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Witness claims officer fought with man before he shot him

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Takoma Park MD PoliceTAKOMA, D.C. — Residents say they heard numerous shots when a Takoma Park Police officer crossed into Washington, D.C. and exchanged gunfire with a suspect during a foot chase on July 25.

“I saw the guy get chased out of the parking lot,” said James Carter, 64, a resident of the 6200 block of New Hampshire Avenue. “Then I heard the gunshots.”

Just before 7 p.m, on Wednesday, July 25, Sgt. Charles Hoetzel of the Takoma Park Police had been conducting an investigation around the Advance Auto Parts store on New Hampshire Avenue involving 19-year-old Kenneth Carroll of Northwest Washington, D.C, according to a police report from the Metropolitan Police Department.

Hoetzel “attempted to detain” Carroll, but Carroll allegedly refused to comply and “the two began wrestling” as Carroll attempted to get away, according to the report.

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Takoma Park hardware store fights employee efforts to form a union

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Old Takoma Ace Hardware storefrontEmployees of the Old Takoma Ace Hardware Store are at odds with the store owner over the formation of a union. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVTAKOMA PARK — Attempting to form a union, the employees of a locally-owned Takoma Park hardware store find themselves at odds with their employer.

“They have declared war on us,” said Madeline Hale, 27, a sales associate at the Old Takoma Ace Hardware Store, which is involved in the effort.

On Thursday, Aug. 2, the employees of the store publicly announced the formation of a union and their intent to seek recognition as a local branch of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). Six days later store owner Gina Schaefer, who owns 12 Ace Hardware stores across Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia sent a memorandum, with the advice of the company’s attorneys, asking the employees to “Vote no” on the unionization efforts.

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Takoma Park resident alleges civil rights violation during meeting

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takoma park logoTAKOMA PARK — A Takoma Park resident claims that his civil rights were violated on the evening of Wednesday, July 25 during the City Council’s weekly meeting.

Byrne Kelly, 63, says three Takoma Park city employees violated his civil rights when they did not allow him to set up a table in the atrium of the Sam Abbott Citizens’ Center, where the Takoma Park City Council regularly holds its weekly meetings.

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Takoma Park cop injured in DC shooting

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Takoma Park MD PoliceTakoma Park police Sgt. Charles Hoetzel is on administrative leave after being injured in a shootout that also left a suspect injured. 

The shooting occurred in Washington D.C. after Hoetzel began chasing 19-year-old Kenneth Carroll of Northeast D.C on July 25th around 7 p.m.

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Takoma Park approves junction plan

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Takoma Park Govt logoTAKOMA PARK — After nearly four years of debate, the Takoma Park City Council approved the Takoma Junction site plan in a 5-2 vote in the early hours of Thursday morning.

“The vote last Wednesday on the resolution allows the draft site to move forward to the county planning board as well as the [State Highway Administration] for review,” said Takoma Park Mayor Kate Stewart. “We're looking forward to working on this project and [with] residents across the city to ensure that this project is one that reflects Takoma Park.”

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A "Death by a thousand cuts" proposed in Takoma Park

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WPFW TkPk townhall 7 19 2018WPFW hosts Katea Stitt (left) and David Zirin (second from left) talk with guests Andy Shallal (third from left) and Parisa Narouzi (right) PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVTAKOMA PARK — As the Takoma Park City Council vote on the Takoma Junction redevelopment project approaches on July 25, residents in the city gathered for a town hall on Thursday to discuss equity, economic development, social justice and gentrification.

“Gentrification is what happens when an area that was previously denied resources … resulting in demographic shifts and displacement,” Sabiyha Prince, Ph.D., an anthropologist for the Anacostia Community Museum, said, opening the discussion, which took place at the Takoma Park Volunteer Fire Department. “Those resources I’m referring to are primarily loans in the form of home improvement, purchasing of property, improving property.”

The discussion, which was broadcast on air by local radio station WPFW, covered topics such as economic effects gentrification, worker-owned and cooperatively owned businesses, and the effect of development on minority-owned businesses.

In addition to Prince, the panel, which was moderated on air by WPFW hosts David Zirin and Katea Stitt, featured local business owner Kendra Blackett-Dibinga; George Mason University sociology professor Johanna Bockman, Ph.D.; Empower DC executive director Parisa Norouzi; Takoma Park Silver Spring Co-op employees Mokie Rovner and Tiffany S.; Busboys and Poets founder Andy Shallal; local writer Sue Katz Miller; student activist Emily Kombe; and four-term Council member Jarrett Smith (Ward 5).

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Takoma Park residents begin recall effort

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Takoma Park Govt logoTAKOMA PARK — With the City Council set to vote on the Takoma Junction redevelopment proposal on July 25, some residents are mounting a partial recall of the city’s elected officials over the project.

“There are those of us and there are many of us, who feel as though our council is basically ignoring us,” said Byrne Kelly, a Ward 3 resident who is leading the recall effort. “When we go before the council and we get our three minutes at the podium … they look at us with blank faces.”

Kelly explained that he was mounting the effort in response to what he called “gross silence” from the Council in response to a portion of the residents opposing the development proposal.

“We’re doing this for the Co-op, the public land, and the city,” he said.

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Takoma Junction residents make final push in redevelopment

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takoma park logoTAKOMA PARK — With the City Council set to vote on the Takoma Junction redevelopment July 25, supporters and opponents made their final bids in front of their locally-elected officials.

“The development is too big,” Susan Katz Miller, a Ward 3 resident, said during an outdoor protest prior to the City Council’s weekly evening meeting Wednesday. “They [the Council] have taken all the public space; they’re squeezing out the [Takoma Park-Silver Spring] Co-op [and] endangering our most vibrant, diverse retail enterprise.”

Miller gathered with approximately 20 other protesters outside the Sam Abbott Citizens Center with a large sign depicting a tractor-trailer to protest the proposed redevelopment project to turn a city-owned parking lot at the intersection of Grant, Carroll, and Philadelphia Avenues into a two-story building with street-level retail and office space along with an underground parking garage.

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Takoma Park addresses junction redevelopment

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Takoma Park Govt logoTAKOMA PARK — With the vote to approve the Takoma Junction Redevelopment site plan approaching on July 25, the City Council continues to resolve questions regarding the project.

After the unveiling of the site plan in April, traffic studies associated with the project were released in June, analyzing potential traffic changes the project could have on the surrounding area.

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Takoma Park celebrates July 4th

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The First Panamanian Marching Band participated as one of numerous musical groups in attendance.  PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREVThe First Panamanian Marching Band participated as one of numerous musical groups at the Takoma Park Independence Day Parade. PHOTO BY NICKOLAI SUKHAREV  TAKOMA PARK — With temperatures approaching 90 degrees on a clear day, Takoma Park residents lined the city’s streets Wednesday to celebrate the nation’s independence.

“The July 4th Parade means a great deal to all of us in the city,” said Mayor Kate Stewart, who marched with her City Council colleagues near the front of the parade. “It’s a time when we all come together and celebrate what is really wonderful about our community.”

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