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An employee at a bar on Ponce de Leon Avenue said a Decatur woman walked into the bar and said, "Your parking sign hit my car and you're gonna pay for a new paint job on my car."
Police determined that actually, the woman was backing into a parking space when she hit the parking sign and a tree with her 2001 gold Suzuki SUV. When an officer arrived, he noted that her car was still backed up onto the tree, but was no longer on the parking sign. Her car, he noted, had a small scratch on the back bumper, where she had hit the parking sign. Still, when the officer spoke with the woman, she insisted that she didn't hit any sign.

An officer spotted a black '97 Chrysler on Roswell Road traveling 60 mph in a 35-mph speed zone. The officer blue-lighted the car. The driver pulled over at a gas station by driving over the curb and onto the sidewalk. The driver, a 42-year-old man wearing green pants, a green shirt and white shoes, admitted he had been drinking in Buckhead that night. He agreed to field sobriety tests, but became uneasy when the officer tried to give him a Breathalyzer test.
The officer reported, "I began smelling, and later saw, fecal material running out of the bottom of the suspect's pants. The suspect had defecated on himself."

The man was charged with DUI and speeding.

A 30-year-old man told police that he lives with a 23-year-old woman in an apartment on Jonesboro Road, and they have been together for several years. Earlier that day, the man said, his girlfriend paged him at work and accused him of having oral sex with another woman. She also threatened to burn his clothing. When the man got home, he and the girlfriend started arguing. She grabbed a knife and said, "I'm in my right mind to stick you with it." He ran. The girlfriend fled before police arrived.

A 70-year-old woman on Oglethorpe Avenue said her son, age 43, threatened to burn the house down if she didn't let him come inside. The mother said her son removed the screening and framing from the screen porch to gain access to the house. He also set fire to the front porch steps to keep warm. The mother said a temporary restraining order advising her son not to return home was issued to him while he was in jail. The son, wearing a black silk coat and jeans, left on foot as officers arrived.

An officer responded to information on a robbery at a McDonald's on Butler Street. Upon arrival, the officer spoke with the manager, who said a 19-year-old man and two other males made non-specific threats about robbing the restaurant. The manager said these three men come to the restaurant every night and bother customers by talking loudly and being obnoxious. The manager wanted them to leave so the officer told the men to leave. After exiting, the 19-year-old threw his French fries into the middle of the street, in front of the officer. He was charged with littering.

A 21-year-old woman said she and her ex-husband got into an argument over lunch money for their child. She said he came out of his home on Paines Avenue and took her key to the green Lexus (which is leased in both their names). She said he pulled her out of the Lexus, then got in and drove away. The 21-year-old said when she told her ex-husband, 35, that she was calling the police, he hid a bag of drugs in the mailbox. Officers checked the mailbox and found 23 small bags of crack. Police didn't locate the ex-husband, who has his former wife's first name tattooed on his neck and arm.

At Vine Street and Jones Avenue, an officer saw a 32-year-old man lying on the sidewalk with a stab wound in his chest. A woman told the officer she witnessed an argument between the 32-year-old man and a second man. She said the second man was urinating on the sidewalk and this act upset the 32-year-old. That's when the second man pulled out his pocketknife and stabbed the 32-year-old. On Jones Avenue, the officer and the woman located the suspect, age 37. The officer found a pocketknife with blood on it in the man's pants pocket. Grady Hospital medical attendants first said the stabbed man was OK, but later updated his status to "low condition."

A 53-year-old homeless man was crossing Boulder Park Drive. He walked between two cars stopped in traffic. One driver exited his car, holding a silver pistol. "What do you want to do [racial slur]. I'll burn your ass." The driver then got back into his car and drove away.

On Ridge Avenue, two brothers live together with their father. The older brother, age 50, said his younger brother, 41, threatened him and waved his hands as if he was about to hit him. The 41-year-old said his older brother hit him in the head with a shot glass for no reason. The father said the 41-year-old was taunting the older brother and saying, "Come outside." The older brother was charged with simple battery; the younger with "acting violent toward another."

A 51-year-old man on Sandtown Road said during the night, someone stole a bug zapper and several park benches from his porch. He told officers that he is concerned about the amount of people who walk the streets at night.

An airline employee was on a train en route to Hartsfield Airport when he heard a 29-year-old man jokingly say that he was Mohamed and that he had a box cutter. The employee spoke to the man, who told him to fuck off. The employee called police, who went to the 29-year-old's office at the airport. Police spoke with the 29-year-old and a female witness. The witness said the man was telling a story he read in the newspaper. The 29-year-old confirmed this and said his nickname was Mohammed because he didn't eat pork. No charges were filed.

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