We served & we protected!
 
Our Chaplain Historical Society The Farsider
 

Navigation

The Farsider

February 14, 2013

 

Bill Mattos, Editor and Publisher <bilmat@comcast.net>
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster <leroypyle@sjpba.net>

 

The Farsider is an independent publication that is not affiliated with the San Jose Police Benevolent
Assn. The SJPBA has allowed the Farsider to be included on its web site solely for the convenience
of the retired San Jose Police community. The content of this newsletter does not represent or reflect
the views of the San Jose Police Benevolent Association's Board of Directors or its membership.



 

PBA MEETS NEXT WEDNESDAY



POA Hall
Bar Opens at 5:00
Dinner to follow



 

THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS OF SAN JOSE AND THE SJPD



Television News Reports from the past week that may be of interest.
Any or all of the clips could take a moment to load, so be patient if you decide to watch them...

~ ~ ~

NBC Bay Area.com — Feb. 8, 2013

Reality Check




<https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fPMX2OZFORI>

~ ~ ~

NBC Bay Area.com — Feb. 8, 2013

San Jose Police Overtime Costs on the Rise




<http://tinyurl.com/ajexhhe>

~ ~ ~

ABC 7 — Feb. 7, 2013

Reed Talks Budget Concerns in SJ's State of the City



<http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/video?id=8985093&pid=8983903undefined>

~ ~ ~

NBC Bay Area.com — Feb. 13, 2013

911 Emergency in San Jose




<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGDr0_-tAD8&feature=share&list=UUiwXkkwB76fR2KPDkw0KBKw>

~ ~ ~

NBC Bay Area.com — Feb. 13th

Ride Along with Car Thief Patrol in San Jose




<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUaepNMvH6A&feature=share&list=UUiwXkkwB76fR2KPDkw0KBKw>

~ ~ ~

NBC Bay Area.com — Feb. 13th

San Jose's 5th Homicide in 6 Weeks




<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDeN2NPWfk8&feature=share&list=UUiwXkkwB76fR2KPDkw0KBKw>

 

• • • • •



For the many of you who live outside the San Jose area, this item from last Friday's paper provides a synopsis of Mayor Reed's State of the City speech that took place the day before...

Reed Suggests Tax Hike in Speech

—While San Jose’s finances are on rebound, mayor says, more revenue is needed—

By John Woolfolk
<jwoolfolk@mercurynews.com>
Mercury News — Feb. 8, 2013

SAN JOSE — Mayor Chuck Reed thanked San Jose voters in his annual State of the City speech Thursday night for supporting his controversial pension overhaul last year but said that alone won’t satisfy the city’s financial needs — and residents may see a new tax on the ballot next year.

Voters have approved four city tax measures since Reed took office, and he has long indicated the city would seek another after implementing his pension changes. But suggesting a tax in 2014 was a notable shift after Reed blocked a city tax measure from the November 2012 ballot on grounds that polling was uncertain, there was no organized campaign for it and his pension overhaul remains under legal challenge from city employee unions.

“Pension reform alone will not generate enough savings to cover all of our needs,” Reed said. He stopped short of personally calling for a tax but urged “all of you who want a tax increase to put together a broad coalition of support with the capacity and commitment to raise a million dollars,” saying “that’s what it will take to win.”



After blocking a tax measure from the 2012 ballot,
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed on Thursday said
voters might see one in 2014.

In his speech, Reed wasn’t specific about how much of a tax increase he thought would be necessary. And while Reed mentioned the need to restore police and fire services, reopen libraries and repair roads, he didn’t target any specific area to benefit from a tax increase, saying: “All of our departments need increased funding both to improve service levels and to retain top-quality workers.”

A new city survey showed growing voter support for a possible sales or business tax increase.

Reed delivered his seventh annual address since taking office in a more muted atmosphere before a smaller crowd than a year ago, when unionized city workers protested his pension proposal outside and accused him of exaggerating potential growth in city retirement costs to scare voters into approving it. Nearly 70 percent of city voters approved the Measure B pension changes in June, which reduced retirement benefits for future hires, eliminated costly pension bonus checks and required current employees to either pay more for their pensions or switch to a reduced plan for their remaining years on the job.

