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Police Log: October 21

Incidents investigated by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit

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Gay News, Washington Blade, Crime

The following incidents were investigated by the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit.

On Oct. 17 at 17th and Monroe streets, N.W., a woman reported that she was walking down the street when she was threatened by a suspect. She then fled the area to avoid a confrontation. She reported that she heard the suspect possibly make some homophobic comments toward her. A threat report was taken.
 
On Oct. 14 in the 1800 block of West Virginia Avenue, N.E., a man reported that he was asked for money by an unknown subject. The man gave the subject some cash. The subject was unhappy with the quantity and began using homophobic slurs against him. The police arrived on the scene but the man did not want police service.
 
On Oct. 15 at Cloud Place and Division Avenue, N.E., a woman reported that she was at a party when she was attacked by an unknown male suspect, who began hitting her with a closed fist. The suspect hit her multiple times with a closed fist about the face and body causing a large laceration to the victim’s face. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The suspect fled the scene.

On Oct. 14 at East Capitol Street and Benning Road., S.E., a woman reported that she and a suspect were involved in a verbal argument that became violent when the suspect struck the victim in the face with a closed fist. The suspect fled the scene. The two are involved in a romantic relationship. An assault report (domestic violence) was taken.

On Oct. 14, members of GLLU responded to the 1300 block of 4th Street, N.E., to assist with a robbery investigation. The investigation revealed that no robbery occurred.

On Oct. 13, in the 2500 block of Naylor Road., N.W., two complainants reported that they were involved in a verbal argument. One complainant wanted the other removed from the house. Both were advised of the domestic violence laws and were provided resource agency information. An incident report was completed.
 
On Oct.13, in the 1300 block of Belmont St., NW., a man reported that he got into a verbal altercation with his intoxicated neighbor. No crime was committed but the neighbor used homophobic language toward the complainant. An incident report was completed.

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Baltimore

Carlton R. Smith: LGBTQ advocate, ‘mayor’ of Mount Vernon, passes away

‘The Duchess’ died on May 29 in his sleep

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Carlton R. Smith, an LGBTQ advocate, died May 29. He was 61. (Photo courtesy of Carlton R. Smith)

BY JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV | Carlton R. Smith was affectionately called “The Duchess” in a nod to royalty, because of his unofficial role of mayor of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. He was a “walking billboard” for Calvin Klein, with a love for purple, Batman, cooking, house music, Prince, and Diana Ross.

“If you said Duchess, you knew who that was,” said his close friend of 25-years, Carrietta Hiers.

The rest of this article can be found on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Maryland

Moore pardons more than 175,000-plus cannabis-related convictions

Governor signed executive order at State House on Monday

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Maryland Gov. Wes Moore (Public domain photo/Twitter)

BY BRENDA WINTRODE and PAMELA WOOD | Gov. Wes Moore pardoned more than 175,000 cannabis-related convictions Monday, nullifying guilty verdicts decided when carrying small amounts of the drug or paraphernalia was illegal.

The Democratic governor signed an executive order during a State House ceremony, granting clemency to thousands of people convicted in Maryland. The convictions to be pardoned include more than 150,000 misdemeanors for simple possession and more than 18,000 for possession of drug paraphernalia with an intent to use.

The rest of this article can be read on the Baltimore Banner’s website.

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Blade wins multiple journalism awards

Society of Professional Journalists recognizes writing, design work

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The D.C. chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored the work of the Washington Blade at its annual Dateline Awards dinner last week.

The Blade took top honors in the weekly newspaper editorial/opinion writing category for a piece by Michael Lavers, the Blade’s international news editor, titled, “Bearing witness to the unimaginable,” which recounted watching raw footage of Hamas’s attack against Israel on Oct. 7.

In it, Lavers wrote, “The Israeli government clearly wants the world to understand the barbarity of what happened on Oct. 7, and that is why it has shown footage of that horrific Saturday to journalists and lawmakers. The footage left me deeply shaken, and perhaps that was the point.”

Washington Blade graphic designer Meaghan Juba won the Dateline Award for front-page design in the weekly newspaper category.

And in the weekly newspaper-features category, the Blade’s Kathi Wolfe was recognized as a finalist for her piece titled, “Meet one of the most powerful disabled people on the planet.”

“These awards reflect our 55-year commitment to journalistic excellence,” said Blade Editor Kevin Naff. “Congratulations to our team for another year of award-winning journalism.”

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