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Foxy Knoxy cops a walk

Mar 27th, 2015 | By
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Amanda Knox has been found not guilty of murder by an appeals court in Italy.  This is the last step in the criminal justice system in Italy, leaving Ms. Knox to not have to sweat whether or not the U. S. would extradite her if push came to shove.



Border Patrol now being issued flamethrowers

Mar 27th, 2015 | By
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OK, that is an exaggeration, but apparently not much of one.  Earlier this week Alex Martin allegedly got lost in Pine Valley, CA while driving for 22 straight hours.  He was driving the wrong way on I-8 and the Border Patrol agents tried to pull him over.  Martin took off instead of stopping, with the Border Patrol in pursuit.  He was stopped a few minutes later by spike strips. The

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Another first for Stockton

Mar 27th, 2015 | By
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I have lived in Stockton for about 25 years.  I do know a little bit about its history.  For instance, Stockton was the first city in California to have a non-Spanish name and the man who it is named after, Commodore Robert Stockton, never came here.  Never-the-less Michael Fitzgerald’s column in today’s Stockton Record, linked here, has a first I never would have figured on.  It seems that Stockton was

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Prison of Belief

Mar 26th, 2015 | By
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Mike Rinder used to be one of the chief inquisitor-enforcers of the Church of Scientology.  He is now one of the principle people appearing in GOING CLEAR, a HBO expose of the alleged excesses of the church.  The documentary was put together by an award-winning writer and an award-winning director.  The Scientology people are going spastic over it, that alone tends to make me believe it might be fun to

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Major Second Amendment hearing order

Mar 26th, 2015 | By
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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has just ordered an en banc rehearing of the Peruta Vs. San Diego and Richards vs Yolo County Sheriff cases.  The cases may be combined and Kamala Harris is seeking to insert herself into the procedure. These two cases have moved California well towards being a de facto if not de jure Shall Issue state.  Presumably several of the justices are unhappy with the

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Is the excrement about to hit the air circulation device in the Middle East?

Mar 26th, 2015 | By
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Various broadcast news outlets have been reporting that both Egypt and Saudi Arabia have ground and air operations underway currently in Yemen and that there are Egyptian naval ships off the Yemeni coast. Far be it from me to suggest that the God-King Barack I may have been very slightly in error when he announced that Yemen was an overwhelming U. S. success story, but…….. (Yes, I know this is

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Family visit homicides

Mar 25th, 2015 | By
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A former Mexican police officer who was in prison for murdering his wife in 2006 murdered his girlfriend, their two children and a daughter of the girlfriends during a visit at the Puente Grande Prison in Guadalajara, Mexico. Domingo Villa Arellano allegedly got pissed because his children told him the girlfriend was being mean to them.  Prison authorities have not yet explained why Villa was unsupervised in an area with

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Another CA execution by calendar

Mar 25th, 2015 | By
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Teofilo Median Jr., 70, went toes up at Vacaville this past Sunday.  He was sentenced to die in February of 1987 for the murder of three clerks in a series of robberies in 1984.  These robberies netted him less than $450.  He began the robbery and murder spree a few weeks after getting out of the slammer in Arizona, where he served time for rape. Clicking here will link to

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Kamala Harris wants permission to duck her job

Mar 25th, 2015 | By
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One of the duties of the Attorney General of the formerly great state of California is to prepare a summary of ballot propositions.  She doesn’t want to do that, at least in the case of the “Sodomite Suppression Act.” This insane proposal, if it actually makes it to the ballot and is actually passed would certainly be the subject of an immediate injunction as its basic premise is clearly problematic. 

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Firing of WI officer upheld

Mar 25th, 2015 | By
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Regular readers will remember that I have written about Officer Christopher Mannery in the past.  He shot and killed Dontre Hamilton, 31, in a park in Milwaukee in April of lasts year.  Officer Mannery was conducting a welfare check of Hamilton, who was a paranoid schizophrenic.  Hamilton was asleep on a park bench at the time.  Mannery patted Hamilton down for a weapon and Hamilton went off, seizing the officer’s

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Cop charged in on-duty homicide

Mar 25th, 2015 | By
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A police officer from the Hummelstown (PA) P. D. has been charged with criminal homicide for an on-duty shooting incident. Officer Lisa J. Mearkle, 36, shot and killed David Kassick, 59, on February 2 of this year.  Kassick was unarmed and laying face-down on the ground after a traffic stop for an expired inspection sticker.  The officer asserts that Kassick refused to show her his hands and that she believed

