News bites from the cop shop

Homicide arrests: In case you didn’t catch this from media reports, detectives have arrested three people in connection with the September 28 homicide at 550 Abernathy Road Apartments. This makes a total of six arrests in the case with at least one more on the horizon. The shooting was over a drug transaction. The buyers tried to pay $58,000 in counterfeit money for 2 kilos of cocaine prompting a shootout leaving two dead and two wounded.

SSPD has kicked off class 003 of the Citizen’s Police Academy.  The program will run 11 weeks and include presentations and hands-on training in a number of areas of police organization and operations. Class 004 will kick off in the late spring.  Interested parties should e-mail Officer Larry Jacobs.

Norsca and Officer Sean Hanse.

Norsca and Officer Sean Hanse.

One of our retired K-9 family members passed away recently. Norsca, who served several years with Fulton County Police, died from cancer at the age of 13.

Norsca retired from service when Handler Officer Sean Hanse left Fulton County to join SSPD in 2006. She spent her retirement years accompanying Sean’s wife to work at her shop and playing with SSPD K-9 Romy, who is on active duty with Sandy Springs Police.

And, now, back to our regular crime and punishment report

A man went into the Bank of America at 8755 Roswell Road and presented a $4,000 check. He was told the check was no good. The police were called and spoke to the man. He said he was contacted by a man via e-mail and that man sent him a check. He was supposed to cash it, take a cut for himself, and then send the balance of the money, $500, to a separate address. The man said he was going to be paid in advance for the yet-unspecified work.

TIP: This scenario is very common. The victim was out of work and $500 sounded like a good deal. Anytime you’re asked  — usually by a stranger via Internet — to cash a check and send the balance to another separate address, you’re getting scammed. Normally, you’re asked to send the balance by writing a check in your account. By the time the bank determines the check is no good, your check is on the way out. This particular check sent to the victim was drawn on a legit company, but the check was fraudulent.

700 block of Mt. Vernon Hwy.: A woman reported she was contacted via phone by a man named William Walker and he worked with the “U.S. Crime Suspect Department.” He told her she defaulted on a “payday” loan and owed $350 and he wanted her to pay with a credit card. The man knew her bank account info, Social Security number and old address. She told the man she never took a loan and wanted to speak with a supervisor. Later, the same man, now using the name “Officer David Adams,” called back but failed to convince the woman that he was who he said he was. She later changed her bank account information.

(A payday loan — also called a paycheck advance or payday advance — is a small, short-term loan that is intended to cover a borrower’s expenses until his or her next payday.)

5700 block of Roswell Road: Officers received a call of a person passing a counterfeit $100 bill at the Shell station. As the officer arrived, the suspect left in a car. The officer pulled the car over and spoke with several people in the car. He concluded that one of the occupants gave the driver the bill and told her to buy two packs of smokes. He would give her $10 from the change. The officer checked the car for the counterfeit money, which was never successfully presented at the counter, and found the bill. It was a five-dollar bill bleached out and covered with $100 corners.

This act reached all sorts of stupid because store employees handle money all day long and most there are that 10% who just don’t get it) know the five-dollar bill has the image of Abe Lincoln and the $100 is Benjamin Franklin.

An officer stopped a car on I-285, near Roswell Road. The car was driving erratically. When the officer turned on the blue lights, the car severely swerved to the right, almost causing an accident. The officer walked up to the car. Here are the reasons the driver went to jail:

  1. The officer immediately smelled marijuana.
  2. He found marijuana residue on the console and seats of the car.
  3. He found a bottle of Jose Cuervo in the car.
  4. He found bullets in the car.
  5. He found a 3-year-old toddler in the car, not buckled up.

The man said he and his wife had left their hotel room on La Vista Road and smoked a joint on the way to the child’s doctor’s appointment near Northside Hospital. The woman was released on a citation of charges, but the driver was arrested and taken to jail.

34 comments Add your comment

mustang100

January 26th, 2010
6:35 pm

Isn’t OBama on the $10,000 bill?

mustang100

January 26th, 2010
6:37 pm

Oh wait. My bad. Obama presented us with a 12.5 TRILLION dollar bill.

K9

January 26th, 2010
7:24 pm

Is that the same dog that the lunatic teenager shot full of arrows?

William Walker

January 26th, 2010
8:04 pm

Wheres my money?

mustang100

January 26th, 2010
8:33 pm

Check’s in the mail.

Racial profiling

January 26th, 2010
10:23 pm

I didn’t do nothing!

Equalizer

January 27th, 2010
8:04 am

A serious question here… why are the bottle of Cuervo and bullets included in the reasons the man went to jail? I don’t believe either of those is illegal to possess in a car.
Now, the other three reasons…

samga

January 27th, 2010
9:05 am

It’s possible that the bottle of Cuervo was opened which is illegal. As for the bullets, not so sure. Lt. Steve? Something we don’t know?

Answer me this

January 27th, 2010
10:22 am

RE: Bullets.

Because police make a lot of arbitrary decisions under the premise they are always correct. They do this so often, they forget the rest of us do not operate this way and assume we understand their skewed perspective. They live and work in a vacuum. This also explains why they themselves violate numerous traffic laws with no concern for others. They are the police.

