Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Mount Pleasant Police Department has a form that must be filled out - as required by law - when an officer meets with anyone in the streets. It is called a field interview card. An officer on patrol noticed a man one day behind an abandoned church and drove behind the building to see what was going on. According to the police statement, the man goes behind the building everyday to “crave wood” after work. The officer wrote that he did indeed observe the man “craving wood.”
The officer then left the subject after completing this card and it was submitted with his reports.
An officer witnessed a driver go off onto the shoulder of the road and flipped on his video camera to tape this person’s driving abilities. The officer then flipped on his blue lights a short time later to pull the driver over. According to the police report, the driver kept going and even sped up for a brief time. He eventually pulled into a driveway and parked the car. The officer approached the driver, and the man demanded to know why the officer stopped him. The officer explained that the driver crossed over the white line. But according to the report, the driver was adamant that he did not cross over anything or violate state law. He told the officer he did not have any reason to stop him. The officer then asked him if he had a driver’s license, and the driver said no. He again told the officer he had no right to stop him and with that, turned and walked away and went into his garage and shut the door.
The officer knocked on the door and the man refused to answer it.
A warrant was written up on the man for failure to stop for blue lights, and it was determined his license was suspended and a warrant for that was issued as well.
A man called police when he found out his girlfriend was leaving the state with their three-month-old child. He wanted police to stop her. But because the two were not married, there wasn’t much the police could do. According to the report, they interviewed the girlfriend who said she found out some startling information abut an online sex ad her boyfriend was running. She said when she found this out she became angry and upset and realized it was time to end the relationship. She made arrangements to move back to her home state and began to pack, according to the report.
There was no altercation or arguing, but he made her feel uncomfortable about her decision.
The officer explained the family court and civil procedure, and the boyfriend said he understood.
In just a matter of two hours, a man’s home was broken into and his sterling silver was stolen. He called police, according to a report and explained that he arrived home from the bank, just after being gone two hours and found his back door open. He told the officer he left the back sliding glass door open just enough so the cat could come and go.
Amid the sterling things that were ultimately stolen were silver plated items that were not stolen. Two rings and a gold nugget were also taken, according to the police report. A safe was taken from the bedroom that contained his sister’s will and pornography. The crime scene officers were only able to lift a partial print. The officers noticed that other pieces of jewelry and expensive electronics were not stolen from the house.
None of the neighbors saw anyone come or leave from the residence and the man’s insurance told him to file a police report to get the ball rolling on compensation.
A man arrived at a vacant house he has owned for the last 12 years and found the entire home to be destroyed. All of the kitchen appliances had been stolen as well as the bathtub, toilets and bathroom sinks. Mirrors were also missing and the walls had been spray painted with holes in the drywall. The air condition unit had also been stolen and there was damage to the garage door.
Drug needles were taken into evidence and the home dusted for finger prints. The homeowner did not want to press charges for the vandalism or the stolen items.
According to a police incident report, an officer threw a cone in the roadway during a police driver training exercise. As he did this, another officer driving a vehicle struck the cone, causing it to shatter the car windshield.
The officer driving was not injured, and training was immediately discontinued.
An officer was traveling behind a vehicle late one morning when he saw the driver acting erraticly. He pulled the driver over for suspicion of DUI, according to the report. The driver said he was not drinking, simply on his way to work. The man’s speech was fine and the officer did not detect an odor of alcohol. The man swore he had not been drinking. But there was a cell phone on the man’s lap and the officer asked him if he was texting. The driver said he might have been, according to the report.
At this point the officer asked for his license and registration, all of which came back invalid. But the driver was adamant that his registration was up to date and his license had not been suspended. He was told to bring the paperwork proving it to court, and in the meantime was booked into the detention center and his truck was towed.
Kids in science class were working on projects and began horsing around, throwing cotton balls at each other. One girl put hot glue on a cotton ball and threw it at a boy across the table. The glue was still so hot it burned his hand and he had to be rushed to the nurse. Both of their parents were called, and the girl swore she did not know the glue was still hot. According to the report, she said she would not have thrown it had she known. But after the father talked to his son, he learned that kids at school had been being mean to his son because they thought his son was a snitch. The report said that because of this, the father decided to go ahead with pressing charges.
Police were called for a report of a drunk man loitering around a parking lot. They found him flat on his back on the sidewalk.
Police asked him what he was doing and he said, “Just trying to get through the day.” The officer asked him how much he had to drink. He said about a $1.50. The officer asked what $1.50 meant and the man said about $1.50 worth of beer. But the suspect could not stand without leaning on the wall. The report said the officer had to catch the suspect several times so he would not fall. The man’s breath smelled of booze, the report said, and his clothes were disheveled and dirty. He was arrested for being drunk in public.
Police were called to a disturbance in a shopping center and the officer arrived to speak with the manager. The officer asked the manager what was going on and, according to the report, the manager angrily exclaimed, “You should know. I told it to the dispatcher.” The officer explained to the manager that all of the information was not relayed and asked the store manager to tell him what happened.
The manager explained that two kids came in causing a disturbance, and one was cussing and making loud noises. The store manager said he also believed they were shoplifting. The officer then asked the store manager to see his identification and the surveillance video. The report said the store manager became angry with the officer and stated, “I don’t even know why I called you. I’ll just handle it myself next time. I’ll be letting your supervisor know about this.”
The officer then disengaged from the store manager and left the business. The report said the manager’s behavior and statements demonstrated his lack of cooperation with the police.
(The Police Blotter is intended to be an informative and/or humorous column written from police reports obtained from the Mount Pleasant Police Department. Many of the stories come from the initial incident reports and, occasionally, supplemental reports. Generally, cases have not been adjudicated at the time of publication. See more columns at www.moultrienews.com.)