The Blotter August 06 2008

Faux hair, more problems

SPLITTING HAIRS? A 24-year-old Decatur woman said she got the wrong type of hair from a salon about three weeks ago. She said she was supposed to get human hair woven in, but later found out that she actually got synthetic hair. So she called police. "The hair cost her $180 to put in, and now she is claiming that the hair won't curl." So the officer talked to the owner of the hair-braiding salon on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. "She claimed the hair is really human hair," the officer wrote. The Decatur woman was adamant about filing a police report, since she believes she received the wrong services. No charges filed.

CAR SNOB? A 25-year-old man said he parked his car outside the juvenile courthouse on Pryor Street. When he returned, there was a scratch about four feet long on his 1998 Dodge Intrepid. Also, there was a handwritten note, which read: "Don't park your ugly car next to mine. It makes my Expedition look bad. Also, wash that ugly piece of shit." The man said he did not park next to a Ford Expedition, and he didn't notice any suspicious people in the courthouse parking lot. The damage to his car is about $500. No suspects.

DO YOU WANT FRIES WITH THAT? A 30-year-old man said he asked the participants of a "Southeastern Carpenters Regional Council Weenie Roast" to step away from his white pickup truck while he was at work on Peachtree Street. "After multiple requests, [the man] returned to his vehicle to find approximately one hot dog's worth of ketchup spilled upon his passenger-side rear quarter panel," an officer wrote. The officer talked with the director of special projects for the Weenie Roast event — he said he didn't know who spilled the ketchup, but he would help identify the perpetrator when surveillance tapes of the event became available. Another bit of weirdness: The officer wrote, "Two people were recording the police/citizen encounter on a camera, but did not record the weenie roast."

VOLUME OF TROUBLE? A woman said an ex-girlfriend called and threatened to blow up her house — because the ex-girlfriend believes her name appears in a book the woman wrote. (It's called Thorn In My Side — An Internal Affair.) As faithful Blotter readers may recall, the same author reported a few weeks ago that a co-worker had copied her book, Thorn in My Side — An Internal Affair, and distributed it around the office. The woman reported a copyright infringement. According to the police report, the woman works at the Fulton County Government Center on Pryor Street.

BOLD MOVE OF THE WEEK: Around 3 a.m., two men were walking through a breezeway at their apartment complex on Piedmont Avenue. They said a man wearing capri-style pants tried to rob them. The first man said he refused to give money to the suspect, who punched him in the face. The second man intervened and the suspect said, "Give me your money or I'll shoot you in the face." The second man said he only had credit cards — no cash. He said he challenged the suspect by asking, "What are you going to shoot me with?" (No weapon had been shown thus far.) Apparently, his question hit the mark — and the suspect ran away.

SICK LIKE MICHAEL VICK: Police investigated a suspected dogfighting ring on Estes Drive. They checked out a vacant, two-story yellow house. "The windows are boarded up and have black trash bags up in the top windows. There are two pit bulls in the back yard, chained to a tree," an officer wrote. The officers peered through a gap in a window. "Inside the room is a mattress that is covered with dog feces. You can hear the dogs inside the house and it sounds as if there is a dog in each room." Next door, there is "a vacant house that appears far from livable." Behind that house, police found a dog cage about four feet by 12 feet.

GRANDMA GONE WILD? A 29-year-old woman said her grandmother, who is currently in jail, owns a house on Renault Street. She said her grandmother's boyfriend damaged the front door and ceiling inside the house. She said the grandmother's 44-year-old boyfriend may be living in the house — and keeps his stuff there.

JUST PLAIN SCARY: A 22-year-old man said he was sleeping at an apartment on Edgewood Avenue. He said around 1:30 p.m., a man named "Ant" — who lives there — told him to get up because it was time for work. Then the 22-year-old said he got into a verbal spat with an 18-year-old tattooed man. (He reportedly has a lion tattoo on his back and a tattoo that reads "Outlaw" with barbed wire around it, on his arm.) According to the 22-year-old man, the tattooed man pulled out a handgun and slapped his face, causing the gun to go off and almost shooting him in the face. The 22-year-old man said he fell to the ground, unable to feel the right side of his face and unable to see. He said he crawled into a room, and finally "Ant" took the gun away from the tattooed man. He said Ant took him to another friend's house, and that's when he realized he couldn't see out of his right eye, so he went to South Fulton Medical Center. 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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