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Joyland

Back in 1921 Joyland was an amusement park built for African Americans. Today, the small, southeast Atlanta neighborhood is the home of Arthur Langford Jr. Park (aka Langford Park), which, in addition to being home to John Riddle?s 1976 abstract sculpture, ?Spirit Bench,? will soon be overhauled by the Atlanta BeltLine and the city parks department.

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He got out of squad car and chatted with the driver, a 41-year-old man, who had an unusual explanation for his actions. "He advised that he was aware of the speed and that he thought I was following him," the sergeant noted.

Of course, the driver was technically correct. The sergeant was following him — for speeding. The sergeant continued: "The driver's mannerisms were very nervous and awkward, much like a drunk driver, yet all I could smell in the vehicle was the 'new car' smell."

He charged the 41-year-old man with reckless driving, handcuffed him, and escorted him to the squad car. "While completing the required paperwork in my squad car, I began to detect the odor of alcoholic beverage emanating from arrestee's person," the sergeant noted. "With arrestee already being in custody for the traffic violation, I decided to forgo pursuing a DUI investigation and subsequent charges."

This is the first time in Blotter history that a "new car" smell may have saved a driver from a DUI charge. Historic, indeed. The driver's shiny new Mustang was impounded.

Deliberate or dumb?

A cop recently strolled into a corner store in Westview. The clerk "asked me if I could do something about Shorty Bob," the cop noted. Apparently, the cop was very familiar with Shorty Bob's reputation as a neighborhood troublemaker who'd been banned from the food store and several other neighborhood haunts. The clerk said Shorty Bob was constantly coming in and out of the store and harassing him, along with other customers. The clerk said he repeatedly ordered Shorty Bob to get out, but Shorty Bob just stood there and argued. The cop asked for Shorty Bob's whereabouts. The clerk pointed across the street to the 59-year-old man.

Apparently, Shorty Bob saw the cop and clerk chatting and made an interesting move. According to the officer's notes, Shorty Bob "walked back across the street, into the store, right up to me, and said, 'Officer, let me get 50 cents.'" The cop arrested Shorty Bob for trespassing inside a store that he was banned from long ago. Shorty Bob went to jail.

Fashion police

At a house in the Joyland neighborhood, a cop responded to a call about a possible burglary involving two suspects. When the officer arrived at the scene, he noticed "a shovel that may have been used to enter the house." The shovel was below a wide-open window. The officer continued to the rear of the house where he found a man wearing blue jeans and a black jacket. "The jeans were brightly stone washed," the cop noted. The suspect ran into the woods. The cop looked to his left and saw the second suspect "holding a black flat-screen television with both hands." The cop pointed his gun and ordered the man onto the ground. The cop took him to jail and ordered a police search in the woods for the other suspect in "brightly stone washed" jeans. No luck — the stone-washed suspect got way.

Not-so-smarty pants

In Downtown, a man strolled by Peachtree Plaza while "eating from a paper bowl with a plastic spoon," a cop noted. Upon finishing his food, the man "threw the bowl and spoon down on the city sidewalk, and kept walking."

Two cops stopped the man for a chat. The man explained that he was finished with his food and he was going to come back later to pick up his trash. The cops arrested the man for littering and searched his clothes. "He kept turning away ... and didn't seem to want me to check his right front pocket," the cop noted. "A search of the pocket turned up a small baggie of powder cocaine." The man said the cocaine did not belong to him. "The man stated the pants were not his, and he just found them," the cop noted. "He claimed all the other property on the pants were his, just not the cocaine." The 38-year-old man went to jail for littering and drug possession charges.

Rookie jitters

On Howell Mill Road a man with missing front teeth slung a black leather computer bag over his shoulder, put on dark sunglasses and a black baseball cap, strolled into a grocery store, and allegedly tried to steal two flashlights worth $15. A security guard stopped the man, who handed over the flashlights and sprinted away. Moments later, a cop found him in a parking lot and arrested him for shoplifting. When cops searched him, the alleged flashlight thief became nervous and lost control of a bodily function: "He urinated on himself," the cop noted.

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This is the first time in Blotter history that a "new car" smell may have ''saved'' a driver from a DUI charge. Historic, indeed. The driver's shiny new Mustang was impounded.

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A cop recently strolled into a corner store in Westview. The clerk "asked me if I could do something about Shorty Bob," the cop noted. Apparently, the cop was very familiar with Shorty Bob's reputation as a neighborhood troublemaker who'd been banned from the food store and several other neighborhood haunts. The clerk said Shorty Bob was constantly coming in and out of the store and harassing him, along with other customers. The clerk said he repeatedly ordered Shorty Bob to get out, but Shorty Bob just stood there and argued. The cop asked for Shorty Bob's whereabouts. The clerk pointed across the street to the 59-year-old man.

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__Fashion police__

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Apparently, Shorty Bob saw the cop and clerk chatting and made an interesting move. According to the officer's notes, Shorty Bob "walked back across the street, into the store, right up to me, and said, 'Officer, let me get 50 cents.'" The cop arrested Shorty Bob for trespassing inside a store that he was banned from long ago. Shorty Bob went to jail.

