Friday, December 19, 2008

The Blotter

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 4:16 PM

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HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS: A suspicious package turned up at the Central Library downtown. The reporting officer wrote: "The witness [Mr. Santa Claus] noticed a black backpack left unattended for over one hour in front of the library." The witness named Santa Claus is a 57-year-old man, according to the report. The officer evacuated the library and set up a perimeter around the suspicious package. A SWAT team and firefighters arrived on the scene. "The item was determined not to be a threat," the officer wrote. Eventually, the backpack's owner showed up and claimed it. "Inside the suspicious package were clothes and miscellaneous items, which were returned to him," the officer wrote. The owner said he put the backpack down so he could smoke a cigarette — then he walked to Broad Street to get something to eat. He said he had planned to return later for his backpack. Police declared the area safe, and people were allowed to re-enter the library.

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(Illustration by Tray Butler)

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