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POLICE BEAT, Ann Arbor , 7/20/04
posted by JohnR (37 comments total)
posted by ChuqD at 5:33 PM on July 20, 2004

Two pizza delivery drivers fended off would-be robbers early today outside an Ypsilanti Township home, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department.

posted by delmoi at 5:34 PM on July 20, 2004

They were assaulted by the woman who complained about the noise. One of the women was bitten in the arm and another used pepper spray against the attacker.

And this is without the college kids.
posted by smackfu at 6:51 PM on July 20, 2004

If he's covered in nacho cheese, is he then really naked?
posted by clevershark at 6:55 PM on July 20, 2004

Ann Arbor is Overrated
posted by inksyndicate at 7:05 PM on July 20, 2004

Question, is Ann Arbor a huge college town? I realize there is a college there that is big, and it is a town... but there seems to be a lot more Ann Arbor references/blogs compared to any other college town. I demand an explanation!
posted by geoff. at 7:19 PM on July 20, 2004

How can you talk about Ann Arbor crime without linking Man In Superman Costume Attacks Motorists? The freaks really come out for art fair...
posted by revgeorge at 7:27 PM on July 20, 2004

geoff.: Yes, the University of Michigan. I'm too lazy to look up the stats, but it's large.
posted by pmurray63 at 7:29 PM on July 20, 2004

... Can I ask what the purpose of this FPP was? 'Cuz I'm kinda clueless...
posted by SpecialK at 7:31 PM on July 20, 2004

Ann Arbor is home to undoubtedly the most insufferable hipsters on this mortal coil, while somehow managing to still be a charming city. Ditto Portland(s), both OR and ME.

Not that you asked.
posted by dhoyt at 7:32 PM on July 20, 2004

Ann Arbor essentially functions as an upscale suburb of detroit. That and its large, wealthy student populations leads to more hipsters and yuppies than you can shake a stick at.
posted by jmgorman at 7:33 PM on July 20, 2004

Hell hath no fury... like Covington, GA.
posted by Frank Grimes at 7:44 PM on July 20, 2004

Ann Arbor is home to undoubtedly the most insufferable hipsters on this mortal coil

You've never been to Williamsburg, have you, dhoyt?
posted by jonmc at 8:09 PM on July 20, 2004

Ann Arbor is home to undoubtedly the most insufferable hipsters on this mortal coil

You've never been to Williamsburg, have you, dhoyt?

As a former resident of both Ann Arbor and good ol' Williamsburg I can tell you that you're both right. That and roughly 70% of Ann Arbor hipsters end up in living in Williamsburg anyway...
posted by crank at 8:20 PM on July 20, 2004

Sheriff's Blotter

I've always found that these things (I include my former residence as an example) written by small town newspapers to be singularly hilarious. Much better than what the cops themselves provide.
posted by WolfDaddy at 8:25 PM on July 20, 2004

I actually left out Williamsburg on purpose. Deriding its hipsters is like complaining Sweden has too many white people! I stopped hating on Wmsburg back in '02 as it just seemed moot....

So, huh--what's this thread about, again?
posted by dhoyt at 8:28 PM on July 20, 2004

As a former resident of both Ann Arbor and good ol' Williamsburg

You're just a glutton for punishment, aren't you, crank?

Hipsters make me want to buy a mini-van and eat at Sizzler.
posted by jonmc at 8:30 PM on July 20, 2004

They make you self-destructive with a pretense of passive aggression? You sure it's them?
posted by squirrel at 8:53 PM on July 20, 2004

At least Ann Arbor's a little too far north for the hit-'em-with-an-alligator crowd.
posted by arto at 8:59 PM on July 20, 2004

Mefi's own Tlogmer is a pizza delivery boy in A2.
posted by shoepal at 9:00 PM on July 20, 2004


Maybe the next Eugene Critical Mass should be ridden naked.
posted by kaibutsu at 9:01 PM on July 20, 2004

Tlogmer, can you kick down with the naked gorefest video stream? From the sound of things out there, you should be able to just hang a camera out any window.

Advantage: kaibutsu.
posted by squirrel at 9:06 PM on July 20, 2004

Fucking pansies.

Check out what Phnom Pehn has goin' on

Them Cambodians know a thing or two about crime.
posted by qDot at 9:39 PM on July 20, 2004

Hipsters make me want to buy a mini-van and eat at Sizzler.
Jon, you're one minivan away from achieving all your dreams! And you have only the hipsters to thank!

Now. On topic.

These blotters are always full of arcane goodies that are too arcane even for COPS to touch. It's like pr0n for the plumb unfortunate.
posted by chicobangs at 10:46 PM on July 20, 2004

The Arcata Eye Newspaper has the best police log.