It marked a string of successes Reed has had with city voters, including measures to raise taxes and limit police and firefighter arbitration awards.

“There’s not another big city in America where the residents have done more to help solve a fiscal crisis,” Reed said.

But while the measure’s passage put San Jose and Reed at the forefront of the national debate over costly government pensions, much of its provisions remain tied up in union court challenges not expected to be decided for months. Labor leaders criticized Reed’s approach as overly divisive.

“In other Bay Area cities that were equally hard hit by the Great Recession, city leaders worked together to solve the community’s problems, but not here,” said Ben Field, executive officer of the South Bay AFLCIO Labor Council.

Councilman Ash Kalra echoed that thought afterward, saying, “We need to finally start working collaboratively with our employees” on labor cost issues, “and that hasn’t happened.”

Even so, Reed, as he did a year ago, sounded a note of cautious optimism that his agenda is slowly putting San Jose’s books in the black after a decade of crippling deficits that forced the city to cut 2,000 staff positions, including unprecedented layoffs in the police and fire departments.

The layoffs would have been even deeper, Reed said, had city workers not taken 10-percent pay and benefit cuts. The pay cuts and resulting reduction in retirement expenses, Reed said, saved the city $100 million, allowed the city to balance the current budget without layoffs, and to open four branch libraries that the city had been unable to staff. Reed thanked city employees for their sacrifices and dedication.

“While our fiscal reform plan has averted disaster and put us on the path to recovery, I want to acknowledge that it has had real and painful consequences, especially for our hardworking city employees,” Reed said.

While the city can’t yet afford to fully restore the 10-percent pay cuts, Reed said the city would seek “retention bonuses and targeted pay increases” to keep cops from leaving. He added that savings he expects to eventually secure from Measure B will allow San Jose to hire 200 more officers. “While pay cuts and pension reforms were necessary to save hundreds of jobs and preserve services, they have resulted in resignations and a loss of good people in some areas,” Reed acknowledged. He argued that other cities will be making similar changes, but admitted that “we still need to mitigate some of the impacts that fiscal actions have had on our employees.”



 

LOCAL ON-LINE PUBLICATION CRITICAL OF THE POA

This is a Feb. 13th opinion piece that Dan Katz ran across in the San Jose Inside.com publication. The headline should be sufficient to motivate you to click on the link and read what it has to say...



<http://www.sanjoseinside.com/news/entries/2_13_13_poa_police_sjpd_union_austin/>



 

STATE DEMOCRATS PROPOSING ASSAULT WEAPON CONFISCATION

California already has some of the toughest gun laws in the nation, and if the Senate Democrats have their way, the laws could get much more rigid. Imagine having all assault weapons confiscated from their owners, or making any long gun that uses a clip illegal, or having to obtain a permit you can buy ammunition and several other new laws. Common sense would dictate that many of the proposed measures would be overturned by the Supreme Court, but with over three more years in the White House and the possibility (probability?) of the president filling one or more seats before he leaves office, who knows what can happen? This article is from Friday's paper...

Senate Dems Unveil Gun Bills

—Sweeping proposals would toughen laws in one of most restrictive states—

By Josh Richman
<jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com>
Mercury News — Feb. 8, 2013

All semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines would be banned, all guns would be registered and no ammunition could be bought without a special permit in California under a sweeping list of bills rolled out Thursday by state Senate Democrats.

The 10-bill package constitutes the single largest gun control push in decades in the Golden State, which already boasts some of the nation’s strictest gun laws. It joins equally divisive proposals from Assembly Democrats that would regulate and tax ammunition sales and consider taking the state’s 166,000 registered assault weapons from their owners.

This first unified California plan comes less than a month after New York adopted its own sweeping package of new gun controls and President Barack Obama announced a package of executive actions, all in the wake of December’s Connecticut schoolhouse massacre. Even as this plan emerged Thursday, House Democrats’ gun violence task force was announcing 15 “policy principles,” including protecting Second Amendment rights but also instituting universal background checks and reinstating a federal assault weapons ban.

“We respect the Second Amendment right of law-abiding citizens to have guns for hunting, for sport, for protecting their homes and families. But loopholes in California’s tough gun laws have been exploited long enough,” state Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said Thursday.

