Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hazardous materials foot chase

The arrest report read “Violation of state hazardous materials law.”

As a newspaper reporter, I figured that could be a good lead story. Used to be, the rule of news placement was “If it bleeds, it leads.” That rule still holds true in some cases, but with simple blood-letting giving way to beheadings and chemical agent attacks, murders have somewhat taken a back seat.

Dumping hazardous materials, though, is a whole ‘nother ball game, and that’s what I thought the arrest report concerned. I asked Janie, the cop shop record clerk, “Did somebody dump hazardous waste somewhere in town?”

“Not that I know of,” Janie said. “Let me see that.” She took the report. She read the report. She laughed. “Naw,” she said, returning the paper. “That’s just (name of arrestee). He got picked up for huffing paint.”


“Yeah,” Janie said. “Read on down and you’ll see the details.”

I did read on down and saw what I should have seen to begin with, had I paid attention to details and not supposition. Details said police received a report of a man with his face impressed in a paint bucket. The RO (responding officer) went to the location and found the arrestee in said position, his face in a paint bucket. RO then took the said man into custody and transported him to the PD. The arrestee was still in city jail.

Well, shucks. There went a lead hazardous materials story. Just another sentence on the police blotter.

The paint huffer did make Page 1 a few months later, but not for sticking his head into a paint bucket.

The neat thing about the last arrest, the newsroom followed the downtown foot chase on the police scanner.

Police were looking for the serial huffer for questioning in another crime. He was spotted downtown and proceeded to lead several officers in a chase that went onto roofs and along sidewalks, from building to building and even at least two times through stores, when the suspect shimmied down drain pipes and burst through back doors, ruffling store clerks and scaring customers, especially when blue-uniformed police followed, running between racks of dresses and dodging displays of purses.

Downtown encompassed only about six blocks, so it wasn’t as though the suspect would get away.

He eventually ran out of breath and was arrested, with the entire day shift of eight police involved.

The chase was fun to listen to, though. Police dispatcher: “Suspect reportedly ran in the back door of Carl’s Hardware,” followed almost immediately by, “Suspect reportedly ran out the front door of Carl’s Hardware.”

Friday, September 19, 2014

Take me out to the ball game

Yesterday at a park I saw a boy walking to a baseball diamond. Over a shoulder the boy carried a long bag, presumably with his baseball equipment – his favorite bat or bats, glove, batting glove and whatever else makes up a boy’s baseball needs these days.

“My first year in Little League,” I said to Priscilla, “the coach had a red and white 1957 Ford convertible, with white leather interior. On out-of-town games those of us not carried by parents piled in the car, and away we went, 80mph and the top down. Not a seat belt even in anybody’s imagination.”

Priscilla said, “And I don’t remember ever reading about a Little League team wiped out from a car crash.”

I don’t either. I do remember speed and wind blowing and the roar of the V-Eight Ford when the coach needed some power for passing or just for speeding up a little more.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Do girls need to be under more controls than boys?

“In the last few weeks, almost 200 students – almost all of them female – at Tottenville High School in Staten Island, New York have been given detention over dress code violations. Many of the young women showed back up to school in crop tops and tank tops, deliberately breaking the code in protest.”


“Let’s be honest: rules for boys that prohibit certain kinds of jewelry or hoodies have nothing to do with their sexuality, whereas rules that seek to literally cover women’s bodies absolutely do.”

‘How many young women can a school legally punish for dress code violations?’

(Heard and read: If middle school and high school boys want to stare and make comments and get all hot and bothered, it’s not the fault of the girl’s choice of clothing.)

Link at

One of the reasons we are in the trouble we’re in

Comment by historic illiterate at story on Gen. McChrystal talk at Fort Benning:

“Muslims have coexisted with the world peacfully (sic) since before Christ.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The bad old days

Three polizei, seven vopo; three pistols vs. six submachine guns and a woman fleeing a worker’s paradise.

(I don’t really care about the accompanying videos; the picture is representative of those declared inalienable rights.)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Not enough leftover fried chicken? Do you (a) choke your wife?

DELTONA, Fla. -- A 45-year-old man from Volusia County was arrested Monday after he choked his wife during an argument over friend chicken leftovers, deputies said.

Desmond Leon Brownlee, of Deltona, was arrested and charged with domestic battery by strangulation and tampering with a witness.

It started when deputies arrived to a home on Fayetteville Avenue around 3 a.m. Monday. A deputy reported to hear a female voice screaming from inside the residence, stating: "Please, 911, please."

The deputy also reported to hear a male voice coming from inside the same window, stating: "Shhh, what do you want, us both to go to jail?"

The deputy then met Shey Alamo and Brownlee at the front door of the residence.

Alamo stated that she got into a verbal argument with Brownlee over not having enough fried chicken leftovers and the care of her mother.

Alamo stated the argument escalated, and Brownlee started to push her toward their bedroom. Alamo said Brownlee then "shoved" her onto the bed, according to the report.

Alamo also told deputies that Brownlee struck her in the face multiple times and choked her.

Alamo was able to break free from Brownlee to call 911, the report states.

The couple has been married four years, deputies said. Their child was sleeping in her bedroom on the opposite side of the house during the incident, the report states.

W/booking photo. Probably not the first time Mr. Brownlee had his hands around a woman’s neck.

California school superintendent lies through her teeth

“We value inclusivity and diversity on our campus, and all our events and activities are going to adhere to our mission.”

Except for you people.

(We’ll give Trudy Tuttle Ariaga benefit of the doubt and say she doesn’t know any better. Really. Diversity and inclusivity have nothing to do with Christians or religious Jews or Israelis or anyone else who is not in the Progressive Democratic fold. So, Ms. Ariaga is truthful, because her understanding of inclusivity and diversity includes only people such as her.)