On The Look Out

Post: Evans bought sports tickets with his constituent fund

August 21, 2011

The Washington Post reports that Ward Two Councilmember Jack Evans paid $135,897 for professional sports tickets over the past decade using money from his constituent services fund, monies raised to help the needy.

The Post's review of Office of Campaign Finance records said Evans has spent $437,720 since January 2002 under the program, which allows District politicians to raise money to help constituents.

According to the Post, Evans spent $135,897 — about 31 percent of his total spending during the period — on tickets to the Washington Nationals, Washington Wizards, Washington Kastles tennis and the Washington Sports and Entertainment Authority. The Post identified $101,564 that Evans directed toward charitable organizations, neighborhood associations, arts groups or charitable activities, such as buying trophies for Little League teams.

Evans told the Post that he has bought season tickets to athletic events for years to help local sports franchises and that he gives away most of the tickets to Ward 2 residents and local schools and charities.

“I think it’s appropriate to support those teams and give [tickets] to constituents who otherwise may not be able to get to a game,” said Evans, who will seek a sixth term next year.

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Georgetowner's death ruled homicide, say reports

August 14, 2011

Georgetown neighbors are coping with what police are calling a homicide of 91-year-old former journalist Viola Drath, a correspondent for German newspaper Handelsblatt who also wrote columns for The Washington Times.

Residence of Viola Drath (off-white house in center) (Photo by: Page Evans) Residence of Viola Drath (off-white house in center)

Neighbors said police had been called to the house many times before, with suspicion of domestic disputes.  

If the death is ruled a homicide, it will be the second in five years on Q St., where aspiring British politician Alan Senitt, 27, a volunteer for former Virginia governor Mark R. Warner, was murdered after dropping off a friend who was staying at the home of developer Herb Miller.

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Cameramen and reporters staked out at 3200 block of Q Street (Photo by: Page Evans) Cameramen and reporters staked out at 3200 block of Q Street

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Police chase man through Montrose Park

August 10, 2011

Days after a taxi cab careened and crashed along P Street, U.S. Park Police raced into Montrose Park Tuesday, chasing a "drunk and disorderly" man into the woods. According to a park policeman who spoke to The Georgetown Dish, it was "white male in a white shirt."
At least four policeman gave chase, but the suspect got away, leaving dogs and their owners left to wonder.


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