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ORDER OF THE HEALTH OFFICER OF TH COUNTY OF SANTA CLARA DIRECTING ALL INDIVIDUALS LIVING IN THE COUNTY TO SHELTER AT THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE…
Coronavirus: Santa Clara County sees largest single-day spike in positive tests, 1 new death
The death toll in Santa Clara County rose to 17 with one being reported Wednesday
Police Plead With Residents To Stop Calling 911 To Ask For Toilet Paper
Santa Clara Convention Center to be converted into federal medical shelter amid coronavirus crisis
Police Recover Stolen Truck With 18,000 Pounds Of Toilet Paper
San Jose orders gun store to close
By Robert Salonga
SAN JOSE » As Bay Area business owners navigated the labyrinthine rules of the sweeping shelter-inplace order implemented Monday, many gun dealers across the region opted to stay open this week amid a spike in sales apparently driven by fears over the coronavirus pandemic.
But as customers lined up around gun stores in several counties Tuesday — including outside the Bullseye Bishop in San Jose — officials here quickly deemed the sale of firearms nonessential.
“We are having panic buying right now for food,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said Wednesday. “The one thing we cannot have is panic buying of guns.”
“Gun stores are nonessential,” he said.
Law enforcement officials confirmed Wednesday that they shut down the Bullseye Bishop with little fanfare, in one of the first enforcement actions taken in San Jose on the initial day of the shelter-inplace order.
“We went out there and closed it,” San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia said, adding that the owner was “cooperative.” Some who were waiting in line at Bullseye Bishop on Tuesday saw things differently. San Jose painting contractor Joshua Wolfe, 37, who was buying ammo, said he believed
the gun store had every right to remain open. “Essential? It’s our right to arm ourselves,” Wolfe said. “Toilet paper is essential, right? People are going nuts for that, right?”
Everyone is “on edge,” he said, “because people don’t know the truth of this whole situation. If they’re short on supplies, they’ll come after people who are prepared.”
J.V. Sumabat, 31, of San Jose said he was worried about the same thing.
“I’ve seen people fighting over toilet paper. I’m worried what they will do out of desperation,” he said. “When people start looting stores and they don’t have access to food, they could come into the homes of those they feel are vulnerable. I’d rather be prepared.”
Two people who picked up the phone at Bullseye Bishop declined to answer questions from a reporter, repeating that the store is “closed to the public for the next three weeks.”
Garcia said the owner of the store had told officers they were open because under regulations from the California Department of Justice, they are limited in how long they can hold firearms that already had been purchased, and the buyers had to pick them up.
“We told them to go to DOJ and seek a waiver,” Garcia said. “There was no malicious intent. A lot of this stuff is going to happen.”
The gun shop closure was one of a handful of other enforcement actions by SJPD on Tuesday, including similar shutdown talks with three smoke shops, a pet grooming business and a flower shop, none of which resulted in citations. Officers also broke up a pickup basketball game at a city park, reportedly telling the participants they weren’t abiding by social distancing advisories with man-to-man defense.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the Bay Area have said they will lean toward giving warnings and education people about the sheltering order and that issuing misdemeanor citations — the maximum legal heft to punish violations — will be used as a last resort.
Even so, Garcia said his department has assigned patrol units to be on the lookout for visible and obvious violations of the business and gathering prohibitions, like a bar staying open or a house party being held.
“We’re not turning a blind eye,” Garcia said. “We’re not proactively stopping cars and people, but if nonexempt businesses are open and we get calls, we’ll look into it.” Staff writers George Avalos and Julia Prodis Sulek contributed to this report. Contact Robert Salonga at 408-920-5002
Ill inmate dies at South Bay jail, will be tested for COVID-19
By Jason Green
MILPITAS » A 58-year-old inmate at the Elmwood Correctional Facility in Milpitas died early Thursday after apparently falling ill, authorities said.
The Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office will test the inmate for COVID-19, said Sgt. Michael Low of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the jail.
Officials did not release any additional information about the inmate on Friday. Low said deputies went to a dormitory about 5:20 a.m. for a
report of an ill inmate and found him unresponsive and not breathing. They immediately performed CPR and began lifesaving measures.
Around 5:40 a.m., the Milpitas Fire Department and paramedics arrived at the scene and pronounced the inmate dead, Low said.
The inmate is the second to die in custody this year. The sheriff’s office did not release his name but said he was booked Monday for a violation of a court order and drug charges.
News of the death comes as Bay Area authorities work to thin jail populations in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus that has already sickened 189 and killed half a dozen in the county.
Last week, a pair of inmates at Elmwood was quarantined after they were visited by a deputy public defender who later tested positive for the respiratory disease. The sheriff’s office has since taken steps to decrease close contact between people at county jails, including increasing video interviews between defendants and their attorneys.
