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The Farsider

November 22
, 2012


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.



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Born March 26, 1929
Appointed Nov. 10, 1958
Retired March 2, 1982
Died Sept. 18, 2012

We ran into a stone wall trying to obtain details about Curly's passing. His death was first brought to our attention when a couple of readers noticed the name William R. Bond listed under "Condolences" in the latest edition of the Billy & Spanner (the Retirees' Assn. newsletter).

The only details we were able to obtain via the Retirement Board were his DOB and date of death. We know that he was receiving the SJPD Insider newsletter by snail mail in the late '90s, long after he left the Dept. At the time he and his wife, Alice, resided in Oceanside in northern San Diego County. Based on a couple hours of research involving an assortment of e-mails and Internet searches, which included a commercial "people finder" website, Curly's last known address appeared to still be in Oceanside, but an obituary search of every newspaper that serves northern San Diego Co. produced nothing. While there is likely to be a death certificate on file in San Diego Co., we were unable to access it due to restrictions on the County's vital statistics website. A phone number associated with his Oceanside address was found to no longer be in service.

One e-mail we received from a San Jose officer's widow who was active with the San Jose Police Wives' Club indicated that Curly's wife, Alice, died a couple of years ago. We found no evidence that the couple had any children.

Based on what we were able to determine — and not determine — it's possible that Curly was single when he died and that his passing may have been handled by the San Diego Co. Coroner's Office. A recent Police & Fire Annual Report shows that Curly retired with a service-connected disability in 1982.

The two earlier photos on the left above are from the Retirees' Section of the SJPD Commemorative Album that was produced in 1983. The photo on the right was provided by Police Personnel.

If anyone has been in contact with Curly over the past few years and/or can shed any light about him, please pass the info along to us so we can share it with his former friends and those readers who once worked with him.



Badge 1389
Born May 7, 1935
Appointed April 7, 1969
Retired Jan. 14, 1995
Died Nov. 18, 2012

Other than the badge and date statistics that we received from our contact at Police Personnel, all we have about Tony is this e-mail we received on Tuesday of this week...

Nov. 20th

Hi Bill,

I am deeply saddened to have to pass on this message I just received from Rose Ranada.

Bruce Dudley

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Hi Bruce,

Just want you to know that Tony lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, November 18. He went peacefully while still letting us know that he loved us and how much he appreciated the many e-mails and phone calls from his many friends.

We are not having funeral or memorial services at this time. He did not want any and we are honoring his request. He will be cremated and will lie in rest at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery on Lincoln Street in Santa Clara, CA.

Thank you for everything.

Rose Ranada and Sons



For those of you out of the area who are unfamiliar with the details of last Friday night's shoot-out that came within the width of a holster and pepper spray canister of possibly resulting in another SJPD funeral, here is the story as it was reported in yesterday's paper...

S.J. Police Detail Shootout with Two Murder Suspects

By Mark Gomez

Mercury News — Nov. 21, 2012

SAN JOSE — Two men suspected of murder during a violent crime spree used a stop at a red light to ambush a police officer, getting out of their car, approaching the police cruiser and then unleashing a shower of bullets at him, police said Monday.

The officer was wounded but escaped serious injury during the Friday night gun battle. One of the men — 26-year-old Jonathan Wilbanks of San Jose — was arrested, but the second was still at large Monday, prompting a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

Police say the two men are suspected of killing 22-year-old Rory Park-Pettiford of Campbell during an attempted carjacking earlier Friday night that followed four armed robberies.

Wilbanks was booked on suspicion of murder, two counts of attempted murder, four counts of robbery, burglary and auto theft, police said.

On Monday, police released a sketch of the second suspect, as well as photographs of the officer’s patrol vehicle and duty belt, which was hit by multiple bullets.


Assistant Police Chief Rikki Goede speaks Monday
during a news conference addressing a crime spree
that resulted in the shooting death of a 22-year-old man.

“These are heinous crimes perpetrated by two individuals who have no regard for human life,” Assistant Chief of Police Rikki Goede said during a Monday news conference.

Sunday, the San Jose Police Officers’ Association offered a $10,000 reward in the case. Monday, Mayor Chuck Reed announced he was matching that amount from his budget.

During a news conference, Reed said the entire City Council is grateful and proud of the police work that’s been done so far in the case, “and thankful for the courage the men and women in our department have shown.”

Police also provided a chilling account of the gun battle between the two men and the officer who first spotted their vehicle and discovered the license plate matched one a witness reported after one of the robberies.

The officer — whose name has not been released — saw the vehicle driving on Interstate 280 near Highway 101 and, while waiting for backup, followed it to the intersection of Tully Road and Lanai Avenue. As both cars were stopped at a red light, the two men got out of their vehicle and opened fire.

“It was a preemptive strike,” Sgt. Jason Dwyer said. “They are advancing on him. If you look at the trajectory of the rounds going into the belt on the outside, they’re almost on top of him. It might have started at a certain distance, but they are trying to advance on him. They’re actively trying to maneuver for a better shot.”

There were vehicles stopped in front of and behind the officer, essentially trapping him inside a “kill zone.”

“That to me is a straight-up ambush,” Dwyer said, adding the two must have known the officer was tailing them.

The second officer to arrive at the scene, Bruce Barthelemy, fired several shots at the two suspects. The men fled, but police say Wilbanks was struck twice.

Barthelemy and the injured officer both pursued the suspects, who continued to fire at officers while being chased, police revealed Monday.

During the pursuit one of the suspects jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a residential neighborhood. That suspect remains at large.

Wilbanks crashed into a structure near Reid-Hillview Airport, police said. He ran into a nearby home at random and was arrested.

“I’m very proud of the courage and incredible efforts shown by our patrol officers and commanders who managed six separate crime scenes, and a search warrant on a suspect, all of which occurred in the space of 90 minutes,” Goede said.

In making a plea to the community, Goede said an innocent life was taken and someone out there may have information that will lead to the suspect’s arrest. Goede asked for anyone with any information, big or small, to call police, because “it could take some seriously violent people off the street.”

The crime spree began Friday at about 7:40 p.m. when the suspects reportedly robbed a Little Caesar’s Pizza restaurant on Story Road in East San Jose. Police said the suspects quickly moved on to rob a gas station on East Capitol Expressway, then allegedly held up a Jack in the Box restaurant on Curtner Avenue and a spa on Bird Avenue.

By then it was almost 9 p.m. and, police said, the men were apparently seeking to switch vehicles. So they drove to the city’s West Side, to a 7-Eleven convenience store on South Kiely Avenue at Saratoga Avenue, where they reportedly attempted to steal Park-Pettiford’s parked car.

Park-Pettiford and a close friend had stopped at the convenience store to get some energy drinks before going out, his older brother Dylan said Monday.

They were heading back to Park-Pettiford’s brand new BMW when two armed men wearing ski masks emerged from the shadows, yelling something, Dylan said. But Park-Pettiford and his friend couldn’t make out what they were saying because the masks muffled their voices, Dylan said. So they jumped into the car.

Park-Pettiford was trying frantically to start the vehicle when one of the gunmen shot him through the driver’s side window. The 22-year-old barely had time to tell his friend, “I’ve been shot, I’m bleeding,” when the gunman shot him twice more, then ran away.

Dylan, 27, a veteran of the Iraq War, said his parents are devastated by the loss of their only other child. Rory lived with his father, who is disabled, in Campbell. His mother lives in Santa Clara.

“Rory was just a great kid, always the life of the party,” Dylan said. “He was just bundles of joy, he could make everyone laugh.”

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the second suspect is asked to immediately call 911. To provide confidential information about the whereabouts of the suspect, please call 408-947-STOP (7867) or the homicide section at 408-277-5283.

To help Park-Pettiford’s family with funeral costs, please go to
<www. roryparkdonations.com>.

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Also in yesterday's paper was Columnist Scott Herhold's view on the shoot-out, but from a slightly different angle...

Divisions Melt Away in Manhunt

By Scott Herold, Columnist
Mercury News — Nov. 20, 2012

All sorts of reasons can explain a news conference, aside from the obvious one of trying to curtail pesky calls from reporters on a big story.

The strategic purposes run the gamut — disclosure, confession, endorsement, reassurance and that rarest reason of all, the Siberian tiger of public relations, a plea for help.

For the San Jose police Monday morning at City Hall, it was about seeking the public’s help in finding a second man who fired on a cop after a murderous crime spree.

For the politicians who joined them, it was about reassuring the public they understood the risks cops undergo.

You had to go a long way back in San Jose crime history to find a story quite as chilling as Friday night’s saga: four armed robberies, a killing, and a shootout with cops.

This was no cat-and-mouse pursuit. According to police, two bad guys stopped at a light, got out of their car, and walked toward a patrolman in his cruiser, firing as they went. Only the intervention of a second officer who opened fire saved something far worse from unfolding.

To drive home that point, the police Monday released photos showing the trajectory of the bullets through the police car of the first officer, who continued the chase even after the shootout.

One of the bullets struck the officer’s pepper spray canister and another the top of his holster. “Had it not been for his canister, he might still be in the hospital, or dead by now,” said Assistant Chief Rikki Goede.


“It was a preemptive strike,” said spokesman Sgt. Jason Dwyer in an email to reporter Mark Gomez. “They are advancing on him. If you look at the trajectory of the rounds going into the belt on the outside, they’re almost on top of him.”

