Best Crime Blotter - 2008
Rock Hill Police Department
Owing to their hardboiled prose style, crime blotters can be funny to read. (Granted, the types of offenses covered in most law-and-order sections are no laughing matter. But still.) Paul Arnett, the police chief of tiny Rock Hill, is totally down with that. In recent months, Arnett has written most of the Rock Hill blotter items that are published in the Webster-Kirkwood Times. Take this dispatch from late July: "Several callers reported a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood of Blue Bell Lane during the early-morning hours of July 12. On Eldorado Court officers stopped the vehicle, driven by the newspaper delivery man." (No one can accuse those folks in Rock Hill of being asleep on their neighborhood-watch jobs!) And another, from earlier in the year: "Officers received a report of a dog running loose Feb. 28 in the 9300 block of Golden Gate Drive, but were unable to locate the dog. They proceeded to a home on the street where a dog is known to get out of the yard and run at large. Officers found the dog in the backyard but he was panting and seemed out of breath. It was apparent this dog was the culprit. It's also apparent the dog knows what a police car looks like, police said, because they have never caught the dog out of the yard. After warning the owner, the officers claimed the dog was smiling at them when they left." The Times says its readership is split about the write-ups, but the Rock Hill PD says the response has been largely favorable. Add us to the fan club!