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Mama Forgot Her Meds: An argument broke out between a woman and her estranged boyfriend after she arrived at her ex's house to pick up their kids. As the fight escalated, the woman stormed outside, picked up a brick and tossed it through the rear windshield of the man's car, causing an estimated $300 in damages.

Hot Fun In The Summertime: As two men sat on the front porch of their apartment recently, they watched one of their friends being chased up the street by two other men, one of whom had a gun. The chase ended near where the two friends were sitting, at which point the gunman fired a shot in the air and demanded that everyone turn over their wallets. The two robbers got away with a mere $240.

Beauty Shop Bandit: While three women were getting their hair done at a Central Avenue beauty salon, a man entered the shop with his hand tucked under his shirt and demanded the women turn over their purses. When one woman objected, the robber shoved her and struck her in the face. The bad guy got away with about $1,500 in cash and nearly a dozen credit cards.

Role-Model Soccer Dads: The parents of two feuding kids got into a fight after an innocent game turned ugly. The melee occurred at a Charlotte apartment complex when the two pre-teens began shoving each other during soccer. Apparently, each of the boys' fathers took exception to the way the other was handling the situation, and they started fighting, too. No one was seriously injured.

Brother, Can You Spare a Flat?: A man reported that over the past six months, someone has repeatedly flattened the tires of his car while it's been parked outside his home, costing him about $2,500. The vandalism started shortly after he moved into a new neighborhood. The victim believes the culprit may be his girlfriend's ex, with whom the victim had previous altercations.

Cat Scratch Fever: A woman became enraged at her boyfriend after he reportedly mistreated one of her cats. In retaliation, she reportedly kicked and scratched him, and poured a bottle of beer over his head. The two sweethearts have lived together for less than a year. Police have been called to their home multiple times for reports of fighting and disturbing the peace.

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

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