The Great Sandal Scandal 

-- Police were called to respond to a fight in progress behind a Bay Street hotel early one morning, and found a group of shouting females. One of the ladies was arguing with the first officer to respond to the scene when a second officer advised her that there was nothing to discuss and she needed to leave hotel property because she was not a guest. The woman replied that she wasn't going anywhere "until I fix my sandal." She refused to leave the premises because she was waiting for her sister and needed to fix her footwear. It was at that point the officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from her and that she was slurring her speech. She was arrested for public drunkenness and disorderly conduct. While sitting in the back of the police car, one of the arrested girl's friends arrived and asking if there was anything she could do. She was advised that there was nothing she could do, and to please leave the area. The woman in the back of the car began to scream that what she could do was fix her sandals. The friend went to find and repair the sandals rather than obeying the officer's order to leave and was arrested for disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

-- Police were dispatched to the eastside after receiving a report that an injured person was bleeding from his head. Police found the man several blocks away, still bleeding, and accusing two nearby youth of stealing his bicycle. A second officer went and spoke with the young men, who said they saw the injured man walking down the middle of Victory, and that he called to them for help, then dropped his bicycle and kept walking. They had been following him, trying to get him to take his bicycle. There was blood on the handlebars and bike seat that corroborated the youths' story, and the injured man was observed to be very intoxicated. He had a strong odor of alcohol coming from him, had constricted pupils and was unable to form coherent sentences. The officer saw that his injuries had tiny rocks in them, consist with his having fallen over at some point. EMS arrived, and took him to the hospital. His bike was taken and logged into the property room for safekeeping.

-- While on patrol an officer noticed a car driving down Anderson Street playing very loud music. After making a traffic stop, the driver exited the vehicle and looked like he was about to flee so officers instructed him to get back into the vehicle, which he did. When they approached the vehicle, officers saw a loaded clip on the car floor, and asked where the gun was. Officers found a .22 caliber handgun under the driver's seat, and after a more thorough search of the vehicle, also found over two ounces of marijuana, as well as various pipes, rolling papers and plastic baggies. The driver informed police that his license was expired (it was also suspended, they would later discover), that he had paid $15 for the gun, and was a previously convicted felon. He was charged with several crimes, including possession with intent to distribute, possession of a concealed weapon, driving with a suspended license and a noise ordinance violation.

-- A father and son reported that they had been threatened, and an officer responded to the scene. The son stated that a white male had ridden by on his bicycle shouting "Y'all suck," and "I'm gonna get y'all," then continuing on his way. They had previous encounters with the man, and there was a restraining order filed that he was not to be on their block. The son stated the man was "a pedophile" and expressed concern about being assaulted. A search of the area was conducted but the man wasn't found.





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