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Conspicuous stupidity

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By
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I am not saying that all gang oriented violent assholes are stupid, but sometimes I wonder. Rocky Riberal, 46, his son Brandon Riberal, 20, and Raymond Valles, Jr., 19, have just finished undergoing trial in Stockton for a gang related collateral damage homicide.  That is hardly unusual, but some of the ancillary goings-on were sort

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Juvenile do-over may help Illinois youth

Jul 23rd, 2014 | By
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Illinois has just passed a law that would allow many people to have minor juvenile records expunged, in hopes that it will increase their employability. In Cook County alone last year about 16,000 juveniles could have applied to have records expunged.  Only 661 actually applied. Of those who applied, all but one were successful. Illinois

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The failed promise of GPS tracking

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
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There was a pretty good piece linked here from the Orange County Register two days ago about how GPS monitoring is in fact a failure as a deterrent to crime. The article quotes Linda Whitfield of Arkansas as saying that GPS “is a joke, and the joke is on us.”  Ms. Whitfield is a rape

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Obamacare may have just been killed by DC Circuit

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
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The DC Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruled that the government can NOT pay subsidies under Obamacare to people in states that do not have state-run programs.  The court asserted (correctly) that the plain language of the law does not permit it. The talking heads on the TV of course have, as yet, no

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Stockton racks up another dead body

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
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If my count is correct Stockton achieved homicide #26 Saturday evening near Oak Park.  (This count includes the three dead from the bank robbery which I believe were inside the city limits.) Kenneth Alan Oller, 55, is believed to have stabbed Reynado Spivey, 18, to death near Oller’s home.  The dead guy was in the

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Admissions resume at Bedlam

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
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The massive California Health Care Facility (CHCF), the prison hospital just outside of Stockton, has been approved to again accept patients.  It has not (at least officially) been accepting new patients for the last five months due to the inability of the brand new, 1,722 bed facility to provide even basic hygiene let alone medical

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Very nasty robbery-kidnap-homicide (updated)

Jul 22nd, 2014 | By
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There was a very nasty bank robbery / hostage homicide today in Stockton that did not end well, but could have ended up much worse, and is already being second-guessed. Three Latino bank robbers armed with Kalashnikov rifles hit the Bank of the West on Hammer Lane near Thornton.  A security guard got off a

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Reckless driving (bicycle)

Jul 21st, 2014 | By
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A California appeals court has upheld the conviction of a San Francisco man who was convicted of felony reckless driving for the operation of a bicycle that resulted in the death of a pedestrian. Craig Bucchere, 37, a soft-ware engineer, is said to have blown through three red lights on March 29 of 2012 before

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Accidental death of PBSP Officer

Jul 20th, 2014 | By
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I have been informed that Correctional Officer Joel Ramos, 29, of Brookings (OR), an officer at Pelican Bay State Prison, died early Saturday morning in a car crash.  It appears that he had just completed a first-watch shift at the prison and fell asleep at the wheel.  He drifted off the road and hit a

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The sky IS falling at a Texas prison

Jul 19th, 2014 | By
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The roof collapsed at a private prison in Texas early today injuring 19 people.  The facility near Lufkin, TX is operated by Management and Training Corporation (MTC). The roof of one of the five units of the Diboll Correctional Center injured 19 prisoners, ten of which required outside hospital treatment.  It is a new building

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Geezer road rage in Corte Madera (Updated)

Jul 19th, 2014 | By
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Some sort of road incident between two geezers in the Tiburon / Corte Madera area ended up with one of them in the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds yesterday. The as-yet unnamed 71-year old shooter was driving home mid-morning when he did something to piss off another driver, 69, also not yet named by the

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Gun of the week

Jul 19th, 2014 | By
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The Gun of the Week this time around is the Braverman Stinger Pen Pistol.   Pen guns are actually fairly common, this one however was unusual in one important aspect.  Because the gun had to be folded into a sort-of gun shape to permit it to fire it was considered by the feds to be a standard Title I firearm. About 4,000 of these pistols were manufactured in 22lr, 22 wmr, 25 acp, 32 acp and .380 acp.  The whole thing is about 5 1/2 ” long with about 2″ of barrel.  They do come up

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Bob’s Armory, Chapter 3

Jul 19th, 2014 | By
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This item originally ran in May of 2008.  It has been undated since then. Chapter 3. I want a semi-auto. OK, that is a reasonable decision. The fact of the matter is that most people, once they have some training and experience, shoot a semi-auto better than they shoot a revolver. Also, semi-autos tend to

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Client murdered at High Desert

Jul 18th, 2014 | By
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A guest of the state at High Desert State Prison near Susanville was murdered by three of his fellows yesterday morning.  The as-yet unnamed 28-year old was shanked to death by three as-yet unnamed prisoners who were apparently mad at him about something or other.  The attackers were all lifers out of LA. Clicking here

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Prosecutor accused of knocking up defendant

Jul 18th, 2014 | By
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A Kentucky prosecutor has been accused (by his estranged wife and a defense attorney) of having an affair with a felony drug trafficking defendant, resulting in her pregnancy. Russel County Commonwealth Attorney Matthew Leveridge stands accused of the two-month relationship with Lashley Sartain.  He is also said to have filed paperwork to end her probation

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Abusive jerk shot to death by cops

Jul 18th, 2014 | By
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A man who was beating the crap out of a woman in a parked car in San Leandro was shot and killed yesterday by the cops. When members of the Alameda County S O responded to the call they found a man thumping on a woman in the vehicle on E. 14th St. near 168th

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Male inmates sue over discriminatory program

