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Andrea Noble

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

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Attacks on transgender women not seen as related

Two transgender women were assaulted Saturday in separate incidents, D.C. police said, marking five attacks against either a transgender woman or a drag queen in the District within the week. Published June 28, 2013

D.C. Council member Tommy Wells requested the Crowell & Moring review that said Human Rights Watch overstated D.C. police's mishandling of sexual assault cases. (The Washington Times)

Review: Mishandling of sexual assaults by D.C. police overstated

A Human Rights Watch report overstated the Metropolitan Police Department's mishandling of sexual assault cases but has paved the way for legislation that could improve victims' treatment by law enforcement, an independent review concluded. Published June 27, 2013

Washington, D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Kenneth B. Ellerbe speaks at a press conference held at Fire and EMS headquarters on his proposed plan to redeploy the department’s emergency medical service workers into a configuration that would leave ambulances staffed with no paramedics during the overnight hours, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, November 13, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Council panel nixes fire chief's ambulance plan

A D.C. Council committee will not support the fire department's ambulance redeployment plan — a key proposal by the fire chief — because the agency has been unable to provide clear answers about its capacity to address the city's emergency services needs. Published June 27, 2013

D.C. City Council council member, Jack Evans speaks during the first whole city council meeting after the summer recess. Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Washington, DC. (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

D.C. Council votes to lower sales tax

The D.C. Council voted Wednesday to roll back the city's sales tax to the lowest rate in the region and signaled a willingness to negotiate other taxes as members considered the best uses for a budget surplus projected to total $600 million in the next five years. Published June 26, 2013

Tony Cheng (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

Prominent D.C. restaurant owner, son charged with bribery

A prominent Chinatown restaurant owner and his son were accused by prosecutors Tuesday of passing a bribe to the head of the D.C. Taxicab Commission in a scheme to circumvent the city's moratorium on new cab companies. Published June 25, 2013

Stanley A. Straughter, left, leaves the United States District Court for the District of Columbia with his attorney Steven McCool, right, after pleading guilty to making straw donations as an investigation into a D.C. campaign finance  scheme continues, Washington, D.C., Monday, June 24, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

D.C. campaign finance investigation yields another guilty plea

A Philadelphia business owner on Monday became the third associate of prolific political donor Jeffrey E. Thompson to plead guilty to charges related to a widespread campaign finance investigation, admitting in federal court to funneling more than $132,000 in straw donations to various races. Published June 24, 2013

The D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability is pursuing a violation notice against Michael A. Brown after he "respectfully declined" to file his 2012 financial disclosure statement, according to minutes from the board's meeting.
(Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Late campaign finance forms add to Michael Brown's woes in D.C.

Sure he may have bigger fish to fry, but former D.C. Council member Michael A. Brown is now facing possible discipline from two D.C. agencies for failure to file campaign finance and financial disclosure forms, according to officials. Published June 23, 2013

Lee Calhoun, a Maryland businessman, leaves the United States District Court for the District of Columbia after pleading guilty to making straw contributions in 2011 to Delegate Donna Christensen, Washington, D.C., Thursday, June 20, 2013. Calhoun was involved in the D.C. election scandal surrounding Jeffery Thompson and the election of District Mayor Vincent Gray.  (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Maryland man admits role in D.C. campaign finance scheme

A Maryland man admitted in federal court to giving more than $160,000 in straw political donations at the direction of his former boss — the prolific political donor at the center of a D.C. campaign finance investigation that again appears to be accelerating after another person was charged Thursday. Published June 20, 2013

D.C. police seek man in women's stabbings

D.C. police are investigating four seemingly related late-night attacks in Northwest neighborhoods in which a man approached women from behind and stabbed them. Published June 19, 2013

Police ID victims of Fairfax County murder-suicide

Fairfax County police on Tuesday identified two people killed in Monday's murder-suicide — revealing that a 36-year-old man fatally shot his mother-in-law and then himself. Published June 18, 2013

P.G. police seeking driver in crash that killed child

Police on Thursday identified a 7-year-old girl killed in a two-vehicle crash in Temple Hills but were still searching for the driver of the other vehicle, who fled the scene of the crash on foot. Published June 13, 2013