Sandy Springs police blotter

Some reminders now that school’s back

School started this past Monday, so we’ve been all over, monitoring and checking school bus stops and checking to see if people are obeying the laws pertaining to passing school buses. Remember that if there is NOT a median separating opposite lanes, traffic has to stop until the bus clears.

“Clears” means those red lights stop blinking. Here’s what you do:

Leave a bit earlier. Figure on an extra 15 or 20 minutes of drive time for the first few days — or until May.

Don’t let your temper dictate your gas pedal. The fines are steep, and don’t even think that we’re considering warnings.

Relax, chant, chill out, whatever it takes. Put on that Enya CD you got for Christmas

From the Just-The-Facts-Ma’am Files

5900 block of Roswell Road, a woman went to the nail shop to get her nails done:
— Credit card declined.
— Wrote a check that didn’t match her or her ID.
— Suspect walked out and got into car.
— Employee walked out behind her to take down her license.
— Suspect backed car up and struck the employee (no injury).
— Cops called.
— While cops are taking the report, the suspect called and said she was coming back up to pay the employee.
— Suspect never showed.
— Report and video, as well as the card and check, taken as evidence. Phone call traced to the address.
— Warrants will be issued when ID is confirmed.

2100 block of Cimarron Parkway, a repo man came to recover a car in an apartment complex parking lot around 11:30 p.m.:
— He found the car.
— The car had a driver in it.
— The driver put the car in reverse.
— The car ran over the repo man’s foot.
— He fell forward and his flashlight hit the windshield, causing it to crack.
— The car sped off. (The repo man did not require medical attention.)

Some other recent reports

Officers were called to a golf course on Morgan Falls Road on a vehicle burning. The officers found a truck, fully engulfed in flames, on the golf course grass. Two men were reported seen running from the truck. One officer found a man who could not explain why he was on this remote area of the roadway at just before 5 a.m.

A computer check showed the man was wanted for forgery in Sandy Springs. He was arrested. He has not been charged with the forgery at this time. It appears the truck was stolen, taken up and down the road and then left on the golf-course grass and set on fire. The club also reported a set of clubs missing.

A man reported that he agreed to buy an i-phone which he found on Craigslist. The seller met the man in the parking lot of a bar in the 5800 block of Roswell Road. The man paid $250 for the phone but later found that it wouldn’t turn on. He took the phone to the Apple Store and was told the phone was a fake.

TIP: Don’t forget that you do inherit a risk when you buy from someone off Craigslist or any other mode of sales other than manufacturers or stores where you at least have a warranty if things don’t work out. Scam artists are all over Craigslist. Although most of the transactions are legit, be very careful when you buy something from a stranger, especially when you’re not doing a face-to-face sale.

Arrests

On July 31, a patrol officer pulled a car over after the car swerved and almost hit the curb on Roswell Road. The officer reported that the driver of the car was holding her dog. The driver told the officer that she didn’t have her license on her and gave him a name that turned out to be false. The officer determined the driver’s name and told her to make arrangements for her dog because she was going to jail.

The driver made an attempt to give the officer several hundred -dollar bills. He declined and charged her with attempting bribing him. During the arrest, the officer found a small amount of marijuana in her purse. She told him that she should be able to keep it since it was a small amount.

HollyFax Circle: A cabbie called the cops just after 5 p.m. and said the following: She picked up a male fare from a bar in the 8600 block of Roswell Road. The man got out of the cab when they arrived at his apartment location. He owed fifteen bucks but couldn’t pay the tab. The man, who was pretty drunk, got out of the cab and told the driver that he was going to fight her. Then he fell down.

By the time the officers got there, the man picked himself up and went into the apartment. The officer, who knew the man from previous calls, went to the apartment and spoke to the man. He asked the man to pay the fare. The man walked around his apartment and then returned and offered the cab driver two bottles of shampoo and a new bar of soap, and then asked if the toiletries would be enough to handle the fare.

He was cited but since he was home and intoxicated, he was left there and not taken to jail. He is ordered to appear in court later this fall.

Patrol officers answered a call of a woman intoxicated and down on the ground on Waterford Place near an apartment complex entrance. The officers located the woman who said that she had no idea how she got there. The report said the woman gave the name of a man whom she had been with. They called him.

He told the officers they were from Warner Robbins and while driving through an unknown part of Atlanta, she jumped out of the car. (I don’t think it was moving because she didn’t have any injuries.) The man was apparently driving around looking for her.

The woman, during this time they were trying to sort things out, became belligerent and started yelling at the officers. I’m sure, as she reflected back later while in jail, she surely acknowledged that this was a mistake.

A man was arrested after officers were called to a grocery store regarding an intoxicated man who came into the store and then urinated on the conveyer belt at register number 5.

I-285 near Riverside Drive: A patrol officer reported that while he was driving on I-285, a car passed him going about 80 mph. The officer clocked the car for a quarter-mile and then pulled the driver over. The officer checked the man’s license and found that he was wanted on a warrant from Duluth police for speeding. He was arrested. (Not cool to pass the car with “Police” on the side at 80 mph.)

Help in staying safe, preventing crime

Free gun locks are still being offered by Sandy Springs Police at the front desk. Free child ID kits are also available. You must be a resident of Sandy Springs.

Crime Prevention Officer Larry Jacobs will move his Table Top Crime Prevention tour to Kroger, 227 Sandy Springs Place, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Larry will have crime prevention material, material on Neighborhood Watch and other items to give away.

Aside from hiring Chuck Norris to take a bite out of crime with a swift roundhouse kick, Neighborhood Watch is the best thing out there to learn about and apply simple crime prevention techniques. Contact Larry at 770-551-3328 or Laurence.jacobs@sandyspringsga.org.

