Meth Binge Aftermath Something Of A Letdown – October 10, 2012
• Sunday, August 26 5:55 p.m. A Baldwin Street resident complained of someone stealing his firewood, and gave a license plate number.
• Tuesday, August 28 1:54 p.m. 911 calls came in from an Alliance Road apartment building, where a man said there were kids outside and a woman was heard crying in the background. A dispatcher called the number back, and the man said he needed to go to rehab. He then rephoned APD via 911 to report that his wife said they were going to be killed. An officer then contacted the troubled couple, who admitted that they had used meth and were coming down amid massive paranoia. Given treatment info, they said they were leaving for rehab immediately.
• Wednesday, August 29 11:06 a.m. A man said he awoke from a snooze on the Schwazz to find that his guitar and backpack were missing.
1:32 p.m. After being banished from a Northtown business, an ex-patron reportedly said, “You will get what you deserve.”
4:58 p.m. A woman said someone stole her cat on the Plaza.
5:16 p.m. A Northtown business asked for extra patrols, complaining that homeless people were peeing, leaving garbage, loitering and soliciting women for sex in what has become a parking lot pleasure dome.
7:37 p.m. A Beverly Drive resident said he saw a neighbor throw a rock at his car as part of an ongoing dispute.
9:06 p.m. The Beverly Drive neighbor was again reported throwing rocks toward someone’s house. The neighbor denied being “the source of the rocks,” but was counseled about his level of intoxication.
• Thursday, August 30 11:45 p.m. Left unguarded for a scant 10 minutes in an H Street apartment, a computer, iPad and cell phone were stolen.
• Friday, August 31 10:22 a.m. A deranged raccoon was reported on West End Road, disoriented, walking in circles and trying to climb a pole. An officer determined that it was likely rabid, and used the special birdshot that officers carry for just such occasions to end the ailing animal’s misery. After that, a morally outraged caller from a nearby hydroponics shop called to deliver a lecture on social responsibilty, unknowingly redlining the irony meter. Taking a break from selling devices that expedite felonies, hurt the environment, wreck homes and make people feel unsafe in their neighborhoods, the upset caller advised that since the diseased critter had been shot, police were now obliged to eat its body. The dispatcher patiently explained that eating a rabid animal could transmit the disease to humans.
10:52 p.m. Campers used the area ’neath a Northtown restaurant’s awning as an open-air ’throom. Police have been authorized by the property owner to arrest trespassers on the spot.
3:02 p.m. After paying for a meal at a Plaza restaurant with a rarely-used credit card normally reserved for airline ticket purchases, a woman got a call from her bank. Following the meal, the card had immediately been used to charge more than $1,500 in merchandise online, but it was declined because the caller didn’t know the security code on the back. Certain that someone at the restaurant was responsible, she called management and police.