Illustration by Steve Stegelin

The Blotter is taken from reports filed with Charleston Police Department between Aug. 17 and Aug. 31.

Blotter of the Week: Officers detained a downtown man under suspicion of shoplifting, but questioning yielded mixed results, as the suspect rambled about necrophilia and government corruption. Police reported the man was likely not in a sound state of mind.


During a routine traffic stop a West Ashley man admitted to having marijuana in his car, and when asked if he had any “harder” drugs inside, the man said that was a pretty low bar, as marijuana is just a bunch of leaves.

A West Ashley man pulled over for suspected driving under the influence admitted to drinking “more than …” before trailing off. But police noted technically any amount of drinking is criminal. 

During a traffic stop after smelling what the reporting officer described as the smell of “fresh marijuana,” the officer explained that he knows the smell of weed due to his training and experience, and for no other reason at all. That doesn’t sound suspicious. 

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