18 comments Add your comment

Rickster

August 14th, 2009
4:02 pm

What was the grocery store guy charged with? Indecent exposure or too many items for the express lane?

clyde

August 15th, 2009
8:37 am

Clean up at register 5!!!!

ATC

August 15th, 2009
1:54 pm

Goodness, Jias, Is not a right to drive drunk, nor to not pay for services which have been rendered, nor to take a vehicle which you do not own, nor to burn one, nor to drive in an unsafe manner, nor to urinate in public, nor to speed. Actually, it is not a right to drive at all it is a privilege. Many of the things that you believe to be rights are not addressed in the constitution therefore are not to be considered “rights”.

d-doug

August 15th, 2009
6:07 pm

Wizzing in the checkout line is a crime? Man, the things mama forgot to teach me.

Jimbo

August 17th, 2009
9:08 am

So, just to be clear it has to be a median, not a turn lane? I’ve heard both and I’m not really cool with running down kids but it seems a little gratuitous when I’m four lanes away from them and they have a crosswalk right there at the bus stop. (But if it’s the law I’m more than willing to stop, though I think it would be awesome if more kids grew into adults who knew how to use crosswalks)

Anon

August 17th, 2009
12:59 pm

Let me tell you first-hand they mean business when they want you to stop for a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading. I once blew past a school bus that was stopped at the entrance to an apartment complex, with a lane of traffic between us. No more than 10 seconds pass and I get pulled over by a County officer. Got a ticket, had to go to court, stand before a judge, and ordered to pay $250 fine.

Tam Tam

August 17th, 2009
11:41 pm

Sandy Springs PD should beware of a Racial Profiling law suit. They sit accross the street from North River tavern or nearby, usually around closing. I guess they assume everyone they stop is intoxicated so that they can give a DUI. On this particular nite I was traveling near that location. I stopped at a stop sign and all of a sudden blue lights were pulling me over. (What reason did he have for following me?)Hmm..Thats a form of harrassment. So, I clearly made a complete stop at the stop sign, but the A-hole rookie said that I did not. Due to my experience and training this is a form of racial profiling and he gave me a ticket. The ticket was $245.00 for a stop sign violation. I guess since he didnt get a DUI out of the stop he had to give me something. Beware The City of Sandy Spring/Sandy Springs PD.

Boy Who Cried Wolf

August 18th, 2009
11:51 am

Tam Tam- Yes I agree,racial profiling. I was pulled over by a Black police officer,clearly trying to even up the %’s.

gadyke

August 18th, 2009
12:43 pm

Normally I just lurk or let Steve know I liked his column, but today I’m in a mood and have to say something. To those who constantly bash the police on here, maybe you don’t need them, but I do. Yes, some laws are just plain stupid and some are annoying, but I also am pesonally happier that there are armed police officers (mostly) trying to stand between my a$$ and the bad guys. Filling the coffers pi$$ you off? DON’T SPEED! Almost all traffic violations are nothing more than a self imposed tax. I’ve had one speeding ticket….fully deserved it and was lucky the cop dropped it to 19 over. We are priviledged to live in a country that grants us the rights we have. Stop b!tching or find somewhere else to live.

*stepping off my soapbox now*

Let the flames begin…

The Truth about cops

August 19th, 2009
1:31 am

gadyke is right- this country was founded on communism, not freedom! Freedom is a privilege, not a right in our proud American Communist police state. We ARE ALL lucky, like gadyke said- every time a cop even glances at us without jailing or fining us.

It makes sense that the short and/or fat guys from high school should have the power to ruin lives and bankrupt families. After all, those guys are really well adjusted, right?

Right?

The Truth about cops

August 19th, 2009
1:34 am

Tam Tam, for the record I had an elderly, portly butch old woman cop run the same hustle on me in HOLLY Springs. Hope you had a nice fourth of July!

I Love Cops

August 19th, 2009
9:05 am

Jais, you are what’s wrong with this country now.

Turd Ferguson

August 19th, 2009
10:35 am

Tam Tam and the racial profiling BS is just that…BS.

gadyke

August 19th, 2009
11:30 am

Truth, I see cops almost everyday, and believe it or not I don’t get arrested, harrassed or even looked at sideways by them. Contrary to your nice little conspiracy theory, the majority of cops ARE out there to protect us. In every profession from CEO to janitor there are good and bad. You obviously have had your share of experiences with the bad and probably your disrepectful attitude doesn’t help. Maybe it’s just how I was raised, but people that willingly put their lives on the line like our cops and soldiers get my respect until they (individually) do something to lose it.

gadyke

August 19th, 2009
2:14 pm

Maybe it depends on your perspective Jais. For me, I’ve run across very few bad ones. My better half has had less pleasant experiences and is less trusting of them. I just tend to see the glass as half full to begin with. I’ve also seen cops put down drunk idiots that didn’t “remember” that no means no and were scaring a poor girl half to death. The media loves sensationalism so the good stories do not get reported as often as the bad.

s

August 19th, 2009
7:36 pm

Gee, I’ve seen thousands of cops in my life. I was never harassed or abused in any way. Have I gotten any tickets? Yes but I deserved them. If you follow the laws and treat them with the respect they deserve, you aren’t likely to have a problem. It’s that easy.

big john

August 20th, 2009
7:34 am

jais is back! Is that all? Looking weak there, Bro… need a latte to go with your pot.

Hannah

August 22nd, 2009
7:32 am

I hear you only have a successful blog when people: 1) personally attack you and 2) fight with other people in your comment section.

Congratulations, Steve. I think this one’s a success!