Friday’s Heroes: Remembering The Fallen

Border Patrol Agent Robert Wimer Rosas, 30

U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection

Agent Robert Rosas had been following a group of suspicious individuals on July 23, 2009, when gunfire erupted, killing him. Four of the men have since been arrested. The shooter is still believed to be at large. Agent Rosas is survived by his wife and two children.

Sergeant Steven May, 53

Modesto California Police Department

On July 23, 2009, Sergeant Steve May succumbed to injuries he received during a vehicular assault in 2002. A suspect in a stolen car was fleeing from police when he rammed police several cars, including the patrol car driven by Sergeant May. Sergeant May is survived by his wife and two children.

Sergeant David Kinterknecht, 41

Montrose Colorado Police Department

Sergeant David Kinterknecht was shot and killed on July 25, 2009, while working a domestic violence call. Sergeant Kinterknecht leaves behind a wife and two children.

Deputy Sheriff Robbie Chase Whitebird, 23

Deputy Sheriff Marvin Williams, 43

Seminole County Oklahoma Sheriffs Office

Deputy Robbie Whitebird and Deputy Marvin Williams were shot and killed on July 26, 2009, while serving an arrest warrant. The suspect later surrendered to police.

*Thanks to ODMP

Read more
Cop Talk

BOLO – Be on the lookout. (Replaces APB – All Points Bulletin). “We received a BOLO for a stolen Ford Pinto.”

“I exited my vehicle.” – Cop talk for, “I got out of my car.”

“I activated my emergency equipment.” – “I turned on my lights and siren.”

The County – Term used when referring to deputy sheriffs. “Call The County and have them meet us at the line to exchange prisoners.”

City Boys – City police officers.

“The Man Upstairs.” – The chief or sheriff. “You must have really messed up this time. The Man Upstairs wants to see you, now.”

DWO – Driving While Old.

Hood Ornament – Suspect (perpetrator/scrote/@&%hole) crossing the street in front of police car.

*     *     *


The deadline for the contest is July 31st!

Author Terry Odell is giving away a copy of this fine book. Please visit Terry’s website for details.

Read more
Stuff You Didn’t Know…

We’re always talking about guns, handcuffs, murder, dead bodies, PI’s and detectives. But what about the stuff we don’t talk about? Well, for starters…

Jail Toilets and Showers

Ya gotta have ’em. After all, those boys in black and white stripes can’t hold it for life. But we all know how pesky those darn inmates can be, right? They love harmless practical joking as well as the next guy. Jokes like flooding an entire wing by clogging toilet and sink drains with toilet tissue. How do jail officials handle those little pranks? Here’s a couple solutions to the problem:


I-Con’s (The company name is a tad bit ironic, don’t you think?), touch-controlled water sensor valve. The control is totally tamper proof and has no moving parts. None, not even a pin that could be transformed into an eye-poking implement.


Electronic controllers are used on prison and jail water valves. These devices deliver pre-set amounts of water at pre-determined times. No more, no less. Some jail toilets are designed to flush only once or twice per day.

Prison and Jail Ministry

Companies such as Good News Jail & Prison Ministry provide (for a fee) spiritually motivated ministers to corrections facilities. Good News provides over 400 ministers to over 100 facilities world wide.

Throw Phones

Throw phones are used in hostage negotiations. The phones are “thrown” to the hostage-taker for direct communication with the police. The system is designed to work at distances up to 1500 feet.

Drug Raids

Not all drug raids are like those you see on TV. Thanks to a video sent in by our own Dave Swords, we can take a peek at real one that took place in Ohio.

(Be sure your sound is on)

*     *     *


The deadline for the contest is July 31st!

Author Terry Odell is giving away a copy of this fine book. Please visit Terry’s website for details.

Read more
The Farm: Page 287 Of My Spiral Notebooks

Sunrise. Humidity. Owl hoots.

Camouflage. Jump boots.

Careful walking.

No twig snapping.

No leaf crunching.

Dangerous sounds.

Radios. Ear pieces. Shhh…

Walking for miles. Thick brush.

Well worn foot path. Smooth dirt. Bent grass.

Mosquitoes. Bug spray.

Sun rising. Hot.

Sweat. Thirsty.


Poison Ivy. Poison Oak.

Frogs. Snakes. A deer. A rabbit.

Blackberries. Wild. Thorns.


Walking. Slowly. Carefully.

Measured steps.

Fertilizer packages. Miracle-Gro.

Close. Really close.


Water buckets.

Chicken wire.

Camouflage netting.

Hold up hand.

Stop. Listen. Look.


Heads nod.

Wire across path. Thin. Almost invisible.

Booby trap.

Danger high.

Heart pounding like drum.

Do others hear it?

Wait! Talking. Where?

Hands and knees.


Peek through small opening in brush and weeds.



Marijuana. Lots of marijuana.

Lots of guns.

Deep breath.

On three.

One finger.

Two fingers.


On the ground! Police!


Bang, bang!





Two months surveillance, helicopter, hiking, and long hours pay off.

One down, hundreds to go.

*     *     *

Author Terry Odell is giving away a copy of this fine book. Please visit Terry’s website for details.

Read more