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Purse-ona non grata, a dog dookie afternoon, a couple's night out, and more from the Police Blotter

Staff Report • Apr 15, 2014 at 10:40 PM

A few bricks shy. A police officer saw a man holding a silver briefcase standing inside the department's sally port grab a brick and start beating it against the ballistic glass on the door to the jail. Though the man initially threatened the officer with the brick, he put it down after the officer drew his pepper spray. Inside the suitcase, police found video equipment, which the man said contained evidence of "illicit activity." The man then told them he drove 100 mph toward opposing traffic on Interstate 26 to deliver it to police. As it turned out, he also delivered himself, and he was arrested on charges of vandalism and assault.

Hungry for exoneration. After police responded to a call of a domestic disturbance, one of the officers searched a man they suspected of committing the crime. During that search, police said, the man reached into his front pocket and put something in his mouth. Police said the man struggled and tried to escape after they asked what he had put in his mouth, but, after failing to do so, removed the bag to reveal almost 1 gram of marijuana. The man was arrested on charges of drug possession and resisting arrest.

They do everything together. Police interviewed a boyfriend and girlfriend after responding to a domestic disturbance call at the Johnson City Housing Authority. The man said his girlfriend punched him in the face a few times and, after she confirmed that story, she was arrested. Police said the man, on the other hand, was drunk, and that he was also on the JCHA's trespass list. The couple was then taken to the Washington County Detention Center.

Extinguishing boredom ... and brain cells. A hotel clerk called police after he saw, on surveillance footage, a woman breaking the glass panel to a fire extinguisher case. The clerk told police he also found another broken case and an empty extinguisher in the next hall. Police managed to find the woman's mother in the hotel, who told them her daughter had already left.

Blacked out, but broken in. During an investigation into a car accident, in which a car had been driven off of an interstate off-ramp into a creek, police received a separate call about a vandalism at a nearby cemetery. Officers then found that the two incidents were the result of the same woman. After tracking her down, police said, she told them she left work in her car, blacked out, and woke up in the creek. She said the crash made her delirious, and she broke into the cemetery's office because she thought it was her sister's apartment. When she awoke the next morning, however, she realized she wasn't at her sister's place and left, but not before cemetery employees spotted her leaving.

Stealing for style. A local cosmetology school reported that 10 instructional DVDs had been stolen over the past year, with topics ranging from "complete salon success," to "complete hair design." The school told police each DVD had a value of $5,000.

Smoking really doesn't define you. When police asked a man they suspected of drunken driving for identification, he handed them a lit cigarette. After a time, however, police said the man became more cooperative. He was, nevertheless, arrested for drunken driving.

Purse-ona non grata. A man was arrested after police said they saw surveillance footage of him stealing three purses and two wallets from a convenience store. Police said the tape showed the man shoving the accessories through a barred door leading to an adjacent laundromat, then entering the laundromat to retrieve them.

Breaking and excrement. A man called police to his house after he came home and saw someone had placed a bag of dog feces inside his house. Police said the bag also came with a note, indicating that his neighbors were unhappy that he didn't clean up after his dogs when he walked them. Among the man's concerns, police said, was that he didn't own a dog.

It probably cost more to fake it. Police said a man told them he thought he had received a counterfeit $1 bill as change from a store. Police described the bill as faded and having no serial numbers, then took it into evidence.

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

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