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.
A man making copies at a West Ashley copy shop last week scared the assistant manager when he started making unusual comments about Hillary Clinton, female celebrities, and the Secret Service visiting the North Charleston Coliseum in upcoming weeks. He rambled on about various topics and then abruptly said, "I'm going to blow it up." "Blow up the Coliseum?" asked the assistant manager. "Yes," he replied. The man then left the store, but mentioned he'd be back to make some posters for an upcoming event. Could that event be held ... at the Coliseum?
On April 3, a 15-year-old's backpack was turned in to the lost and found of a local high school. A school employee opened the bag and found a hit-list titled "Payback." Next to one name read "3 rounds then kill him." Also found were two more payback lists, and recipes to make cocaine. Several attempts to call the student's parents were unanswered. They must have been at the shooting range.
An employee of a Folly Road grocery store was sitting in her car after work on April 5 when a man approached her with a gun. He pointed the automatic pistol into her partially rolled-down window and said, "Give me all that money!" She told him that she didn't have any cash, and he repeated, "You don't have any money?" She said, "No," and the man ran away. The word "no" — as powerful as a can of pepper spray.