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Passing of Doug Smith

Mar 1st, 2015 | By
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I have just been informed that Doug Smith, a long-time employee at DVI, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83. I remember Doug as an AW at DVI.  He had previously served as an instructor at the old Modesto academy.  I saw him a few times at the retiree breakfasts.  He was a good guy and a good cop. It is likely there will not be any services,

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When people who know nothing about guns write gun laws

Feb 28th, 2015 | By
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There is an interesting piece from the L A CITY WATCH yesterday linked here.  It goes into some detail about what happens when people who know nothing about guns write gun laws. At question is the law about making toy guns distinguishable from real guns and the potential pitfalls on both sides.  It has some very nice pictures of very real guns that have been disguised to make them look

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Bob’s Armory, Chapter 9

Feb 28th, 2015 | 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 got thrown into the mix. New high tech bullets and new low-flash high-velocity powders also make news in the field. Changes, in my humble opinion, in the last 25 years or so, since the development of synthetic pistol frames, have

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Four dead in six weeks at private prison

Feb 27th, 2015 | By
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Assuming the article linked here from the Bay View (an ultra-liberal black newspaper from the Bay Area) a CCA facility in Mississippi for California inmate-tourists is killing them off like flies.  I am disinclined to believe things said by people with an obvious axe to grind, but it is hard to just invent dead bodies and get away with it, at least for any length of time, so the basic

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State pours another $86 million down the toilet

Feb 27th, 2015 | By
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You would think that the state could figure out a way to buy computer systems that worked, wouldn’t you?  If you thought that long experience would have told you that it might be a reasonable expectation, but it probably isn’t going to happen. The BreEZe project, within the Dept. of Consumer Affairs, has already sucked up that much money and it doesn’t do diddly.  If the state does not shell

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Passing of Chuck Halstead

Feb 26th, 2015 | By
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I was notified a couple of hours ago that Chuck Halstead, a long-time senior officer at DVI, passed today after a lengthy illness. Chuck was one of the few senior officers at DVI who would help newbies out when I started.  He seemed to have a very good attitude about staff development.  He eventually promoted out, to Chuckawalla if I remember correctly. Chuck was a good cop and a good

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The world is coming to an end this Friday (Updated)

Feb 26th, 2015 | By
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Ok, I admit, that is a SLIGHT exaggeration, but only slight.  What is going to happen is that on Thursday (02-26-15) in the late afternoon the five Commissioners of the FCC will vote, by 3-2, for the U S Government to take over the internet in this country.  It will be done in the interest of “fairness,” at least in theory.  But only in theory. How exactly will this happen? 

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Stockton is now officially unbankrupt (but still crime-ridden and gang-infested)

Feb 26th, 2015 | By
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The crime-ridden and gang-infested city of Stockton officially exited bankruptcy yesterday.  They also fired the woman who was running the “Marshall Plan” that is part of the city’s attempt to combat the “long-term roots of crime” in the city.  A local tax watchdog group is looking into the operation of the Office of Violence Prevention, the official title of the city department Jessica Glynn headed up until yesterday afternoon. Ms.

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Real reality TV

Feb 25th, 2015 | By
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Sometimes reality really bites.  A couple of weeks back a KTVU Channel 2 news crew was on Hesperian Blvd in Hayward at a World’s Fare donut shop that seems to be very popular with successful lottery number pickers.  They were using the Powerball Lottery that was, at the time, bumping above $500 million as their hook. As they were walking back to the news truck at about 0640 the two-man

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DOJ takes pass on Zimmerman

Feb 24th, 2015 | By
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Three years after the incident the Barack Obama-Eric Holder justice department is about to announce that the feds can not and will not take action against the world’s best-known White-Hispanic, George Zimmerman, in the death of the young stoner-thief Trayvon Martin. I am confident that both Holder and the God-King, Emperor Barack I, are both desolate and inconsolable due to their inability to railroad and lynch (I mean bring to

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The scourge of plastic bags to be revisited

Feb 24th, 2015 | By
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The Secretary of State’s office announced today (02-24) that the referendum proposal to overturn the legislatively imposed state level ban on “single-use” grocery bags has qualified for the ballot.  Grass roots democracy is not dead. Clicking here will link to a Sacramento PRAVDA piece on this story.



