The Blotter July 25 2001

A 37-year-old man reported a suspicious person at a church on Glenwood Avenue. An officer went to the church and found a 50-year-old man with scars on his left cheek and both arms. The man had two boxes of turnip greens in a shopping cart. The original caller didn't want to get involved or press charges. A computer check revealed that the 50-year-old had no outstanding warrants, so he was released.

An officer saw a 33-year-old man at the corner of Cypress and 7th streets. The man tried to flag down two cars, but neither car stopped.

The officer arrested the man and told him he was charged with "pedestrian soliciting rides or business." The officer patted down the man and found several condoms and a jar of Vaseline on him. The man denied he was hustling tricks. He said he was just trying to flag down a car to get a cigarette.

The officer noted that the man was both intoxicated and cooperative.

A woman said she got into an argument with another woman over a child using a swing in South Bord Park. The first woman said they both got out of their cars and began to fight. The second woman pulled out a box cutter and cut the other's wrist. The first woman was taken to Grady Hospital.

A 23-year-old man said he had purchased rotten chicken twice from a fast-food store on Hill Street, and he wanted a police report about the chicken. A report was made, but police also told him to speak with the local health department.

On Hollywood Road, a 30-year-old man approached police officers and said he had been a victim of credit card fraud. The man is a minister at a church on Hollywood Road. He said a deacon at the church stole his credit card and used it throughout Atlanta. The fraudulent charges totaled $560.

He described the deacon as an 18-year-old male with acne.

The 30-year-old showed a group picture to two merchants at the stores where the fraudulent charges were made. Both picked out the deacon as the person who used the card. Then, the minister confronted the deacon, who admitted to using the card. The deacon apologized.

After this confrontation, the minister said, the deacon used the 30-year-old's Social Security number and forged his name to open a new charge account.

The deacon was arrested for fraud.

At 3 a.m. at the intersection of Buckhead Avenue and Peachtree Road, an officer saw a 21-year-old Norcross woman with long brown hair leaning into the window of a vehicle that was waiting for the light to change. When the light turned green, the officer told the woman to get out of the street.

"She look [sic.] at me then went back to talking to the driver," the officer noted.

The officer arrested her for "pedestrian must not dart out into traffic" and took her to jail.

A woman who lives on Lake Cove Drive said her parents hired a man to fix their custom-made mailbox. He agreed, but said he would need a check first. The parents wrote him a check for $650 to fix the mailbox. He cashed the check and never returned to do the job. The daughter said he has behaved similarly with other neighbors.

On Gould Street, a 33-year-old woman said her boyfriend, a 51-year-old man with missing teeth, started a verbal spat because she wouldn't have sex with him. He broke several of her drinking glasses and threatened to kill her. The boyfriend fled before police arrived.

A 29-year-old man on Pinehurst Drive said his landlord came by his home to collect the rent. The 29-year-old refused to pay because of the conditions of the residence, so the landlord pulled out a black handgun, pointed it at him and said he was going to shoot up everyone if he was not paid his money.??

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