trick or treat: Police responded to a Family Dollar store in South Charlotte after an employee witnessed kids shoplifting. The witness told officers that two unknown suspects who appeared to be juveniles had dashed from the store with $138 worth of candy. There was no indication of the costumes they were wearing.
Geeked: When a teacher is the one writing the same sentence on the board 100 times, you have a problem. It seems police and medical crews arrived at James Martin Middle School last week to help an instructor who had become a bit high-strung. The report states the 29-year-old may have taken too much Adderall, a prescription for people suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and which, according to the report, sometimes leads to "a form of a psychotic episode." The teacher also reportedly "may have had some personal issues," which pretty much goes without saying.
hello cleveland!: Another 29-year-old (what is it about 29-year-olds?) called police last week after she received a threat from a known suspect who had been harassing her for some time. The woman told officers the suspect said, "You got something coming to you. You better sit back and wait for it. I will show you what somebody from Cleveland can do to you." Hopefully, what's coming to her from the Cleveland-ite isn't Adderall.
Don't Talk To Strangers: A 16-year-old boy was placed on the missing-persons list last week after a man became worried for his well-being. The man reported to police that he had seen the boy in the parking lot of his apartment complex, but that the kid ran away when the man approached. Six minutes later, the man called police and reported the kid missing. OK, wait: You're 16 and a strange man approaches — what would you do?
Early Halloween: A 22-year-old woman reported to police last week that her car was damaged. She stated that unknown suspects had thrown two pumpkins and two bricks at her 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, denting the hood and scratching the top of the car. It was the first week of October and these suspects already are throwing pumpkins and bricks at cars? Pace yourselves, fellas, or you'll be shooting up houses by the time fright night rolls around.
Threat of the Week: A woman called police after receiving extremely disturbing threats at Charlotte Douglas International Airport last week. In fact, it was domestic terrorism, but not the kind you're thinking about. The woman told officers a man had followed her to the airport all the way from Columbia, S.C., harassing her. While she was checking her bags, the suspect told her, "I will slap the shit out of you. Your ass is dead when you get back in town. You make a man want to kill you and you deserved to be raped when you were a child. You deserve to be set on fire." Not to get all up in this couple's domestic business or anything, but we suggest this woman take a very extended vacation.
Blotter items are chosen from the files of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.