Fashion police

At a house in the Joyland neighborhood, a cop responded to a call about a possible burglary involving two suspects. When the officer arrived at the scene, he noticed "a shovel that may have been used to enter the house." The shovel was below a wide-open window. The officer continued to the rear of the house where he found a man wearing blue jeans and a black jacket. "The jeans were brightly stone washed," the cop noted. The suspect ran into the woods. The cop looked to his left and saw the second suspect "holding a black flat-screen television with both hands." The cop pointed his gun and ordered the man onto the ground. The cop took him to jail and ordered a police search in the woods for the other suspect in "brightly stone washed" jeans. No luck — the stone-washed suspect got way.

Not-so-smarty pants

In Downtown, a man strolled by Peachtree Plaza while "eating from a paper bowl with a plastic spoon," a cop noted. Upon finishing his food, the man "threw the bowl and spoon down on the city sidewalk, and kept walking."

Two cops stopped the man for a chat. The man explained that he was finished with his food and he was going to come back later to pick up his trash. The cops arrested the man for littering and searched his clothes. "He kept turning away ... and didn't seem to want me to check his right front pocket," the cop noted. "A search of the pocket turned up a small baggie of powder cocaine." The man said the cocaine did not belong to him. "The man stated the pants were not his, and he just found them," the cop noted. "He claimed all the other property on the pants were his, just not the cocaine." The 38-year-old man went to jail for littering and drug possession charges.

Rookie jitters

On Howell Mill Road a man with missing front teeth slung a black leather computer bag over his shoulder, put on dark sunglasses and a black baseball cap, strolled into a grocery store, and allegedly tried to steal two flashlights worth $15. A security guard stopped the man, who handed over the flashlights and sprinted away. Moments later, a cop found him in a parking lot and arrested him for shoplifting. When cops searched him, the alleged flashlight thief became nervous and lost control of a bodily function: "He urinated on himself," the cop noted.

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  string(4834) "In the Joyland neighborhood, a 37-year-old man told police that someone broke into his house through his back door and stole two televisions, his camcorder, laptop, and an aluminum briefcase, along with two black-and-pink bull whips, two 6-foot black bull whips, and one fire whip. "I spoke to the neighbors in the area and they advised that they didn't notice anyone come in the street way," the reporting officer wrote. "One neighbor advised that the suspect most likely came in the cutzoo sic way," which is apparently near the rear of the home.

Chew it over

A man was accused of swiping a hefty container of bubble gum from a convenience store on Metropolitan Parkway. A clerk said he walked outside to confront the bubble gum thief and the suspect pointed a gun in his face and then fired two bullets in the clerk's direction. No bullets hit the clerk. The store's surveillance cameras recorded the bubble gum theft. The suspect wore a purple shirt with elaborate designs, and his alleged partner in crime was a guy dressed entirely in white with the word "BLAB" on the back of his T-shirt. The two men and their bubble gum bounty hopped into a black Cadillac and drove away.

Reusable oscillations?

A 30-year-old woman said she was robbed while moving out from her South Atlanta apartment. The woman said someone ransacked her stuff, tossed items around, and left things strewn all over the floor. The woman called police and reported the following items stolen: her vibrator (worth $80), a Nintendo Wii, Xbox, braiding hair, and a nail polish collection (worth $100).

Badge of shame

In Home Park, a 59-year-old man said someone smashed the window of his car, which was parked outside his condo. The only item reported missing was the man's red "Wood Badge" backpack, which contained paperwork, lesson plans, and other items needed for his Boy Scout troop.

Vision quest

In the Perkerson Park area, an older, bleary-eyed man walked into a convenience store and allegedly stole 11 different bottles of eye drops. No two bottles were the same brand. His collection included "advanced" drops, "maximum" drops, "original" drops, "gel" drops, and "balanced" drops. He went to jail on a shoplifting charge. The eye drops are worth $88.35.

Undies and fancy forks

In Vinings, a man said he went to a park while a pest company sprayed outside his home for bugs. The man said he locked up his home before leaving, and the exterminator only sprayed the exterior area. When the man returned, he noticed his basement door had been pried open and his home was ransacked. The man called police and reported the following items stolen: female underwear, silverware, and jewelry.

Doughnut surprise

A cop said a woman walked into the Zone 3 precinct and handed him a loaded .38 special revolver, and said, "We found this at the Krispy Kreme on Ponce. Have fun with that."

Thrifty throw down

A woman said two strange overweight women assaulted her at a dollar store on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. The woman said she was paying the cashier when a man approached her from behind and told her to hurry up. The woman said she would take as long as she needed and told the man to wait. "The male then began to say that he would not hit a woman, but he would have his mother and sister do it," the reporting officer wrote. The woman said she left the dollar store and walked across the street and a white Ford Escort followed her. The two overweight women jumped out of the vehicle, punched her several times, and knocked her to the ground. The victim said she had never seen the two overweight women before the incident. She wasn't seriously injured and refused medical attention.

