WATER WARS: A 36-year-old man said on his way home, he noticed a gray-haired man watering his yard on Stovall Boulevard. He said he stopped and told the gray-haired man that he isn't allowed to water his yard at that time. He said the gray-haired man replied that he was going out of town, and he had to water his yard. "That doesn't matter," the 36-year-old man said. Apparently, both men cursed at each other. The 36-year-old said the gray-haired man put his hands around his throat and told him to leave his property. The 36-year-old contacted police and waited outside the gray-haired man's house for an officer to show up. But the gray-haired man was gone when the officer arrived. The 36-year-old wasn't injured, the officer noted. The officer filed an "information only" report and told the 36-year-old how to get a warrant.
MAYBE HE WATCHED BORAT ONE TOO MANY TIMES: At the intersection of Metropolitan Parkway and Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, a 19-year-old woman said a man in a red pickup truck pressed his exposed penis against the driver's side window of his car. She said she drove away -- and the pickup truck followed her. She said at each traffic light, the man exposed himself. She found two Clark Atlanta University police officers and they stopped him. An Atlanta Police Department officer interviewed the man, a 33-year-old from Roswell who was wearing spandex tights. The woman said he pulled down the spandex each time to expose himself. The man's pants were on the seat next to him. The officer asked: "Did you show your penis to this woman?" The man replied that he showed his leg to her only because he heard American women like legs. Also, he said he only followed her because he needs a wife. He was arrested for indecent exposure.
THINGS ARE JUMPING FROM TREES: An officer got a call about a naked man walking down Greenwood Avenue. A citizen said he was walking through the area when he saw the man remove his shirt and pull down his pants while standing in the road. Then, he said, the man pulled down his boxer shorts. The citizen used his personal video camera to document the incident. The officer spoke with the naked man. He said he left a house after smoking crack and something jumped on him from a tree, so he took off his clothes to see what jumped on him. The man, age 28, was arrested for indecent exposure.
BUGGED OUT: One morning, an officer saw a Nissan Sentra parked in the island at Greenwood Avenue and Monroe Drive. The officer called to get the car towed. The tow truck showed up, and the Nissan was hooked up to be carted away. Then, the driver showed up. She said around 6:45 a.m., a large bug flew in her car window and startled her. She said she swerved, hit a curb, a no-parking sign and stopped in the island. One tire was flat. She said she called 911 and was told that she didn't need a police report. The officer noted that the no-parking sign was knocked down but not damaged. The woman's car was not impounded. She had it towed away privately.
THE PRICE OF ONE BEER: An officer saw a 54-year-old man holding an open container of Black Label beer while standing about 95 feet from a liquor store. (The rule: You can't drink within 100 feet of a liquor store.) As the officer got closer, the man yelled, "Goddamn it, I got busted drinking again!" He got a ticket for drinking near a liquor store.
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME: A man flagged down an officer near Turner Field. He said another man was walking behind women and touching them and cursing at them. "I began to speak with [the other man], and he began to urinate on himself and the sidewalk," the officer wrote. The man unzipped his shorts and pulled out his penis, the officer noted. The man resisted arrest, yelling, "I'm going to kill you, french fry!" A struggle ensued, and the officer called for backup. The officer said the man kicked him four times in the legs, and banged his head on the concrete sidewalk. Eventually, the man was arrested and taken to the precinct. There, he allegedly rammed his head into a plastic cooler in the holding cell. He allegedly kept threatening to kill the officer. The man, age 46, was sent to detox at Grady Detention Center, given his behavior and violent demeanor.
NICOTINE AND PURE WATER, PLEASE: A man walked into a pharmacy on Peachtree Road and asked for five cartons of cigarettes and one bottled water, a clerk said. When the clerk told him how much it would cost ($146), the man allegedly said he had a gun and to stay calm. The man ran out of the store with the cigs and bottled water, hopped into a blue minivan and sped away. According to the report, the suspect wore metal-frame glasses and had a white dress shirt draped over his shoulder. He also wore red shorts and sandals, and a black T-shirt. Police deduced that this same suspect may have been involved in a similar theft on Northside Parkway the day before.
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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