DC Police Chief Retires, Sprint 911 Problems

Lanier Retires

Saying because there are so many talented people in the DC Police Department that it would be selfish to stay beyond the end of her contract, Police Chief Cathy Lanier is retiring. Lanier will become the NFL’s head of security next month and says she did not seek the job but was approached by the league. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser says the city is looking forward to recruiting the right leader to succeed Lanier as police chief. Lanier served with the police department for 26 years, the last ten as its leader.

Sprint Cellular Service Affected In DC Area

Sprint cellular service is affected throughout the DC area. Local law enforcement agencies say Sprint customers using 9-1-1 who get a busy signal should use a landline phone or a cellphone covered by another provider. Sprint is said to be working on the issue but they don’t know when it will be resolved. There’s no word on what’s causing the problem.

Apartment Management Company Had Long List Of Violations

A long list of past violations were logged against the company that manages an apartment complex that exploded. WUSA-9 reports some 16-hundred code violations were logged at the Flower Branch Apartments in Silver Spring between 2010 and 2013. Last week, the Flower Branch Apartments blew up. Many believe faulty gas lines were to blame, but an investigation into the cause continues. The Flower Branch apartments are managed by Kay Apartment Communities.

LA Governor: Flooding Is Historic

Louisiana’s governor is calling the flooding in his state unprecedented. At a briefing today, Governor John Bel Edwards said a dozen parishes are now under a federal disaster declaration with more expected to be added to the list. Edwards also said eight people have died in the flooding and 40-thousand homes have been impacted. As many as 34-thousand customers are without power.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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