The Blotter June 18 2008

Peaches' moves not so sweet

FORBIDDEN FRUIT: A 24-year-old man said he was stabbed by a male prostitute who dresses up as a woman called "Peaches." The backstory: The man said he met another man at a club on Spring Street, and they hung out until about 5 a.m. Apparently, he was hanging with Peaches' boyfriend. He said Peaches confronted him in the food court at the Shops of Midtown on West Peachtree Street. "[Peaches] then took out a large pocketknife and stabbed [the man] in the shoulder while turning the blade," an officer wrote. The man said he is a passive-type person, and he immediately got on a MARTA train and went to Kensington Station. His shoulder injury isn't critical, police noted. The man believes Peaches' first name is Marcus.

ANOTHER REASON DELTA IS BROKE: A Delta Air Lines employee told police that "upon completion of an audit, it was discovered that an employee had been stealing transportation vouchers (used for inconvenienced passengers) and selling them for his own profit," according to a police report. "This theft/conversion of property had happened over the time frame of approximately two years." The allegedly stolen vouchers are worth $37,000. The suspect is a 38-year-old male gate agent.

PICTURE THIS: On Peters Street, a 36-year-old man was sitting on the sidewalk with his pictures, which are worth about $600. "[The man] is an artist who takes pictures and sells them. That is his job," an officer wrote. The artist said an irate man walked up and started yelling at him — and told him to get out of there, and to stop soliciting people. The artist said the irate man grabbed his pictures and threw them off a bridge. The officer searched for the pictures — no luck. He told the artist to find out more about the irate man and take out a warrant.

ATLANTA'S CHARMING ROADS: A 33-year-old woman said she was driving her Honda Prelude south on Peachtree Street when a steel plate on the road suddenly shifted. Apparently, the steel plate was covering some road construction. She said her car rolled over the steel plate, and the hole below damaged her car's undercarriage. A 26-year-old man said he was driving behind her, and when he hit the steel plate, it flattened two of his tires. "When both victims got out of their vehicles, the road collapsed," the officer wrote. "The Streets Department arrived and put traffic cones up around the defected area."

COMFY PARKING LOT: Around 1:30 p.m., an officer saw a nude man sleeping in a parking lot. "[He] had no clothes on and could be seen by anyone in the lot and by cars passing by on Peachtree Street," the officer wrote. "[He] did have some clothes next to him." The officer woke up the man and told him to get dressed. The 26-year-old man was arrested for indecency.

HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE: An officer dealt with a suspicious man near Piedmont Park. The officer stopped the middle-aged man, patted him down, and found a new cell phone and a digital camera in his pocket. "[He] told me that the phone belonged to his girlfriend ... but he didn't know the number nor how to operate the phone," the officer wrote. A female officer showed up. "[The man] told her that he was gay and then when we asked about his girlfriend, he said she was a transvestite," the officer wrote. "I did not believe [him] and unlocked the phone and dialed one of the stored names on the phone and found out that the phone belonged to [a 50-year-old man on Lakeview Drive]." The 50-year-old man said someone had stolen his cell phone and car key while he was jogging earlier that day at the Grady High School track. Then the suspicious man changed his story again and said he found the phone in some grass at Piedmont Park. He went to jail on a theft charge. After the suspicious man got out of the patrol car, the officer found a car key, with the 50-year-old man's name on it, on the floor of his patrol car.

WRITING ON THE WALL: A woman said she rented her house on Farrington Avenue to a 19-year-old man from Conyers. She said he stopped paying the rent, so she sent him a letter about the payments. A few days later, she said, she checked on the house, and discovered the phrase "NTL Bitch Bart" spray-painted on the windows and walls. All of the tenant's belongings were gone. The woman showed police some writing he did in glitter paint, on the bedroom door, before the living arrangements went bad. "To me, the writing looked very similar," the officer wrote.

FIRESTARTER: A garbage fire was burning on Marco Drive. A firefighter said his team responded to the scene and put out the garbage fire, which had spread to the street. The firefighter said once they extinguished the flames, a man walked up and reignited the debris right in front of them. A police officer detained the 57-year-old man. He said he started the fire because he wanted to. He went to jail.

TIME FOR A NEW WATCH: A woman said a "cross-dressing" family friend used her ID information to get some credit cards, BellSouth phone service and to rent an apartment on Ponce de Leon Avenue — all back in December 2006. The report was filed in June 2008. No further info.

Items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words. Want more? Listen to the Blotter Diva on 92.9's (Dave FM) "The Zakk Tyler Morning Show" every Tuesday between 6:30-7 a.m.

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