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Murderous beggar sentenced

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By
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On December 7, 2011, William Stephens was sitting in his car talking with a buddy when Dywon Levell Byrd, 45, walked up to the car and asked him for $2.  Stephens refused.  Byrd pulled out a gun and shot and killed Stephens. Stephens then fled but was arrested hiding out in a backyard.  He was

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Sketchy info on homicide #32

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By
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The crime-ridden and gang-infested pit that is Stockton had another homicide Sunday evening.  The information that is available seems very thin indeed and the cops are openly soliciting on FaceBook for more info. According to the Stockton RECORD piece linked here this is what happened.  A black male, aged 30s or 40s, attempted to kidnap

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Mass escape from Tenn juvenile facility

Sep 2nd, 2014 | By
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A total of 32 prisoners beat feet from a Nashville youth detention facility late yesterday by going under the fence.  Most were recaptured quickly but ten are still in the wind. The 32 “teenagers”, aged 14-19, all went to a common room in the facility where they “overwhelmed” 16-18 staff members that were present there

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Masked cop accused of attacking woman with bat

Sep 1st, 2014 | By
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This one is fairly high up on the weirdometer.  Walnut Creek (CA) police officer Gregory Thompson, 54, of Martinez, is alleged to have accosted  a woman about 0200 hours on August 16.  At the time Thompson was off duty, wearing a mask and armed with a baseball bat. The woman had allegedly run out of

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C/O shot down outside his home (Updated)

Aug 31st, 2014 | By
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A Miami-Dade (FLA) corrections officer was shot down outside of his home Friday night. The officer was believed to have been the victim of a robbery and not a targeted shooting.  He was working on his car outside of his own home when he was shot several times.  Some property was taken at the time

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When seconds count the police are only minutes away

Aug 31st, 2014 | By
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The article linked here makes reference to a recent situation that came up in Lancaster, Ohio.  Dinah Burns was walking her dog Gracia on a path in the woods near a school when she was approached by two men, one armed with a baseball bat.  They announced their intention to abduct her. At that time

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Stockton is ass-out on psycho killer connection

Aug 31st, 2014 | By
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Serious fans of the genre will know that the character of Wilmer in The Maltese Falcon supposedly represents a robber with a small-man complex who, among other things, was supposed to have at one time knocked over a “filling station” in Stockton.  This belief was based, among other things, on information from Dashiell Hammett himself. 

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Ammunition license bill bites the dust

Aug 30th, 2014 | By
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SB53, which would have required that ammunition buyers and sellers have a special license and outlawed internet sales of ammo, died on a 35-35 vote in the assembly. The good guys won, but it was a near thing.  Expect to see it again next session.



Spinners to get spaces of their own

Aug 30th, 2014 | By
justice
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Mentally ill inmates (spinners in the jargon, at least when I was working) are now going to be housed in separate specialized housing units that will (allegedly) offer them actual treatment instead of isolation according to an agreement filed in U. S. District Court. Under the agreement the state will create 2,500 beds for the

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Man convicted of murder by pit bull

Aug 30th, 2014 | By
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A SoCal man has been convicted of second degree murder in a death caused by a pack of pit bulls he owned. Alex Donald Jackson, 31, owned four pit bulls that attacked and mauled Pamela Devitt, 63, to death in the Littlerock area near  Lancaster on May 9 of last year.  She was bitted more

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Bad karma

Aug 30th, 2014 | By
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Or maybe bad carma.  Frank Spingolo was the driver of a hit-and-run vehicle in December 2012 in an incident where Carilo Quionez, 72, died.  Spingolo fled the scene, then called the cops and reported his vehicle as stolen.  It didn’t work and he did some county time behind the crime.  The accident was not Spingolo’s

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Gun of the week

Aug 30th, 2014 | By
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Mark 42 5 inch 54 caliber rapid fire naval gun The Gun of the Week is another one that I do not have one of and would not fit in my safe anyway.  It is a Mark 42 5 inch 54 caliber rapid fire naval gun. This weapon fires a 127 mm shell through a barrel 54 times the length of the bore, which is what the 54 caliber designation means for artillery.  This means the tube is 270 inches or not quite 23 feet long.   This is a dual purpose semi-automatic weapon normally controlled

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Bob’s Armory, Chapter 9

Aug 30th, 2014 | By
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(This originally ran in June, 2008. It has been updated somewhat since then.) Chapter 9. Best gun, best load. Those who follow the gun press will know that there is a never-ending supply of arguments on this subject. For the longest time it was .45 vs 9 mm. Then the .40 cal and .357 auto

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Escape attempt at Bedlam

Aug 29th, 2014 | By
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I have been told that there was an actual escape attempt from B yard at CHCF last night.  The attempt involved an improvised rope.  I am unsure if the wannabe escapee was in a cell or a common area when the attempt was made.  I am unsure if his being missing was discovered via a

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Don’t eat your cellie’s underwear

Aug 29th, 2014 | By
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It is not an idle warning as a guest of Jessamine County (KY) found out very recently. Michael Jones, 55, was in the slammer when he got a court ordered furlough to attend a family funeral.  While he was out he soaked his boxers in methadone and when he came back he tore the boxers

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Parking brakes are there for a reason

Aug 29th, 2014 | By
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Bernadette Ann Richardson, 54, died on Wednesday.  She was run over by her own SUV several days previously in Roseville.  The Ford Explorer was running while she was attempting to remove her bicycle from the rear compartment.  While that was going on her vehicle ran over her, trapping her underneath.  She died five days later

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Deadly cracks in AB109

Aug 29th, 2014 | By
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The above headline isn’t mine.  I lifted it directly from today’s Stockton RECORD.  It refers to a second revolving door parolee murder attributed to an AB109 client who was released early after serving a minute fraction of his sentence and who then went out to (allegedly) commit a murder. The person referred to the second

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Slightly modified AB1014 still moving forward

Aug 28th, 2014 | By
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A slightly modified version of AB1014 is still moving forward through Sacramento.  The original wording of the bill would have allowed ANYBODY (including your ex, your daughter’s pissed-off boyfriend or your crazy gun-hating neighbor) to apply for a restraining order which would, without notice and without much in the way of review, result in your

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State of Jefferson moving toward reality (?)

