The Blotter July 02 2008

Enemy powder

VIOLET TEMPER? On Roswell Road, a 56-year-old woman said her neighbor sprayed bright purple powder on her front door, flowerpots and stairs. She said the incident stemmed from a spat at a homeowners association meeting the day before. According to the woman, her neighbor screamed at her and almost assaulted her at the meeting. Then, around midnight, the neighbor showed up at her home, she said. The woman said she asked the neighbor to leave — and that's when the neighbor got busy with the purple powder and vandalized her home. She said the female neighbor is known for erratic behavior.

STARVING FOR SATAN: On Bates Avenue, a man called police and paramedics because his brother hadn't had any food or water for several days. An officer showed up and talked to the brother. "[He] stated he hasn't eaten in seven days because the demons won't allow him to eat," an officer noted. Police took the 48-year-old brother to Grady Memorial Hospital.

JUST PLAIN CREEPY: A woman on Lenox Road called police and said her neighbor had set up a tent in the front yard of his house. She said she's seen what looks like young men coming in and out of the neighbor's house. An officer went to the neighbor's house and talked to a 26-year-old man in the front yard. The officer asked why the man was sleeping in a tent in the front yard. The 26-year-old said he lives in the house, but he just bought the tent and set it up. The officer asked who else lived there. He said a 60-year-old man owned the house and also lived there. The officer asked, "How long have you lived here?" Two months, he said. Next, the officer talked to the 60-year-old homeowner. "He then said he had guests in the house at the time, but they did not live there." He gave police permission to look inside the house. "We went inside the house and found there to be several children's DVDs and stuffed animals around the house. We asked [the owner] if he had any kids, and he said no. We asked [the owner] what he had all the videos and stuffed animals for, and he said he drove a limo." Police asked whether his clients wanted to watch children's videos, and the 60-year-old man said no. Police only found adult males in the house (including a 28-year-old man and a 36-year-old man).

BURNING UP: A 39-year-old man said around 6 a.m., he stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Spring Street and Linden Avenue. He said another man got out of a silver Mitsubishi Montero and approached his car. He said the man squirted liquid through his open sunroof and tossed a lit cigarette into his car. Apparently, the cigarette landed in the backseat and burned a hole in the fabric. He said the suspect called his cellphone and said, "Next time, I burn your ass, motherfucker." The man said he's known the suspect for about four months, but doesn't know why he would do this.

CADILLAC, LUCK and RACE: Around 2 a.m., an officer noticed a 34-year-old man in a brown Cadillac at a gas station on Moreland Avenue. According to the police report, the officer saw "a local who I know from many past encounters" talk to the man, throw something in the Cadillac, and walk away. "I thought this to be suspicious," the officer noted. A computer check revealed the Cadillac is uninsured and its registration is suspended. So the officer spoke with the 34-year-old man, who said he had insurance, but didn't offer any verifying paperwork. Instead, he said the officer pulled him over for "racial profiling." He said the officer was illegally searching his car and impounding it for no reason. A police sergeant showed up and tried to defuse the situation. The man said he did not sell drugs and he worked. The man kept saying he was a victim of racial profiling. Also, he said he won $100,000 in the Georgia Lottery and he bought the Cadillac with the winnings. He said he was going to use the rest of the money to take his complaint against police as far as possible because he "believes in justice." He got a ticket for driving without insurance.

TIME TO MOVE ON: Police responded to a call from an apartment on Brownlee Road. A man said while his wife was sleeping in their bedroom, between 8-11 a.m., someone forced open their double French doors, and then ran away. An officer wrote: "The door was not processed for fingerprints because the door was covered with fingerprint powder from a previous burglary."

JAIL FEVER: A bearded man allegedly ran in front of a bus on Oak Valley Road. A police officer asked the man to use the sidewalk. "Fuck you and fuck the sidewalk," the man replied. The officer asked for the man's ID. "[He] said he had plenty of IDs and told me to take him to jail," the officer wrote. "I told him that if he had a valid ID, I could give him a ticket. [The man] kept cursing at me and told me again to hurry up and take him to jail." The bearded man got his wish: He went to jail on a "pedestrian darted into traffic" charge.

CRAZY FROM THE DROUGHT? A 35-year-old man allegedly tried to steal three bottles of water from a store on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. He was arrested for shoplifting. The water is worth $3. (And it's free, if you turn on a faucet.)

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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