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Bizarre crimes from Charlotte police files (July 31) 

Ticking time bombs

Extinguished: A man lost his temper at the EpiCentre last week, and it took a large group of bouncers to put out his fire. Something set the man off and before long he was beating a 30-year-old man about the face and head with a fire extinguisher. The victim refused transport by medics, but the suspect was still charged with assault with a deadly weapon and a separate count of assault for pushing the victim's wife away when she tried to break the fight up.

Thrown Out: A man will be thinking twice about leaving messes around his house — just as soon as his wife returns from jail. Police came to the man's home in Plaza Midwood after his wife got sick of him not cleaning up and took matters into her own hands. He told police the woman launched a trash can at him from across the room, cutting him. He refused a trip to the hospital; his wife had no choice but to leave with police.

Ticking Time Bombs: Police were called out to a neighborhood after a couple of residents started taking their arguments to the next level. Officers ended up trying to settle an argument over which of the neighbors threatened to destroy the other's house first. A 47-year-old man had called them there after his 20-year-old neighbor said that he was planning to blow his house up. The younger man copped to the allegation but said he only made the threat after the older neighbor threatened to do the same. This story is still breaking, however, as the report notes "both victims believe the threat will be carried out."

Dead or Alive: Police in Thomasville, North Carolina, found a man who has been wanted by the CMPD since he became Charlotte's most recent viral video star. The man, who gained national attention when a video of him riding on the back of a compact car speeding down I-77 in June surfaced on YouTube, was arrested after a standoff with police in Davidson County. Police came to the home after a call about a domestic issue, which is the same thing that reportedly led to the incident in June. Police said the car incident began as an argument outside of a shoe store between Clanton and Tyvola Roads and ended with a(nother) bad sequel to Speed.

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. All suspects are innocent until proven guilty. It's with a heavy heart that we bid adieu to this column's writer. Ryan has accepted a full-time writing position at a local newspaper. Good luck and farewell, P.

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