The Blotter November 04 2004

Around 3 a.m., an officer caught a man spray-painting a government building on Ponce de Leon Avenue. The man was accompanied by a woman, age 22. The woman wasn't spray-painting, just watching.

Both the man and woman smelled like booze. The woman was "acting very strung out and uppity," the officer wrote. Also, the woman couldn't sit still.

The officer arrested the man for defacing city property. Then, the officer told the woman to go home because she hadn't done anything wrong.

The woman said, "Go, Bush!" and ran into oncoming traffic on Ponce de Leon Avenue. Two cars almost hit her.

So the officer arrested her for darting into traffic. She went to jail, too.

At Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, security guards saw a suspicious item in a woman's bag. Police were called, and the luggage was opened. Inside was an item that looked like a hand grenade. The woman, a 52-year-old from Albuquerque, N.M., said it was a novelty item. She said her father had died and she was transporting some of his personal belongings (such as the novelty hand grenade). She said she was sorry for causing a problem.

Police called the Atlanta bomb squad. The woman asked police to dispose of the novelty item. It was released to a bomb technician/police officer.

At Lenox Square mall, a middle-aged woman walked into a bath shop. She got upset because the clerk did not give her a greeting hug. According to the clerk, the woman threatened her by saying she was going to "punch that bitch in the face."

The clerk, a 21-year-old woman, said she was sick and couldn't give the woman a hug. This woman is a regular customer and has caused problems in the past, the clerk said. As a result, the clerk is concerned about her safety.

On Ollie Street at 9 a.m., an officer saw a man in his car. The man had no pants on. The officer asked, "What are you doing?" The man explained that he was washing himself off.

The man, age 52, was arrested for public indecency.

A man said he lost his cell phone on Marietta Boulevard. So he called his cell phone number, and a young lady by the name of Peaches answered his phone. Peaches said she had found the cell phone. Peaches also said the man had to pay $50 to get his phone back. Peaches said she was at a motel on Fulton Industrial Boulevard, in Room 313.

The man went to the motel. The manager said no one was in Room 313. So the man called police. Nothing further.

An officer was sent to Markham Street to deal with a fight. When the officer arrived, a 21-year-old man was sitting in a Honda, vomiting. Tonight was his 21st birthday, a friend explained. The friend said the man was out drinking on his 21st birthday and got into an argument — but they were leaving now.

The 21-year-old man then got agitated and got out of the car. Friends and family put him back in the car. The officer told "all parties involved to disperse in an orderly fashion" — and everyone drove away.

But when the Honda got to a nearby intersection, the 21-year-old got out of the car and started screaming and cursing. Then, he pushed his family and friends, who were trying to get him back in the car.

In fact, police had to physically restrain the 21-year-old (who then vomited outside the patrol car). The 21-year-old went to jail for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

On North Morningside Drive, a 34-year-old woman lives with her boyfriend, who is 10 years younger. One evening, she asked him if he knew where her address book was. The boyfriend screamed curse words and hit and kicked her. When she tried to call 911, he broke the telephone. Then, he tried to choke her. Then, he took a set of car keys, a blank check, and $300 and ran out of the house. The boyfriend was last seen walking on North Morningside Drive, barefoot and shirtless.

The woman suffered minor injuries.

A 39-year-old woman walked into a convenience store on Simpson Street. She selected some Pampers and went to the cashier to pay. (The cashier, a 47-year-old woman, also runs the store.) The cashier got mad and started screaming, saying she was going to kill her. Then, the cashier picked up a display and acted like she was going to hit the woman. But the cashier's husband took the display away.

The cashier said the woman came into the store with a bunch of children, and the store has a problem with kids stealing stuff. The cashier said she got upset and told the woman to leave because she couldn't keep an eye on all the kids in the store. The cashier said she was expressing her anger with the situation by screaming and slamming things on the floor.

No charges were filed. When the officer said there was no probable cause for arrest, the woman asked to speak to a supervisor.

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

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