Police Beat (02/07/14)
Conniving knife-carrier commotion in Kroger
At 6:31 p.m. Wednesday, OPD officers were dispatched to Kroger, 300 S. Locust St., to address a report that an employee had been threatened by a customer.
According to a cashier's statement, a woman with whom he had been having "problems" for several months, entered the store and filed into his checkout lane.
The cashier noticed the female was holding a closed knife in her hand and that she began to back up and go into the next checkout lane. Then, the female opened the knife and stared at the cashier, according to his statement.
The cashier immediately contacted his manager, who also saw the knife and called police. When speaking with OPD, the cashier said the female had entered the store in the past, asking other employees about him and his hours, specifically, when he would be leaving. He believed she was trying to follow him home, OPD said.
The female was asked to come to the station for questioning and admitted to having the knife, but said she left the lane because she felt threatened by the employee. She also denied opening the knife.
The police then informed the suspect there was a video surveillance feed of the incident, at which point the female said she may have opened the knife.
She was cited for aggravated menacing and released to her family.
"Hello? 911? Is your refrigerator running?"
At 3:04 a.m. Wednesday, OPD responded to the apartments at 216 E. Sycamore St. in reference to a 911 call regarding a noise complaint. The caller complained of men making excess noise in a hallway.
Officers found two seemingly intoxicated males in the stairway being loud, according to OPD. The males, identified as being over 21 and tenants of the building, were told to go back inside their apartment.
At 3:48 a.m. OPD received another 911 call from the building, but the caller hung up without saying anything. Officers traced the call's origin, and returned to the two males' apartment, whence the call came.
When the males denied calling 911, officers asked if they could check their phone records, and the occupants agreed. It was found they did call 911, and received two subsequent incoming calls from dispatch.
The male who made the call was told to only call 911 in emergencies, and that if he called again in the absence of an emergency he would be arrested.
At 4:19 a.m., OPD received another call from the same male who claimed he was having an argument with another tenant.
Upon arrival, the male became belligerent and shoved one of the officers. He was promptly arrested.
He was taken to OPD and charged with disrupting public services and disorderly conduct: intoxication. He was taken to Butler County Jail.
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