Friday, May 28 3:32 a.m. A blanket-bedecked man positioned himself by the front door to an I Street cooperative supermarket and started talking to himself and yelling. After talking with police, he walked off.

9:22 a.m. The same guy was arrested on the Plaza after allegedly being mean to trees.

posted by whatever at 2:10 AM on July 21, 2004

9:38 p.m. Like a vulture rooting out scabrous intestines encrusted with a thick mantle of writhing insect larvae from a rotting wildebeest carcass, a shoplifter helped himself to candy from an F Street supermarket’s bulk bins. The grown man was caught sweet-handed and told not to come back.
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:55 AM on July 21, 2004

whatever: I agree - the Arcata Eye can't be beat. My former hometown - best police log in the country...
posted by slackdog at 9:08 AM on July 21, 2004

college paper here (north of ann arbor) used to have a police briefs section that regularly featured detailed descriptions of men exposing themselves in public places - behind bushes, in bathrooms, in the stacks in the library. at least one per week, usually more.

then the girl who wrote those police briefs graduated, and the number of nudity sightings dropped down to like one or two a year. i still suspect that she either made them up, embellished, or was sort of picky about which items were paper-worthy. (also suspect that 80% or more of the "man exposing himself behind shrubbery" was more like "drunk kid caught peeing".)
posted by caution live frogs at 9:23 AM on July 21, 2004

For what it's worth, this guy used to write hilarious police blotters for the Targum while both of us were at Rutgers. Their archive doesn't seem to include them, although I did turn up this letter to the editor which pretty much gives the jist of one of them.
posted by alphanerd at 9:23 AM on July 21, 2004

Ann Arbor essentially functions as an upscale suburb of detroit

no, it does not, your thinking of Bloomfield Hills.
I'll have you all know A2 is a conservitive town. and much of it's charm is gone or is hidden from the general public.
posted by clavdivs at 10:53 AM on July 21, 2004

Ann Arbor is... weird. I don't like it very much, though mostly I'm still bitter about how I was at a camp there as a kid and this counselor looked at me and said "Ann Arbor is a BIG CITY, you know..." when it is, in fact, much smaller than Grand Rapids. Though Grand Rapids manages to avoid the bicycling without pants crowd, mostly because we are, on average, less stoned.
posted by dagnyscott at 12:07 PM on July 21, 2004

Marijuana issue OK'd for Ann Arbor ballot
posted by JohnR at 6:01 PM on July 21, 2004

Damn, how'd I miss this thread?

I'm mixed on Ann Arbor. I remember when it was more relaxed and less yuppiefied (ah, the halcyon days of 1997 and Tappan Middle School) and that still colors my image of it. It has a lot of cool people, mostly as a product of Community High, but they're mostly moved away by my age. It's only a matter of time before I get the hell out of here.

My first reaction to the "upscale suburb of detroit" comment, though, was blind rage (townie soft spot) -- Ann Arbor has a fair sized downtown with office workers (a large portion of which are university workers), though most of the jobs are actually in high-tech industrial parks around the periphery. People who can afford to live here generally work here, and so do a lot of people who can't.

It's easy not to realize how big the town is, though, spacially; I didn't until I started delivering pizza. What most people (okay, most U-M students, and a fair proportion of the rest) think of as the city is actually only the core, which is surrounded by huge swaths of houses and subdivision upon subdivision beyond. The "suburb" moniker is therefore warrented, a bit; the city has suburb density and it's difficult to live here without a car unless you eat at dining halls. (No highways cut through the center of town, though; they "surround" the administrative city, in effect cutting through the periphery).

A redeeming factor is that it's beautiful, trees everywhere. I suspect the most vocal critics of Ann Arbor (and I agree with them on a lot of points) haven't lived in a real suburb.
posted by Tlogmer at 12:15 AM on July 22, 2004

Ann Arbor is not a conservative town, clavdivs. (Unless you're going on the global spectrum, not the U.S.) There's a democratic supermajority on the council. It's a rich democratic town -- conservative by some measures, liberal by most.
posted by Tlogmer at 12:23 AM on July 22, 2004

Tappen huh. well I was Dicken Devil and we kicked your butts in baseball throughout the 70's.

It is democratic but people, at least those whom live there for more then 4 years, are conservitive in there general outlook. Many do not want things to change and many want change to fit better economic growth. Do not get me wrong, it has a large liberal label but most who i knew and know are conservitive in there politic.
posted by clavdivs at 10:21 AM on July 23, 2004

Chalk me up as a former Detroiter who liked going to Ann Arbor.

Even for the Hash Bash.
posted by adampsyche at 11:14 AM on July 23, 2004

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