Police (Off)Beat/ George Mathis

  • A resident of the DoubleTree hotel in Alpharetta was arrested for disorderly conduct for using profane language near children and passing out in public. Earlier, he'd been asked to leave a nearby restaurant for urinating in the fountain.
  • They weren't hungry, but the person that shoplifted a Glade plug-in refill from a Kennesaw Kroger may be smelly.
  • A Loganville man said a motorist threatened him by waving a 4×4 out his truck window before ramming into his car at a high rate of speed on I-285 near Lavista Road in DeKalb County.
  • An Austell man busted his granny's windshield out with his fist after she refused to drive him somewhere to "start a fight."
  • An Atlanta man told police that while he was in jail an acquaintance forged the title to his 1998 Pontiac to get it released by A-Tow. The forger refused to return the vehicle when asked, so the owner reported the car stolen. Georgia Tech police stopped the car and impounded the car, but did not arrest the driver. He got a ride to A-Tow and again used the fake title to get the car out of the impound lot.
  • An Atlanta man was arrested for beating a woman who did not have sex with him after he paid $84 for her vehicle registration. The man allegedly said "What are you going to do for me?" According to the police report she answered "We're not having sex ... I don't have a condom for you."
  • A waitress at a Mexican restaurant on Covington Highway said a customer threw a salt shaker at her, hitting her in the face. The customer also said she would "whoop that [bleep]."
  • An Atlanta mom who doesn't have a license also faces reckless conduct charges after leaving her children, ages 2 and 8, inside her Kia while she shopped at Banana Republic on West Paces Ferry.
  • A Marietta babysitter is charged with reckless conduct for leaving a child unattended after firing up some popcorn. A police officer entered the home and found a small fire and an "extremely frightened, red faced and coughing" 2-year-old in the smoke-filled apartment. The babysitter returned 30 minutes later.
  • Not all Atlanta cabbies are looking good or keeping their cool. Several airport drivers were ticketed for dress code violations (untucked shirts) or not turning on the car's air conditioning. One driver said he wasn't hot, but he still got burned.
  • A Coca-Cola truck driver on Fletcher Street in Atlanta's Pittsburgh neighborhood was confronted by two thirsty gents who requested free carbonated beverages. The driver refused and entered a store to conduct business. When he returned, the truck lock had been picked and his company GPS and cellphone were missing.
  • An Atlanta woman told police she was attacked by her brother after her mom crawled through her apartment window and let him in the front door. The brother was angry his sister had kicked out his mom and was charging him rent.
  • A convenience store employee on Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway said he was threatened by a loiterer with a knife. The suspect, when questioned by police, said, "I always have a knife in my hand, man." While being transported to jail, the suspect said, "This is God's land. No one can say I can't be here but him."