February 14, 2013
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PBA MEETS NEXT
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...
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NBC Bay Area.com — Feb. 8, 2013
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NBC Bay Area.com — Feb. 8, 2013
San Jose Police Overtime Costs on the Rise
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ABC 7 — Feb. 7, 2013
Reed Talks Budget Concerns in SJ's State of the City
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NBC Bay Area.com — Feb. 13, 2013
911 Emergency in San Jose
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NBC Bay Area.com — Feb. 13th
Ride Along with Car Thief Patrol in San Jose
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NBC Bay Area.com — Feb. 13th
San Jose's 5th Homicide in 6 Weeks
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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
Reed Suggests Tax Hike in
Jose’s finances are on rebound, mayor says, more revenue is needed—
By John Woolfolk
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
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,
Mayor Chuck Reed on Thursday said
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
A new city survey showed growing voter support for a possible sales or business
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.”
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...
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
Senate Dems Unveil Gun Bills
proposals would toughen laws in one of most restrictive states—
By Josh Richman
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
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
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
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
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
The mystery blogger continues with this posting on current events
that was added to his or her blog on Tuesday of this week...
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?
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
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!
Results from last week's poll...
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
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.
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Here is the URL for the Smoke Detector video I mentioned in my earlier e-mail.
Please pass it along for safety.
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.
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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.
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
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
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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 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.
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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)
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.
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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...
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...
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
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.
OPPORTUNITY FOR RETIREES
President Jim Spence asked that this letter be passed along...
The Mental Health Department is seeking consultants with the qualifications
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
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
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.
Eva Ching, HCPAII
Mental Health Department
828 S. Bascom Ave., Ste 200
San Jose, CA 95128
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD IS NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN
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.
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF FEB. 9, 2013
behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Photograph purportedly shows a huge Angolan witch
spider that eats dogs and cats.
• Will Facebook be closed for maintenance at the end of February?
• Does health care legislation require that U.S. residents be implanted with
RFID microchips by 23 March 2013?
• Is Congress set to begin impeachment hearings against President Obama in
• Warning about the discovery of mold in packages of Capri Sun fruit drink.
• Warning about nails being found in pieces of cheese left in dog parks.
• General finds a good comeback when asked about the wisdom of teaching Boy
Scouts to shoot.
• Childless couple discovers the cause of their infertility is a lack of sex.
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a collection of odd news
stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Are green M&M candies an aphrodisiac?
Still Haunting the Inbox
• Check out our 25 Hottest Urban Legends list to keep abreast of what's
circulating in the on-line world.
• Visit our Top Scams page for a list of schemes
commonly used by crooks to separate the unwary from their money.
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...
• • • • •
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.)
• • • • •
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.
This is the link to the website:
• • • • •
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.)
• • • • •
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.)
• • • • •
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
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
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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.)
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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.
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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.
This is a short clip of Phantom Eye's first flight (2 Mins.)
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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.)
Then again, if you search YouTube for "Blind dog plays fetch,"
you will find that they don't seem to be all that unique.
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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.
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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.)
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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.)
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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.
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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!"
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Pic of the
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,
You should be able to see it in this cropped image...
Now see if you can find it in the full-size photo...
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