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

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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

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Lost Words – Recovering Indented Writing

The Docustat is used to recover indented writing (indented writing occurs when someone presses a pencil or pen to paper, creating a perfect copy of the text on the page directly below).

To recover the writing, technicians place the page on the surface (the bed) of the Docustat device and then cover the page with a film. An internal vacuum is activated. Then, a special toner mixed with tiny glass beads is poured across the page containing the indented writing. The toner sticks to the valleys in the page, creating a perfect image of the “lost writing.”.

Document humidifiers are used to create an attraction  to static electricity to evidence. The presence of the electricity greatly enhances the chance of recovering the writing.

Not only does the vacuum box help develop indented writing, it’s also used to enhance marks made in dust.

*Today’s post is brief because it’s moving day for me. We’ll be out of the corner room at the “Y” by nightfall, finally. And that means I’ll  have real internet service again. I do apologize for all the missed and unanswered emails during our transition from the Northeast to the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina. If you sent me a message and I didn’t answer please resend it. Things should be back to normal by the end of the week.

You know, it’ll be kind of nice living just a hoot and a holler from Mayberry, Mt. Pilot, and Myers Lake. Y’all come…

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

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Weekend Road Trip: Cambridge Cops, Controversy, and Kate’s Mystery Books

Police Sergeant Crowley                      Harvard Professor Henry Gates

There is a simple way to report, comment, and write about the unfortunate incident involving police Sergeant Crowley. Don’t do, write, or say anything until you have all the facts. To say the Cambridge, Ma. police acted stupidly was a stupid thing to say unless you were there or saw a video of the event. Maybe the president knew something we didn’t. I don’t know.

The same is true for Professor Gates. To say he did anything wrong without first verifying the facts is also wrong. I have an idea – a good idea – of how things went, but I’ll keep that thought to myself.

I say we all wait until the facts are in, the videos and audio tapes are examined, and the stories are verified before uttering another word about this. For now, let’s let President Obama, the police sergeant, and Professor Gates have their beer and hash things out. We have more important things to worry about –  a real Cambridge tragedy. Kate’s Mystery Books is closing on August 1st.

What other bookstore could boast of such high-profile customers and friends like Stephen King and Robert B. Parker? And speaking of Robert B. Parker (a Cambridge area resident), he installed some of the shelving in the store (there’s a shiny brass plate on the shelving that reads Built by Robert B. Parker, or something like that).

Kate’s has an atmosphere that exudes mystery. A couple years ago, I had the honor of speaking to a standing room only crowd at Kate’s that included some pretty darn famous authors. The event was one of my most memorable. It’s not often one gets to stand among such great talent, in a building with such a wonderful history.

It’s no secret that I wasn’t a big fan of living in Boston, but I did like visiting Kate’s.

By the way, stop by Kate’s on August 1st. She hosting a packing party and will be offering books for as little as $1.

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