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Guilty finding in dog mauling case

Mar 25th, 2015 | By
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Regular readers will remember I have written before in a piece linked here about the case of Brian Hrenko, 60, was being prosecuted for the dog mauling death of his next-door neighbor.  A jury has just found Hrenko guilty of involuntary manslaughter and he faces as much as 56 months in prison. The dead woman, Claudia Gallardo, 36, was a house cleaner.  She had come to Gallardo’s home at the

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Cop murdered in San Jose

Mar 25th, 2015 | By
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A fourteen-year veteran of the San Jose P D was murdered last night on duty.  His murderer was found dead at his home a few hours later. Officer Michael Johnson was shot to death at about 7:00 p.m. while responding to a call of an intoxicated man threatening to kill himself.  Other officers returned fire and may have injured the shooter, Scott Dunham, 57.  A massive police presence moved in

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Firing squad back in Utah

Mar 24th, 2015 | By
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Yesterday Governor Gary Herbert of Utah signed the law which again permits the firing squad for executions in Utah when lethal injection drugs are not available.  The Governor said he still prefers lethal injection, but acknowledges that the state must have a back-up plan when Plan A is unavailable.



Yet more warped morality

Mar 24th, 2015 | By
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Jose Alberto Perez is 18-years old and is looking at spending the rest of his life as a guest of the state due to (among other things) a truly warped sense of morality. It seems that at some point in the near past Perez’s mother was involved in some sort of a fight with another female.  Perez believe he saw that woman at his stepfather’s place in South L.A. on

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Do nutters have special rights?

Mar 24th, 2015 | By
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That is the question before SCOTUS in a case that went through oral arguments yesterday.  The case involved Teresa Sheehan, a nutter living in a group home in San Francisco, and the S. F. P. D.  who put a few bullets in her happy ass in 2008. Sheehan’s position is fairly straight-forward.  She maintains that the ADA grants her and other nutters special rights when confronted by the cops and

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Former C/O shoots current C/O and is then shot by local cops (Updated)

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
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A former CDCr employee (classification unknown) shot a current CDCr employee (classification unknown) in Bakersfield late Wednesday evening.  That former employee was shot to death by a Bakersfield P D officer about 0830 hours Thursday morning. The suspected bad guy, Robert Paul Burdge, was waiting at the home of the CDCr employee for that employee to arrive home on Copa Cabana Court Wednesday night.  A fight of some sort ensued

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Woman freed after 22 years on death row

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
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Murder charges were dismissed today against Debra Milke.  She was convicted in 1990 of the murder of her four-year old son.  Allegedly Milke had her son murdered in the desert by two men, one of whom was her roommate.  The two men were convicted but never did implicate Milke, who denied any involvement in the death.  She was convicted solely on the basis of her confession, which she alleges she

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WalMartians strike again

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
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I (among other people) routinely refer to customers of WalMart as WalMartians.  They are often very, very strange.  A case in point: A bit of a hoorah developed at the WalMart in Cottonwood AZ overnight Sunday.  A local cop responded to the parking lot to break of a family fight at about midnight.  The fight somehow involved a female WalMart employee who had been assaulted by multiple members of a

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Mace attack in Sacramento

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
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As you might gather from the illustration, the Mace referred to is not the chemical agent that used to be commonly used by cops and is still sometimes used by muggers.  It was the more traditional Mace, a spiked ball at the end of a club. A 50-something year old woman was walking her pooch at about 0415 on Garfield Avenue near Auburn Blvd when a 34-year old man attacked

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Two LAPD officers prevail in lawsuit

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
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George Diego and Allan Corrales were LAPD officers back  in March of 2010 when they shot and killed an autistic black man while on duty.  Both the Chief and the civilian review board had issues with how they handled the matter and they have been on restricted duty since then.  In November of 2012 they filed a discrimination lawsuit against their department, alleging racial discrimination. The jury just came in on their beef.  They jury found in favor of the officers, awarding them a total of $4 million. Being on desk duty denied the officers

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Plantagenet planted

Mar 23rd, 2015 | By
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Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, will at long last be buried with proper honors.  Richard died in 1485 when his side lost a battle with Henry Tudor.  He was buried without a coffin and in considerable haste at a demolished monastery.  His remains were discovered under a parking lot in 2012.  Yesterday his bones were moved, with proper ceremony, to the Leicester Cathedral where they will be

