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The landlord of an apartment on Graves Street gave an eviction notice to the woman who lived there. She replied, "I'm gonna get my boys to shoot your ass because your ass is too big for me to fight."

Around 4:30 a.m., a 53-year-old man heard a noise in the front yard of his home on Seminole Avenue. He opened the front door and a man -- whom he didn't know -- pushed past him and collapsed on the sofa. The 53-year-old called police. An officer arrived, woke up the man on the sofa and asked if he could search him because he was too intoxicated to move effectively, and the officer wanted to know if he was armed. The man consented to the search. The officer found a bag of suspected marijuana in his pocket. The man, who was under the influence of both alcohol and drugs, went to jail. He lives on Happy Hill Road in Carrolton, Ga.

A 34-year-old woman allowed her ex-boyfriend -- and father of her two children -- to take her Mazda minivan so he could fix it to pass emissions testing. Then she agreed to sell him the minivan for $600. After several days of waiting for him to return with her car or the money, she started hunting for him. (She knows the ex-boyfriend has a drug problem.) She found him driving her car down Martin Luther King Boulevard. She stopped him, and he yelled at her and drove away. She followed him to his grandmother's house on Hiawassee Drive. There, he drove the minivan into the car she was driving (which belonged to her brother). He chased her and then pulled over. He grabbed a hammer and started hitting the minivan, cracking the windshield. Then, he raised the hood and pulled wires out of the engine. Then he threw the hammer at her (and missed) and ran away. The minivan was so damaged that it wasn't drivable. A towing service removed it. The woman said she would take out a warrant on her ex-boyfriend.

A 34-year-old man was walking on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when he fell into an uncovered manhole. He complained of pain in his left leg and ankle, so he was taken to Southwest Hospital. The reporting officer asked the radio dispatcher to tell the city sewer department of the situation. Cones were placed on both sides of the hole to warn of the danger.

A 43-year-old woman was leaving divorce court when her husband followed her to a location on Alabama Street. She asked him to leave her alone. He wanted to apologize to her for his repeated drug usage. He grabbed her, hugged her and picked her up so her feet no longer touched the ground. A MARTA police officer saw this and told the husband to put her down. The woman already had a protective order against her husband, who was promptly arrested.

A woman said her relatives were living at her home on Mayson Avenue. She said they had to move out, and they got upset. Later she discovered that someone wrote all over the walls of the house and knocked holes in the walls. She didn't see her family members commit this vandalism, but she suspects them because they were upset.

On Peeples Street, an officer was flagged down by a 33-year-old woman. She said someone entered her home over the weekend and damaged her blinds and kitchen countertop. She also said someone had been in her house, smoking marijuana and drinking beer. She had no info on suspects.

Two men walked into a store on Pryor Road. One man told the clerk that he wanted to get some chips. He gave the clerk $1 for the chips, opened the bag and started eating. He said the chips were stale. "Let me get a soda," the second man said. He handed the clerk a $20. The first man asked, "Where's the owner?" The clerk said that she was the owner. "You aren't the owner," the first man said. "You want the owner," she said. She went to get change for the $20 bill from the store office. Once the clerk was in the office, the first man appeared and shot the owner, a 46-year-old man, in the leg. Both men then ran out of the store. No demand for money was ever made. The clerk, a 31-year-old woman, said she thought her ex-boyfriend had something to do with the assault.

A man said his son was home alone on Reeder Circle when the son noticed a man in a blue jumpsuit and a man in a white jumpsuit outside the house, near the water meter. The jumpsuits did not have any markings or shoulder patches on them. The men walked around the house, looking in the windows. They finally went to the door. The son opened the door and asked what they wanted. They said they were checking the water meter and asked if there was a leak in the house. The son checked and said there wasn't a leak. One man said there was a leak and they needed a plumber. Then the two men left. The father called police and said a car was broken into around the same time as the men's visit, just down the street. The father added that he doesn't think the city checks for water leaks on Fridays at 6 p.m. Police filed a report about two men impersonating utility employees.

At a grocery store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, a 29-year-old man was arrested for trying to conceal a box of rat killer in his waistband. The rat killer was worth $3.59.

All items in The Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports and are public record.

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