It was the cold-bloodedness of the scene that set it apart from any other attempted murder, or even a shootout. In essence, the cop had no place to go. He was trapped.

And that’s why it struck such a visceral chord. Nobody who attended Monday’s news conference in the council chambers would be surprised to know it had a political angle. The politicians shrugged away their usual caution about open-meetings law when seven council members, including Mayor Chuck Reed, showed up. So did councilman-elect Johnny Khamis.

On Sunday, the Police Officers’ Association had put up a $10,000 reward for help in finding the second suspect. On Monday, Mayor Reed, who has split with the cops on pension reform, matched that figure.

The second man

“Obviously, our police officers are in danger,” the mayor said. “So we need to get him (the second man) off the street as soon as possible.” That was an important point for Reed to make. If he is going to reduce the pensions of the cops, he has to show he understands how dangerous their jobs are. On both sides of the big pension battle, it’s too easy to quantify a cop’s job as a matter of the market or legal rights.

Can we get replacement officers for less? Is the mayor’s assault on pensions legal?

What happened Friday night was not a matter of argument. It was real, living proof of the worst that cops face in the field. And it was why all the quibbling about pensions or the ethics of a campaign fell away in the face of the immediate and most important goal — finding the second guy.



The paper's weekly gossip feature — their Internal Affairs column — continues to focus on Councilwoman Rose Herrera and San Jose's labor unions, specifically the POA and its leadership. This is from last Sunday's paper...


Ugly Doings Continue After Herrera Council Victory

Mercury News — Nov. 18, 2012

San Jose City Councilwoman Rose Herrera may have beaten the over-the-top campaign against her re-election by unions furious over pension reforms she supported. But the Herrera-hate in District 8 hasn’t let up. She and her husband returned from a trip last weekend to find a suspicious package in their mailbox addressed to “Councilwoman Rose Herrera.” She called the cops, who referred the matter to the postal inspector.

A source told us it appeared to be “feces and who knows what else.”

“We opened it enough to know there was something in there that shouldn’t be sent in the mail,” Herrera said, declining to elaborate. “I viewed it as threatening.”

Meanwhile, the finger-pointing in union-land over the failed anti-Herrera campaign continues.

Last week we told you about an internal challenge to San Jose Police Officers’ Association President Jim Unland from one Jonathan Baker , who argued to fellow officers that the current leadership isn’t fighting City Hall effectively enough after a string of losses on binding arbitration, pensions and Herrera, among others.

“Have we been so successful that we shouldn’t change the leadership?” Baker asks in the SJPOA’s current newsletter.

Unland declined to comment to IA, but unloaded a response in a “membership alert” blasting foes real (Baker) and imagined (us).

“I don’t believe for an instant that Jon has any idea how big, complex and difficult this job has become,” Unland wrote, defending the consultants Baker said the SJPOA should fire — “no one worked harder” — and chalking up Herrera’s victory to her incumbent advantage.

Internal Affairs is an offbeat look at state and local politics. This week’s items were written by Sharon Noguchi, Tracey Kaplan, Scott Herhold, John Woolfolk and Paul Rogers. Send tips to
<internalaffairs@mercurynews.com>, or call 408-975-9346.



The following item arrived last night from Bill Santos...

Nov. 21st

"Skip" Harold Adams passed. Most can remember Skip as a guest on a couple of occasions at PBA dinner meetings. He was a fine man, a veteran of Iwo Jima and past president of the Marine Corp League. His dad was Harley Adams, an SJPD Sergeant in the '50s. Skip left us on Nov. 10th, the birthday of the Marine Corp. His funeral was attended by hundreds of family and friends and was conducted with full military honors.

I eulogized him as follows:

We have lost an American treasure. Skip “Gunny” Adams was 86. He had been my friend practically my whole life. He was a kind, soft spoken, straight arrow of a man.  Upon meeting Skip for the first time one could not help but notice he was “squared away”…his Marine always showed through. From his well creased cloths to his hand shake and his dead-on gig line he reflected Marine and was proud of it. Like most of his generation Skip was humble. I didn’t even know Skip was a veteran of WW II until about fifteen years ago.  It was then that I found out he was a veteran of the Pacific Theater and the battle for Iwo Jima. I would proudly let him take me to History days at Kelly Park and I'd watched him share his past with all who wanted to hear first-hand what such men did for freedom throughout the world so many years ago. Skip took his story even further, speaking to youth groups and at schools. We were blessed that such men came before us; we are richer to have known Skip, and I am proud to have called him my friend. Rest in peace Gunny. Your friends and a proud nation mourn our loss. 

These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. — Thomas Paine



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