It’s time for the annual roundup of what’s arguably one of The Union’s most popular sections: the police blotter.
The Union is one of the few newspapers that still prints items from its local law enforcement agencies’ dispatch reports. While serious news takes place in those reports — things you’d want to know about if they happened on your street — the police blotter also reveals the human condition in all its frailty and, sometimes, its humor.
These were some of our favorites from 2020:
Jan. 3: 10:58 a.m. — A man from a business in the 100 block of Neal Street reported his new registration sticker was not sticking to his bike, and said it was an emergency. He was advised to use tape. He then called to say he didn’t want the bike anymore and he was tricked into giving away all his money. He then began cussing and yelling and said he was going to hurt someone. When asked if he was armed, he said he was armed with his fists. The situation was worked out.
Jan. 14: 4:34 p.m. — A woman reported the lady she rents a room from will not shut up. She could not leave because she was cooking mac and cheese for her grandson. She was advised about misusing 911.
Jan. 16: 1:06 p.m. — A caller reported an idiot driving. When asked which road, the caller said, “I don’t know,” and hung up.
Feb. 6: 3:24 p.m. — A man from Highway 20 and Mooney Flat Road reported a Middle Eastern person with carrier pigeons. He knows this might sound strange, but terrorists are trying to find new ways of infiltrating the country.
Feb. 8: 3:59 p.m. — A woman reported she had just returned home from a bar on Mill