Blotter: The Labrador retriever 

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Steve Stegelin

Blotter o' the Week: Going through a divorce can be difficult, especially for those caught in the middle. That was the case when a woman contacted police to report that her soon-to-be ex husband had broken into her home and stolen the yellow Labrador that they both share — or had hoped to share.

A young man with a learners permit made what is possibly the first of many driving errors when he drove across a median and collided with a light pole. The young man told police that another vehicle "cut him off," causing the accident, but he was unable to describe the other vehicle. Not buying this baby driver's story, an officer noticed the smell of alcohol on the man's breath and his license was soon suspended.

A man called police to report that the backhoe he had left unlocked at a construction site had been vandalized. According to an incident report, it appeared as if someone had blasted the inside of the vehicle with a fire extinguisher.

A man allowed a friend of his to spend the night in his apartment, for what will likely be the last time. The man was informed by his neighbor that his friend was seen carrying the man's television from his home during the night. The man told police that his guitar amp was also missing.

Through rain, sleet, snow, and attack from a couple of brats, a postal worker reported that his vehicle had been vandalized after he noticed two kids throwing rocks at the mail truck.

A diamond club card holder has skipped out without paying her hotel bill 14 times, usually claiming that she has enough points in her account for a free room.

Police were called regarding a group of kids riding around on dirt bikes and shooting fireworks at each other shortly after the Fourth of July. This is, of course, very dangerous, but also very American.

An angry man was spotted waving a wooden plank above his head, while screaming outside of a downtown restaurant. Upon questioning, the Hacksaw Jim Duggan wannabe told police that he had recently been fired from the business and was there to pick up his last paycheck.

A man walked out on his bill after drinking a $12 bottle of sake and more than $53 worth of sushi.

Police received a call from a young man claiming to have shot his father and rigged his house with explosives. As a SWAT team closed in on the location, a man and teenager exited the home with their hands raised. The teenager later told police that he had been talking online to another kid in Florida about making false 911 calls. The two first spoke while playing Call of Duty online, and it seems his friend decided it was time for him to have his own paramilitary adventure.

A restaurant manager told police that one of his employees had been running an interesting con inside the business. After obtaining the credit card information from a customer earlier in the day, the employee used that account information to pay for other customers' meals who paid in cash. The employee would then pocket the money. In total, the employee charged around $332 to the customer's account.

A couple was doing some yard work outside their new home when their shovel struck something metallic in the ground. Reaching into the hole, the man unearthed a pistol that had been buried in their backyard.

Two men stole 10 pairs of leggings and 15 pairs of panties from a lingerie store. While the shoplifters were spotted on the store's security cameras taking the underwear, they were able to make a clean getaway after giving store security the slip.


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