The Blotter April 21 2010

GOLDEN GIRLS AT WAR: Two elderly women — who live on the same street — got into a spat. Police were called to settle it. An 82-year-old woman said she's had an ongoing dispute with a 71-year-old woman, who lives near her on Pemberton Road. She said she was walking past the woman's home, when the 71-year-old woman confronted her, threatened to beat her head with a shovel, and then chased her down the street with the shovel. The 82-year-old said she believes the other woman is off her medication.

A police officer spoke with the 71-year-old woman, who said her property is being damaged on a consistent basis, and she believes the 82-year-old woman's son is responsible for the damage, which started in summer 2009. The 71-year-old woman said she believes the problem began because she hired the 82-year-old woman's son to cut her yard – then later switched to a lawn service. She said paint was splashed on her house, paint was chipped off her front stairs and carport, and drainpipes were bent. She also told police that "trees had bark pulled off them, trees and bushes have been killed, holes put into window screens, paint scraped off the handle of her screen door and damage done to her car," an officer wrote. The 71-year-old woman said she set up a camera in her backyard but she could not get any of the incidents on tape.

Also, the 71-year-old woman said she recently got a dog, and "she believes the dog was choked recently so the dog would not bark when they are in the yard," the officer wrote. Both women believe the other is harassing them, the officer noted. A police report was filed.

PLATINUM GIRLS AT WAR: On Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, a 31-year-old woman said she was in the common area of her apartment building when she ran into her neighbor, known as Destiny. She said Destiny confronted her and said, "You're [sic] daughter better stop fucking with my daughter or I'm going to fuck you and your daughter up!"

The woman said she told Destiny that nothing had been said and she would prefer if Destiny could refrain from speaking to her in such a manner. Then she went to her apartment and called police. The reporting officer said that without a third-party witness, he couldn't prosecute Destiny. The woman said she just wanted to document the incident, since she's had prior confrontations with Destiny.

STRANGER DANGER: Around 10 p.m., an officer responded to a dispute at Simpson Plaza on Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard. A 63-year-old man said he was walking down the street when an unknown man walked up with a 4-foot-long stick and tried to hit him. The man said the suspect wore a striped shirt and blue jeans. The suspect took three or four swings at him and then threw the stick, hitting his shoulder. Then, the man said, the suspect put his hand into his pants and said he was going to kill him. The 63-year-old man refused medical treatment. He said the suspect ran away before police arrived.

NO POOH FOR YOU: An officer did a routine registration check on a 2004 black Saab with a Tennessee tag. "The tag showed it to be a stolen vehicle out of Henry County, Georgia," the officer wrote. "I pulled behind the Saab as it proceeded east on Campbellton Road and I asked for the air unit and additional patrol units to assist me." The Saab stopped at a gas station and the officer spoke with the driver, a 24-year-old woman. She said she borrowed the Saab from a friend. "She said she knows the male friend only as 'Pooh' and that he is seen on the street in the Decatur area a lot," the officer wrote. The woman didn't know Pooh's address, or how to get in touch with him. Police charged her with possession of stolen property and took her to jail.

PUSHING PAPER: Around 11 a.m. on Peachtree Street, an officer spotted a middle-aged man allegedly "tearing brochures in his hands and throwing the paper" on a city sidewalk. The man "refused to pick up the items and refused to use the city trash can" which was less than 50 feet away, the officer wrote. "[He] stated he did not have identification and he did not care about the city." The man went to jail on a littering charge.

HEAD GAMES: A 26-year-old man said he was at an Irish Pub in Buckhead, trying to make his way to the bar, when a total stranger head-butted him. He talked to an officer and pointed out a 50-year-old man as the person who allegedly head-butted him.

The officer talked to the 50-year-old man, who said the 26-year-old man pushed through the crowd and bumped into his wife and himself. He said the 26-year-old man got in his face and "that their heads did make contact but he did not purposely head-butt" the younger man, the officer wrote. Both men appeared tipsy, the officer noted. No charges filed.

STUPID MOVE OF THE WEEK: A man allegedly walked up to a female officer on Alabama Street and said "he wanted to fight me because I arrested him last month for disorderly conduct under the influence," the officer wrote. The man allegedly kicked and punched the officer. She then performed "the take down move that I was taught in Atlanta Police Academy." After she got the man on the ground, he reportedly said, "Fuck you, bitch" and that he's not going back to jail. After the man was handcuffed, he allegedly charged the officer and "tried to head-bust me." He went to jail.

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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