The Blotter 

Absurd crimes from the local police files.

Huh. Some people do check references: A man was recently hired as a community director based on his credentials -- a master's degree from Vanderbilt University in psychology and a Ph.D. in counseling. The man also told his new employers that he had been employed as a therapist in several locations. Unfortunately, they filed a police report when the registrar's office at Vanderbilt said the man does not hold a degree from their university.

When will people learn? In yet another version of a popular swindle, a man was approached by another male who told him he was from Mississippi and could not read or write. He then asked if the victim could give him a ride to Walgreens "where he could get some help." The man agreed and later picked up the second suspect, a well-dressed man, in the drug store's parking lot.

"During this time, the man who could not read showed a bundle of money. The well-dressed man decided that he could take the first man somewhere to be with a woman, but he didn't want to take that large amount of money with him." So, of course, they combined their money and parted ways and the driver was left with a bag full of paper.

Just another reason not to drink alone -- angry armchairs: Police were called to an accidental injury after a man on Clifton Road had been drinking at his residence. When he stood up from his La-Z-Boy, he fell and hit his head on a wood platform by the chair. He was taken to The Med in noncritical condition. -- Compiled by Mary Cashiola

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