Strapped: A man was arrested last week for taking a firearm onto school property in February. The man, a parent of a student at Lincoln Heights, allegedly entered a bus to settle a dispute. He did not threaten anyone, and another parent reported seeing that he had a holstered gun only after he was told to get off the bus. She reported the man after the fact, and he was arrested following an investigation.
Give Me a Hand: A 31-year-old man in southwest Charlotte got a palm to the face last week without ever being touched by a human. The man told police that a known suspect struck him across the cheek with his prosthetic arm. He suffered minimal injuries but maximum embarrassment.
Sippin' on Syrup: Police spoke to a witness in Uptown last week who wanted to report some parents for neglecting their child. The witness stated that the parents were endangering the welfare of their 10-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son by force-feeding them over-the-counter medications in excess.
The Mr. Rogers gang: Police responded to a south Charlotte neighborhood last week for the same reason they always venture into that area: no real reason. The homeowner association of a suburb off Rea Road reported that unknown suspects had spray-painted on a concrete bridge next to a resident's home. The report concluded that none of the graffiti was gang-related or biased. It's hard to imagine the graffiti even coming from someone over 10 years old, as it consisted of the Olympic rings, a picture of a house, a smiley face and the words "Get a life."
Frogger: Police responded to a call about a teenager trying to harm himself near the airport. Witnesses told police the 16-year-old boy kept jumping in front of cars in an attempt to get hit by one.
Swapping favors: A woman turned to police for help after her landlord charged a priceless fee for keeping her house in good condition. She told officers that the man installed a new screen door at the house she is renting from him. Upon finishing, he reportedly suggested that she sleep with him as payment for the door. The woman turned the man down and since then he has been calling her asking for monetary payment for the door.
Threats of the Week: A 25-year-old filed a report after she received 10 texts from a suspect who stated, "You think I am cray cray...I will show you cray cray." A Lake Wylie couple made enemies with the wrong man, who called their home and said, "I'm on the police department and I will have things done to you." No report on whether the man was truly employed by the police or just standing on the top of the police department.
Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty.