March 7, 2013
Mattos, Editor and Publisher
Leroy Pyle, Webmaster
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Born May 3, 1933
Appointed May 15, 1962
Promoted to Sergeant Dec. 15, 1968
Retired June 3, 1987
Died March 5, 2013
Doug's close personal friend, retired Capt. Ken
Hawkes, has advised that there will be no funeral. Instead, a Celebration of
Life will be held at the POA Hall at a date to be announced. When asked to
provide us with a few words about Doug, Ken submitted the following...
Doug was the brother I never had. I have known him since 1965, and he has
been my friend, mentor, sergeant, partner, cheerleader and trusted adviser for
48 years. Forty eight years. Almost a half century. Few have had the precious
privilege of having such a friend and brother.
Suffering from congestive heart failure, Doug was hospitalized last week, but
insisted on returning home from Kaiser-Santa Teresa. With his wife Barbara and
his children, Shawn and Doug, by his side, Doug left us during the early morning
hours on Tuesday of this week.
Doug was a military historian with an interest in all eras. His enthusiasm
always centered around objects that had 'been there' — helmets, blades, medals,
insignias, etc. He bought, sold and traded items to be researched, cataloging a
great personal collection and increasing his encyclopedic knowledge of all
A raconteur of note, Doug's stories were legion; detailed and colorful,
unsparing and revealing. No detail escaped his notice.
Doug was an athlete in high school and joined the Navy after graduation. He was
an "Airdale," flying in Neptunes and PBYs during the Korean War. One of his jobs
was that of a side gunner when needed. He said he actually got to fire the .50
caliber at the enemy once, sheepishly adding that it was at an old Chinese
biplane being used as a scout, and that it flew away apparently unscathed.
His police career spanned most jobs in the PD, from Wagon Master (where I first
met him) to Patrol Sergeant, MERGE, and the Burglary Prevention Unit (BPU),
where he and I were partners under Lt. Phil Norton. Looking back, those were
some of the best days of my career.
Doug and Ken, 1976
Born Dec. 12, 1942
Appointed March 16, 1970
Retired Oct. 7, 1993
Died March 8, 2013
Roger suffered a massive heart attack last Sunday
night at around 9:00 p.m. at his Morgan Hill residence. Carmen, his partner of
11 years, immediately placed an emergency call for medical assistance and Roger
was rushed to Kaiser Santa Teresa. Doctors determined that his condition was so
serious that they placed him in an induced coma. While running tests, Roger had
a second, milder heart attack on Monday. He was eventually taken out of the
induced coma, but required life support to keep him alive.
Yesterday (Wed.), after tests showed significant brain damage, the family made
the wrenching decision to remove him from life support at 11 a.m. tomorrow
(Fri.) with the family present. In addition to Carmen and Chaplain Bridgen,
Roger's son and daughter, Conrad and Victoria, and his sister, Mary Jane and her
three children, will be by his bedside to say goodbye.
We spoke with Carmen late yesterday (Wed.) afternoon. She said that she and the
family will hold a Celebration of Life at a venue in Morgan Hill in the near
future. There will be no formal funeral.
Like Doug's passing, Roger's loss is significant to all of us who considered the
former Marine a personal friend. May both rest in peace.
FUNERAL FOR THE
TWO SLAIN SANTA CRUZ OFFICERS BEING HELD TODAY IN SAN JOSE
to Slain Officers
—Up to 20,000 are expected at HP Pavilion service for Santa Cruz
pair killed in line of duty—
By Gary Richards
Mercury News — March 7, 2013
It will be a day
of tears, salutes and anguish seldom seen in the Bay Area as fallen Santa Cruz
police officers Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler are laid
to rest Thursday.
Thousands are expected to join or witness the 33-mile procession from the
Boardwalk in Santa Cruz to HP Pavilion in San Jose, the nearest venue large
enough to hold an expected 18,000 to 20,000 mourners.
