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Checkmate My Ass: A game of chess turned ugly when a verbal altercation escalated into an assault. A man told police that during the course of the game, his opponent struck him in the face with his fist. When witnesses to the chess game fracas tried to stop the fight, the fightin' chessman brandished a small knife and fled the scene.

Here's Your Black and Blue Slip: When a terminated employee entered her former supervisor's office and demanded to know why she had been fired, the bothered boss allegedly pushed her former employee out of the office and told her to leave the premises. The 86'd employee told her ex-supervisor to keep her hands off, but still insisted on a reason for being terminated -- which resulted in another shoving match, this time in the hallway of the business. At that point, the jobless woman left the premises and called police.

When Garbage Trucks Attack: A man told police that while he was walking down the street, the rails of a garbage truck struck him in the legs as it was picking up a load of debris.

Peoples Who Need Peoples: After receiving the money for half the asking price of his used van, the vehicle's owner agreed to let the potential buyer drive the van in order to get the remaining balance and complete the transaction. After he didn't hear from the would-be car customer for several days, he called police, and explained that he thought the suspect was "good peoples" and had trusted him. He also told police he had no idea what the suspect's name or address was.

Careful What You Put In Your Lap: While sitting on the front porch of his house with a friend, a man pulled out a silver pistol, set it on his lap, and accidentally shot himself in the leg. After being released from the hospital, the man turned the gun over to the police so it could be destroyed.

Showdown By The Carburetors: A man called police and said he had just reported to work at an auto parts store when he got into an altercation with a co-worker about job responsibility. When the man contacted the manager to clarify what his job duties were, the co-worker became enraged, and charged the man yelling, "Why did you call the manager? I will get you!" As the angered co-worker advanced on the man, he began poking him in the chest with his finger and grabbing him about the shoulders. By this time a crowd had gathered to watch the action, which the man believes persuaded his pursuer to back off. However, he told police that he feels the suspect is out to get him, and is afraid of what he might do.

Best Dressed Crook: A man entered a tuxedo store and told one of the employees that he needed two tuxedos, one for himself, and one for his son. The store employee produced the two tuxedos, at which time the customer asked if they could hold them for him. Upon returning to the store the following day, the man asked once again to see the tuxedos. While the employee was distracted with another customer, the fashion conscious crook walked out without paying for the duds.

Dog Days of Summer: A few weeks ago a Chow dog was shot and killed by an officer who was responding to a residence alarm. The officer said the dog had charged him when he arrived at the scene. In another incident, two pit bulls were confiscated - and one shot - after police responded to a call about the dogs chasing residents. Finally, a woman reported that while walking her dog, a Siberian Husky attacked her without provocation, biting her on the arm, and her dog in the left flank.

Father Knows Beast: A young mother had quite a scare when the man who fathered her child showed up at her house and demanded that she come out and see him. Once the woman stepped outside, the man pointed a gun at her head and said, "Bitch, I ought to kill you right now." Scared for her life, the woman ran back inside, and the gun-wielding candidate for castration drove a few blocks down the street, and started firing his gun in the air. This prompted the woman to call police, during which time the man had returned to the house, and discharged his weapon several more times. There were no injuries reported, and the man had fled the scene by the time police arrived.

Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

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