The Blotter is taken from reports filed with Charleston Police Department between Nov. 7 and Nov. 14.

Illustration by Steve Stegelin

Blotter of the week: A Charleston police officer responded to a Nov. 7 call that reported a man walking in the road near the intersection of Wentworth and Meeting streets and growling at passersby. The officer reported the man was swaying on his feet and smelled like booze. The officer asked him about the alleged growling, and he replied that he was a “vocalist practicing his art” to emulate Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne. The man sat down on a bench and it toppled over. The officer caught him before he fell… and gave him a ticket for public intoxication.

Band of thieves
Charleston police officers responded Nov. 12 to a report of shoplifting at a West Ashley Ulta makeup store. The manager reported that six women stole 65 items totaling $7,203. That’s quite the haul. No thieves were apprehended. 

Evasive riding
A Charleston police officer saw several dirt bikes riding in the wrong lane and on the sidewalk down King Street Nov. 13. The officer attempted to stop the dirt bikes with blue lights and sirens to no avail, and the riders continued down to White Point Gardens where they drove on monuments and toward pedestrians who were scattering to get out of the way. Then they drove north on King Street in the wrong direction. Police didn’t catch them.

Blowing off steam
A Charleston police officer was patrolling Marion Square Nov. 7 when he saw a man sitting on a bench with a half-full 16-ounce Icehouse beer next to his right foot. The man reportedly said he didn’t know that he couldn’t drink alcohol in the park and that he was just trying to relax after a rough day. The officer poured out the remaining beer and gave him a ticket for having an open container. Definitely a rough day. 

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