“We can save lives by curbing the proliferation of guns designed to be fired and reloaded rapidly,” he said. “We can save lives by getting guns and ammunition out of the hands of the wrong people. We can save lives if every gun owner knows how to safely handle those guns. And if we can save lives, we must act to do so.”

Gene Hoffman of Redwood City, co-founder and chairman of the Calguns Foundation gun rights group, countered that “almost every item in the proposal is wildly unconstitutional.” He said the only silver lining is that passing such laws might “accelerate the speed at which the Supreme Court takes these ideas off the table.”

Steinberg unveiled the package in a news conference Thursday at the state Capitol, flanked by Public Safety Committee Chairwoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley; Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee; and police chiefs Chris Magnus of Richmond, Ken James of Emeryville and Sylvia Moir of El Cerrito.

A bill by Steinberg would ban future sale, purchase, making, importing or transfer in California of any semi-automatic rifle that takes a detachable magazine, by adding such guns to the state’s list of banned assault weapons. Another Steinberg bill would require ownership records for all guns; California now keeps only handgun and assault weapon records.

Hancock’s bill would ban possession — not just manufacture and sale — of large-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, has reintroduced a bill to ban “bullet button” kits that let gun owners effectively sidestep the distinction between detachable and fixed magazines for semi-automatic rifles. Another Yee bill would require that guns be properly locked and stored when their owners aren’t present, but that bill wasn’t included on Steinberg’s list Thursday.

That list also included bills that would:

• Require anyone wishing to buy ammunition to first get a permit by passing a background check, as Los Angeles and Sacramento already do.

• Update the definition of a banned shotgun with a revolving cylinder to include the new technology of a shotgun-rifle combination.

• Prevent unregulated gun loans, with some exceptions, including hunting, in order to keep weapons from those who haven’t passed background checks.

• Require all handgun owners obtain a safety certificate every year, rather than the every-five-years requirement for purchases of new handguns.

• Prohibit anyone barred from owning a weapon from living in a home where weapons are kept and to expand the list of crimes for which convictions result in being barred from gun possession.

• Let the state Justice Department use money from the state’s Dealer’s Record of Sale system to eliminate the backlog of people identified as no longer allowed to own guns but not yet investigated and contacted by law enforcement.

Yih-Chau Chang, spokesman for the gun rights group Responsible Citizens of California, said it’s all “par for the course.”

“The violent criminals are simply not going to be affected by any of these proposals,” Chang said. “Following the law is the last thing they’re going to do, so it’s only going to affect law abiding citizens.”


 

MEYER WEED'S BLOG



<http://meyerweed.blogspot.com/>

The mystery blogger continues with this posting on current events that was added to his or her blog on Tuesday of this week...

Feb. 12th

Pier and the Mayor


 Well there you have it. San Jose District 6 Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio has laid his true disdain for all City Employees out for all to see in his latest article on the San Jose Inside blog titled, "A Model for Police Compensation." He blows his own horn, reminding us that he initiated "Measure W." Remember when he got caught with the stolen campaign lawn signs?



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iotM96vjEuw>

Well, now that the council has unilaterally decided on what Measure W's "Second Tier" will look like, Oliverio is proposing that future pay raises for the San Jose Police Department be contingent on the San Jose Police Officers' Association membership's acceptance of the Tier 2 proposal.
 
I do not have all of the details, but here is my understanding of the Tier 2 retirement proposal for all new-hires to the San Jose Police Department: A maximum of  65% of base pay at age 60 with no vesting rights. The most a new hire could retire with is 65% of his/her base pay. The earliest age he/she could retire at is 60 years old. Without "vesting" rights, (1) the City could amend the benefit in any way at any time and (2) there would most likely be no "reciprocity" with any other pension plan in the State. If one left the City's employment without "retiring," they would have to cash out what ever they paid in — and probably pay a substantial tax penalty.
 
So Oliverio is essentially putting a gun to current/existing employees' heads when he says, "In my view, a second tier must be in place for fire and police prior to any compensation discussions."
 
Oliverio describes this truly wacky "compensation" model where the City gives officers a choice for a one-time "cash out" of up to $15K spread over 15 months from their Comp Time accounts (accrual currently capped at 240 hours = 24 days) — their Vacation account (accrual currently capped at a maximum of 360 hours = 36 days) — or their Sick Leave accounts (no current accrual cap — but the City Charter requires a minimum of 20 years of City service in order to to cash out sick leave.
 