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Truly unusual capital murder case

Mar 22nd, 2015 | By
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A case for the books just went down in Gadsden, Alabama.  Joyce Hardin Garrard, 49, was found guilty (after three hours of deliberation) of capital murder in the death of her nine-year old granddaughter, Savannah Hardin.  Garrard was angry at the nine-year old for a fib about some candy that she literally ran the girl to death. Garrard has been in the slammer since the February 2012 incident.  The girl’s

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More on Rene Enriquez’ field trip

Mar 21st, 2015 | By
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It seems that there is more grief to come for the LAPD from their field trip for Mexican Mafia shot caller  Rene “Boxer” Enriquez.  The LAPD IG just issued a report stating that the court order the LAPD used as an excuse to remove him from custody so he could address a luncheon of business bigshots on January 28 was flawed.  The order only allowed Enriquez to leave lockup to

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Bob’s Armory, Chapter 12

Mar 21st, 2015 | By
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This originally ran as a Gun of the Week piece.  I have renamed it simply so it is easier to retrieve as I have rerun it on occasion and will probably do so again.  It is a compilation of bits of firearms history up until the end of the 19th century.  I hope you find it interesting. Gunpowder is believed to have been invented in China about 850 A.D.  The oldest known written references to gunpowder date from China in 1004. In the mid-thirteenth century several western scholars, including Roger Bacon, write down formulas for

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“Drunk and Stupid” also applies to armed, off duty “prison guards”

Mar 20th, 2015 | By
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It should come to no surprise to anybody that an armed, off-duty correctional office is just as capable of acting stupid while drunk and is any other drunken individual.  The I.G. thinks the department is acting too slowly to pull the weapons privilege for people involved in such incidents. The Sacramento PRAVDA news story linked here quotes the I G report as saying there have been seven such incidents in

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LA cop being sought for murder (Updated)

Mar 20th, 2015 | By
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Henry Solis, 27, is a probationary LAPD officer.  He is also AWOL and is being sought as a person of interest in the shooting death of Salome Rodriguez, 23, in the wee hours of Friday.  His car was found four blocks from the scene.  He has not reported to work since. Clicking here will link to a LA Weekly piece on this story. UPDATE:  A warrant has been issued for

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Yet another execution by calendar

Mar 20th, 2015 | By
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Leon Chauncey Cooper, 54, was pronounced terminally rehabilitated at 1640 hours Wednesday at a hospital. Cooper was sentenced to death in May, 2001, for the rape and murder of his 15-year old step-daughter, LaRhonda Johnson.  He had previously been convicted for the sexual battery of the younger girl’s sister, who was 18 at the time. Since the death penalty was reinstated in CA in 1978 13 prisoners have been executed,

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Passing of John Mitchell from DVI

Mar 20th, 2015 | By
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John Mitchell, a long-time and well-liked employee at DVI, died on March 18 at the age of 94.  John was a good guy and a good cop who believed in training and developing new staff.  He used to regularly attend the DVI retiree breakfasts but had to stop coming about a year back due to poor health.  He is survived by his wife of 72 years. Services will be at

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Threats against staff

Mar 19th, 2015 | By
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AB293 is a proposal by Marc Levine (D-San Rafael).  If it passes into law it would require that CDCr establish uniform guidelines for the investigation and administrative handling of threats made against staff.  This proposal, which is supported by CCPOA, passed the Assembly Public Safety Committee (normally a graveyard of public safety proposals) by a vote of 6-0 so it might actually get somewhere. Clicking here will link to a

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Blue Shield loses CA tax exempt status

Mar 19th, 2015 | By
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Blue Shield of California lost its CA tax exempt status due to an administrative action by the FTB (Franchise Tax Board).  The action was taken in August but just made the news in the last day or so.  Blue Shield is protesting the decision but has been ordered to file state tax returns back to 2013.  Blue Shield is the third largest health insurance operation in the state and could

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MO rehabilitates superannuated cop killer

Mar 19th, 2015 | By
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The State of Missouri executed their most senior denizen of death row on Tuesday, a 74-year old cop killer named Cecil Clayton. Both Governor Nixon and the U. S. Supreme Court declined to act to spare the life of Clayton, who is reputed to have an I.Q. of about 71 due to a brain injury. Clayton was convicted of murdering Christopher Castetter, a Barry County Sheriff’s Deputy, on Thanksgiving Eve

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