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AN OFFICER investigated a call about "possible male tied up in the woods" near James Jackson Parkway. In the woods, the officer found a 21-year-old man who was tied up. The man said the night before, he went to a gay club in Decatur. He met a drag queen, who is about 6 feet tall, and wore a long black dress and a leopard skin print top.

The 21-year-old said he and the drag queen had a few drinks and danced together. The 21-year-old decided to spend the night with the drag queen. They went to the drag queen's house somewhere in Decatur. They decided to wait until Sunday morning to have sex. They woke up on Sunday morning around 9 a.m. Then, the 21-year-old changed his mind about having sex with the drag queen because he felt guilty about cheating on his live-in boyfriend, who was waiting for him at home. The drag queen got mad and tied him up with a "doo rag." The drag queen left him tied up in the woods, and then called 911 and told the operator where to find the 21-year-old. The 21-year-old wasn't injured. He was taken to Grady Hospital for an evaluation.

ON HALLOWEEN a middle-aged woman was in her home on Beecher Street at 7:30 p.m. Someone pounded on the front door. The woman said she wouldn't open the door because she didn't have any Halloween candy for the trick-or-treaters. The pounding continued. So eventually, the woman opened the front door. There stood an 18-year-old girl. "What do you mean you don't have any candy? It's fucking Halloween," she said.

The woman tried to close the front door. The 18-year-old grabbed the door and stopped her. They argued. The woman's daughter (age 27) came to the door to see what was going on. The daughter stepped outside and the 18-year-old swung at her. A fight broke out, and a neighbor broke it up and called police.

The 18-year-old was charged with "acting violent with another." She spent Halloween in jail.

ON HALLOWEEN, a 39-year-old woman returned to her home on Epworth Street and saw that the house was ransacked. She said someone entered through a bedroom window and took a portable CD player (worth $30) and one bag of Halloween candy (worth $5).

ON HALLOWEEN, someone vandalized the yard belonging to a 79-year-old woman on Elizabeth Street. Trees and bushes were wrapped with toilet paper. The front door knob and rails were tied with toilet paper. Someone had thrown eggs all over the house and yard. Pumpkins were smashed. The elderly woman said someone had to get through a closed gate to vandalize her house.

A FIGHT BROKE OUT at an apartment on North Avenue. During the fight, a 30-year-old woman bit her mother's breast. The breast had a bite mark and an open wound. The mother, age 47, went to the hospital for treatment for her bitten breast. The daughter, who was sober at the time, went to jail.

A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN said she was driving on Highway 166 when she hit a pothole and blew out a tire. She called police. The reporting officer wrote, "She requested a report because she feels the city is responsible for her tire replacement. I informed her that a report was not likely to have her reimbursed. However, an unidentified city of Atlanta fireman demanded a report so they could make a claim with the city."

The officer concluded the report by writing, "I was unable to locate the suspected pothole." The tire is worth $100.

A JONESBORO WOMAN said she was driving east on 11th Street, toward Peachtree Road, when she hit a pothole and ruined two tires. According to the police report, the pothole is about 2 feet by 2 feet by 4 inches. The tires are valued at $200.

ON PEACHTREE ROAD, a 75-year-old woman said she got harassing calls from a collection agency. She returned the calls and figured out that they were talking about an account allegedly opened by her husband in 1993. She explained that there was no way her husband could have opened that account, since he died in 1972. She called the Federal Trade Commission and turned the case over to them.

A 22-YEAR-OLD WOMAN on Glenview Circle said her purse was stolen more than a year ago -- and now she believes someone is using her identity. The woman received letters from different companies about accounts that she did not open. But, she said, she just threw away the letters because she knew she didn't apply for the accounts.

However, she got extremely concerned when she got a letter from Crawford Long Hospital inquiring about her newborn baby. The woman does not have a newborn baby. Also, she got a letter from the Social Security office. Based on those two letters, she decided to request a police report.

A SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE was found under a bench outside a sports bar in Midtown. It was a black box with "Peligan 1550" written on it. A police officer arrived, and called for a SWAT team. All surrounding streets were shut down. (The restaurant is located at 10th and Peachtree streets.) A SWAT officer cleared the package. Turns out, the package contained tools. It was turned in to police.

A HOMELESS MAN was spotted running across I-75/85 with a machete in his hands. Police ordered the man to drop the machete. He complied. The homeless man -- who had no shoes -- was jailed for violating the knife ordinance. The machete had a 22-inch blade.

All 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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