None of this "compensation" would be "pensionable," and an extra $1000 dollars/month gross would most likely get eaten up in taxes. For what? So the City can reduce the debt it carries as a result of officers carrying balances in those three accounts? Oliverio shows that the City isn't interested in honorably holding itself accountable and true to contracts that this Mayor and Council or past mayors and councils it entered into on behalf of the public.
 
Oliverio closes his post with one of the most pompous and arrogant statements I think I have every read: "With this spirit in mind, we acknowledge that individuals will pursue their own happiness and, as a result, may seek employment elsewhere or a different vocation." The councilman's constituents will continue to pay the price for his idiocy!
 
There you have it, current police employees and prospective applicants: If you don't like it, find another employer or another line of work!
 
What does this mean to the residents of San Jose?  Your Police Department's Patrol Division used to be staffed with nearly 600 officers.  When officers bid for the next 6 month shift in a couple of weeks there will be fewer than 440. That means you will wait longer for the police to respond to your calls, providing they are able to respond at all. It means that more officers will leave SJPD to "seek employment elsewhere" and "pursue their own happiness." And some will hang up the gun and badge for a "different vocation."
 
Shame on this City's elected officials, and shame on anyone who supports Pierluigi Olverio, the out of touch District 6 Councilman-thief and disciple of Mayor Reed and his doctrine of destruction!

The residents will continue to suffer the consequences of Oliverio's idiocy!



 

WEEKLY POLL
 

   


Results from last week's poll...




For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
<http://www.rasmussenreports.com/older_content/home/top_stories/most_recent_articles>



 

MAIL CALL

Feb. 7th

Bill,

As you know among other things, it is being proposed that we have some form of a national gun registration to stem the violence in this great nation of ours. Personally, I don't think it will do one bit of good, and makes about as much sense as being castrated because your neighbor has too many kids!

Here is a news broadcast from Canada warning us in the US what could happen if we are as naive as the Canadians have been. Registration in Canada is now the vehicle being used to confiscate legal weapons, prevent its citizens from defending their homes and, in one case, one man's home was confiscated because he challenged the constitutionality of the gun registration law. I'd be interested in what others think.

Kindest Regards,

Dave
(Walker) <davethreewits@sbcglobal.net>



<http://www.sunnewsnetwork.ca/video/2081848359001>

 

• • • • •

 

Feb. 7th

Hello Bill,

Here is the URL for the Smoke Detector video I mentioned in my earlier e-mail. Please pass it along for safety.

Thank you,


Dan Valcazar
<Dan@CSRteam.com> and <http://www.homefinderca.com>



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdCllcZ4Has>

After watching the 6-minute video I may have to consider changing out the six ionization smoke alarms scattered throughout my home for photoelectric alarms. Thanks, Dan.

 

• • • • •



The following comments from our Webmaster are based on this YouTube video of Chief Magnus of Richmond and Chief James of Emeryville appearing at a press conference on gun control.



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1fhw_OcdPM>

Feb. 11th

Chief Magnus of Richmond makes me sad. First, a cop who looks like he is going to cry while listening to a recording of gunshots is not going to win an Emmy, but he probably scored points with his city manager and mayor. He is a department manager, you realize, like the heads of public works, the parks department and libraries.

That said, he lives in Richmond, for God's sake! Poor choice. Worse yet, he is responsible for the safety of the city's residents. Poor job performance. From what he says, the city is going to hell with all too many of his residents ignoring the law. A prevalence of criminals, as he portrays it. His job! So what does he think is the answer to his poor job performance? He wants to take away your guns! Nothing is said about his failures. Taking away your guns will fix everything.

Is he a frigging idiot, or what?

Chief James of Emeryville is a real piece of work! He is the chair of a police chiefs' organization's firearms committee and he claims that "Police officers do not carry a gun as a defensive weapon, a firearm is not a defensive weapon, but used to intimidate and show power."

• Does he realize what he is saying about his police force? Is that what their guns are for? To intimidate, not for self defense?

