Among reports filed with police:
2000 block of Norwich Street: A man drove away with his 3-month-old baby, taking the infant from the mother’s vehicle, against her stated wishes. The mother called police, who quickly caught up to the cad. He went to jail for violation of parole, three outstanding city warrants and a charge of interference with child custody. “The infant was reunited with the mother,” the report said.
500 block of West Howard Lane: An alert resident spotted a prowler knocking on a neighbor’s doors and peeking in the windows after dark. The burglar went in through the front door and came out moments later carrying a small bag. Police nabbed the crook, who went to jail for first degree burglary.
3200 block of Franklin Avenue: Hooligans started shooting guns in this neighborhood, prompting concerned citizens to report it. Police arrived and found spent bullet shells as well as two suspicious characters. Both went to jail, one for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and one for possession of dope.
3241 U.S. Highway 17: A woman was staying with her husband at the Budget Motel. The husband was in the shower when the woman’s ex-boyfriend “barged into her motel room and stole her husband’s wallet and two packs of cigarettes,” the report said.
2400 block of Wolfe Street: A dog that was running loose in the neighborhood bit a 9-year-old child. When police went to the dog owner’s residence, no one was home except for some unattended children. Several efforts to reach the grownups failed. A state family and children’s advocate arrived to find out why the children were unattended and the animal control officers took the dog.
1825 U.S. Highway 17: A man was sprawled out in the grass near some bushes in front of a business along U.S. Highway 17. He was “unresponsive,” so they called police. Police and an EMS crew from the fire department converged on the scene and ... “discovered subject was just trying get a tan,” the report said. Police suggested he work on his tan elsewhere, and the guy moved on.
— Larry Hobbs