The Blotter: Sloppy Blows, Newsstands Moved, Pets and Children Saved

As a public service, The City Desk periodically offers up selected items culled from local police reports. (Note: More violent, standard items do not frequently show up here, as they are covered in the local papers with regularity.)

10:30 pm
Corner of Merriman and 112th Streets: Two men, both wearing NFL jerseys, are arrested outside Stoats’ Sports Bar. Apparently, an animated debate whether to go RB-RB-QB or RB-QB-WR in the first three rounds of a fantasy football draft took an ugly turn, and the men began trading “sloppy, drunken blows.”

2:15 am
7000 block of Blick Avenue: Three men apprehended in the back of pizzeria with several bottles of accelerants, ignition devices, envelope containing $5000 in cash. Investigation pending.

6:00-6:30 am
Various locations, Downtown: Six vendors report that their newsstands were moved to different locations around the Downtown/Central Corridor area overnight, with substantial damage to each. Several witnesses reported a “tow-truck-like” vehicle dragging the structures through the streets.

11:20 am
1200 block of East Plumer Avenue: Officers respond to reports of a man exposing himself in the cereal aisle at the Safeway.

1:38 pm
800 block of Jarvis Street: Two men and a woman report their cars were apparently damaged by a hit and run driver in the parking lot of St. Norbert’s Church. Police are looking for a red 1974 Dodge Dart with the license plate LXI 483 in connection with the incident.

2:41 pm
Intersection of Hudson and Bergen Streets: Fire department reports theft of hydrant after routine hydrant check.

3:06 pm
200 Courthouse Square: City Commerce Director Robert Sheets reports the theft of a briefcase containing city documents after he had left it in a booth at Mo’s Luncheonette.

3:32 pm
300 block of Coffey Street, Emergency Services Unit officers rescue a male child who had his head suck in a fence.

4:18 pm
2300 block of Lorimer Street: Several complainants of tires being slashed on parked vehicles.

4:26 pm
East Patterson River at Granville Street: Aviation and Harbor units respond to reports of a dog in the river. The dog was rescued by Aviation Unit officer Alex Drake and is recovering at the ASPCA.

6:13 pm
500 block of Audubon Avenue: A man reports the theft of a stop sign. The Department of Transportation was contacted and replaced the sign.

7:43 pm
3000 block of Western Avenue: Officers respond to silent alarm at Bruno Hardware. A large cat was found suck in an air conditioning vent on the roof and rescued by ASPCA and Emergency Services Unit officers.

9:25 pm
15000 block of Lindenmeyr Boulevard: A guest at the Courtyard by Marriot at Rockstead International Airport reports the theft of a laptop computer, a pair of shoes, approximately $60 in cash and the keys to a rented 2007 Ford Focus. The 2007 Ford Focus was also stolen from the hotel’s parking lot.
- Ray Ingraham, Hoyt Schermerhorn, RJ White

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