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Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble

Andrea Noble is a crime and public safety reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Andrea Noble

Ex-P.G. deputy accepts deal, admits to sex with inmate

A Prince George's County deputy sheriff once charged with the rape of an inmate in his custody has pleaded guilty to lesser counts after the woman told investigators the sex was consensual, according to prosecutors. Published August 15, 2013

Civilian paramedics to be hired in break with D.C. policy

The D.C. fire department is set to hire civilian paramedics to address dire shortages in its emergency medical services workforce — moving forward with a major policy shift that reverses decades of efforts to establish an agency whose employees are cross-trained as both medics and firefighters. Published August 15, 2013

An ambulance sits broken down outside Washington Hospital Center, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, August 13, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. ambulance that caught fire not the one sent to the White House

The D.C. ambulance that caught fire at a hospital Tuesday and the unit that served as a back-up to the presidential motorcade when another ran out of gas came from the same fire house but were not the same vehicle, fire officials said Wednesday. Published August 14, 2013

Police to investigate two fires aboard D.C. ambulances

City officials have asked police to investigate two fires that occurred Tuesday aboard D.C. ambulances amid a series of embarrassing failures with the District's emergency medical fleet that has affected everyone from regular residents to the president of the United States. Published August 13, 2013

Judge to consider releasing jailed Internet talk show host

A D.C. judge is considering a motion to release a jailed Internet talk show host who faces felony gun charges after a videotaped July Fourth stunt in which he is seen apparently loading a shotgun in the District's Freedom Plaza. Published August 13, 2013

The majority of District of Columbia ambulances needing repairs to air-conditioning units during a July heat wave were returned to service within hours.  A shortage of ambulances that can be put into service has led the District to do some outsourcing to cover special events, such as sporting events, however, at a cost to the city. (Andrew S. Geraci, The Washington Times)

July heat wave too hot for D.C. ambulances

Nearly three-fourths of the D.C. fire department's ambulance fleet had to be pulled from the streets for repairs during a July heat wave that wreaked havoc on the units' air conditioning systems, according to new data provided by the department. Published August 7, 2013

Apparent suicide at D.C. Jail is third in two months

A 53-year-old man awaiting trial on sexual abuse charges was found hanging in his cell at the D.C. Jail on Monday, the third apparent suicide at the facility in the last two months. Published August 6, 2013

** FILE ** Rep. Darrell E. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (Associated Press)

D.C. budget autonomy bill advances

A House committee with oversight of D.C. affairs on Wednesday advanced a bill that would ensure the District has greater control of its finances. Published July 24, 2013

Deputy Mayor Paul A. Quander Jr. said private companies will provide emergency medical service at Nationals games and Verizon Center events. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. fire department's ambulance fleet decimated by summer heat

Widespread ambulance breakdowns brought on by high summer temperatures have overwhelmed the D.C. fire department — causing it to send 22 ambulances to other agency's mechanics for repairs and to outsource coverage of special events to private ambulance companies for the coming weeks, according to agency officials. Published July 23, 2013

"I've seen weekends when we've had as many as 40 officers held out of service on hospital details guarding prisoners," Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Monday at a D.C. Council hearing. (The Washington Times)

Court deals blow to D.C. police's All Hands on Deck initiative

A D.C. Superior Court judge has upheld an administrative board's ruling that puts the Metropolitan Police Department on the hook for millions of dollars in back pay and raises questions about the continued use of Chief Cathy L. Lanier's signature crime-fighting initiative. Published July 22, 2013

Radio talk show host Joe Madison addresses a "Justice for Trayvon" rally outside the U.S. District Court for the District on Saturday (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times)

Nationwide rallies demand 'Justice for Trayvon'

Hundreds gathered outside the District's federal courthouse Saturday under an oppressive afternoon sun as part of a growing movement demanding the Justice Department file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, acquitted last week in Florida in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Published July 20, 2013