The Blotter July 31 2003

On Euclid Avenue, a 46-year-old man said his neighbor wants to put down his cat. He said that two weeks ago, the neighbor left a note on his apartment door, stating that he needed to do something about the cat, or she would. He also said the neighbor is going to take his cat. Police spoke with the neighbor. She said the 46-year-old man left a note on her door, stating that he didn't want the cat. According to the police report, "[The man] stated he did talk with [the neighbor] about that issue and is in debate with the cat as to whether or not it should be an inside or outdoor cat."

At a specialty shop in Little Five Points, a male employee said he was threatened by a red-haired man wearing a green fatigue coat. The employee said the same man was caught masturbating on store property the day before, and the man was told never to return. The red-haired man returned to the store. He was told to get out. The red-haired man then broke a bottle on the ground and charged at the employee. Police found the man in the Little Five Points park and jailed him for assault.

At a church on Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, a Bible study group discussion turned into an argument between two men. One man said a thin, partially bearded man threatened him by saying, "I'll get my gun and shoot you." Several witnesses overheard the threat. The partially bearded man fled the Bible study group before police showed up.

On Smith Street, a middle-aged woman got mad because someone drank her alcoholic beverages. She yelled at a 66-year-old man who lives with her, and pushed him against a wall. She said she was going to poison his food, and then she would know who was stealing items from the refrigerator. The woman's sister walked into the house in time to overhear the poisoning threat. The middle-aged woman was taken to jail.

Police were sent to an apartment on Fort Street to resolve a family dispute. The first man said when he went to use the bathroom, he noticed that the toilet seat had urine drops on it. He told his roommate — a man he is somehow related to — that he needed to wipe the toilet seat after he uses it. The roommate, age 28, got upset and said he didn't need to tell him what to do. The roommate said the first man is trying to kick him out of the apartment, and there have been a lot of disagreements. The roommate called his girlfriend to pick him up — along with his belongings — so he could start looking for a new place.

An officer got a call about a 34-year-old man who was wandering near the intersection of McLendon Avenue and Oakdale Road. The officer recognized the man from a previous call: Earlier, the same man was passed out in Candler Park. The man appeared very disoriented and confused. The man said he had spent 85 days walking from Grady Hospital to Piedmont Road. The officer wrote, "To avoid a miscarriage of justice, since he had no identification on him, he was charged with pedestrian in roadway and taken to city jail." However, the man was turned away from the jail due to mental health issues. He went to Grady.

On James P. Brawley Drive, a 36-year-old woman said she received harassing phone calls from her ex-husband, who is 66. She said that he calls and hangs up, and that it's been a problem since they divorced a year ago. She said he started calling her mother in June, and they recently figured out it was him. She also got a call from a female companion of her ex-husband, who said, "... you calling someone a stupid son-of-a-bitch, bitch, you the stupid son-of-a-bitch, fucking with a fool, got nothing to lose and when you get this message you hit us right back." She said her ex-husband has been arrested twice for harassing her. She added that her ex-husband is balding on top and is known to wear baseball caps.

A 30-year-old woman paid a man $450 to rent a room on Lena Street, starting July 1. The $450 included the deposit and the first month's rent. When she asked the landlord for a key to enter her room, he said he didn't know where the key was. According to the police report, the landlord "continues to play games." The landlord is a blues musician with long brown hair and sideburns.

A 29-year-old woman was sitting on a sidewalk on Boulevard. A redheaded woman approached her and started cursing her out. The 29-year-old said her husband had gotten the redhead pregnant. The redhead grabbed a brick and struck the 29-year-old repeatedly in the face and head. She fled before police arrived. The 29-year-old was treated for injuries.

At an apartment complex on Martin Street, a 42-year-old resident called police and said she thought management was entering her apartment and stealing her stuff. She reported the following items stolen: underwear and bras, bed sheets and pillowcases, one SOS scrub pad, dishes and microwave plates, and one box of Jiffy mix. She said there was no sign of forced entry and she has changed her apartment locks several times.

On East Ontario Drive, a woman said a male neighbor urinated in her front yard. She said the same man has been harassing her for about six months, and two weeks ago, he threw rocks at her house. Police went to the man's house, but no one answered the door. She doesn't know the man's name, but said he was in his 40s and wore jeans and a white T-shirt.

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

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