The Blotter February 27 2002

An officer was driving on Ponce de Leon Avenue when he saw "what appeared to be a large, tall female skipping across the road in front of a black Lincoln 8 that was in front of me." The Lincoln had to slam on the brakes to avoid hitting her. She acted as if the car was in the wrong, even though there was a green light and a "steady red hand to indicate 'do not walk,'" wrote the officer. Then, the officer discovered that she was a male, who was wearing a tight red shirt with false breasts and a tight black skirt. He was arrested for darting into traffic.

At an elementary school on McWilliams Street, a 32-year-old female parent was arrested. While school was in session, the parent threatened to hit the male principal. She repeatedly called the principal a motherfucker and took off her shoe to hit him.

At a middle school on Connally Street, the female principal said she asked a teacher to leave after he called her a racial slur and a "witch bitch" in front of students and staff. The school resource officer also asked the teacher to leave. The teacher, a 39-year-old man in a plaid jacket, threatened to kick his ass, then drove away.

Police responded to the school. Then, Atlanta Public School administrators in an office on Pryor Road called the school and said the teacher was at the office, claiming that the resource officer and the female principal beat him and took $100 from him. The police officer went to the office and handcuffed the teacher. The officer felt the teacher should be arrested, especially after discovering the teacher called his students racial slurs. Then, the teacher started spitting. The officer wrote, "Both times [the teacher's] spit landed on the floor and we had to tape [his] mouth shut to keep him from spitting on us."

A 23-year-old man from Newnan picked up a woman with long, strawberry blond hair to perform a sex act. She directed him to a gravel road on Steve Drive and started to perform oral sex on him. A few seconds later, someone pounded on his truck. One man opened the truck door and flashed a handgun. Two men blindfolded the Newnan man and drove him to several ATMs to try to get money from his account. Then they took him to a house and taped him up. He said the men took his pants. After another attempt to withdraw money from an ATM, the men took him to DeKalb County and freed him. The Newnan man had picked up the same woman three months ago. The men also stole his wedding ring, watch and truck.

On Vine Street, an officer saw a 51-year-old man in green pants and a leather coat talking on a pay phone. The officer asked the man what he was doing. The man said he called his partner and was waiting to be picked up for work. The officer noted, "I found his behavior suspicious since the pay phone does not work." The officer asked the man if he could search him. The man agreed. The officer found five hits of suspected crack, a revolver and a counterfeit $20 bill. The man was taken to jail.

On Valentine's Day, a 56-year-old woman bought a car, and a representative from the dealership followed her home because the dealership needed 10 references from her to make the contract final. The woman refused to give the 10 references, so the dealership had her car towed from her apartment on Hapeville Road. She said her purse and ID were in the car.

On Valentine's Day, a 41-year-old woman walked up the driveway of a neighbor's home on Belgrade Place. As she progressed up the driveway, she was bitten on the inner thigh by a pit bull named Hydro. The neighbor's mother said the 41-year-old had been harassing Hydro earlier that day.

Officers were patrolling Peachtree Street in Midtown when they saw a 42-year-old man with six paintings in glass frames spread out for display on the sidewalk. The paintings still had drywall nails hanging from the back. The officers asked the man if he had a permit to sell the paintings. "I have no permit," said the man. "I just try to sell my pictures for at least $10 each. I got the pictures from a lady driving down the street. I live in the shelter. I do smoke crack. I will leave if you want me to go." One officer recognized the paintings from a nearby hotel that was under construction. They went to the hotel and saw similar paintings in the ballroom. The man was arrested for theft.

Two officers were working an extra job at a Buckhead nightclub. Security told them to look out for someone in possession of a Jagermeister bottle, which was stolen from the bar. The officers saw a large bulge in the waistband of a 23-year-old Lawrenceville man and removed the bottle. The club manager was prepared to let the 23-year-old pay to replace the Jagermeister bottle as it couldn't be used because it was opened after the theft. But the 23-year-old didn't have the $50 cash. So he was taken to jail.

An officer responded to a fight call at an apartment on West Peachtree Street. A 23-year-old man said his female roommate was playing her music loudly for several hours and wouldn't turn it down. He had to be at school at 9 a.m. the next day. The female roommate said when she came home, the 23-year-old was rude to her by talking on the phone too loud, and she wanted him to know how it felt. She said if he can disturb her, she can disturb him. No charges were filed.

On Oak Drive, a 24-year-old woman said her ex-boyfriend pulled her hair while she was driving away, and pulled her from the moving car. She said the car kept going down the street, with their baby inside. They argued about him staying at her house. No injuries reported.

A furniture deliveryman went to a woman's apartment on Donnelly Drive to deliver some furniture. He informed the woman of the $35 delivery fee. The woman became enraged, threatened to flatten his tires, and refused to pay the fee. She and two other women hopped in the truck and removed her furniture. Then, they left in a red car.

Someone broke into a house on Miller Reed Avenue. The owner said the front door was open, the stove was on, and someone had urinated on the kitchen floor. No suspects.

A 44-year-old man said his adoptive son from a previous marriage stole a 24-inch TV from his apartment on Dixie Avenue. He believes the son took the television to his mother's house in Decatur. The 44-year-old man, who is an artist, said the son also spray-painted one of his works with the words, "Don't Think."

A 28-year-old man said his wife — whom he is divorcing — came to his home on Crew Street, bit him in the arm and cut his pinky finger. He said she also shot him in the arm during the summer of 2000. Police advised him to get a warrant.

All items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports and are public record.??

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