Police Blotter: Bystander Claims Other Woman's Purse

Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Mesco Freeman
Mesco Freeman

A woman told police that, while shopping at Kohl's on Gunbarrel Road, another woman ended up with her purse.

Megan Armstrong said she got to the counter with some items, then thought of something else she needed. She left the items and her purse at the checkout counter.

Police said the cashier looked up and saw the abandoned purse. She then called out the name listed in the purse.

A woman who had been watching the situation unfold gladly volunteered. 

The clerk handed it over without asking for any identification.

Then the rightful owner got back up to the counter and learned that her purse was gone.

Police said the incident was caught on video.

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The Fox & Hound at Hamilton Place Boulevard suffered some collateral damage during a fight.

Bar officials said the carnage included at least three glasses, a chair and some window blinds.

Coleman Norris said Gareth Rogers, the father of his former girlfriend, approached him and his current girlfriend. He said Rogers grabbed him, threw him to the floor and hit him with his fist.

Rogers said he wanted to show the new girlfriend a picture of how Norris had allegedly abused his daughter.

Witnesses could not identify a primary aggressor, and both men agreed not to press charges.

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Residents at a duplex on Booth Road said shots were fired at their residences at a time a loud party was going on at a neighbor's house.

They said the gunfire was about 3 a.m.

One man said he heard shots and found a hole in his front door and screen as well as a bullet hole above an interior door.

The woman next door also has a bullet hole in the door.

Police found five 9mm shell casings nearby.

The man said he saw a dark truck pull away just after the shots.

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At the Walmart in Lookout Valley, store officials said a black female helped herself to five Bluetooth headsets, a purse and a wallet.

The total amount of the loot was $387.89.

The woman, who was wearing a black and gray striped shirt, was only in the store six minutes.

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Police responded to a report of a missing wedding ring at a house on Meadow Stream Loop.

The arriving officer found Ron Parsons standing out front holding a wedding ring up in the air and saying, "Thank God I found it."

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Police got several reports of shots being fired from two cars on the lot at the Raceway on South Broad Street.

A clerk said it involved a Suburban and a Ford Focus.

Another caller said there was a silver Sebring involved.

The manager of Papa John's said he heard shots and saw a silver Toyota Camry pull out.

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On Westside Drive, Jerome Lindsey said his friend, Mesco Freeman, walked to his residence. He let her in.

He said she promptly started breaking his household items, throwing things around, and slashing his couches with a kitchen knife.

In a prior case, a man said he was lying on a couch at a vacant house on Wheeler Avenue when Ms. Freeman lit a piece of material and threw it on him. 

In another, police said they found her "screaming and yelling and acting out of control in a rage" on N. Chamberlain Avenue. She damaged police and a patrol car during that arrest.

Ms. Freeman, who has an extensive criminal record, was charged with vandalism over $1,000. 



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