Retired cop kills 2 daughters and himself (Update)

Feb 24th, 2015 | By
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A retried White Plains N Y police officer appears to have murdered two of his teenage daughters and three family dogs before killing himself this past Saturday. Local police responded to the home in Harrison, Westchester County, after a neighbor called them.  When they arrived just before 4:00 p.m. they found the bodies of Glen Hochman, 52, Alissa Hochman, 17 and Deanna Hochman, 13.  Hochman’s wife and oldest daughter were

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Protection at the mall

Feb 23rd, 2015 | By
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As most of Paco’s readers probably know the Islamo-fascists of ISIS have just recently encouraged assorted and sundry jihadis to attack shopping malls in the U.S., naming specifically the Mall of America in Minnesota. The Mall of America is, as are most of these places, private property.  They prohibit the carrying of firearms on their premises, even by retired peace officers.  I just caught a piece on the broadcast news

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Stockton racks up another one

Feb 23rd, 2015 | By
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The crime-ridden and gang-infested burg sometimes known as Mudville racked up another corpse in the homicide tote board this a.m.   An as-yet-unnamed 13-year old boy was shot down in the driveway of his home while waiting for his lift to school at about 0700.  The local constabulary’s gang investigation unit is looking into the matter. The shooting went down on the south side, so the gang angle is a very

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Teenage rape suspect was wearing monitor

Feb 23rd, 2015 | By
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Just before noon on Sunday a couple of weeks back a 22-year old female pizza delivery driver showed up to a house in Antioch to deliver a pizza.  She ended up being kidnapped and sexually assaulted, allegedly by a 17-year old who is already on probation for something and is wearing an ankle monitor. The driver had just gotten out of her car when she was (again allegedly) confronted by

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Mitchell’s CA Baby Momma Cap Tap Snap Rap

Feb 23rd, 2015 | By
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Way back in the old days (when dinosaurs still walked the earth), the formerly great State of California passed what is known as a Welfare Queen law.  This law said that the State would cap the increase in welfare grants for women who continued to crank out babies at State expense.  It was believed at the time (correctly to some extent) that some people, especially young unmarried mothers, were using the system as a cash cow.  They would give birth to increase their welfare check. State Senator Holly Mitchell of L. A. is now launching

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Murderer of C/O sentenced

Feb 22nd, 2015 | By
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Almost exactly one year ago Juvenile Correctional Officer Amanda Baker was murdered in the Scotts Bluff County Nebraska detention center. Officer Baker was lured into the cell by Dylan Cardeilhac who then jumped and strangled her, apparently in an escape attempt.  Cardeilhac was being held on an armed robbery beef.  He has since been convicted of the armed robbery and is doing 15 years on that beef. Cardeilhac was convicted

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Safer in the slammer than not

Feb 22nd, 2015 | By
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Roy Bieluch, 48, was a guest of Shoshone County, Idaho.  He left the county slammer in Wallace without permission Tuesday evening via a crawl space.  On Thursday evening a local resident went out side to check on why his dog was barking.  He encountered Bieluch, who came at him.  The local homeowner opened fire, wounding Bieluch, who is now back in custody.  Everybody other than Bieluch seems to be completely

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Bearly (un)civil

Feb 22nd, 2015 | By
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Adrienne Evans of Lake Tahoe is by most accounts a decent lady.  She is a professional mountain bike racer and teaches science in a local high school.  She is suing a local warm-and-fuzzy group, the BEAR protection league, blaming them for harassment and death threats she is receiving after she reported an aggressive black bear to Nevada state authorities, who killed the bear.  The bear had broken into her vehicle

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Drunk pretty much equals stupid

Feb 22nd, 2015 | By
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The Applehorn News is, as far as I can tell, a weekly print newspaper and an online presence in the teeming metropolis of Crestline, San Bernardino County.  While going through their Sheriff’s Log I stumbled across this wonderfully typical drunk story. Earlier this month a couple of deputies stopped at a mobile home park in the Valley of Enchantment at about 1015 p.m.  They were talking to a man there

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Does changing label make problem go away? (Apparently not)

Feb 22nd, 2015 | By
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The Willacy County Correctional Center is a privately run prison in south Texas.  It used to operate as a “tent city” housing immigrants for ICE.  It closed down in 2011 amid complaints of abuse of the detainees.  It reopened one month later as a Criminal Alien Requirement prison.  I am unsure I see the difference, but apparently there is one.  The ACLU (which is hardly unbiased) asserts that the place

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Moonbeam comes back to earth

Feb 21st, 2015 | By
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Acting late last night Governor Brown decided to put the kibosh on parole for a murderous gang thug, Rene “Boxer” Enriquez, 52, who has managed to enrapture the Orange County D A and a lot of other people who should know better. Jerry wrote, “When considered as a whole, I find the evidence shows that he currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison.”  Brown further said,

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Bob’s Armory, Chapter 8.

