Blotter o' the Week: At closing time, two men got in a fight outside a bar and started throwing garbage at each other. When a cop held one of the men back, he requested to be let go so he could "kick [the other man's] ass."
Around 12:30 a.m. on New Year's Day, two women heard loud popping noises outside their door that were not fireworks. When police arrived on the scene, they found 29 shell casings from a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson outside the apartment. There were no bullet holes in the surrounding cars or apartments.
A man was shooting off fireworks in his backyard with his family around 9:20 p.m. New Year's Day when he heard his neighbor shouting, "Stop, stop shooting those fireworks! My kids are trying to sleep!" He says that when he walked toward the neighbor, she charged at him, pushing him to the ground and falling on top of him. The neighbor's ex-husband came to break up the fight.
When police spotted two men who were on the fourth-floor roof over a hotel bar, they tried to help the men off the roof, but one of the men tried to cross back over to a fifth-floor balcony and ended up falling. He landed in a rock pit two floors below. After medics determined that the man's injuries were not life-threatening and took him to the hospital, officers cited both men for disorderly conduct.
Open Containers o' the Week: A 12-oz. can of light beer on the sidewalk, a 23.5-oz. can of fruity malt liquor between a man's legs in his car, a minibottle of berry-flavored vodka on the floorboard of a car, and a minibottle of cinnamon whiskey in a public park.
A cashier at a store got busted marking down the prices of items for his friends. One customer who came through his lane bought beer, apple cider, and a wedding card that were worth a total of $27 but paid only $9.
Somebody broke into a storage space at an apartment complex and stole $500 worth of yarn, $50 worth of dishes, $200 worth of tools, and $600 worth of what were described as "recreational shoes."
Constitutional Law Scholar o' the Week: After a bouncer turned a man away from a nightclub because he didn't have an ID, the man stood outside yelling until a police officer showed up. The man turned his attention to the cop, saying, "It's my fucking constitutional right to be here." The officer read the man his other rights and placed him under arrest.
A grocery store employee went into the bathroom after a customer finished using it and discovered an empty bottle of pinot grigio in the trash can. The customer had taken the bottle off of a shelf in the store and had not paid for it.
A tow truck driver says he ran over a metal plate, causing a vehicle he was towing to fall off the back of the truck and sustain $2,500 worth of damage.
When a couple got back to their apartment after hauling their Christmas tree to a dumpster in the parking lot, they realized someone had entered while they were gone and stolen their Playstation 3.
A man with a Tennessee driver's license was found stumbling around in a vacant lot at 5:30 a.m. with his pants unzipped. When a police officer asked the man what he was doing in Charleston, he replied, "I'm here to see the Candy Circle." When asked if he had any friends in town, the man said, "They're in the Candy Circle."
Just after midnight on New Year's Day, a drunk man walked up to a car that was idling in traffic and tried to hop in, but the doors were locked. The man later explained to a police officer that he'd been unable to get an Uber driver to take him home. While the officer tried to hail a cab for the man, he ran away. The officer caught him and arrested him on a public intoxication charge.
A police officer noted in an incident report that a man on the sidewalk was "making excited gesticulations with his arms" and latching onto pedestrians. When the officer approached the man, he said he was "high off Oxycontin."
Police found a man passed out in the entryway of a frozen yogurt place. When asked for his ID, he fumbled around in his pockets and then turned on his cell phone and handed it to the officer. He kept raising his hands, even after the officer reminded him he didn't need to have his hands in the air. When EMS arrived to take him to the hospital, the man got belligerent and started yelling that his father was a "military contractor." He was arrested on a charge of public intoxication.
Somebody broke into an apartment and stole the following items: A 10-inch chef blade, two paring knives, two vegetable peelers, tongs, a pastry bag with accessories, a piping bag, a slicer, a serrated blade, a scraper, a pair of tweezers, and two whips.
Somebody broke into a house and stole a .38-caliber semiautomatic pistol, a .40-caliber pistol, a 12-gauge shotgun, and a 20-gauge shotgun.
A police officer saw someone in a nook behind a Christian ministry center where other people had previously gone to steal copper from the building's air conditioning unit. The officer moved a little closer and realized the man was just peeing on the fence. "What?" the man yelled as he zipped up his pants. The officer handed him a ticket for public urination.