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Stormy Relations
After the recent ice storm, two neighbors got into a dispute over what to do with a tree, located on the dividing property line, that had fallen over as a result of the storm. The disagreement escalated into a heated argument, which prompted one neighbor to pull a gun on the other, scratching the victim's forehead in the process.

Marriage On Ice:
A nasty dispute erupted between husband and wife after they lost power to their home during the ice storm. Hubby wanted to stick it out and stay at the old homestead, while the wife wanted to get a hotel room. The disagreement resulted in a heated shouting match, at which point authorities were notified.

Scrooge In Training:
The parents of a teenage boy called police after their young son went ballistic on the family Christmas tree, breaking several limbs and busting numerous ornaments. Santa was reported as being "seriously disappointed" and considered putting the young ruffian on his "naughty" list for next year.

The Right To Bear An Armload Of Arms:
A local man discovered someone had stolen 12 -- 12! -- guns from his home, including multiple handguns, several assault rifles and a shotgun.

View To A Vandalism:
From his second floor bedroom window, a man watched as a woman with whom he had had a "previous relationship" vandalized his two cars. She first slashed a tire on one vehicle, then proceeded to key both sides of the other, causing an estimated $2,350 in damages.

Severe Loan Penalties:
A man called police when a financial disagreement with an acquaintance turned ugly. After an angry exchange of words during which time the acquaintance demanded payment of an alleged loan, he went to his car and returned with a gun stuck into the waistband of his pants, threatening, "If you don't pay me my money, I'm gonna kill you." Several witnesses were able to calm the gun-toting financier and convince him to leave. Upon leaving, Mr. Moneybags launched one last threat: "You better be glad there are so many people around or I would shoot you. Next time I see you, I'm going to shoot you."

Street Fighting Men:
During a night of libational celebration at a downtown club, a man was assaulted by two other revelers, who knocked him to the ground and struck him about the head and body. They then dragged him out of the club and threw him onto the hard parking lot surface. The victim was treated for bruises and a laceration on his forehead, while one of the suspects sustained a broken foot during the melee.

Doomed Children:
Two young ladies -- both of them pregnant -- were involved in a scuffle with two other women (it's not known if they were also pregnant), during which one of the assailants smashed the head of one of the expectant mothers into a wall, while the other suspect repeatedly kicked and punched her. After that, the pair of ass-kicking debutantes vandalized one of the victims' cars. They fled the scene before police arrived.

Wash, Rinse, Spin, Fight:
A man took offense when his nephew decided to wash a load of clothes at his house. The pair had reportedly been drinking and then started arguing, at which point the uncle pushed his nephew off his front porch, causing him to bust his lip and suffer cuts and bruises. The nephew retaliated by smashing several windows at his uncle's house.

To Be Perfectly Blunt:
Police were summoned to a convenience store after two men assaulted another, striking him in the forehead with a blunt object then shooting him twice in the "lower body area."

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

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