Stupid move of the week

On Moreland Avenue, a cop spotted a man who resembled a suspect from an attempted burglary in Kirkwood. "I had the picture of the video surveillance in front of me as I was sitting in the parking lot," the cop noted. The cop asked the man to come over to his patrol car for a chat. "I had a picture of the suspect in my left hand as he approached," the cop noted. "That's not me," the man immediately stated, even before the cop showed him the photo. "I proceeded to show him the photo and advise him it looks exactly like him," the cop wrote. "That's definitely not me," the man said, explaining that he has tattoos on his chest, and in the photo you can't tell if the suspect has tattoos on his chest. (It's a head shot.) The cop asked for the man's name. The man gave the officer a few fake names and was then arrested for falsely identifying himself. Police searched his car and found a "new, unopened bag of boxer briefs" along with condoms, a wet hand towel, a razor, lip balm, and a lighter.

Items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words."
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__Chew it over__

A man was accused of swiping a hefty container of bubble gum from a convenience store on Metropolitan Parkway. A clerk said he walked outside to confront the bubble gum thief and the suspect pointed a gun in his face and then fired two bullets in the clerk's direction. No bullets hit the clerk. The store's surveillance cameras recorded the bubble gum theft. The suspect wore a purple shirt with elaborate designs, and his alleged partner in crime was a guy dressed entirely in white with the word "BLAB" on the back of his T-shirt. The two men and their bubble gum bounty hopped into a black Cadillac and drove away.

__Reusable oscillations?__

A 30-year-old woman said she was robbed while moving out from her South Atlanta apartment. The woman said someone ransacked her stuff, tossed items around, and left things strewn all over the floor. The woman called police and reported the following items stolen: her vibrator (worth $80), a Nintendo Wii, Xbox, braiding hair, and a nail polish collection (worth $100).

__Badge of shame__

In Home Park, a 59-year-old man said someone smashed the window of his car, which was parked outside his condo. The only item reported missing was the man's red "Wood Badge" backpack, which contained paperwork, lesson plans, and other items needed for his Boy Scout troop.

__Vision quest__

In the Perkerson Park area, an older, bleary-eyed man walked into a convenience store and allegedly stole 11 different bottles of eye drops. No two bottles were the same brand. His collection included "advanced" drops, "maximum" drops, "original" drops, "gel" drops, and "balanced" drops. He went to jail on a shoplifting charge. The eye drops are worth $88.35.

__Undies and fancy forks__

In Vinings, a man said he went to a park while a pest company sprayed outside his home for bugs. The man said he locked up his home before leaving, and the exterminator only sprayed the exterior area. When the man returned, he noticed his basement door had been pried open and his home was ransacked. The man called police and reported the following items stolen: female underwear, silverware, and jewelry.

__Doughnut surprise__

A cop said a woman walked into the Zone 3 precinct and handed him a loaded .38 special revolver, and said, "We found this at the Krispy Kreme on Ponce. Have fun with that."

__Thrifty throw down__

A woman said two strange overweight women assaulted her at a dollar store on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. The woman said she was paying the cashier when a man approached her from behind and told her to hurry up. The woman said she would take as long as she needed and told the man to wait. "The male then began to say that he would not hit a woman, but he would have his mother and sister do it," the reporting officer wrote. The woman said she left the dollar store and walked across the street and a white Ford Escort followed her. The two overweight women jumped out of the vehicle, punched her several times, and knocked her to the ground. The victim said she had never seen the two overweight women before the incident. She wasn't seriously injured and refused medical attention.

__Stupid move of the week__

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Chew it over

A man was accused of swiping a hefty container of bubble gum from a convenience store on Metropolitan Parkway. A clerk said he walked outside to confront the bubble gum thief and the suspect pointed a gun in his face and then fired two bullets in the clerk's direction. No bullets hit the clerk. The store's surveillance cameras recorded the bubble gum theft. The suspect wore a purple shirt with elaborate designs, and his alleged partner in crime was a guy dressed entirely in white with the word "BLAB" on the back of his T-shirt. The two men and their bubble gum bounty hopped into a black Cadillac and drove away.

Reusable oscillations?

A 30-year-old woman said she was robbed while moving out from her South Atlanta apartment. The woman said someone ransacked her stuff, tossed items around, and left things strewn all over the floor. The woman called police and reported the following items stolen: her vibrator (worth $80), a Nintendo Wii, Xbox, braiding hair, and a nail polish collection (worth $100).

Badge of shame

In Home Park, a 59-year-old man said someone smashed the window of his car, which was parked outside his condo. The only item reported missing was the man's red "Wood Badge" backpack, which contained paperwork, lesson plans, and other items needed for his Boy Scout troop.

Vision quest

In the Perkerson Park area, an older, bleary-eyed man walked into a convenience store and allegedly stole 11 different bottles of eye drops. No two bottles were the same brand. His collection included "advanced" drops, "maximum" drops, "original" drops, "gel" drops, and "balanced" drops. He went to jail on a shoplifting charge. The eye drops are worth $88.35.

Undies and fancy forks

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Doughnut surprise

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Thrifty throw down

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Stupid move of the week

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