• Where in any police training does it say that a police firearm is for anything but self-defense or defense of a citizen? Where in any police training does it say that a police firearm is to intimidate and show power?

• Who told Chief James to say that a weapon is not for self defense? Who is he parroting?

Leroy Pyle
<lpyle@2ampd.net>

• • • • •

 

Feb. 13th

Certainly you already know this. As we age we seem to be more forgetful, especially with names. Faces I recall very well but not names. Having retired over 21 years ago and not seeing those familiar faces makes it even worse. I was clearing out some old files that were kept in a couple of boxes in the garage. One of the items was the photo attached of the PD’s Homicide and Evidence guys. Any chance you can ID them for me. I do know a couple of names.

Tom Beck
<beck98@sbcglobal.net>
 


Tom is one of several former S/O deputies who have subscribed to the Farsider. He and I worked together for a brief period of time in the Main Jail and in the Det. Bureau back in the late '60s before I jumped ship and sailed away on the USS SJPD.

As for the photo, I'll take a swing for the bleachers with these names: (L-R on the top) Mike Destro, Aubrey "Bird" Parrott, Bill Wittmann and Larry Demkowski. (the rest L-R)) Hank Schriefer, Rick Confer, Bobby Burroughs, Rich Arca, Jim Leroy, Bob Moir, Anton Erickson and Jim Smith. I can't recall the name of the guy behind Bobby. If someone wants to volunteer it, please e-mail Tom directly.

 

• • • • •

 

Feb. 13th

Good morning Gentleman,

I'm up watching the funeral possession for Officer Michael Crain, Riverside PD   and was super pleased to see an SJPD unit. Long drive, but worth it to honor a "Brother Officer" who was killed by that insane guy during one of the craziness times anyone can remember in modern law enforcement.
 
Talk to you later,
 
KB
(Ken Banner)
<Ban2dex@aol.com>

Ken is a former SJPD cop who left the Dept. to finish his law enforcement career with the Secret Service, from which he is now retired. It's comforting to know that despite the manpower shortage at the Dept., the SJPD joined numerous other law enforcement agencies and was represented at Officer Crain's funeral.
 

• • • • •

 

If you are among the many readers who have chosen not to participate in the social networking website Facebook, this item might convince you that you made the right choice by showing you what you've been missing...

Feb. 13th

Bill,

I'm taking a weekly writing class through the community college in Vancouver and wrote this story about Facebook for last week's class.  Thought you might be interested in reading it...

Dirk
(Parsons) <ducksley@gmail.com>

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result, I must have slipped over the ledge when it comes to Facebook. I continue to log on even though I know I’ll inevitably wish I hadn’t. Case in point: during my last visit, my friend Lisa posted a message asking for advice. She has two roosters who fight incessantly and she’s not sure how to handle this critical problem. Let’s see, another monster storm is bearing down on the northeast; North Korea, the home of the unicorn lair, is threatening to test more nukes; gas prices are soaring; and Chris Christie is dangerously overweight...but, stop the presses...Lisa’s at wit’s end over bickering roosters! Another person obviously overflowing with common sense replied, “How about getting rid of one of the roosters?” Problem solved, right? Well, no. Lisa responded, “Get rid of one of my babies? I could never do that. LOL.” For the love of Zuckerberg, I can’t believe I’m actually reading a post about quibbling roosters when I could be doing something much more productive like watching shadows dance on a fence.  

But it’s more than just the poultry posts. I have friends who post photographs of every restaurant meal they consume. My longtime friend Ray from Arizona actually posted a photo of a Costco hot dog last week. Admittedly, the presentation was delightful in that the dog was perfectly presented nestled in its foil wrapper with a near perfect squiggle of mustard coiled across the top. In Ray’s defense, he’s retired and doesn’t play bingo or golf or meet the other older guys at McDonald’s each morning, or construct birdhouses or cuckoo clocks in his garage, so his hands are weighed down by a great deal of time. In addition, while working as an electrician for 25 years, Ray endured so many accidental jolts that he can’t snap his fingers without creating a spark, and perhaps it’s the cumulative effect of all those amps and volts that somehow creates the desire to photograph hot dogs.    