Liberal And Proud

January 27th, 2010
11:35 am

To Answer me this—-Next time, heaven forbid, you need a cop, please call your shoe saleman instead of 911. He or she can use their Adidas to run to your aid.

Liberal And Proud

January 27th, 2010
11:40 am

To Mustang 100—-This article is about a police dog that passed, not about your childish hatred for our black President. As a member of your elitist right-wing radical extremist conservative gang, keep your comments among yourselves.

kristikreme

January 27th, 2010
12:26 pm

I thought it was a horse that was shot with the arrows?

@Liberal- Who cares if the nation’s president is half-black? I’d still laugh at the 12.5 trillion dollar bill joke. And so should you. If you had a sense of humor, that is.

Answer me this

January 27th, 2010
12:58 pm

So you are suggesting we give unfettered discretion to the police? And just what is a saleman?

Rod

January 27th, 2010
12:58 pm

Steve, can you tell me more about the “Citizen’s Police Academy?”

I want a base knowledge before I email Larry Jacobs looking like a fool.

Thanks.

Look before I leap

January 27th, 2010
1:04 pm

@mustang100
Dude you are ODing on your hater pills. You are also attributing the entire accumulated deficit to the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Do a little research next time before deciding to show your ignorance to the world.
Debt when Bush II took office: 5.7 trillion
Debt when Bush II left office: 10.6 trillion

Patrick

January 27th, 2010
1:20 pm

Never, ever get a “payday” loan. Most of the companies are secretly tied to the mob, and dealing with them is almost like dealing with the mob. They charge very high interest, you’ll be paying for almost the rest of your life, and if you miss a payment, mainly due to your checking account (they attack your checking account the same day you get paid) having insufficient funds to cover the payment, they will call you and harrass you. They can be downright ugly. I speak from personal experience.

Paulie Walnuts

January 27th, 2010
2:03 pm

Patty boy…..Don’t think by telling the police in this blog you can get out of paying us…..We know where you live.

jus me

January 28th, 2010
8:17 am

liberal and proud, go back to the bookman blog you wanker

Patrick

January 28th, 2010
8:39 am

Paulie: I paid off the loan years ago. I’d hate to see you and your family get into an unfortunate accident if you don’t leave me alone. I know the Boss very well. I did him a few big favors a while back, and he owes me big time. You might kiss his ring, but he kisses my feet.

Paulie Walnuts

January 28th, 2010
10:14 am

The boos recently met with an unfortunate end to his life….I’m in charge now. It was on TV…..Fade to black? With Chris, Silvio, Bobby and the boss all gone, I’m last man standing.

Jose' Cuervo

January 28th, 2010
2:57 pm

Don’t bad mouth me. I am what the youth of today want.

Holly

January 28th, 2010
2:59 pm

Clarification needed: I assume the Cuervo charge was because it was an opened bottle? My understanding (and I need this clarified having recently moved here) is that a sealed bottle is okay (i.e. driving home from the store).

Also: why the charge on ammo? Is it illegal in GA to have ammo, or was something omitted from the report?

Not being a biotch… just trying to be Sgt Friday and GTF (get the facts).

Love your column!

StJ

January 28th, 2010
8:45 pm

Possessing ammo in and of itself is not illegal…however simultaneously posessing ammo and drugs probably is.

Willie Horton

January 29th, 2010
11:28 am

Let me out! I did NO harm!

Carlos

January 30th, 2010
4:37 am

Scams now a days are plentiful. Certainly the “I send you a check and you send me back some money and keep the rest” is very common. Try selling a car on craig lists and you’ll get plenty of those.

catlady

January 30th, 2010
10:52 am

Thank God for good dogs! Condolences to his handler and friends.

Vick Fan

January 31st, 2010
11:15 am

Wait. This cop’s dog dies in his care, and he does not go to jail? Can’t help but notice he is white. If Vick were white, he would not have gotten jail time.

Tony

January 31st, 2010
11:22 pm

Hey moron, read the article. The dog passed away from cancer. You are a Vick fan so I sort of understand.

Willie Horton

February 1st, 2010
11:37 am

Hey Tony. If you sort of understand Vick Fan, why do you call him a moron? Wouldn’t that make you a moron as well?

Tony

February 1st, 2010
12:40 pm

I was being sarcastic. You must be a Vick fan also.

Willie Horton

February 1st, 2010
5:04 pm

How is understanding Vick Fan sarcastic?

Tony

February 1st, 2010
6:07 pm

Never mind, you’re clueless. You’re Obviously a product of the fine Georgia education system.

Vick Fan

February 1st, 2010
8:03 pm

Tony how can you call me a moron when you yourself can’t make make any sense with your postings.

Sandy Springs Guy

February 2nd, 2010
1:22 pm

@answer me this: why do you have such a hard on for the cops? Here are guys/gals that put their life on the line daily for less pay than they earn just so you can live relatively fear free in your city – and you want to nit pick them because you happen to see some human error? I am sure you have never broken the law while in your vehicle! When you have and the cops caught you and issued a citation, would you complain about overly aggressive fund raising by the police department?