AT A PHARMACY ON BROAD STREET, a man with missing teeth tried to steal four tubes of Crest toothpaste. He was arrested for shoplifting.
AT A LIBRARY ON PEACHTREE STREET, a woman got loud and disrespectful. The branch manager asked her to leave. An off-duty cop escorted the loud woman out the door. A few minutes later, the loud woman started calling the library. "Fuck you! Eat shit and die. Does your cunt ache?" the woman said. In one hour, the woman phoned the library more than 10 times.
A BALD MAN WALKED INTO A LIBRARY on Auburn Avenue. He had been banned from the library for causing trouble. A security guard was calling her supervisor when the man grabbed the telephone and threw it on the ground. The phone was damaged. The man fled the library before police arrived.
AT ABOUT 3:15 P.M., an officer was called to a courtroom on Garnett Street. A preacher -- who was recently tried in courtroom 5A -- wanted to give a large envelope to a specific judge. (The judge wasn't on the bench at the time.) His request was denied. The preacher shouted that God would work it out, and left the courtroom.
The police officer X-rayed the envelope and opened it. The envelope's contents: a copy of the preacher's driver's license, a copy of a municipal court document to pay a $398 fine, other picture ID, an obituary of police officers killed last year, and obituaries of another judge and a famous attorney.
The envelope also contained a rambling letter about how the preacher was treated by police when he got the tickets that were tried before the judge. The preacher wrote that he would commit suicide before he paid the $398 fine. No threats were made against the specific judge. According to the police report, investigators are aware of this preacher because they have seen him at officers' funerals.
A SPECIAL AGENT in charge of the Georgia Department of Labor said an employee threatened to harm other employees at the labor building on International Boulevard. The employee is a 37-year-old man with a crew cut. He was sitting around with two other men, waiting to get an evaluation.
The employee said he could come in and knock off anybody, and there was only one armed guard way over in the other building. According to a witness, the man also said he had an M-16 capable of wiping off the entire floor, and if he got a bad evaluation, he was going to his car to "lock and load." A copy of the police report was sent to the Department of Homeland Security.
A 23-YEAR-OLD WOMAN got a call from a man. He said he saw her downtown. Later, he said he saw her at a Department of Labor job fair. (The woman told police that the man must have gotten her phone number from her application.) The woman's cell phone was turned off because she hadn't paid the bill. The man went to Cumberland Mall and paid her bill. Then, he called her and asked her to dinner or a movie. She said she didn't know him. The man said this was awkward, but he wanted to get to know her and offered to meet her in a public place. The woman contacted her cell phone company, the Georgia Department of Labor -- and the police.
A MAN WAS ACTING VIOLENT AND IRRATIONAL in the lobby of a hotel on Ponce de Leon Avenue. The front desk clerk said the man offered her some crack cocaine. The man started arguing with the guest he was staying with at the hotel. The argument moved from their guest room to the hotel lobby. The man's voice could be heard throughout the hotel's first floor. When a police officer arrived, the man was screaming and waving his hands. The officer asked, "Have you been drinking?" "Hell yes," the man replied. "Go back to your room and cool down," the officer said. The man kept shouting and pointing his finger in the officer's face -- five times. "Fuck the police," the man yelled. The man was arrested for disorderly under the influence.
A MAN WAS DRINKING a can of Old English malt liquor in a parking lot at a gas station on Spring Street. A car pulled up to a gas pump. The man ran up and started washing the windshield. The man was arrested. He said he didn't ask for money. The driver told police that the man asked for "a blessing." The man said he had First Amendment rights. The officer explained that he wasn't arresting the man for begging, but for drinking in public and drinking within 100 feet of a liquor store. "Is that all you got?" the man asked. The officer told him he could explain it to the judge on Monday.
A MAN STUFFED FOUR ROMANCE NOVELS, a box of honey buns, and a pint of milk into his shirt at a grocery store on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. He tried to leave the store, but two romance novels fell to the floor. The man put the other two romance novels in the trash can. A security guard escorted the man to the back of the store. During the walk, the man asked customers if they could pay for the items he stole.
The man with the penchant for romance novels had stubble on his face and appeared to be on drugs.
All items in The Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.
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