Jul 17th, 2014 | By
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The Alternative Custody Program was implemented by the legislature of the formerly great state of California in 2010.  It was supposed to be open to all inmates who were primary care givers and all female prisoners.  However, the department has in fact only made the program available to female prisoners.  Additionally, in 2013, the law

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Things are getting a wee bit tense over there

Jul 17th, 2014 | By
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In this case over there is Europe, specifically the Ukraine.  A Malaysian 777 jet liner with 295 souls on board was shot down, apparently with a missile.  Ukrainian “separatists” claimed they had shot down another Ukrainian cargo jet immediately after it happened, leading to speculation that somebody screwed the pooch and they accidentally hit the

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Missouri rehabilitates mass murderer

Jul 17th, 2014 | By
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The sovereign state of Missouri has terminally rehabilitated a meth dealer who murdered three people in 1995 to prevent them from ratting him out. John C. Middleton, 54, shuffled off this mortal coil last night with the help of an injection of pentobarbital.  He is the sixth person that Missouri has rehabilitated this year, following

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Love kills

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
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A South Caroline man was arrested Tuesday, charged with hugging his 14-month old son to death. Robert Kemp, 26, was arrested and released on a $10,000 bond. The boy, Jayden Harris, died from asphyxiation on June 27 of last year.  The arrest warrant stated that Kemp killed the boy with a bear hug.  He is

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Federal judge nixes CA death penalty…

Jul 16th, 2014 | By
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U. S . District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney has ruled that the California death penalty is unconstitutional because we never actually kill anybody. The  case is Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was condemned to death in 1994.  Judge Carney said that “Inordinate and unpredictable delay has resulted in a death penalty system in which very

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Initiative to split state headed for ballot

Jul 15th, 2014 | By
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A ballot proposal to split the formerly great state of California into six states has actually got enough signatures to make it onto the ballot, courtesy of Tim Draper, a silicon valley venture capitalist who bankrolled the measure.  Due to timing it will be on the November, 2016 ballot as the deadline has already passed

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Maybe I should have bought a few of those (Updated)

Jul 15th, 2014 | By
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Early yesterday  three VW microbuses, valued at $100,000 each, were stolen from a motel in Manteca.  The fully restored and somewhat customized vehicles were carrying Oregon license plates and were painted orange and white, with the Tillamook Cheese logo on them.  Also stolen was a Ford F350 picked up and the WellsCargo trailer holding the

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Perhaps a truly bogus conviction

Jul 14th, 2014 | By
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Caramad Conley may be that rarest of all critters, a truly innocent prisoner.  And even if he is not that, he is certainly the victim of a truly bogus conviction. Conley, now 40, was locked up for a double life-without sentenced in 1994 for a 1992 double murder.  Another 11 people were shot in the

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#22 for Stockton

Jul 14th, 2014 | By
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The crime-ridden and gang-infested cesspool that is Stockton racked up homicide #22 yesterday in what the cops think was a gang related shooting. A 38-year-old man was driving along E. 4th St about 3 pm yesterday in his SUV when somebody pulled up beside him and started throwing lead.   The dead guy managed to

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Doing things the Wright way

Jul 13th, 2014 | By
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Somethings interesting happened on March 8 that somehow the main-stream media missed. Jeri Wright, the daughter of Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright, the Obama’s long-time spiritual advisor in Chicago, was convicted, along with almost a dozen other Democrats, of embezzling $16 million in health care grants that should have gone to AIDS patients and other

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C/O stabbed at SVSP (Updated)

Jul 13th, 2014 | By
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A Correctional Officer was stabbed in the back of the head yesterday at Soledad. Just before 1300 staff were moving David Gomez, 48, out of a disciplinary cell for an interview at Salinas Valley State Prison near the city of Soledad.  Gomez slipped his cuffs, pulled a shank and stabbed the officer. The injuries to

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CHCF about to reopen for intake, maybe

Jul 13th, 2014 | By
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The CHCF, the massive prison pseudo-hospital outside of Stockton, may reopen for patient intake in “a few weeks” according to the piece linked here from the Stockton RECORD.  The facility, which has a fair number of “Physician and Surgeon” on the staff roster but not one anesthesiologist of anesthetist and which does not actually do

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Gun of the week

Jul 12th, 2014 | By
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The Gun of the Week this time around is a newish offering from Springfield Armory, the Range Officer Compact .45 acp. The basic premise of this pistol is simple.  The top end is a 4″ .45 acp setup.  Many believe that the 4″ is much more functionally reliable than the 3 1/2″ design, and it is, after all, the butt of the gun that is relatively hard to conceal, not the barrel.  The bottom end is aluminum alloy.  The pistol features a fully ramped barrel so those hardball rounds are not slamming into an alloy

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Bob’s Armory, Chapter 2

Jul 12th, 2014 | By
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This item originally ran in April of 2008. Some updated material has been  included. Choosing a gun. Last time around I mentioned that I almost always recommend a .38 Special small or medium frame revolver for newbies. I described revolvers as being more operationally simple than semi-autos. I thought I would go into that a bit,

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Former head of CalPERS pleads guilty

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
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The former CEO of CalPERS has copped a plea to corruption charges in federal court. Fred Buenrosto, 64, plead to accepting $200,000 in bribes from Alfred Villalobos, formerly a CalPERS board member.  Villalobos is undergoing trial on related charges, but is in ill health and he was not in court today when it went down.

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Florida rehabilitates child murderer

Jul 11th, 2014 | By
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The sovereign state of Florida has terminally rehabilitated a man who raped and murdered an 11-year old girl in 1994. Eddie Wayne Davis, 45, shuffled off this mortal coil yesterday evening at 1843 hours.  He was found guilty in 1995 of kidnapping, sexual battery and first-degree murder in the death of Kimberly Waters, 11, the

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