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Carpet Culprit
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A misunderstanding about some carpeting resulted in a call to the police. A woman filed a complaint about a disorderly person after nearly getting into a fight with her neighbor.

 It was shortly after 10 p.m. when the woman was walking to her home and saw her neighbor. The neighbor mistakenly believed the woman had criticized the carpet in her apartment and attempted to provoke a fight. The complainant got back in her car and drove off, then called the police. She was given a CRN card and advised about seeking a good behavior warrant.

• Two pit bulls attacked children at a playground one evening last week. The children were playing at Treat Park, at the corner of Treat and Gabel Streets, when the dogs approached them. One child was pulled off a swing and bitten in the face. Neighbors had to beat one of the dogs unconscious with bricks in order to get it to release the child. Shots were fired to scare the other dog, which was later shot with a tranquilizer by Animal Control, but eluded them by escaping into a nearby wooded area. The dog was found early the following morning, and was to be quarantined to establish whether it is rabid. Both dogs had collars, but no tags. The 7-year-old who was bitten was taken to the hospital and was in critical condition.

• A motorcyclist died in a multi–vehicle accident near the intersection of I–95 and route 204. It was shortly after 9:30 p.m. when Roosevelt Dunn lost control of his bike and hit the pavement. Another rider was traveling behind him and was unable to avoid hitting him. The second biker was launched from his bike, and the rider–less machine continued southbound on 95 until it struck a vehicle. Dunn succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. The second rider was listed in serious but stable condition.

• A house was engulfed by flames, and arson is suspected. Police received a report of a house on fire, and when an officer arrived, he saw a man with a garden hose futilely attempting to put out the blaze. The man told the officer that he knew the woman who owned the house, and that he had called her to let her know what was going on. She was on her way. When she talked with the officer, she said there was no reason for the house to have caught fire because she didn’t leave anything on when she left. The homeowner’s sister arrived and said that she knew who did it. She said that she and her sister had played cards with her former common-law husband. He doesn’t like anyone in the family (but will still play some cards with them), and they had to call the police to make him leave.

• A botched burglary left one would–be robber critically injured. Shortly after 1 a.m., three men tried to rob a young man in front of his cousin’s house. The victim ran inside, but the robbers followed him. Once inside, the victim’s cousin, who had heard the commotion and barking dogs, came out with a gun and shot one of the intruders. They all ran, and one of them dropped a handgun in the process. Another person present in the house picked up the discarded weapon and opened fire on the robbers as well. The wounded robber was found in a vacant lot adjacent to the house. A mask was found nearby. He refused to provide police with any personal information, and was transported to the hospital in critical condition.