to Iraq. That was well said. As far as the people who are on here with their "I WOULD HAVE KILLED HIM" statements. Have you ever actually killed someone? Any of you? Military? Police? Protecting your families? Anyone every actually KILLED another human being. You all talk about it like its nothing. Tell me how does it really feel for you?

Just as I thought, none of you have, but so quick to speak on what you would have done. The people who HAVE to kill rather to protect the country or there own life probably don’t think this way. Most of you are real [email protected] on the keyboard. I better look out, you may just press delete on me.
Guess What

Potomac, MD

#20 Sep 19, 2008
I can understand wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree if you get caught shooting at anyone they should put you on a plane to Iraq. That was well said. As far as the people who are on here with their "I WOULD HAVE KILLED HIM" statements. Have you ever actually killed someone? Any of you? Military? Police? Protecting your families? Anyone every actually KILLED another human being. You all talk about it like its nothing. Tell me how does it really feel for you?
Just as I thought, none of you have, but so quick to speak on what you would have done. The people who HAVE to kill rather to protect the country or there own life probably don’t think this way. Most of you are real [email protected] on the keyboard. I better look out, you may just press delete on me.
Guess you were right, no one responded. I know for sure I have never killed anyone.
Retired Prosecutor

United States

#21 Sep 19, 2008
Population growth in Clarksburg has led the Montgomery County 5th District Police in Germantown to carve out a new patrol beat.

The beat, designated Mary 3, took effect Sept. 2. It extends from Ridge Road to the south and east, along Kings Valley and Bethesda Church roads north to the county line and west to Frederick Road. County police said they did not have statistics on crime within the beat's geographic boundaries.

Lt. John McCloskey, a deputy commander of the 5th District station, said the beat was created to allow more patrols in fast-growing Clarksburg and surrounding areas. Clarksburg's population grew from 1,834 in 2000 to 6,500 in 2005, according to U.S. Census bureau data. County officials project the population will reach 40,000 in the next 20 years.

"There are lots of houses under construction and a lot of construction sites where there's theft and vandalism," McCloskey said of Clarksburg.

McCloskey said police also wanted to start sending patrols into the area instead of waiting until the community was more populated. The beat, which was carved out of two other beats to the south, north and east, gives officers a smaller geographic area to cover. One of the adjacent beats, Mary 2, covers a sprawling area that encompasses Damascus in the north and Laytonsville to the south. The other beat, Mary 1, is centered on the Milestone, Neelsville Village and Fox Chapel shopping centers.

"The thought is to reduce the response time of an officer," McCloskey said. "He's faster than if he is coming from Laytonsville or the southern end of Germantown."

Officer George Boyce called the new beat "a great step in the right direction."

"If we had our choice, we'd have a new district created," Boyce said. "Clarksburg is so big."

No additional officers will be hired to staff the new beat, McCloskey said. Instead, it will be staffed by two officers per shift. Each of those officers will be transferred to the Clarksburg area from one of the adjacent beats, he said. Each of the other beats will have one fewer officer on each shift, he said.

McCloskey said Mark Smith and Michelle Levine, both Clarksburg residents, pushed for creation of the new beat as members of the 5th District Citizens Advisory Board, an initiative 5th District police had already been considering.

Smith cited growing traffic problems as the reasons that led them to call for a new beat.

"The concern initially was that there was some speeding and then there were some car break-ins," Smith said. "It's a large community. The officers who patrol there are spread thin." Some criminals are doing things like breaking into apartments and after stealing property, cash and other belongings, they set the apartments on fire. According to the Fire Marshall, "a skilled arsonist will set the fire in a bedroom. You don't need gasoline to burn down an apartment if you set the fire in the right place and the bedroom is like a tinderbox".
Retired Prosecutor

United States

#22 Sep 19, 2008
The head of the county police's second district called the recent home invasion and homicide in Bethesda "beyond a tragedy" and urged community members to report any suspicious activities in their neighborhoods.

Commander Russ Hamill said the death of Mary Frances Havenstein, 63, who was discovered bound in her home on Seven Locks Road on Sept. 4, was generating a "large response" in the Montgomery County police force. He noted that his wife was serving as the lead detective in the investigation and have mentined that "the criminals use certain cues to commit murder and arson by smashing the lone elderly ladie's glassware, dishes and family heirlooms because they are personal and the crooks set the bedroom on fire so that the lone lady can be burned up along with the apartment. The thugs sit down on a ledge, smoke cigaretts and watch the apartments burn down and run when police come".

"Check on your neighbors who live alone," Hamill told a meeting of the Western Montgomery County Citizens Advisory Board Monday evening. "The community knows best. We ask them to check on each other."

Meanwhile, police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said investigators are still looking into possible links between Havenstein's death and five previous home invasion incidents where elderly residents in Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Potomac and Washington, D.C. were tied up.

"Fortunately, serial crime does not happen on a regular basis in the county. But it certainly has happened. So all of our detectives are very prepared to undertake that type of investigation," Baur said.

Baur said police have not focused particular attention on senior citizen communities in connection with these incidents, since the home invasions have taken place in single-family residences. But she said the department is still keeping in regular contact with those communities about safety concerns.

Hamill suggested basic methods of raising neighborhood awareness. People returning from work could "drive around the block and see if someone is standing in the wood line," he said.

County Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist.1) of Potomac was also scheduled to host an informational meeting with Montgomery County police Tuesday night for residents concerned about their safety.

Berliner said he had planned a similar meeting prior to the break-in at Havenstein's residence, but that a scheduling conflict arose. Havenstein's death, he said, "was the straw that broke the camel's back" for some of his constituents.

"I think there is a much more pervasive concern than there was previously," he said.

Harry Rosenberg of the Burning Tree Village community, located near Seven Locks Road, said his community was "in a state of shock" in the wake of Havenstein's death.

"I would say that it is an unnerving event in the neighborhood…especially for seniors and single seniors," said Rosenberg, who attended the Citizens Advisory Board meeting to give a presentation about aging in place in Burning Tree Village.

He said that after one of the five possibly linked previous incidents, in which a 92-year-old woman living on Maryknoll Avenue in Burning Tree Village was tied up and had her house burgled on Sept. 17, 2007, a community meeting was held as much for psychological comfort as for raising awareness about such crimes.

Rosenberg said one basic method for dealing with a burglary is to keep the remote entry device for a car on a night table. If a person hears suspicious activity in or near the house, the homeowner can press the "Panic" or "Alarm" button on the device quickly to set off the car alarm and potentially scare away burglars.

"It's so easy, and so effective," he said.

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