The Blotter 

True stories from the local police files.

Well, no apartment is perfect: Officers were called to Roland May 14th after a man told a woman that he worked for her landlord. "The suspect asked [the woman] if they were having any problems with their home and she advised she needed [an] electric stove because she has a gas stove with no gas hookup." The man asked her for $6 so he could pay for a ride to pick up the stove and told her he would give her a receipt so she could get credit on her rent. Later he came back and asked for another $10 for a range to go with the stove. The woman became suspicious and demanded her $6 back. Her landlord told her the man did not work for her or the company.

Why vodka, whiskey, beer, and crack isn't a good combo: A woman was brought into The Med in the early morning of May 13th with a gun shot to the knee. She told officers and ER staff that she and her boyfriend were in the bedroom arguing and there just happened to be a shotgun on the bed. She thought he would shoot her, so she reached for the gun and accidentally shot herself in the knee. She also told officers that she had been drinking vodka, beer, and whiskey all day, as well as smoking crack. Then she told them that she was walking down the street carrying the shotgun when it went off, hitting her knee. Then she said she was riding in a car with the shotgun in her lap and it accidentally went off. Officers could not get any more information from her.

Nice work if you can get it: An employee of a liquor store on Waring called police May 13th after a white male came into the store and told them he needed to check their fire extinguishers. "The suspect checked the extinguishers and accepted $20 as payment." Officers were advised that the man has done this before; in fact, the suspect has been performing this "service" for three years. n

Compiled by Mary Cashiola

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