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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

GAO: D.C. budget autonomy measure has 'no legal effect'

A measure approved by local lawmakers and D.C. voters that granted the city budget autonomy from the federal government has "no legal effect," according to an opinion released by the investigative arm of Congress. Published January 30, 2014

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe said that if winds are 40 mph, first-responder vehicles, particularly ambulances, will not be able to safely travel on the roads. Currently there are hurricane-force winds, upwards of 75 mph, where the storm has hit in the Chesapeake region. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Lieutenant, firefighter removed from active duty amid death investigation

A D.C. fire lieutenant whose company reportedly ignored pleas to help a man dying from a massive heart attack across the street from their Northeast station blamed the lack of response on a subordinate, who she said failed to tell her the location of the emergency. Published January 30, 2014

Zoo veterinarian Nancy Boedeker and veterinary technician Peter Flowers (R) examine the snowy owl Jan. 30, 2014 (Photo courtesy of Smithsonian National Zoo).

Rare owl hit by bus in D.C.

A snowy owl that had caught the attention of bird lovers in the D.C. area recently was injured when it was hit by a bus early Thursday, according to National Zoo officials, who are now caring for the bird. Published January 30, 2014

Franco Gussalli Beretta, a director of Beretta USA Corp., speaks Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., to announce that the Italian firearms maker is building a new manufacturing a research facility in the state. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig

Beretta building firearms plant in Tennessee worries Maryland

Maryland-based Beretta USA announced Wednesday that it will build a $45 million firearms manufacturing plant in Tennessee, giving rise to concern over what will happen to the gun manufacturer's plant in Prince George's County. Published January 29, 2014

Fire Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe

D.C. fire department to check 1,800 employee backgrounds

The D.C. fire department plans to conduct extensive criminal background checks on 1,800 employees after a series of arrests involving its members in recent months, according to fire officials. Published January 28, 2014