Low said the sheriff’s office has also temporarily suspended all jail programs and is conducting frequent temperature checks.
The sheriff’s office is following standard protocol for an incustody death, which includes but is not limited to a joint investigation between sheriff’s office detectives and district attorney’s office investigators, as well as the medical examiner-coroner’s office, Low said. Contact Jason Green at
408- 920- 5006.
Poll: Politics aside, most Americans now see coronavirus as ‘serious threat’
Crime plummets under shelter mandate
SAN JOSE POLICE DATA
Officials heartened that reported incidents drop as residents stay home
By Robert Salonga
SAN JOSE » Reported crimes dropped significantly in the Bay Area’s largest city last week, in yet another sign of the dramatic ways that the coronavirus pandemic — and social distancing mandates aimed at stopping the virus’ spread — have changed life in the region and statewide. Data from the San Jose Police Department, obtained by this
news organization Monday, shows that in the week after six counties implemented a sweeping shelter-in-place order, violent crime in the city declined by 46%, falling from 101 reported cases to 56 cases in the week of March 15-21 compared with the same week the previous year. The
county’s stay-at home order went into effect at 12 a.m. on March 17. Reported property crimes were down as well, from 495 cases to 317 over the same period. The declines were seen across a range of reported categories, including aggravated assaults, robberies, burglaries and auto thefts. The decline was not unexpected, officials said — with far fewer people out in the city, far fewer opportunities exist for serious crime to occur. Police and city leaders acknowledge that the numbers could mask upticks in under-reported crimes like domestic violence and sexual assault.
Nevertheless, San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said they were heartened by the figures — not least because they suggest residents are taking the county’s shelter-in-place order seriously.
“I know we’re in the beginning of this,” Garcia said. “But the numbers could be worse given what people are going through. This city has not turned on itself.” Liccardo added, “This demonstrates that our community is heeding the public health imperative of staying home. It tells us the community gets it about the safety risks.” Other Bay Area cities that were able to provide figures Monday also saw declines in crime, though to varying degrees.
In Santa Clara, where weekly incidents typically number in the single digits for most types of crime, those numbers fell below five cases in most categories during the first week of the shelter- in-place order. That included a sharp drop in reported larcenies compared with the same period in 2019, from 72 to four.
A weekly crime report from Oakland showed a dip in violent crime compared with the year before, from 91 reported incidents to 79, though property crimes ticked up 2%, from 167 incidents to 171.
Palo Alto and Mountain View also showed modest declines in reported crimes during the first stay-at-home week. The declines came as police departments across the region were suddenly tasked with enforcing the shelter-in-place orders, including making sure that all but essential
businesses closed their doors and that those who did venture out in public followed social distancing rules requiring them to stay 6 feet apart.
In San Jose, after several days of encouraging “voluntary compliance” with the shelter-inplace restrictions, officials indicated Friday that they would take a firmer hand in enforcing the new rules, including setting up a hotline for residents to report businesses that stay open in defiance of
the statewide shutdown.
Still, with the shelter-in-place order expected to last at least three weeks — and possibly longer — Liccardo noted that its effect on people, and poorer residents in particular, “creates a whole new set of challenges” for the city. “What I’m intensely concerned about is a pandemic that will
have both severe health impacts as well as economic impacts
on our most vulnerable residents,” he said Garcia said should that come to pass, his officers are prepared to maintain public safety, “taking on everything we’re throwing at them.” That includes the risk of being
exposed to the coronavirus while continuing to patrol the city.
“They’re answering the call. With everything we have to deal with right now, crime should not be one of those areas,” he said. “Let’s be happy the numbers are low now. It gives us hope that we’re going to get through this.” Contact Robert Salonga at 408- 920- 500
68% of U.S. adults agreed that the virus was a serious existential threat
Coronavirus: 2 new deaths, 39 new cases in Santa Clara County for total of 302 cases.
County health official: Two women, one in 40s and 60s with underlying conditions, die.
YOUR MASCOTS SERENADING
THIS ONE IS STILL ON, SO FAR…
Who has a birthday in April?
Get your picture taken at the meeting and look like you are having fun getting older. Lie about your age if you like. Only your friends will know:-) You can always send a nice photo and not depend on what Ernie or Lumpy decides to send!
LOOKS LIKE WE WON’T WAIT FOR THE APRIL MEETING!
Fellow Officers & POA Members:
We are in a public emergency, the likes of which none of us have seen. While our City, and much of our nation, is locked down, SJPD is standing strong helping our community protect itself against COVID-19. Please know that your POA is fully-functioning and working around the clock, like you, to ensure you are fully-supported.
