The Blotter is taken from City of Charleston police department reports. We’ve added a cartoon and a little commentary. We’ve added a little humor, too. No one has been found guilty. This is not a court of law.

Blotter Speeding Excuse O’ The week: “I’m trying to catch up with my wife. She’s cheating on me!”

On July 21, a woman was selling Italian ice from a stand on Calhoun and Concord streets when three young boys, around the age of 12, began pushing in line. They demanded free samples and shoved other customers in line out of the way. As quickly as they arrived, the boys disappeared, along with the Italian ice girl’s $550 Palm Treo PDA.

Blotter Explanation O’ The Week: “I hit her because she ran her mouth about stuff she shouldn’t.”

On July 24, an older woman called the cops when she realized she’d been cheated. She received a check in the mail from a sweepstakes for $3,600, and a letter asking her to return $2,200 of it to cover taxes and fees for her winnings. She sent the money, and tried to deposit her own check, which didn’t clear.

A man was arrested on July 25 after taking six Nautica wallets and a pair of Sean John cufflinks from a West Ashley discount store. Apparently cops don’t understand the importance of an outfit’s finishing touches.

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