Feb 21st, 2015 | 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 law still doesn’t care, but juries do (and sometimes DAs do too). Some alterations to a gun are fine, some are questionable, some are legally dangerous. Putting different grips on a gun in order to make it fit your hand

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Bobby Beausouleil parole hearing

Feb 20th, 2015 | By
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The parole hearing for my old DVI home boy Robert Beausouleil, 67, was just stalled off.  He was an acolyte of Charles Manson.  When I started at DVI back in 1980 he was on J-3 east side and had a goddamn piano in his cell. His parole hearing was stalled off due to a RVR (rules violation report) which the department wants adjudicated before his hearing.  He has no disciplinary

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Second annual DVI reunion luncheon

Feb 20th, 2015 | By
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Since the First Annual DVI Reunion Luncheon was such a smashing success we are doing it again, at a larger venue.  The luncheon will be on Friday, May 15, 2015 at the American Legion Hall at 1960 S. Tracy Blvd in beautiful Tracy, CA.  Cost is $30 per person, advance purchase only, received not later than May 2.  NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.  I hope to see

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Goodner is maybe not very good

Feb 20th, 2015 | By
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A former Hercules PD officer is under arrest for suspicion of trying to kill  his ex-wife. John Goodner, 47, is believed to have fired shots into the house of his ex-wife at about 0200 on January 28.  This was two days after the woman got a restraining order against Goodner. He worked for the Hercules PD for 12 years and retired in 2009 on a medical.  He has allegedly become

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Suspected dog killer arrested

Feb 20th, 2015 | By
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Willie Bee Turner, 20, of Oakland is now under arrest for the killing of a dog on the street in Sacramento on January 22. The small mixed-breed female was burned alive in a dog carrier.  A substantial reward was offered by the SPCA which led to Turner being ratted out.  He is being held pending $35,000 bond. Clicking here will link to a brief SFGATE story about this POS.



I wonder how the neighbors feel about this (Updated)

Feb 20th, 2015 | By
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On April 27, 2013, eight-year old Leila was stabbed to death in her family home in San Andreas.  It seems extremely likely that her half-brother, Isiah Fowler, now 14, killed her.  Isiah has been a guest of the county since his arrest two weeks after the murder. The court is about to look at a request to modify the custody order on Isiah, whose trial is to begin this month. 

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Unintended consequence (?)

Feb 20th, 2015 | By
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Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) is acting to correct what may (or may not) have been a whoops in Proposition 47 passed by voters last November. By downgrading many felonies to misdemeanors the ability of the police to gather DNA samples from many arrested persons went out the window.  These DNA samples have been very valuable in cold case investigations and have led to numerous rape and murder convictions. This

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Elderly widow vs. persistent burglar

Feb 19th, 2015 | By
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An elderly widow in Columbus, Ohio, had an encounter this morning with a persistent burglar.  The burglar, now a dead burglar, broke into a home across the street from her.  However, the householders there became aware of his presence and chased his happy ass out a second story window. Undeterred, he went to a house across the street, smashed in a front window and entered at about 0500.  He wasn’t

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Another marijuana murder

Feb 19th, 2015 | By
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Joel Ramirez, 21, lived in my old home town of San Leandro.  He was by all accounts a good kid, wanted to be a cop.  He lived in a small apartment on the property of a main house that was unoccupied.  On December 14 of last year he was sitting in his car in the driveway on Kenilworth Ave. about 0930 three days after his 21st birthday.  He attended classes

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Conrad Mar service this coming Sunday

Feb 18th, 2015 | By
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Conrad Mar was a long-time fixture at DVI.  I remember seeing him and talking with him briefly at the DVI reunion luncheon last year.  He recently passed.  His service will be this coming Sunday at the DeYoung Chapel at 601 N. California St. in Stockton at 1:00 p.m.