It’s also likely to be an outpouring of grief unlike any in the Bay Area since
the day in 2009 when a convicted felon gunned down four Oakland officers in two
separate shootings. Cop killings are always deeply disturbing, said one retired
police officer, but this one is particularly chilling because it happened in a
small city during a routine investigation.
“The Oakland shootings were highly unusual, but unfortunately we have gotten
used to cops being killed in Oakland,” said retired San Jose patrolman Bruce
Raye. “They have a whole wall of photos of dead officers up there that is
“But these officers are from a small department. Santa Cruz is my community,
your community. This hits the homeland of America. Everyone can relate to this.”
The two officers were ambushed Feb. 26 by Jeremy Peter Goulet, who shot them to
death when they went to question him about an allegation that he had groped a
woman. Goulet was killed in a shootout with police shortly afterward.
Thursday’s 30-mph procession will bring Highway 17 to a crawl, as well as
stretches of highways 85 and 87. People will watch the vehicles pass from the
streets of Santa Cruz and freeway overpasses, and many more will see it on TV,
filmed from helicopters. Los Gatos firefighters plan to park their trucks on
overpasses and stand at attention as the long convoy passes.
Most memorials are held near an officer’s station or home, with a short drive to
the cemetery. But San Jose is the nearest city with a facility large enough to
hold the 6,000 officers and thousands of citizens expected to attend, including
high-profile elected officials such as Gov. Jerry Brown.
Former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and California Attorney General Kamala
Harris are expected to speak at the memorial.
“This terrible tragedy has had an enormous impact on the entire Santa Cruz
community, and it is on all of us to offer a helping hand to our neighboring
city during its time of need,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “I hope this
event will allow all of Sgt. Baker’s and Officer Butler’s families, friends and
colleagues, as well as the residents they served, to come together to grieve and
honor their fallen heroes.”
Santa Cruz Metro is giving free bus vouchers to anyone who lacks transportation
to the service, and Caltrain is free to members of law enforcement going
anywhere it serves. The procession is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. on Ocean
Street at the Boardwalk and arrive in San Jose sometime after 10 a.m. But a
procession of that many vehicles traveling at 30 mph in a single lane could take
The CHP will not allow motorists to use other lanes to pass the convoy of cars
and buses on highways 17, 85 and 87.
California Highway Patrol spokesman D.J. Sarabia warns that the biggest impact
may occur after the service, when the procession makes its way back to Santa
Cruz just as the afternoon commute begins around 3:30 or 4 p.m.
“We are asking everyone to be really, really patient,” he said. “Both coming
over in the morning and going back in the afternoon. The return trip could be
For the traveling public, the message is this: Expect delays and avoid Highway
17 and other parts of the route if you can.
“I am taking an earlier than usual Highway 17 bus in the morning,” said commuter
Brittany Overbeck. “With the funeral procession, people either need to get on
the road before 8:30 a.m. or plan on taking alternate routes and still leave
earlier than usual.”
The CHP advises drivers to avoid Highway 9 and Soquel-San Jose Road, and not to
park on overpasses. Those who need to get from the Santa Cruz area to San Jose
are advised to take Highway 129 from Watsonville east to 101 north.
The memorial will also affect bus riders in San Jose, as the Valley
Transportation Authority expects to reroute numerous lines in the downtown area
between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For more information on bus service, go to
The memorial could also make parking at the nearby Diridon Station across from
the HP Pavilion tougher than it already is.
“If you can work at home, this would be a superb day to do so,” Sarabia said.
But for many, traffic headaches will be the least of their concerns.
“It feels like we lost two of our own,” said CHP Officer Sarah Jackson. “We work
very close with the Santa Cruz PD.”
So do many other Bay Area law enforcement agencies, as former San Jose Officer
Raye noted: “This day will be very hard.”
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KNTV may be streaming the service at the HP Pavilion live. Look for a link on
their home page...