Speaking of dogs, I can hardly get through the day unless my friend Kim posts yet another gauzy cell phone photo of her two dogs, Snickers and Skittles, preciously sleeping on the sofa. And then, of course, there are the LOL people. If they are truly laughing out loud each time they type LOL, they should probably be evaluated for Tourette Syndrome. It could be worse, however, as some of my Facebook friends apparently roll on the floor while laughing (ROFL) and others even claim to have laughed off the entire rearmost portion of their body (LMAO). What a predicament; how in the world do they sit at the computer to browse their Facebook page?    

Two friends, Jack and Lynn, who don’t know one another, but should, engage in the practice of changing their profile picture at least once a week. I’m not sure where they are finding these photographs as none of them look anything like either Jack or Lynn. As a matter of fact, Jack’s picture looks more like Lynn than Jack.  

Oh, and no thanks, I don’t want to play Goodgame Big Farm, exchange IMs (instant messages), try to figure out how many squares I see, or participate in a survey inquiring, “What’s your favorite color shirt and why?” I have a total of four shirts and they are all the same color, so leave me alone.

These are just a few of my Facebook beefs, and the list goes on. But right now, the sun is setting, the shadows are long, and the fence awaits.  



 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIREES

Retirees Assn. President Jim Spence asked that this letter be passed along...




Feb. 6th

The Mental Health Department is seeking consultants with the qualifications listed below:

1. A minimum of 25 years of law enforcement experience in Santa Clara County at a supervisory, management or executive level , and currently available to work a flexible 20 hour work week; and...

2. Experience in the development  and presentation of curricula, lesson plans and media focusing on training law enforcement personnel to deal safely and effectively with mentally ill people in crisis, in basic police academies, in service training (CPT), CIT programs and other programs as requested; and...

3. Experience developing presentations on Santa Clara County Law Enforcement Mental Health partnerships to statewide and national audiences; and

4. Experience developing successful collaborations between Law Enforcement and the Mental Health Department, mental health stakeholders, mental health and homelessness service providers (Community Based Organizations or CBOs) including mobile crisis responses; and...

5. Experience with developing interactive video simulation trainings for tactical communications, including formation of focus groups, scripting, pre- and post-production and presentation using the AIS PRIsm Suite Portable Trainer System.

Those who feel they meet all of the qualifications above must submit a one page statement of qualifications and a list of references, as well as their name, address, phone, and email address.

To be considered, responses should be sent to Eva Ching at
<eva.ching@hhs.sccgov.org> by February 22, 2013. Each applicant will undergo a complete reference check.

Thank you for relaying this information. The information provided will be used only for the purpose stated above, and will allow us to move forward with continuing the Mental Health Department’s Liaison services and training of Santa Clara County’s peace officers.

Respectfully,

Eva Ching, HCPAII
Mental Health Department
828 S. Bascom Ave., Ste 200
San Jose, CA 95128
<eva.ching@sccgov.org>
(408) 793-6780


 

THE HISTORY OF THE SJPD IS NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN



Continuing with the Saga of the SJPD

By Officer Robillard

Mel Cotton's Sporting Goods on West San Carlos St., a longtime family owned and operated business, was the victim of a crime back in 1982 when a female employee who was about to deposit the weekend receipts was set upon and robbed by two gunmen who successfully fled the area. She had driven from Mel Cotton's to the Bank of America about a mile away in a shopping center that included a factory Sees Candy outlet store which was familiar to many City employees as it offered significant discounts for City workers. As the Mel Cotton's employee was walking from her car to the bank, she was accosted by two bad guys who simulated guns and robbed her of the weekend receipts. Instead of finding a phone to report the robbery, the confused and dazed employee returned to Mel Cotton's and informed the manager of the theft.

The SJPD Captain who was in charge of Central Supply at the time was a national judo champion and personal friend of the manager of Mel Cotton's. When the manager called the Captain and told him about the robbery, the Captain walked over to the Robbery Unit and requested that a case be initiated and assigned. The Robbery Lieutenant, who also commanded the Homicide and Crime Scene Units as well as the Assaults Detail in General Crimes and the Night Detectives, was a "take-charge" kind of guy. He immediately looked at the personnel assignment board to check on the availability of personnel. No one from the Robbery Unit was available, so he chose two General Crimes investigators. They were not partners, but the board showed both were available, so the Lieutenant activated their pagers with the instruction to call in. The investigators were Walt Robinson and John Strickland.

