News from the 'Hood
Note: This post was originally posted Tuesday, 18 May at 9am, and then it disappeared.Thanks to the goole cache function, I just found and recovered it from the eather that is the internet. As origianlly presented.
To orient yourself, here are some maps: [edited 6:35pm 05/23/04 at the Wife's behest] Here is the 'Hood'
and it's relation to Atlanta
, and there will be a ten point quiz given at the end of this post, so pay attention.
I'll start with last Thursday, but make no promises to follow normal time. I was sitting up in the office at the computer, probably blogging, when I noticed police cars parked on the street in front of my next door neighbors' house (to my right, facing the street from my house). And, the police seemed to be concerned with a young black kid who I've seen in the neighborhood plenty of times. As a matter of fact, I usually knew the school bus had been by, because he would streak through my yard a few minutes later going for home, I guess. It seems that he is pretty good friends w/ my next door neighbor's boy, and I'm guessing 14-15 years old? I should know, and probably knew, but can't remember now, so you'll have to settle for guesses.
I went outside, and by the time I opened the door to do so, the police were pulling of, and had the young boy in the front seat (always a better sign than the backseat) and were driving off down the hill. I puttered around a few minutes until my neighbor came out. She said the boy's father had beaten him, badly. So, he had called the police from her house. He wants to go live w/ his mother (looks like a fine choice). Well, the Daddy in this case made a mistake for a domestic abuser - he did it outside of the home, in view of the neighbors. This means that the county can try him for assault regardless of whether or not the boy wants to press charges. Daddy's crime had third party witnesses.
Yesterday, the house just passed my neighbors', one over, had the County sheriff and work crew of four guys in a pick-up truck, tossing all the contents to the curb. I figured that might be why they were in the neighborhood in the first place. This house is a single story white brick ranch on a corner lot, and a few days ago, I had noticed a sticker on the front door saying 'this property secured by request of the owner'. That puzzled me for a bit, but it turns out the lady who'd been living their was a renter, and the owners were evicting her. Sad, really. Turns out, as I was talking to a couple who were scavenging the stuff, the house had been sold on the court house steps, like, yesterday morning. They also said, there had been a couple, and they got a divorced, and then she lost her job. 'Course, as my other neighbor from across the street pointed out, if she would have 'yard saled' all the stuff the county had thrown to the curb, she could paid for two or three more months, or better. And if these were just renters being evicted, why was the house sold?
There's another house, this one sits behind my neighbor's to the left of me, and faces a different road. This house has a sticker on the front door saying 'plumbing condemned' or something to that effect. It was looking abandoned, but there was a crew there Saturday cleaning the yard up. And further down this same street is another house w/ the same sticker posted, but also seems to be undergoing active renovation. A neighbor living next door to that house said the owners were using insurance money to repair damages caused by (the Wife will remember).
Well, got to get back to filling out these forms for the county, and they have a real slow server.
NOte: Repeated paragraph removed @ 8:56 pm 05/22/04