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This morning's Mercury
News included this editorial about the two slain Santa Cruz officers...
Santa Cruz Tragedy Stirs Great
Mercury News Editorial — March 7, 2013
Family, friends and colleagues
of Santa Cruz Detective Sgt. Loran “Butch” Baker and Detective Elizabeth Butler
will caravan over Highway 17 Thursday in a 200-car funeral procession to
downtown San Jose’s HP Pavilion. There is no place large enough in Santa Cruz to
hold the thousands of mourners expected for the officers’ memorial — and even an
arena cannot contain the magnitude of sorrow they’ll bring with them.
It was every officer’s nightmare, and every family member’s: The routine car
stop, the report of some possible domestic conflict, the standard-procedure
interview at a suspect’s home — and out of nowhere, gunfire and death.
Detectives Baker and Butler apparently had no warning when Jeremy Peter Goulet
pulled a gun.
The impact on Santa Cruz has been profound.
Shaken colleagues saw the first officers killed on the job in the Santa Cruz
Police Department’s 150-year history. Families don’t feel quite as safe in what
vacationers see as Surf City, the iconic California beach town.
Every time police officers or firefighters die on the job, it conjures up
memories of previous loss.
In San Jose, the most recent was promising rookie Jeffrey Fontana, gunned down
in 2001 after stopping a car in an Almaden Valley cul-de-sac. There is now a
lovely 10-acre park named in his honor.
In San Jose and other budget-challenged cities, debates over pension costs can
place officers in conflict with taxpayers. But the differences dissolve when
people need help and the police are there. A tragedy like this reminds us what
public service can entail and the value of the people who take the risks.
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen posted a note to his staff the
day after the Santa Cruz tragedy. He began: “We handle their case files and
speak with the officers during issuing meetings. They sit next to us in trial.
We marvel at their professionalism, how they dug up that extra piece of
information or knocked on that extra door. “Sgt. Loran ‘Butch’ Baker and
Detective Elizabeth Butler knocked on that extra door yesterday afternoon.”
Rosen wrote about the incident — the firefighter who shielded a bystander from
Goulet’s gunfire as officers closed in, and the way sheriff’s deputies and
Highway Patrol officers stepped up the next day to help patrol Santa Cruz as the
city police officers mourned.
“It’s easy to forget that these case files in our hands are the product of
thousands of officers walking up to thousands of doors,” wrote Rosen.
“This day our thoughts and prayers are with them, and with all of law
enforcement. May they knock on doors, and do their duty, and come home safely
tonight and all nights.”
Our hearts are with them too, and with the people who loved Baker and Butler —
whether as personal friends and family, or through the powerful bond of service
in law enforcement.
In San Jose and other budget-challenged cities, debates over pension costs can
place officers in conflict with taxpayers. But the differences dissolve at times
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also included this article written by a staff member of the Santa Cruz
Crowds View Officers’ Caskets
By J.M. Brown
Mercury News — March 7, 2013
SANTA CRUZ — Hundreds of
friends, law enforcement officers and ordinary citizens came to Santa Cruz
Memorial funeral home Wednesday to view the flag-draped caskets of Sgt. Loran
“Butch” Baker, 51, and fellow Detective Elizabeth Butler, 38, who will be
honored in a public memorial service Thursday. The two were gunned down Feb. 26
by a sexual-assault suspect who was later shot and killed by authorities. Police
observed a private viewing of the caskets Sunday at Santa Cruz Memorial, which
has donated its services for the two families. Baker, a 28-year veteran, leaves
behind a wife and three children, and Butler, a 10-year veteran, had two
children and a partner.
The caskets were covered entirely in American flags. Photographs of the fallen
officers were placed near their caskets at the front of a 60-foot receiving
room, where many mourners sat for several moments in silent reverence.
