Oregon has some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country, and I’m awestruck each time I visit. So I was really pleased when Mary Quinlisk offered to send us some photos of the Oregon coast. Looking at these sort makes me homesick for the top left corner of the country and all our friends we left behind when we migrated east. I hope everyone enjoys the photos as much as I have. Thanks again, Mary!
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The Graveyard Shift extends our condolences to the families of each of these brave officers.
Officer Thomas E. Wortham IV, 30
Chicago Police Department
May 19, 2010 – Officer Thomas E. Wortham IV was shot and killed outside his parent’s home when three men approached him and attempted to steal his motorcycle. Wortham promptly announced that he was a police officer and drew his service weapon. One of the men shot the officer in the head but the officer managed to return fire. Wortham’s father, a retired police sergeant, also returned fire, killing one of the suspects and wounded another. Officer Wortham died at the hospital. He had recently returned from his second tour of duty in Iraq.
Paris McGee and Toyious Taylor have been charged with the murder of Officer Thomas Wortham.
Border Patrol Agent Mark Van Doren, 40
United States Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection
Brooks County, Texas
May 23, 2010 – Agent Mark Van Doren was killed and his partner critically injured when their patrol car struck a bovine bull and then veered off the road and struck a tree. Agent Van Doren died at the scene. His partner was flown to the hospital via helicopter.
Officer Travis P. Murphy, 29
Phoenix Arizona Police Department
May 26, 2010 – Officer Travis Murphy was responding to a shots-fired call when he encountered the suspect who immediately opened fire. Officer Murphy’s fellow officers took him to the hospital where he died. The suspect, Danny Martinez, was later located hiding in a shed. Officers fired rubber bullets to subdue him.
Officer Murphy is survived by his wife, two year-old daughter, and a two-week-old son.
Officer Murphy’s sister-in-law, brother-in-law, and firefighter cousin.
Accused cop killer Danny Martinez is escorted to jail by Phoenix officers.
A few days ago we learned the horrific news that father and son had shot and killed two police officers. The two cop killers, Jerry Kane and son Joseph, were later killed by police in a second shootout where the pair of murders had wounded a local sheriff and his chief deputy.
Joseph and Jerry Kane
Sheriff Gene Kelly of Clarke County, Ohio (I spent a few days with Sheriff Kelly and members of his department while researching a book) says he’d warned his deputies to use caution if they ever had to deal with the elder Kane.
Sheriff Kelly also said, “I had my first confrontation with him (Jerry Kane) when he tried to come to a foreclosure sale and write me a check on a piece of paper indicating that he was a free man and he only believed in silver and gold and that he didn’t believe in banks,”
Sheriff Kelly continued with, “He (Kane) believed that would enslave him and he was demanding $100,000 in silver and gold,” Kelly said. “This man has been having confrontations with authorities for years. And finally, the ultimate result is, law enforcement officers paid the ultimate price for that.” (source TV10News)
It’s now believed that Kane’s son, Joseph, may have fired the first shots.
Sadly, according to one of Jerry Kane’s closest friends, William Ligiu Ionescu, this cop-killing incident is only the beginning. Ionescu told reporters from myEyewitnessNews.com that more cop killings are on the way, but not in that department. He went on to say that carrying a gun is a right for Americans, but not for police officers. For them it’s a privilege, and they’re not properly trained to deal with law-abiding citizens like Jerry Kane. Ionescu also stated that Jerry Kane knew more about being a police officer than police officers do.
Well, if that portion of the story isn’t weird enough, there’s more.
Jerry Kane’s daughter, Heather Michelle Kane, has just been sentenced to 13 years in prison for attempted murder and first degree kidnapping. In 2007, Heather Kane hired someone to kill her former boyfriend’s female roommate. As it turns out, the person she hired was an undercover detective. Kane had offered $1,000—$500 up front with the balance to paid after the victim was shot in the head. She’d asked the potential “killer” to bring a photograph of the dead woman as proof of the murder.
Heather Kane learned of her boyfriend’s roommate from his MySpace page.