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The Blotter March 28 2007

Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

AN 11TH-GRADE TEACHER went to a pizza restaurant on North Highland Avenue. He left his computer bag in his 1983 Volvo. There was no computer inside the bag, just some history tests. When he returned to the car, a window was smashed and his computer bag was gone. The alleged thief made off with a bag containing 162 U.S. history exams. The 11th-grade teacher contacted the Blotter about his travails. Why? His poor students had to retake the history exam the next day because the teacher had not yet entered the grades. "It would mean a lot to them to have their suffering make CL," the teacher writes. "Of course, all of them felt that they deserved a free 100%. A few of them actually speculated on whether or not the crackhead was impressed with their essays on U.S. imperialism at the turn of the 20th century. One kind student actually made me a 'Get Well Soon' card for my '83 Volvo station wagon, complete with spinners and a busted window. She said that if I had had some spinners, then maybe the crackhead would have respected my car more and not broken in."

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So here's a Blotter Diva shout-out to the 11th-grade teacher at Northview High School in Duluth, and all the poor students who took a history exam not once, but twice! You know, they say history repeats itself. ...

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A 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN said she fell asleep at an Irish pub at Underground Atlanta. Apparently, she fell asleep around 8:30 in the morning. When she woke up, her purse was gone. The purse contained her Florida birth certificate. (Blotter note: Let's reiterate ... asleep in an Irish pub at 8:30 a.m. ... and no, this was not on St. Patrick's Day.)

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A 23-YEAR-OLD WOMAN was at a party on Utoy Circle. She said she got drunk and fell asleep in her car. (Blotter note: You see a trend emerging here?) She said when she woke up around 3 a.m., her cell phone was gone. It's worth $193.

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A 48-YEAR-OLD WOMAN said she'd had some problems with a co-worker, who is also a former boyfriend. She said the ex-boyfriend sent her a letter in which he threatened to send more letters to defame her if she didn't comply with his wishes. She said her ex-boyfriend told her to purchase a gun to fake a robbery/homicide. The ex-boyfriend/co-worker is about 60 years old, with long, curly white hair and a full beard. Both she and her ex-boyfriend work for the state of Georgia. (Blotter note: Our tax dollars at work!)

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CITY SANITATION WORKERS ARGUED with some people on Gaskill Street. An officer was sent to deal with it. The officer saw a sanitation truck parked in the middle of the intersection of Gaskill Street and Berean Avenue. The sanitation driver said he was trying to make a left turn, but a car was parked in the intersection, so he couldn't turn. He said he couldn't back up, because another car was parked there. He said he sounded the horn to alert the owners to move their cars. "He said it is not city policy to go door to door to find the owners to move the vehicles," the officer wrote. He said a man came outside and picked up a brick — and then this man threw an apple into the cab of the truck, almost hitting the sanitation driver. The officer noticed apple pieces on the dashboard. The sanitation driver said a second man threatened to "kick his ass."The officer spoke with the two men. They said the sanitation driver blew his horn for about 10 minutes, and the horn disturbed everyone in the neighborhood. One man admitted to the apple-throwing but said he wasn't trying to hit anyone. The sanitation driver wanted to press charges. Both men were charged with disorderly conduct. Police found some suspected marijuana on the second man. He was arrested for drug possession as well.

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ON HOLIDAY AVENUE, a 54-year-old man said after a night on the town, his girlfriend accepted a ride home from some people she met. Then, the girlfriend invited the people into their home for some tea. After these people left, the man noticed that his Gibson Les Paul guitar was gone. The guitar is worth about $3,500.

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A HOMELESS MAN was yelling and screaming outside a hotel on Andrew Young International Boulevard, a police officer noted. The officer asked, "What's going on?" The homeless man said he was yelling, "Go Florida!" (He wore a green shirt.) The police officer noted that he found a crack pipe in the homeless man's pocket. The homeless man — and Florida fan — was arrested for disorderly conduct.

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AROUND 3 P.M., a man was sitting in the doorway of the fire station on 10th Street. The man, age 22, refused to move. Also, he had peed all over himself and the front door of the fire station, police noted. The man was yelling and screaming at police officers and firefighters. He threatened to kick their ass. The man was arrested for acting in a violent manner.

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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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