Randy Krassow, owner of Santa Cruz Memorial, offered to host the viewing for
residents who were not able to attend the San Jose services. He said many people
also wanted a more intimate experience than watching a video feed at Kaiser
Permanente Arena or Del Mar Theatre in Santa Cruz.
“People wanted an opportunity to honor the officers,” Krassow said.
Leroy continues to have computer problems affecting the poll. To
participate this week, click on the link under the image of the poll below...
There was no poll last week.
For the most recent Rasmussen Reports releases, click here:
Carol and I are thinking about switching from AARP to AMAC. I thought you might
find the following entry from Snopes interesting:
For what it's worth,
Steve, when AARP voiced its support for Obamacare a couple of years ago, I cut
my membership card in half and taped it to a letter to the organization
protesting its decision. A week later I joined AMAC and my card arrived in the
mail a few days later. Below is AMAC's website for any readers who want to have
a look around.
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A half-dozen readers sent in this e-mail this
e-mail that is apparently making the rounds this week. The original author is
If anyone is interested in an article regarding the
purchase of 2700 armored vehicles by Homeland Security, which means they are
intended to be used in the US, click on the link below. It has not been vetted,
but if anyone can provide me with reasons that the feds needs these items in
such large quantities, please enlighten me. Call me crazy, but they look like
something that would be used by a totalitarian communist government. I pray that
this is not the case.
The website above with the headline reading "Obama
DHS Purchases 2,700 Light-Armed Tanks to Go with their 1.6 Billion Bullet
Stockpile" includes an embedded video showing the vehicles in question if you
As for the portion of the
e-mail that says it has not been vetted, it apparently has. Google the words
"DHS purchases armed vehicles" and you will find pages with dozens of links to
various forums and blogs on the subject.
The underlying tone of many of the opinions expressed is that our government is
preparing for martial law. Could that be the case? You'll have to decide for
yourself as we haven't the slightest idea. However...
Did someone mention Martial Law? As a matter of fact, click on this link...
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contacted Leroy (our Webmaster) on Facebook and suggested that the following two
links regarding Social Security benefits be included in the Farsider and the POA
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Yo to those of you on the Left Coast, a/k/a the
occupied State of California with its Proletariat Headquarters in Berkeley. Mr.
Nasty has arrived.
I got this from Bill Gellerman, San Jose State Police School, '65, Ret'd. Fed
Narc living near the Right Coast. Can't remember where I clicked to see the
video of this item, but it is here on this website. Hand gun and rifle ammo is
getting hard to come by, and this might be fun.
Last year it sold for about
$2300, now $2500 with a 120+ day waiting period to lay hands on one. It might be
a good personal defense weapon for those of us maturing and with faltering
vision. Keltec makes a similar USA made shotgun that sells for 'much' less. (I
didn’t check this out)
Bruce Fair in the Land of
Click on the link below to access this month's POA Vanguard...
FREE CASE OF
GUINNESS BLACK LAGER FOR RETIRED POA MEMBERS
As indicated in previous
blasts, the deadline for active members to come and get your free case of beer
is 5 p.m. today. However, as only about half of you have come in so far to
collect your free beer, and we still have our back storage area full of 7
pallets of beer, we are continuing our free beer handout through March 10th as
• FOR ACTIVE MEMBERS: Any active member who has already come in to get a case
can get a second case if they bring in a member who hasn't already come in to
pick up a case. As stated previously, this is important as we've found that
about 75% of the membership still has either former spouses listed as
beneficiaries or are paying for things like pages or outdated insurance
policies. We are also taking photographs of members for our membership files as
the city stopped sharing your ID photos with us. As stated previously, this is
for your membership file only, and allows our office staff to place a face with
a name. You cannot be on duty or in uniform. So come in and get a case of beer
before March 10th, Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may end up saving yourself
a decent amount of money in the process.
• FOR RETIRED MEMBERS: We are now opening up the free beer to retired members.
