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Police Blotter: Cracking up, an honest-to-goodness panty raid, and more

Staff Report • Apr 8, 2014 at 9:37 PM

Don't let the bed bugs bite. After a convenience store employee complained about a man who was panhandling, police told him to leave, and he did. Minutes later, a customer told the same officer that the man had returned, and was sitting outside. After he was arrested, police asked the man why he came back to the store. Police said he told them his apartment was infested with bed bugs, and he wanted someplace to sleep.

Secondhand report, firsthand arrest. Police said a man stopped them on the street wanting to report an assault on behalf of a friend. Officers told him that he couldn't file a report for someone else, and also noticed that he smelled of alcohol, and had trouble standing. They then arrested the man for public intoxication.

Panty raid! No, seriously. Police cited a woman for shoplifting after a J.C. Penney employee said she left the store with a pair of panties and a wallet without paying for them.

Choose your battles ... wisely, that is. Police responded to an apartment in the Tree Streets after hearing reports that a drunken man was causing a disturbance. When they arrived, the man was sitting on the steps, drinking a beer and a bottle of rum, and cursing at the apartment's occupant. The man then turned his attention to the police, began cursing at them, before assuming "a combative stance" and trying to fight them. The two officers then pinned the man against the apartment door and arrested him for public intoxication and disorderly conduct.

In the weeds. After police responded to a call of a fight at the Tomy Thai restaurant, a man started walking away behind the building. Despite an officer following him and telling him to stop, the man kept walking, until eventually he crossed the creek behind the building and started to run. Police said the man eluded them for a time by running between houses and yards, until he was eventually caught hiding in some weeds near Mary Street. The man, who police said was drunk enough that he got sick in the cruiser, was charged with public intoxication.

Cracking up. A homeowner told police he kicked a man out and told him not to come back, but that he had returned anyway. Police said that, when they talked to the man, he told them he had taken two hits of crack and had been drinking. He was then arrested for public intoxication.

Extra-social network. A woman told police someone had used information she posted to her Facebook account to create an ad on Craigslist that promoted "inappropriate behavior."

The Police Blotter is comprised of reports from the Johnson City Police Department.

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