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The Blotter October 12 2005

ON PIEDMONT AVENUE, a 40-year-old man said around midnight, a woman in an evening dress walked up and asked him for money for bus fare. The man called her a crackhead in a prom dress. Then, he said, two men tried to fight him. One man had no teeth and the other was missing teeth. One man threatened to shoot him. The altercation never became physical. The man waited until the next day to call police.

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AT A NIGHTCLUB ON CRESCENT AVENUE, a man was blocking the bar — so bartenders and waitresses couldn't get to the bar and do their jobs. The man refused to move and pushed a security guard. So, he was handcuffed and escorted from the nightclub. An officer noted that the man was growling and his pupils were enlarged. The man repeatedly asked the officer to call "Motley Crew." Also, the man said he would call George Bush for legal representation the next day.

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The man, age 25, had shaggy hair. He went to jail.

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IN BUCKHEAD VILLAGE, an officer saw a black Cadillac Escalade with a bent antenna. Looking closer, the officer noticed that the vehicle identification number appeared altered. The officer asked the valet about the driver's whereabouts. "Inside the restaurant," the valet said. The officer detained the driver, a 28-year-old man, and found the car's real VIN. Turns out, the car was stolen from Mississippi on Aug. 25. The driver said his homeboy gave him the car and he left Mississippi because of the storm and was staying in Atlanta. The car was impounded and the man was taken to jail.

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AT A NEWSPAPER OFFICE on Willoughby Way, an employee said the newspaper had received a number of obscene phone calls. The employee said that in the beginning, the male caller kept referring to his anus. Also, one day, the caller described graphic sex on company mailboxes. "The calls were not directed toward any specific individual," the officer noted.

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ON PONCE DE LEON AVENUE, a man offered an undercover officer $15 for "head" or "sex." The man, age 66, had a prosthetic leg and wore a Hawaiian shirt. He went to jail.

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A MAN walked up to a police officer on Peachtree Street. The man, age 59, said he may be wanted in Fulton County. The man said he took a Greyhound bus from Seattle to turn himself in. The officer ran a computer check: Turns out, the man is wanted for a terroristic threats charge that took place Nov. 9, 1998. The man went to jail.

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POLICE RESPONDED TO A SHOOTING at Underground Atlanta. One man was shot in the left leg. A second man was shot in the buttocks; a silver bullet was found inside that man's rear pants pocket. A third man was shot twice in the leg and once in the hand.

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An investigation revealed that an unknown man was walking with the first man's group in Underground Atlanta. The unknown man got into a verbal spat with the shooter. The shooter walked up behind the first man and said, "All right then," and fired into the crowd. The shooter didn't hit the unknown man that he had the spat with, though.

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The first shooting victim and the third shooting victim are both survivors of Hurricane Katrina who recently relocated to Atlanta. The first man arrived in Atlanta three hours before the shooting; the second man has been here about 2.5 weeks. The two Hurricane Katrina victims don't know each other. The shooter fled Underground Atlanta with a gun in his hand.

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ONE FRIDAY AFTERNOON, a 25-year-old law student was involved in a car accident on Roswell Road near a Starbucks. He was in a parking lot when a red GMC Hummer backed out of a parking space and into his car. The Hummer driver, a middle-aged woman, exchanged car insurance information with the man. She admitted fault and agreed to pay for damages to his car, the man said.

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The law student got a repair estimate for $963.21. He called the woman and she agreed to meet him at the same Starbucks. The meeting was scheduled for 8:15 a.m. When the law student arrived, the woman was sitting at a table with two extremely muscular men. He sat down and handed her the estimate. The woman said, "I've been thinking. I don't think that I was responsible for the accident. It was your responsibility to honk at me before I backed into you." Then, she slid the estimate back to the law student.

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The man put a piece of paper that contained her insurance information on top of the estimate. The woman grabbed the paper and handed it to one of the muscular men. The law student tried to get the paper back, but both muscular men stood up. One bumped his chest. The law student said he was calling the police. One muscular man said, "If you don't follow up on this, you won't have a problem."

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The law student had already given the woman's information to his car insurance company.

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ON VERBENA STREET, a man said he watched as his neighbors flattened his car tire and put peppermints in his gas tank. The man told police that he and his neighbors have argued about a radio for a few weeks. Police spoke with the neighbors, who denied any involvement, but confirmed that they have argued with the man. There were peppermints around the gas cap and in the fuel nozzle. And the tire was indeed flat.

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AN OFFICER FOUND A BOX containing nine "Star Trek Enterprise" Season Three CD sets (seven CDs per set). The box was lying under a tree at the dead end of Pine Meadow Drive. The total value of the "Star Trek Enterprise" box sets is about $800. The officer called a shipping company; the box had been reported missing from its Smyrna location.

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All items in The Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.





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