To bring you up to speed as you were not on previous blasts on this topic, the
POA received a large donation of Guinness Dark Lager beer and we are
distributing it to the membership. All retired members can now come into the POA
and collect a free case of beer. The only thing we ask in return is that you
pose for a picture for our records and ensure that the benefit information we
have for you is accurate. So come in and get your case of beer before March
10th. The POA is open Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ed. — With the cut-off being this coming
Sunday, it might be helpful if you call the POA office first to ensure there are
still some cases available. The number is 408-298-1133.
Rather than go to the
laborious task of copying and pasting what the mysterious blogger had to say on
March 2nd, we're going to put the onus on you. If you want to read what he or
she posted on his or her blog this week, limber up your index finger, be
prepared to burn 1/10000 of a calorie and use your mouse to click on the link
TOM RETURNS TO THE
BAY AREA TO OVERSEE THE OPD
SJPD Dep. Chief Tom Frazier
Oakland's KTVU Channel 2 first reported on Monday night that our
former Dep. Chief has been chosen to oversee the Oakland PD. Craig Shuey sent us
this news item from the Sac Bee the following day. (The Merc either missed or
buried the story as we looked, but couldn't find it.)
Judge Appoints Director to
Oversee Oakland Police
Sacramento Bee — Associated Press — Mar. 4, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. -- A former
police commissioner from Baltimore has been appointed by a federal court to
oversee the embattled Oakland Police Department.
U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson announced Monday that new compliance
director Thomas C. Frazier will have broad authority over the beleaguered force
including the power to seek the dismissal of the police chief.
He's scheduled to begin March 12.
City officials and lawyers seeking a receivership of the department agreed last
year to appoint a compliance director, avoiding an unprecedented federal
takeover of the force. The deal stems from a decade-old police brutality lawsuit
settlement resulting in still uncompleted court-ordered reforms.
Last year, Frazier said the department was ill-equipped to handle a violent
protest just hours after officers cleared an Occupy Oakland encampment in front
of City Hall in 2011.
This shouldn't come as a
surprise. On June 15th of last year we reported that after the dust-up between
the Oakland PD and the Occupy protesters, the city of Oakland hired an outside
consulting firm to look into the matter. As it turned out, the city chose the
Frazier Group, headed by our former Dep. Chief who left the SJPD to become
Baltimore's Police Commissioner and ultimately create his own consulting firm.
This link will take you to Tom's website...
THE HISTORY OF THE
SJPD SHALL NOT BE FORGOTTEN
In the world of professional
football there was the John Madden concoction known as the "turducken" — a
six-legged turkey whose legs were awarded to the more spectacular players of the
In our "police family" there were officers with the same last names; some of
whom were related, some were not: The Bonds (Bill and Les) were not; Torres
Bros. were; Ballard (Buck & Gordon) were.not; Bell (Mike & Bob) were not; Brown
(Bill, Dennis, Charlie, Ernie and Terry) were not; Destro (Mike and Tony) were;
Evans (Ron and Bob) were not; Guerin (grandfather, son and grandson) were; Emery
(Walt and Lou) were; Johnson (too many to list — some were, some were not);
likewise with the Hernandez clan; (some were, some were not).
Now enter the enterprising officers who contacted Joe Earnshaw, owner and
operator of Summit Uniforms who retired from the SJPD in 1983 after 23 years on
the job. Ordering a uniform name tag was easy for Joe. And ordering six separate
name tags bearing the same name from six different officers was just as easy.
Now there were a half dozen officers who, should the circumstances dictate,
could appear to be "P. Robillard," even though their true identities were mostly
unknown to each other.
"Officer Robillard" might now be found at the Civic Auditorium following a
basketball "outbreak of fans," at a 415 at Story and King, handling a
disturbance at Kings Drive-In on S. First, or any other event — and all at the
It was seen by the officers as being in their best interest to pre-plan for the
necessity of donning the name tag depending on the assignment so that Robillard
would catch any flak resulting from the call.
