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A 30-YEAR-OLD MAN got home from work and found a checker/chess board on the floor in front of his apartment on Piedmont Avenue. A note was taped to the board. It read, "To [the man], from Satan. Welcome to hell. Play with me and you'll see the dead. It's not in your head, Satan."

Two residents of the apartment complex said they walked past the man's door 10 minutes before he got home, and they didn't see anything then. Turns out, the game board came from the lobby in the apartment complex. The man told police that he didn't know who was responsible for the threatening note/game board. Also, the man said he had been in conflict with evil spirits prior to this incident.

A SECURITY GUARD CALLED POLICE and said a suspicious foreign man was walking around Atlantic Station in Midtown. The guard said the man asked for directions to the subway. Also, the man asked some construction workers where he could find a job.

A parking attendant at Atlantic Station said the man approached her and asked where the subway was located. When she tried to get the information for him, the man left. The security guard followed the suspicious man as he walked two blocks. Then, the suspicious man got into a Lexus 470 LX. The suspicious man was dressed neatly in khaki slacks and a yellow polo-style shirt.

A CANADIAN DETECTIVE called Atlanta police and said he had intercepted a UPS package that was destined for an Atlanta address. The package contained 37 pounds of marijuana. The package was forwarded to Atlanta police so they could attempt delivery and catch the recipient. Police tried to deliver the package and discovered that the address is a "doctor's office building at Piedmont Hospital. No suite number was given and the business does not exist." Police estimated the value of the marijuana at $65,500.

ON STOVALL STREET, a woman said someone stole her 70-pound Weider barbell set. The woman was in the process of moving, so she put the barbells in the front yard. She said a city of Atlanta Public Works truck pulled up, and someone got out, grabbed the barbells, and put them in the truck.

ON NOLAN STREET, a woman said a white-and-pink Barbie Jeep that belongs to her 4-year-old daughter was sitting on the front porch, and everything was intact. Three hours later, the Barbie Jeep was gone. The Barbie Jeep is valued at $200.

TWO MEN WERE DINING in a vegetarian restaurant on Ralph D. Abernathy Boulevard when they heard the sound of glass breaking. At a boutique next door, a man had tossed a concrete brick through the glass window. The two men apprehended him after a brief fight and then called police.

The thief, a 42-year-old toothless man, freely admitted that he had tried to rob the boutique. Police found a bag nearby that contained two small bottles of bath salts, one large bottle of bath salts, a bottle of body oil, and one gift basket. The man said he owed money to a local drug dealer named Big Mike and that Big Mike threatened to kill him if he didn't break into this particular boutique and steal some scented oils for him -- to repay a $45 debt.

A MAN STOPPED BY to check on his rental property on Rhodesia Avenue. He discovered that someone was living there. The person was gone, but a dog was tied to the front porch. The dog had an obvious case of mange. Fulton County Animal Services was called to the scene and took the dog for medical treatment.

A 91-YEAR-OLD WOMAN on Delmar Lane said she gets food from Meals on Wheels. One morning, a white van pulled into her driveway and a woman wearing a black wig walked in with a meal. "You qualify for free bacon and cheese," the wigged woman said. Then, she asked to see the elderly woman's Social Security card. The elderly woman got her Social Security card from her purse and handed it over to the wigged woman. She looked at it and returned the card. The wigged woman said there was a lot of food, and she would need extra plastic bags. So the elderly woman went to her kitchen to get the extra plastic bags for her food.

When the elderly woman returned, her purse was gone -- and so was the wigged woman. So she called police. The elderly woman said she hadn't met this wigged woman before. She described the woman's wig as short, black and "silly." The elderly woman's purse contained $210, her Social Security card, and her ID.

A MAN WAS SLEEPING in the stairwell of a luxury hotel across from the Fox Theatre. A security guard gave him a trespassing warning. Thirty minutes later, the security guard got a call. The same man was sitting in the hotel restaurant. He had eaten about $15 worth of food from the buffet line. The guard asked, "Do you have any money to pay for this food?" "No," the man said, "but I wish they would let me get full before they called security."

The man, age 36, hails from Snellville. He went to jail.

A MAN WALKED into SunTrust Plaza at Peachtree Center. He got violent with security officers about his need to go to the bathroom. Then, the man took off his pants, exposing his privates to a female security officer. The man admitted that he'd had too much to drink.

All items in The Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles these and puts them into her own words.

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