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The Blotter October 18 2006

Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

IN LITTLE FIVE POINTS, a woman walked into a tattoo parlor and started yelling about "Jesus" and "the end of time." She did this while spitting, a store employee said. The heavyset woman smelled strongly of booze. The woman said she'd drank half a bottle of wine. The officer took her to the psychiatric floor at Grady Memorial Hospital.

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A POLICE OFFICER was sent to a parking lot on Collier Road to talk with a 28-year-old Smyrna man. The man said his car was stolen in DeKalb County, after he left the keys in the ignition. Then, he said, he had a premonition that his car was in this particular parking lot on Collier Road. Indeed, the car was there (a green Saab), but the doors were locked and the keys were behind the rear tire. The man kept saying he knew where to find his car because he had a dream telling him where to go. A police report was filed.

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AROUND 3 A.M., an officer arrived to deal with a domestic dispute on Elm Street. The wife said her husband hit her on the head with a pair of handcuffs. She had a gash that required stitches. The husband admitted to hitting his wife's head with handcuffs, but, he said she pushed him first. Then, he said, he swung his arm around, hitting her with his wrists. The husband was wearing the handcuffs. He said he couldn't find the key to the handcuffs. Plus, he said the reason the handcuffs were on him in the first place was because his wife put handcuffs on him while he was asleep. Also, the husband said, his wife got upset because he wouldn't give her any money to buy drugs. The husband, 55, went to jail. The wife, 25, went to the hospital.

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A SUSPICIOUS ENVELOPE was reported at a large company on Marietta Street. The envelope was brown paper. There was no return address or postage. On the front of the envelope, "USA" was written; on the back of the envelope "contains pins" was written. The envelope was addressed to a company employee.

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The mail-room supervisor said the envelope was X-rayed, but it didn't clearly indicate what was inside. An investigator with the Atlanta Police Homeland Security Unit responded to the scene, along with an Atlanta Police SWAT team and Atlanta firefighters.

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The SWAT team X-rayed the envelope, revealing the contents. Inside the envelope were decorative pins and two pencils.

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ON HELEN DRIVE, a man said he had an overnight guest (also a man), who refused to leave. He said the guest drank an entire 12-pack of beer that day and drank an entire bottle of vodka the day before that.

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He said the guest threatened him with physical violence and tried to stop him from calling police. Police spoke with the guest. He said he wasn't leaving until he was compensated for yard work and sexual favors that he performed. The guest was jailed for disorderly conduct.

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AN OFFICER responded to a call about a missing person at a gas station on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. A woman said the man standing next to her was her husband, whom she reported as a missing person four days ago in Paulding County. The husband said "sometime in the last week" he met a man named "Head" to try to buy some illegal drugs. The husband said Head got into his truck and they went to a run-down house a few miles away (on Bolton Road). The husband said he told Head that he didn't have much money, but Head gave him some crack to smoke, anyway. He said Head told him they were taking his truck, and that he needed to stay in the house. So, the husband said, he was stuck in the house with some guys, smoking crack for several days. He said after three days, he was able to run out of the house and get to the gas station. There, he called his wife. Police released the man to his wife's custody.

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A MARRIED COUPLE said they were victims of a home invasion. The wife said she was preparing to take their daughter to school, when she opened the front door to leave and two men with guns rushed in. They ordered her to the ground and taped up her eyes and feet. The men yelled, "Where is he?" They ran into the bathroom and found her husband on the toilet. They ordered him off the toilet and onto the ground. Then, they taped up his hands, eyes and feet. The men yelled, "Where is the stuff?" The husband said he didn't have anything. The men started torturing the husband by pulling on his penis with pliers. But the husband said he had no information to give. The men grabbed the husband's and wife's cell phones and deleted all the numbers. Then, the men ran out of the apartment, yelling, "Where is the stuff? Where is the weed?" The couple was left on the floor, taped up. The wife managed to untape herself and free her husband.

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The husband told police he believes the incident is related to his job.

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ON CLEVELAND AVENUE, a 32-year-old woman said the man she has been dating, on and off, for four years broke into her apartment. She said he came in through her daughter's bedroom window (and her daughters were home). Then, she said, he went into the kitchen and got cooking oil and ketchup. She said he poured cooking oil and ketchup all over her bed, clothes, television, stereo and DVD player. The woman said she told her children not to let the man she was dating into her apartment when she wasn't there.

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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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