This was similar to another set of earlier circumstances related to badge
numbers. In the older days — circa 1956 — officers did not write their badge
numbers on citations; in lieu of their badge number, the officer wrote down a
citation number that had been given to him for the purpose of issuing citations.
This led to various challenges by motorists who queried and/or demanded, "What's
your badge number?" But that's a different story for a different time.
Who said police work wasn't fun back in the day?
URBAN LEGEND UPDATE AS OF MARCH 2, 2013
behind the legends, information and
misinformation that has or may show up in your inbox
• Did a Chinese man named Li Ching-Yuen live to be 256 years old?
• Photographs purportedly show a female tiger raising a
group of piglets.
• Lawyer is asked to demonstrate that the title to a Louisiana property was
held before 1803.
• Are dairy groups petitioning the FDA to allow the use of artificial
sweeteners in milk?
• Article proffers the origins of numerous common
sayings which supposedly originated from living conditions in the 1500s.
• Did DKNY use a New York street photographer's pictures without permission?
• Warning that the "Talking Angela" app unsafely
prompts children to provide personal information about themselves.
• Did Johns Hopkins issue a 'cancer update' about the spread and treatment of
• Don't forget to visit our Daily Snopes page for a
collection of odd news stories from around the world!
Worth a Second Look
• Did a Texas farmer file an unusual, self-penned will
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
This video is a beautiful
and very creative example of morphing. In the opinion of the individual who
produced it, you are about to see "50 of the Most Beautiful Women Ever."
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Given how the country goes
ga-ga over movie stars and idolizes a president who's a member of the Hollywood
community, a few readers would like you to meet the next occupant of the White
House as he addresses the issue of the Debt Bomb. (4
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On the same topic, why is
this clip about the Federal Debt so difficult for roughly half the US population
to understand? Or is it that they do, but just don't give a damn?
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If you haven't yet seen the
latest Bond flick — "Skyfall — but plan to do so, skip this video we received
from Dirk Parsons, especially if you hate spoilers. And if you ignore our
warning and start seeing red, blame Dirk, not us. (4
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If this parody of an Amazon
Kindle ad isn't too risque for Saturday Night Live, it shouldn't be for us. You
know it's getting lots of play from the employees of Amazon.com.
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Looking for a sports car
that can fly? While it doesn't have the lines of a Ferrari or a Lambo, this
machine really can fly. It's basically an enclosed 3-wheel motorcycle with a
rotor and pusher prop that will get it airborne. Or in simple terms, it's a
gyrocopter you can drive on the road. The machine is officially known as a PAL-V
One, and it looks like a ton of fun to drive and fly. Here are three links to
click on if your interest has been piqued.
This first one shows the PAL-V Flying Car on her maiden flight.
The second link is about the driving experience.
And the third link will take you to the company's website that is
chock full of details about the machine.
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Lumpy says he wants one of
these firearms for the next time he goes big game hunting. If there is a
downside, it's that he will have to take a few extra barrels with him or find a
nearby creek. Watch this clip and you will see why. (5
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Few things are more
frustrating that watching Penn & Teller pull off an illusion that defies
explanation. In this one, Teller takes the lead. (4
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The small number of you who
own a Beemer may enjoy this video received from Bruce Fair. It's a factory tour
of an F30 3-Series being built. (15 Mins.)
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Have an interest in UFOs
and extraterrestrial life? If so, play this clip of an interview with Apollo 14
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell that surfaced on YouTube last month.
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In closing, a Kleenex or
two may be needed for this clip sent in by Bill Leavy. It's about a German
Shepherd that regularly attends Mass following the funeral of its owner.
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Don't forget to say a prayer for Doug, Roger and the two Santa Cruz officers.
Pic of the Week:
Ken Hawkes points out that one advantage of
being a devout Muslim is that you can keep the
same photo on your desk if you change wives.