best of the police blotter.

The quick paragraphs about
which citizens got into
what trouble are concise
& thorough.
There’s only so much
space allotted,
so the blotter writers have
to séance Hemingway.

In comic strips, the spots
between the panels (where
the drama & action take place)
are called gutters.
The gutters are a fill-in-the-blank
moment of implied action
or drama.

This week, a woman, 40,
after a few cocktails, had
called police about a possible
break-in. Her sexual stimulation
device, which she cleans after each use,
was dirty. Someone broke-in,
she theorized, and dirtied her device.
Police could find no signs
of forced entry.