Among reports filed with police:
455 Canal Road: A flimflam man tried to dupe the McDonald’s during lunch hour, passing a phony $100 bill for a $4.28 meal. The shift manager recognized the bill as a bogus Benjamin and called police, but the crook left before they could get there.
F.J. Torras Causeway: A man in a GMC Safari van was driving too slow in the passing lane of the F.J. Torras Causeway near Marina Drive. A police officer with things to do tried to pass, but the guy just would not move, or speed up. “The driver of the GMC Safari had plenty of chances” to move over, the officer explained in his report. It turned out that the man did not even have a valid driver license, the officer discovered. The 40-year-old man went to jail, charged with impeding traffic flow and doing so without a driver license.
Whitlock Street and Burroughs Avenue: A man was driving around in the Arco community with an expired license plate, which did not go unnoticed by a patrol officer. The officer also noticed the man had a little pot in the vehicle. The 24-year-old man went to jail, charged with misdemeanor possession of grass, drug tools, criminal trespass and no proof on insurance.
1919 U.S. Highway 17: A woman working for the Winn Dixie purloined money from her employer. It was all right there, captured on store security video for the cops to see. The 31-year-old woman went to jail, charged with felony theft by deception.
3451 Cypress Mill Road: Two men at the Grandy’s restaurant got into an intense scuffle, which sent one of the combatants to the emergency room in an ambulance. The other slugger went jail; police charged the 24-year-old with affray (fighting).
2000 block of Cleburne Street: A person who was drunk in public went to jail, charged with public intoxication.
200 Glynn Isles: A security guard at the Target caught a man stealing merchandise. Police arrived and took the 27-year-old to jail, charged with misdemeanor theft.
2400 block of Ellis Street: A guy was driving down the road, music blasting from his vehicle. A nearby patrol officer overhead the noise. The cops had already warned the guy once that day about complaints of his blaring music disrupting the peace in this neighborhood. The goof also had an expired license and an open container of alcohol. Police issued him for three traffic violations.
Albany and I streets: A vehicle crashed into a tree and “flipped ... upside down,” a police report said. At least one person was taken by ambulance to the hospital.
1600 block of Tillman Avenue: In a moment of heightened emotion, a woman made a run for her boyfriend’s fleeting automobile, “grabbing onto the vehicle, and then falling, injuring herself,” police said.
— Larry Hobbs