Aug 28th, 2014 | By
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Those who support the secession movement which, if successful, would create the State of Jefferson out of Northern California are moving forward.  They are in Sacramento from Modoc and Siskiyou Counties formally lodging a complaint with state government.  This expression will include a presentation to both the legislature and the Secretary of State expressing their

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Picketing yesterday at CHCF

Aug 28th, 2014 | By
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The Psych Techs who work at the California Helath Care Facility (aka Bedlam) located just outside of Stockton were on the picket line yesterday, according to the piece linked here from BusinessWire.com. The Psych Techs are seeking increased staffing in the Mental Health Crisis Unit.  Currently there are only two psych techs on the unit.

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Rum flask vs. .357. Capt. Morgan lost

Aug 27th, 2014 | By
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Lynsey Evakarla Braun, 32, shot and killed Eric McCaster, 51, on January 23 of this year.  There is no question about that.  There is also no question that McCaster was stinking drunk at the time, and being a dick.  The question is whether or not it was self-defense under the law. Ms. Braun, who is

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COPS crew member wounded in police shootout

Aug 27th, 2014 | By
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A production crew employee of the COPS TV series was wounded Tuesday night in a shootout in Omaha. The incident went down in a Wendy’s restaurant near 42nd and Dodge.  An officer noticed the robbery going down and called for backup just before the shooting began. The details in the AP piece linked here are

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Deputy shot during hospital escape attempt

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
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An Iowa deputy was shot Saturday by an inmate who was attempting to escape from custody at a local medical facility.  The attempt was unsuccessful and the inmate then self-rehabilitated. The Fayette County deputy, who has not yet been identified for the media, was attacked when he released one of the inmate’s hands from handcuffs. 

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Multiple murder suspect being held…on animal cruelty charge

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
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The suspect in as many as five apparently random murders in LA is being held on animal cruelty charges pending $1 million bail. Alexander Hernandez, 34, of Sylmar, is a suspect in the seemingly random murders of at least three and possibly as many as five people in LA in a series of shootings that

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Practice of magic now legal in Virginia…

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
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…or at least in parts of Virginia.  The town council of Front Royal has repealed its ban on the practice of “magic arts, gypsies and fortune tellers.”  Yesterday’s vote, after a period of public comment, drew 30 speakers.  Most of them supported the repeal of the law. Sheri Johnson, one of the commenters, stated,  “If

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Annual San Quentin Alumni and Employee Lunch

Aug 26th, 2014 | By
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The annual San Quentin Employee and Alumni Lunch will be held on Thursday, October 2.  The venue is Elks Lodge #901, 2105 S. McDowell Blvd, Petaluma.  The frivolities begin at 1030.   The cost is $35.00 If interested you MUST get your check in the mail no later than Sept. 15.  If they don’t get

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DA wants Senator Wright to do time for doing wrong

Aug 25th, 2014 | By
justice
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Rod Wright is still the Democrat state senator from Baldwin Hills-Inglewood.  He is still drawing a paycheck from the taxpayers though he has been suspended from his seat.  The DA wants to give him another seat, in the county  slammer. A Los Angeles jury found him guilty of various forms of nastiness when he lied

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Federal judge rules CA 10-day gun wait sometimes unconstitutional

Aug 25th, 2014 | By
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Senior Federal District Judge Anthony W. Ishii ruled today that California’s waiting period for gun purchases (used to be 10 days but new legislation allowed the state to extend that even further) can be an unconstitutional infringement of the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment to the U S Constitution. I will post

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Somebody’s going to emergency, somebody’s going to jail

Aug 23rd, 2014 | By
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The local cops responded to a situation at a downtown apartment complex in the wee hours of Friday that left one parolee in the hospital and another in jail. When the police responded to a call of a man shot just before 2 am they found one man suffering from gunshot wounds.  He told them

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Gun of the Week

Aug 23rd, 2014 | By
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Holland and Holland .700 Nitro Express The Gun of the Week this time around is the Holland and Holland .700 Nitro Express. This rifle was developed in 1988 by Jim Bell and William Feldstein and was built for them by Holland and Holland.  It has been so popular it has moved into regular (though very limited) production.  These things go for about $75,000 and cost about $70 a round to shoot. The rifle throws a 1,000 grain bullet at about 2,000 fps resulting in about 15,000 foot-pounds of energy.  Hand-loading of the cartridge can push

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Bob’s Armory, Chapter 8.

Aug 23rd, 2014 | By
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(This originally ran June 8, 2008.) Chapter 8. Customizing a firearm. Once upon a time if you had to actually use a gun on somebody the law didn’t much care if it was a .32 auto or a machine gun. If the shooting was good, it was good and if it wasn’t, it wasn’t. The

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San Berdoo cop critical after shooting

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By
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A San Bernardino PD officer is in critical condition after an early morning shootout today. Officer Gabriel Garcia, who is a field training officer, was riding with his rookie in a residential area when they came upon seven people walking in a residential area at about 0200.  As the cops approached them Alex Alvarado, 38,

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