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A 44-year-old woman left her house on Perkerson Road and returned one week later. The house was locked when she returned, but someone had stolen her wall-mounted "Billy Bass" singing fish, along with several pieces of jewelry. The singing fish was valued at $20; the jewelry was valued at $200. There were no signs of forced entry and no suspects.

An officer responded to a fight at a house on Holly Street. A 26-year-old woman said she had contracted a sexually transmitted disease from her live-in boyfriend for the second time. The boyfriend, age 21, said he never had sex with anyone but his girlfriend, and that he contracted the sexually transmitted disease from an infection in his anus. The girlfriend didn't believe this, and an argument ensued. The boyfriend became defensive and hostile "when confronted about how he contracted the disease," the officer wrote. So the officer asked the boyfriend to leave the house.

A 69-year-old man parked his '96 Chevy Tahoe in his driveway on Magnum Lane at 10:35 p.m. At 7 a.m. the next day, he found chocolate cake and icing smeared on the windshield and driver's window, to form the words "HAPPY BIRTHDAY." The man told police he suspects his son's ex-girlfriend because she is on drugs, and this is the sort of thing she would do to get back at his son.

A 56-year-old woman lives in an apartment complex on Memorial Drive. She went to the laundry room and put her clothes in one of the washing machines. A man, who also lives in the complex, walked into the laundry room and removed her clothes from the machine. He put his own clothes in the machine she was using. "I hate you, you fucking bitch," said the man, who had missing teeth and gray hair. She didn't know the man's last name.

At 8:35 a.m., an officer was stopped behind a Honda Accord at the intersection of Thurmond and Vine streets. The Accord was motionless for about one minute. The driver wouldn't drive "even with me honking the horn," wrote the officer. Passersby were yelling into the Accord that "the police are right behind you." Finally, the Accord moved forward -- at 5 mph. The officer sounded his siren and flashed his blue lights. The Accord continued to travel three blocks at 5 mph. Finally, the driver stopped. The driver was a 43-year-old man with strong odor and dirty clothes. "As I stood at the window, I observed [the driver's] head swaying with his eyes rolling back and forth in his head." Two bags of suspected heroin were in the car, and the driver appeared to have injected himself with heroin just minutes ago, noted the officer.

The officer spoke with the passenger, a 51-year-old man, who owned the Accord. The passenger said he had been playing dominoes all night and was too drunk to drive. The officer asked the passenger if he knew the driver was on heroin, and should the driver have been allowed to drive the Accord? The passenger said he knew the driver was on heroin, but that had nothing to do with him driving. The driver, who had large, open sores on his legs, was taken to Grady Hospital. The driver received an assortment of charges; the passenger was charged with reckless conduct.

A 35-year-old woman said her ex-boyfriend stopped by her apartment on Mayson Avenue and asked her to do his laundry. She refused to do his laundry. So he kicked her in the back and stepped on her neck. The ex-boyfriend, who is unemployed and has gold teeth, fled the scene. The woman refused medical treatment for minor injuries.

At about 8 a.m., an officer saw a driver passed out in a Jeep Cherokee at a traffic light on Peachtree Road. Witnesses said the car, which was running, had been sitting at the traffic light for more than 20 minutes. The officer woke up the driver, a 41-year-old man from Orlando, Fla., who had his foot on the brake. The driver failed several sobriety tests. The officer asked the driver if he had consumed any alcohol. "Two drinks," the driver said, at "a bar in Buckhead." En route to jail, the officer asked the driver three times how much he had to drink. The officer wrote, "He first said, 'Two drinks.' This was followed by the answer, 'Three drinks.' His final answer was 'four drinks, but they were light drinks.'" The driver was charged with DUI.

At a parking lot on Hank Aaron Drive, a 30-year-old Smyrna man said he was dropped off at his car by a female co-worker and his wife was watching. His wife got upset and crashed her car into a utility pole. She tried to drive away, but her car stalled. So the wife got into her husband's car. As the husband was driving away, the wife hit him in the back of the head with her hand, which contained her keys. The husband received a small cut on the back of his head. Police arrived. The utility pole wasn't damaged. The husband owned the car that the wife crashed into the pole, and he had it towed. The wife, age 29, was charged with simple battery.

All items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports and are public record.

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