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The Blotter: Meat market

A pork chop purchase went awry on Ponce de Leon Avenue. A man reeking of booze walked into a grocery store with only one item on his list: pork chops. According to the store manager, the man yelled at a female cashier because she was did not bag his pork chops properly, and then the man bagged the chops himself. The manager asked the man to calm down, and offered to help him with the pork chops.

The manager said the irate man left but returned an hour later insisting he'd forgotten his beloved pork chops. The man reportedly yelled at the same female cashier, and tried to get in her face. The manager stepped between the frightened cashier and the agitated man and convinced the irate man to leave.

The angry man drove away on a moped but proceeded to call the manager four times threatening to call his fleet of attorneys and press charges against the grocery store.

Killer imagination

In Downtown Atlanta, a 34-year-old man flagged down a cop and said he had killed numerous people over the course of several years. Stunned, the cop called his boss, who demanded that the Homicide Unit immediately interview the man about his multiple murder confessions.

"The 34-year-old man] stated he was having a particularly hard day at work because he felt he wasn't being heard by his supervisor," the cop noted in the police report. "He also stated that several [people] that he worked with didn't like him. As a result, they treated him badly. He felt fed up and wanted to be alone. [The 34-year-old man] stated he had several other problems in life, such as his medical health, mental health and money issues. [The man] decided to leave his shift and make contact with the first police officer he saw. He looked up open unsolved murders on the Internet and decided to admit that he participated in the killing of multiple people."

But the man was blowing smoke. "Once I interviewed him, the man stated he never committed a [violent] felony," the cop noted. "The only reason he made a false confession was to get an emergency response from police. The man said he needed someone to talk to." Well, mission accomplished.

The cop called the man's supervisor and worked out a compromise: The 34-year-old man would not be charged for his fake murder confession, but the cop gave both the troubled man and his supervisor his personal phone number so they could call if more problems cropped up.

Pious problems

An assistant pastor at an Old Fourth Ward church called police and said he received an alarming email from a 25-year-old man a few days ago. The assistant pastor stated the 25-year-old man was currently at the church and he needed police assistance.

"The email stated things that were going on in [25-year-old's] household," a cop noted. "It described how he was not eating and under bad living conditions and was frustrated at his life and the people that are in it, including the Church family. The email referenced scriptures from the Bible. One of the scriptures referenced how he was going to come to the church, sent by God with a sword to unleash what God had told him to unleash on the congregation."

The email shocked the assistant pastor. "Due to their history" he asked police to remove the man from the church.

The cop questioned the 25-year-old. "[He] seemed to understand his actions and spoke very calmly. He did not seem irrational and was very much in his right mind. [He] explained to me that he did not mean his comments in the email to be taken as a threat, but that he had a word from God that he wanted to speak to the church. He said [the assistant pastor] overreacted and took his statement out of context."

The cop gave the 25-year-old a trespassing warning and a lifetime ban from his church.

Troubled waters

The Adams Park public swimming pool had a rough summer debut. The pool manager said she was closing one night when two young men in sunglasses (roughly age 18 to 20) started taunting her outside the pool fence. She said the men badgered her over and over, demanding she reveal her name. When she ignored them, the men became agitated. Eventually, the men gave up and left, saying, "Oh, you're mean. That's fine, we'll see you tomorrow."

The pool manager finished closing procedures and left for the night.

The next morning, the pool was in complete disarray and vandalized. Someone poured more than five gallons of paint and five gallons of concrete mixer into the pool. "I also observed multiple gallons of paint spilled all over the deck of the pool," a cop noted. "Multiple doors had been damaged with a sledgehammer. A mural painted on one of the pool buildings had yellow paint thrown across it. Inside the same building, vandals had thrown four [concrete blocks] into the surge tank." It'll cost taxpayers about $13,000 to fix the pool.

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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