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07/10/06, 14:05, Medical Assist, 616 S. 200 West, Super 8 Motel

“Officers responded to this call and found a refugee family of nine from Somalia that had been placed at the motel by the International Rescue Committee. The committee gave them a food card but, because of cultural difference, the family didn’t understand how to use it. They had been in the room for five days without food. Two members of the family were transported to the hospital for observation. One of the responding officers took other members of the family to the store, where he showed them how to shop for food and how to pay with the card.

To come through war, famine and misery the likes of which most Americans could neither stomach nor fathom, how twisted to be nearly done in by a debit card.


07/16/06, 20:41, Missing Juvenile, near 700 S. 500 East

“At 20:30 hours, 5-year-old Destiny Norton (goes by the name Annie) got mad at her parents and stormed out of the house. Approximately 10 minutes later her father went to look for her and could not locate her. Door-to-door canvas, volunteer citizen area canvas, K-9 yard-to-yard search and a Child Is Missing automated telephone notification resulted in no leads. An Amber Alert was issued. The missing juvenile is Destiny Norton, 5 yr., 3’6”, 45-50 lb., blond hair with green dye streaks on the back, wearing an adult-size black T-shirt with gray stripes on it. A person of interest was questioned shortly after the girl disappeared and released. Information has been developed that leads detectives to want to speak with him again. He has been located and is being questioned; however the child still has not been located.”

Despite her adult-size T-shirt, green-streaked locks and self-governing disposition, Destiny is a 5-year-old child. But, on a scorching Sunday evening, the precocious little girl “stormed” unnoticed into the grownup world she was only cosmetically prepared for.

Sticking Your Neck Out

07/14/06, 04:49, Robbery/Stabbing, 1760 S. State

“The victim met two men on State Street who promised to take the victim to a place to buy drugs. As they walked through the parking lot, the two men punched the victim, knocking him to the ground. The victim was then kicked and stabbed in the neck with a broken bottle. The suspects demanded the victim’s wallet and he complied. The suspect left in an unknown direction. The victim was transported to the hospital in fair condition. The suspects are described as: No. 1, male Hispanic, early 20s, bald head, wearing a gray T-shirt; No. 2, male Hispanic, early 20s, longer brown hair, wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.

Serial Dangler?

07/16/06, 20:37, Purse Snatching, 1302 S. State, Wayne’s Texaco

“The suspect, male white adult, medium build, 5’6”, dark blond hair, wearing a black sleeveless tank top and no pants or very short shorts, approached the victim and pushed her down. The suspect grabbed her purse and was last seen running westbound on the north side of 1300 South.

Bacon Your Pardon

07/11/06, 23:19, Burglary, near 100 W. 1700 South

“The 40-year-old male victim came home and found the [45-year-old male suspect] sitting in the kitchen eating two pounds of bacon that he had taken from the refrigerator and fried up. Responding officers took the [suspect] to jail and booked him for burglary.

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