Police Beat: 10/31/17

The mourning

 

It was, apparently, a tough day for a man when police were called to the Waffle House on Skyline Drive minutes after 3 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26.

The officer recognized the man the call was made about, having engaged with him earlier in the shift on a traffic stop - the details of which were in a separate report.

The man, 32, was unsteady on his feet, with slurred speech. (No “odor of” was noted.) He kept, the officer reported, asking the same questions over and over and told the officer about a traffic stop he had been involved in earlier, apparently not recognizing the officer as having been a participant in that event. The officer asked the man if he had ingested anything illegal or needed to speak with a doctor. He did not, the man replied.

With that the man was arrested for public intoxication. At the station, while unloading the man, he almost fell backwards to the ground, were it not for the officer coming to his aid. And he was left in the care of jail staff.

(Prisoners are brought into jail via a “Sallyport,” a secure space where they can be unloaded from whatever vehicle and brought into the jail environment. The word is an ancient term, dating back to a secure passage through a fortress wall, then being called a “sally port,” in two words. It’s origins, however, were as a place in the wall the besieged within could make counter attacks, known as “salles” in military terms, hence the opening in the wall was a portal for salles. The Republic of Malta’s coat of arms includes a depiction of a sally port.)

That guy

A woman came to police on Wednesday, Oct. 25 just after the noon hour to speak with an officer. The arrangement was made and she relayed her tale.

She had met a man back in April via Facebook Messenger, she told the officer. As the relationship grew they became engaged to be married. He told her he was in the Navy and as a component of that he and her had never spoken by phone.

In the course of their relationship, now engagement, he had asked the woman, 56, for money in order to get things the Navy would not provide. Over time she had given him over $5,000 she told the officer.

Recently, she continued, she met a woman in Oklahoma who was, it turned out, engaged to the same man. He was scamming her, she told the officer.

She was given a report number and encouraged to contact police with any further information.

On the line

A local businessman contacted police Wednesday, Oct. 25. at 1:55 p.m. He had given a woman working for him, he told the reporting officer, $1,000 in cash to be deposited in the bank. He told the officer he told the employee to hold on to the money until the end of shift. As the day went on the fact that he had given her the money slipped his mind, he said.

At the end of her shift the woman went home, the $1,000, apparently, still in her pocket. She had not been heard from since, the officer was told.

The businessman said she had not answered any of his phone calls. The officer explained the warrants process to the man, and the man was given a report number.

The report concluded with the officer’s note that the offense was a misdemeanor, since the amount of money in question is not over $1,000.

Traveling machine

Police were called to an Independence Street address about found property on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 9:11 a.m.

When the officer arrived he was taken to the back of the building there and shown a bicycle. The officer was able to get the bicycle’s serial number.

A records check was run and the bicycle shown to have been stolen out of Indianapolis. The officer asked dispatch to alert Indianapolis authorities that the bicycle had been found. The report showed the bicycle’s value to be $400.

(Indianapolis is, of course, home to the Indianapolis Speedway. Each Memorial Day a race for open wheel cars is held there, and has been held since 1911. It is held as the single largest sporting event in the world, with over 300,000 attending on race day and is further held as one of the world’s most prestigious motorsports events. Its first race was held in 1909, for motorcycles.)

 

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