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Police hunt for suspects in SE shooting death

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A man was shot to death just before midnight Thursday evening on Sayles Place in Southeast D.C.

Police say it's not just one person they are looking for, it's four people. The community where the crime happened is unfortunately not surprised. They are, however, fed up.

From construction signs to a crime scene, a man was found shot to death in the middle of a new development on Sayles Place. Although this change is positive, those who live around here aren't sure it's for good.

"Neighbors said it was just pow, pow, pow, then it stopped, then pow, pow, pow, pow. It's just been some crazy activity around here," says Theresa Brown, who lives on Bowen near the crime scene.

Abandoned building on fire in DC

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Fire crews battled a fire in an abandoned building in Southeast D.C. on Wednesday morning.

Authorities say crews were dispatched to a building in the 2300 block of Pomeroy Rd. SE at approximately 5:35 a.m. Wednesday. According to authorities, the building is abandoned.

Crews found fire on the second floor and attic, according to a tweet from the DC Firefighters Union.

Traffic control was requested at Stanton Road and Pomeroy Road.

Jobs coming back to DC's Ward 8

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Just miles from the White House and Capitol Hill, the nation's halls of power, exists an unemployment crisis nearly unmatched across the entire country.

D.C.'s Ward 8 is home to a rich African-American cultural history. For years, the area has also been home to an unemployment rate that's topped 25 percent, but that economic deep freeze is finally starting to thaw.

Mayor Vincent Gray tells WUSA9, "We've come from 25.4 percent down to 17.7 percent. That's huge. That's about a one-third drop in unemployment in an area of the city where unemployment is a way of life."

In December, the District's overall unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 percent. While still above the national average, it was the lowest rate for D.C. in five years.

DC teacher to be First Lady's State of the Union guest

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The District of Columbia Public Schools Teacher of the Year for 2013 will be among First Lady Michelle Obama's guests to the State of the Union address

Kathy Hollowell-Makle is a 15-year DCPS veteran, according to school officials. They say her teaching journey began with her volunteer work with an after-school program. She then joined Teach for America in 1998. She later joined DCPS and has taught at Simon Elementary School for four years.

Read more about her experience and teacher of the year award here: http://1.usa.gov/LfkSQK

Here is a list of the other guests of the First Lady, courtesy of the White House:

Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman (Boston, MA)

Survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombing



The American lawyer and preservationist will discuss his latest book, Roosevelt’s Second Act, while The Hay-Adams Chef Peter Schaffrath presents a delicious lunch on Top of the Hay, the hotel's rooftop venue

On Monday, January 27, 2014The Hay-Adams Author Series will welcome Richard Moe, who has had a distinguished career in government, law and historic preservation, to discuss his recent book, Roosevelt’s Second Act: The Election of 1940 and The Politics of War, while dining with guests at The Top of the Hay, the Hotel’s elegant rooftop spaces overlooking the White House. Chef Peter Schaffrath will prepare a delicious seasonal luncheon with dessert by Pastry Chef Josh Short.

DC man arrested for 1999 murder

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- D.C. police have arrested a man in connection with a 1999 shooting in Southeast.

Thirty-five-year-old Anthony Gray of Southeast has been charged with First Degree Murder while armed for the shooting death of 18-year-old Kelvin Howard, say officials.

On February 15, 1999, police responded to a report of a shooting in the 300 block of 51st Street where they found Howard suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police say an adult male was previously arrested on July 26, 2011 also in connection to the homicide.