In the immediate aftermath of the County and statewide Shelter in Place Orders, the POA has worked closely with the Chief’s Office to maximize your safety. To that end, we have:
- Purchased large quantities of disinfectant wipes for officers to use before and after each shift
- Lobbied City and County officials to ensure that officers receive priority access to COVID-19 testing
- Helped the Chief’s Office create easy-to-follow policies to handle suspected COVID-19 exposure
- Worked with PORAC and National Leaders to ensure First Responders receive Personal Protective Equipment
- Worked with City and State leaders to ensure any sick time off caused by possible or confirmed COVID-19 exposure is protected by Worker’s Compensation.
As we move into the second week of what could be a lengthy public health emergency, we intend to pursue agreements with the City to further ensure that your safety and welfare remain prioritized, even as the City navigates other emergency measures. We intend to pursue related issues, like paid leave usage, accrual caps, safety equipment, and quarantining. We need to remove uncertainties so you can focus on your jobs and your families. San Jose residents will depend on public safety more than ever and as the situation likely worsens, we will be called upon to do much more.
We all came to this profession to help people, even if it entailed risk. But this is a different kind of risk. Please take your personal safety and that of your colleagues seriously. Use the same professionalism and training you’ve deployed throughout your career to tackle COVID-19 risks. We cannot overemphasize the importance of wearing personal protective equipment to limit exposure to the virus.
And don’t be afraid to ask for help – from the Department, your colleagues, or the POA. We will only get through this together.
Please take care of yourselves, your peers, and your families. Your POA will be there with you through this everyday.
Update on Ken Leong: Kenny remains in critical condition in the ICU. His wife, Kit, asks for your continued prayers and positive thoughts. I will continue to forward information as it’s relayed to me, from and with consent, from his family. Margie
Update on ret. Ofc Craig Johnson… I spoke with “C.J.” today and he sounds very upbeat! He wants out of the rehab center, complained about the food and had smart aleck answers for me. Our CJ is making a comeback. He welcomes phone calls and visitors, Margie
On a positive note, this is from Monique Villarreal from OSSD.With the current state of our nation, I wanted to share a blessing that was initiated by the Keith Kelley Club. It has been 1 1/2 months since my son and I suffered severe burns. The thoughtfulness of the Club to send Baskin Robbins gift cards our way truly brightened the spirits of my son. And he was able to spread the love by inviting his siblings to join him for a treat. Thank you to the Keith Kelley Club for shining a bright light during a challenging time! The thoughtfulness and generosity of the club will never be forgotten. You’re very welcome, Monique
I love this one… Covidiot Relating to the 2020 Covid-19 virus: Someone who ignores the warnings regarding public health or safety. A person who hoards goods, denying them from their neighbors. Did you see that covidiot with 300 rolls of toilet paper in his basket? That covidiot is hugging everyone she sees.
GARY MADISON IN VINTAGE SAN JOSE POLICE: From the SJPD Insider on 9-4-1986. To much time available now to go through old files and boxes. We did take many kids and dogs from horrible drug houses while working NCI.
Also Jamie and I survived working with Chuck Wall.
Stan Faulwetter adds: That kid is about 34-35 years old now….. Thanks to “mad dog.”
Via Jack Baxter 10-7ODSJ
March 17 ·
SJPD Chaplain has been in contact with the family and as of yesterday no service arrangements have been made.
For those who have not heard retired Officer George Springer passed away in his home in Reno on Friday. I got a call from his wife Loretta who said he had not been heard from so a friend went to his home and found him. He was in his favorite chair, covered with a blanket while reading and apparently passed peacefully in his sleep.As far as we know he was n good health and active.
George came to us from Morgan Hill PD and spent the majority of his career with SJPD working BFO, FTO, BOI. He was one. of the best, solid and reliable and a hard working well respected by everyone who had the honor of working with him.
This photo was taken sometime in the 80’s showing Night Detectives L to R Sgt. Jose Montes, Sgt. Jack Baxter, Detective George Springer after taking an AK-47 from a nut case on Villa Ave. — with Franklin Pierce Shackelford.
Jim Silvers VINTAGE SAN JOSE POLICE WEBSITE
Early yearly raft trip. Different River each year.
Jim Silvers R-L Mckenzie, Brickell,Harrison, Kocina, ?, Me, ?, Suske in the background
Brooke Hart (June 11, 1911 – November 9, 1933) was the eldest son of Alexander Hart, the owner of the L. Hart & Son department store at the southeast corner of Market and Santa Clara Street in downtown San Jose, California, United States. His kidnapping and murder were heavily publicized, and the subsequent lynching of his alleged murderers, Thomas Harold Thurmond and John M. Holmes, sparked widespread political debate. See complete story HERE
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