The Blotter December 16 2009

HOLIDAY SMACKDOWN: A brouhaha erupted at a Delta ticket counter at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. A 31-year-old woman was belligerent and using profanity, a police officer noted. "She had taken her purse and dumped the contents out onto the Delta counter," the officer wrote. "I asked [her] to calm down and step to the side so that we could discuss her grievance with Delta. She refused and called the Delta agent a bitch .... She was very loud and flailing her arms about, creating a disturbance .... She then stated to me, 'Bitch, I will take you out.'"
     The officer called for backup and told the woman she was going to be arrested. "She proceeded to take off her shoes and throw various items from her purse on the ground," the officer wrote. "She then charged toward me. I stepped to the side and withdrew my ASP baton and commanded loudly for her to stop. She charged toward me again and in an effort to deter her, I struck her with the ASP baton on her right calf and thigh area." The officer again asked her to stop – and she allegedly refused – so the officer struck her again. Apparently, then someone else joined the scuffle.
     The officer wrote, "While striking [the woman], her 12-year-old son jumped on my back and began striking me in the back of the head with his fist." The woman went to jail on a charge of obstructing police.

YOU'RE A MEAN ONE, MISS GRINCH: On Mt. Zion Road, a woman said she came home after hanging out and having a drink with friends and got into a fight with her boyfriend of 10 years. She said as soon as she walked in the door, her boyfriend started choking her. The officer checked the woman's neck for signs of injury but "was unable to locate anything."
     The boyfriend's side: He said he was filling out paperwork for work when his girlfriend returned home angry and drunk. He said she walked into the kitchen, grabbed a piece of meat and threw the meat at him. He said she carried around a meat cleaver while she yelled at him. The boyfriend said she scratched him and the officer saw two scratches on the boyfriend's neck.
     The officer ran a computer check on the girlfriend. Turns out, she has a warrant for shoplifting in Gwinnett County. The girlfriend was arrested for battery, among other charges. While in custody, she told the officer, "As soon as I get out, I'm going to make sure you lock me up for something" and "I hope your mother dies over the holiday weekend."

WHO'S NAUGHTY OR NICE? An officer dealt with a car accident on Oliver Street and spoke with the driver, a 46-year-old Florida man. "He told me that he met a girl at a strip club and she needed a ride home. He offered to take her," the officer wrote. "[The man] said that he hoped that if he took her home, he would be able to have sex with her."
     The man said he drove the woman to an apartment on Oliver Street, but before they got out, two men walked up and the woman ran away. The man believed the two other men planned to do something to him. He said he tried to speed away but missed a turn and crashed his car. "He hit a chain link fence and got his vehicle stuck," the officer wrote. The man said the two men fled at that point and he called 911.
     The person who owns the chain-link fence arrived on scene. "Both parties agreed to handle the damage to the fence privately." The driver wasn't charged with any crime, since he and the fence-owner agreed to handle the damage themselves.

MERRY CHRISTMAS, MR. OFFICER: A police officer said he opened the trunk of his patrol car. "I found a large machete in the trunk," the officer wrote. The machete was turned in to the Atlanta police property division.

CHRISTMAS BARGAINS: On Holiday Avenue, an extremely drunk man allegedly tried to sell a television to construction workers and refused to leave the area. So they called police. An officer spotted the man knocking on a door about a block a way. "What the fuck do you want?" the man yelled. He was having trouble maintaining his balance, the officer noted. The man said he was dropping off the television. But the homeowner walked outside and said no, the man was not dropping off the television. So the officer arrested the man for disorderly conduct.
     En route to jail, the man yelled, "Fuck you," and "I'm going to get you, just wait," and "I am going to make your life difficult."
     At the jail, the man turned in his stuff before entering a cell. His belongings included 51 cents, a CD, a screwdriver, a deck of cards and a makeup brush.

GO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN: On Leah Lane, a Ford Explorer was parked "halfway on the curb and crushed against a fire hydrant," an officer wrote. The driver is a 20-year-old Smyrna woman. "She was very talkative and advised they were at a party, she was going shopping and he was passed out," the officer wrote. "I was having a hard time understanding her rambling on. She finally said she was lost and was hitting her brake and gas at the same time and had an accident. While speaking with her, I was overwhelmed by the strong odor of alcoholic beverage upon her breath."
     The woman denied having anything to drink and refused any sobriety tests. "I'll take a lawyer ... I haven't had anything to drink but I'm not, I'm smarter than that!" she said. "I'm smarter than anything you think!" The officer arrested her for DUI/less safe driver. She would only respond "Lawyer."
     A witness said the woman hit a parked car, knocking it completely sideways, before she hit the fire hydrant. Also, the witness said the woman called her boyfriend and begged him not to call police because they both had been drinking — the boyfriend fled before police arrived.

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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