A short time later, Walt responded to the page by calling the Lieutenant, who assigned him the case, told him to respond to Mel Cotton's, and to expect Strickland to arrive shortly to join him in the investigation. Walt was silent on his end of the phone at first, then he began hemming and hawing before he finally responded with, "Where are you, Lieutenant?"

"Where am I? Whaddya mean? I'm here in the office" replied the Lieutenant.

"Yeah, sure," said Walt. Then he said, "Come on, Lieutenant, where are you? I'm at Mel Cotton's now."

Slightly perturbed by the way the conversation was going, the Lieutenant told Walt about the robbery of an employee who was trying to make a bank deposit and to see the store manager, whose name was Marty Feldman.

Walt and John were together at Mel Cotton's at the time and were in the check-out line to pay for some ski equipment when their pagers had gone off. Walt used a store phone to call in. When the Lieutenant told him about the Mel Cotton's robbery, Walt suspected he was being "punked" since they were already on the scene. And with the instructions to see store manager Marty Feldman, Walt was sure that he and John had been caught SOD (shopping on duty).

But Marty Feldman was, in fact, the name of the store manager while Walt envisioned the actor/comedian.


When Walt asked a nearby store employee the name of the store manager, he was shocked to learn that it was Marty Feldman.

Walt and John felt they had been caught conducting personal business while on duty and that the Lieutenant was observing them. In their paranoid state they failed to reason that the Lieutenant couldn't be watching them since they had called him at the office.

Despite this inglorious start to a robbery investigation, Walt and John responded to the scene of the crime, located a witness who had seen the robbery go down and observed the two suspects flee into a property south of San Carlos St. This led the two investigators to arrest the suspects and recover $11,000 in cash and receipts.

Although this occurred some 31 years ago, the story has not been, nor will it be, forgotten. It is yet another event from our days "in the field" and from the streets that make up the asphalt jungle of San Jose.


 

WEEKLY SNOPES URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF FEB. 9, 2013

The facts behind the legends, information and

misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox

New Articles

• Photograph purportedly shows a huge Angolan witch spider that eats dogs and cats.
<http://www.snopes.com/photos/bugs/witchspider.asp>

• Will Facebook be closed for maintenance at the end of February?
<http://www.snopes.com/computer/facebook/february.asp>

• Does health care legislation require that U.S. residents be implanted with RFID microchips by 23 March 2013?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/medical/microchip.asp>

• Is Congress set to begin impeachment hearings against President Obama in March 2013?
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/impeachment.asp>

• Warning about the discovery of mold in packages of Capri Sun fruit drink.
<http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/caprisun.asp>

• Warning about nails being found in pieces of cheese left in dog parks.
<http://www.snopes.com/critters/crusader/cheese.asp>

• General finds a good comeback when asked about the wisdom of teaching Boy Scouts to shoot.
<http://www.snopes.com/politics/quotes/reinwald.asp>

• Childless couple discovers the cause of their infertility is a lack of sex.
<http://www.snopes.com/pregnant/fertility.asp>

• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news stories from around the world!
<http://www.snopes.com/daily/>


Worth a Second Look

• Are green M&M candies an aphrodisiac?
<http://www.snopes.com/risque/aphrodisiacs/mandms.asp>


Still Haunting the Inbox

• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's circulating in the on-line world.
<http://www.snopes.com/info/top25uls.asp>


Fraud Afoot

• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
<http://www.snopes.com/fraud/topscams.asp>



 

THE LIGHTER SIDE & OTHER ODDS AND ENDS

If you used to listen to Lee Rodgers on KGO and/or KSFO, you may want to click on the link below we received from Bruce Morton...



