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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 anoble@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Andrea Noble

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)

Background checks stalled as firefighter arrests mount

Nine D.C. fire department employees came forward in response to an agency call to report undisclosed prior arrests and driving infractions ahead of a plan to conduct criminal-background checks on 1,800 first responders. Published March 13, 2014

D.C. Council member David A. Catania files paperwork at the D.C. Board of Elections for an independent run for mayor in November (Andrea Noble/The Washington Times).

Independent Catania files paperwork for D.C. mayoral bid

D.C. Council member David A. Catania filed paperwork Wednesday to run for mayor as an independent, ensuring an unusual November challenge for the Democratic primary winner and perhaps the most competitive general election for mayor that the overwhelmingly Democratic city has ever seen. Published March 12, 2014

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray gives the 2014 State of the District Address at Kelly Miller Middle School in Northeast a day after federal prosecutors accused Gray of knowing of and personally seeking illegal funs from Jeffrey Thompson do run an illegal "Shadow Campaign" during his run for mayor four years ago, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, March 11, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Gray comes out fighting accusations in fund scheme

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray used his State of the District address Tuesday to forcefully defend himself against accusations that he participated in an illegal campaign finance scheme — his first public attempt to right a re-election campaign reeling from an ongoing federal investigation in which he has been implicated. Published March 11, 2014

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray (The Washington Times)

Gray holds cash advantage in D.C. mayor's race

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray leads the pack of mayoral contenders with the most money in the bank leading up to the April 1 primary election, a boon given the uphill battle he is likely to face amid corruption allegations leveled against him Monday. Published March 11, 2014

Released from hospital, Marion Barry reflects on his health and political career

Reflecting on his health and his political clout, D.C. Council member and "mayor for life" Marion Barry was in good spirits a day before his 78th birthday as he was set to be released Wednesday from a physical rehabilitation facility after being hospitalized for urinary tract and blood infections. Published March 5, 2014

D.C. City Council Chairman, Phil Mendelson, called for the opening of the 42nd legislative meeting of the DC City Council period 19 after summer recess. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

D.C. Council approves bill decriminalizing marijuana

Smoking marijuana in the home or possessing small amounts of the drug will no longer be a crime in the nation’s capital under a bill passed Tuesday by the D.C. Council and expected to be signed into law by the mayor. Published March 4, 2014

Destiny B. Childs (a.k.a. Richard Legg), co-hosts the program of the main stage at the annual street festival of the Capital Pride, organized by Capital Pride Alliance, Inc., a non-profit, is held along Pennsylvania Avenue near the U.S. Capitol in NW Washington, D.C., Sunday, June 14, 2009.  (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times)

D.C. health plans to include gender-reassignment surgeries

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray on Thursday announced that the city will recognize gender identity disorder as a medical condition and mandate insurance companies cover associated treatments — including gender-reassignment surgery. Published February 27, 2014

Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe, through a spokesperson, declined to discuss the action taken against Battalion Fire Chief Kevin B. Sloan. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Wells calls for resignation of D.C. fire chief, deputy mayor

The D.C. Council member with oversight of the fire department on Tuesday called for the resignations of the fire chief and the deputy mayor for public safety and justice, saying the administration has failed to present a plan to address chronic troubles with emergency response. Published February 25, 2014