The Blotter June 12 2003

On Joyland Street, a 48-year-old woman argued with her daughter over dish detergent. The daughter is 29-years-old. The mother walked away from the spat and turned on the TV. The daughter shut off the TV. The mother told the daughter to leave her alone and picked up a small Braves toy bat. The daughter went to the kitchen and got a steak knife. The mother tried to get a knife for herself, but the daughter stopped her and put a knife against her face. The daughter was pulled away by her boyfriend. The mother told police that her daughter's name is on the lease, but she pays the bills. She is afraid her daughter will kick her out onto the streets.

A man in an apartment on Peachtree Place woke up one morning and found a total stranger asleep on a couch in his guestroom. There were no signs of forced entry. The stranger, a 34-year-old man from Lisle, Ill., said he was drinking last night and had no idea how he got there. The stranger is staying with friends near Juniper and 10th streets (about two blocks away). The man didn't press charges against the stranger. He is mainly concerned about the level of security in his apartment building.

At a gas station on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, a clerk called police because a homeless woman would not leave the premises. An officer arrived. The homeless woman, age 57, said she was a Supreme Court Justice, and the clerk was a whore devil. The homeless woman threatened the officer and the clerk by saying they were both whore devils who needed to be killed. No charges were filed against the woman, who was taken to a psychiatric ward at Grady Hospital. The homeless woman's four suitcases were all turned into the APD for safekeeping.

A 42-year-old man was assaulted by a woman with some hot chili fries. The man was sitting in his car at the drive-thru of a Checkers restaurant on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. A car containing a middle-aged man and woman pulled behind him. The couple yelled obscenities at him, and then the woman tossed the hot chili fries, which hit the 42-year-old in the upper chest. The Checkers manager corroborated the 42-year-old's story.

At Grady Hospital, a security officer heard a noise coming from a storage room on the second floor (which is a controlled-access area). The guard saw a 34-year-old man hiding in the rear of the room. When confronted, the man ran down a hospital stairwell and out of the hospital. The man was quickly apprehended. Police searched the man's bags, which contained $721 worth of stuff stolen from Grady. Stolen items included two packs of female condoms, at least 34 packages of birth control pills.

A 31-year-old woman said she and her boyfriend are homeless. "They live together in a structure they created in the woods," an officer noted. "He asked her to clean up their home. While she was cleaning, he became angry and began to choke her and pushed her to the ground." Police found the boyfriend in the woods near Ponce de Leon Avenue. He went to jail for simple battery.

A 22-year-old woman flagged down an officer who was working undercover near Irwin and Hogue streets. She asked how much money he had. I only have $20, the undercover officer said. She said she would give him "head for $20." The woman got into the officer's car and directed him to drive to a dark alley. When the officer turned around and tried to leave the alley, she reached over and pulled $40 of city funds (which was tucked in the band of the officer's hat). The officer wrote, "During the struggle, she was able to conceal the $40 (possibly in a body orifice). The city funds could not be recovered." The woman was arrested and taken to jail.

The principal of an elementary school on Pryor Road said a parent rode the school bus and arrived at the school shouting and cursing irrationally in front of students. The principal ushered the parent into her office and attempted to find out what her problem was. The parent, a 22-year-old woman, complained that a fifth-grader assaulted her kindergarten-age child. The principal said she conducted an investigation, and the allegation was untrue. The parent showed the principal an old scar that appeared to be at least several months old. According to the principal, the parent shouted, "I'm gonna turn this motherfucker out. Don't nobody fuck with my children." The parent called the principal a "stupid bitch" and said the principal "better do something about this shit before I have to." The parent was arrested and taken to jail.

A 22-year-old woman said she went to her car this morning and discovered that someone had stuffed a candy bar and some sugar into her gas tank. No suspects.

A 39-year-old man was with his present girlfriend at a convenience store on Springdale Road. His ex-girlfriend walked into the store and hit both him and his current girlfriend on the head with a 40-ounce bottle of beer.

A 37-year-old woman said her boyfriend, age 29, gave her $300. Later, he wanted the money back, but she wouldn't give it to him. So he threatened to burn down her apartment. She refused to tell police her boyfriend's name. But she did say that he lives in Macon, and comes to her apartment on weekends and when it rains.

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

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