<http://radiorodgers.com/>


• • • • •



For something lighter, here's a must-see contribution from Pete Guerin. It's about a hound dog and an orangutan that became the best of buddies. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d79ArrL8VRg>


• • • • •


We just discovered that a short video about Russ Jones and his book — "Honorable Intentions" — has been added to the website of the same name. It should be worth a look for the hundreds of you who worked with and/or otherwise know the former San Jose cop. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBnYHXY4ZRw>

This is the link to the website:

<http://www.honorable-intentions.com/>


• • • • •



Among the great plays in the history of baseball, many people consider this one by Rick Monday of the Chicago Cubs the greatest. Have a look. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrV8QPQAhxo>


• • • • •



If you don't think New Yorkers have a sense of humor, watch the reaction of these subway riders when a flash mob of panhandlers invade their space. (3 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47e3vjA_4uc>


• • • • •



With the City providing only 15 rounds for qualification, Lumpy says this is the new Chuck Reed firearms practice course designed to stifle the complaints that the City no longer provides practice ammo.


The City chose to purchase this Russian practice range because it was cheaper than one designed in the U.S., but the foreign language shouldn't be a problem as it is pretty much self-explanatory.

After you click on the link at the bottom, click the button on the trigger guard and you are good to go. You have 30 seconds to squeeze off three rounds, and your score and target will be displayed in the upper right. The quicker you squeeze the trigger the less the semi-auto pistol will move in circles, just like the real thing.


Ready? Adjust your ear plugs and let 'er rip. To reload and fire another three rounds, click on the Russian text highlighted below.


A perfect score for three rounds is 30. Efforts are underway to deem you HR 218 qualified if you can score 140 or better for 15 rounds (an average score of 28). Click on the link below to get started...

<http://deti.mil.by/templates/swf/Pistol/index.swf>

 

• • • • •



How lazy are we getting when we are willing to spend a ton of dough on a car option that will allow it to park itself in a parking garage? (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEh7qIon36s>


• • • • •



Ever have the feeling you are being watched, and in high definition no less? It's probably a good idea to trust your senses because you probably are. Check out this video clip about the new generation of surveillance received from Russ Jones. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=od6kWBjh4Kc>


• • • • •



Along similar lines, here's a clip from Rob Reek that speaks about Boeing's new "Phantom Eye," a hydrogen-powered UAV that can stay aloft for up to four days. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMHq1b8Tm7w>

This is a short clip of Phantom Eye's first flight (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=To5fcvaC1eg>


• • • • •



Can someone explain how a dog that has had its eyes surgically removed can play fetch? Have a look at this CBS news clip sent in by Lumpy. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIhViDWs6k4>

Then again, if you search YouTube for "Blind dog plays fetch," you will find that they don't seem to be all that unique.

 

• • • • •



Pay attention guys: It's not working for him, it didn't work for me, and it sure as hell won't work for you unless you are driving a new Ferrari or a Bentley convertible. (2 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItXKGyO6cRA>


• • • • •



JET says this homemade weapon ought to freak out the gun control supporters. It's a fully-automatic slingshot mini-gun that fires crossbow darts, and you can build it in your garage. (4 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKrHnYexBic>


• • • • •



Russ Jones, Tom Macris and Alice Murphy were among those who found this clip regarding medical care and cell phones of interest. It's a segment from a recent "Rock Center" episode featuring Brian Williams. So what's your take? (9 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JC9lHrDsUZA>


• • • • •

 

If you've not been exposed to the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, have a look and listen and you might be impressed by how Good, Bad and Ugly they sound. (5 Mins.)



<http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLgJ7pk0X-s>

 

• • • • •

 

And that brings us to this week's closer...

When I told my brother-in-law that I had no interest in reading the best seller "Fifty Shades of Grey," he said I was missing out on some very titillating passages and sent me this excerpt as an example...

"He was in ecstasy with a huge smile on his face as his wife moved forwards, then backwards, then forward, then backwards again....back and forth...back and forth...in and out...in and out...

Her heart was pounding...her face was flushed...then she moaned...softly at first...then she began to moan louder. Finally, totally exhausted, she let out an almighty scream and shouted: "Okay, okay, I can't park the bloody car! You do it, you smug bastard!"

 

• • • • •





C'ya


 

Pic of the Week:

Among this pile of junk is a black and white cat hiding in plain sight. Can you find it?



If you can't see it and feel the need to cheat and be a quitter, scroll down...



You should be able to see it in this cropped image...



Now see if you can find it in the full-size photo...

 
   

Scrolling Box

 
This is the message box, using the scroller component.
 

 

 

Copyright© 2006-2013 "San Jose Police Benevolent Association". All Rights Reserved