Saturday, May 12, 2012

A store employee coming to work discovered three males loading stolen merchandise into a car then leaving. He followed while on the phone with police. When police arrived a foot chase ensued. They were caught and charged. Come to find out these guys are responsible for thefts all over the county.

A man participated in a bike race and came home. He slumped over his wheel and was taken to the hospital where he later died.
A woman failed to show up for work. When coworkers went to her home they found her in bed bed, bruised and bleeding. She appeared to have been raped.
A man with a protective order against him stabs his wife. When officers arrive he barricades himself in the bedroom and began shooting randomly. An officer was briefly trapped in the house but escaped uninjured. SWAT came out and the suspect shot himself in the chest.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A drunk gets into the wrong car trying to start it. He calls police yet runs when they arrive. He is caught and arrested. At the jail he acts up and throws fecal matter at officers. A real winner there.

A man drove himself to a parking lot with a stab wound to his neck. When officers arrived he had died. A woman is suspected.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Two guys and a girl, all drunk crashed into a fence. The girl then jumps into the driver seat and drives off to a house. A witness sees this and calls. They pass an officer and attempt to flee into a house but are caught.

An officer from another agency (and someone I grew up with) was checking his home after hearing a noise. He accidentally fired his gun. Fortunately it grazed his foot. Can't wait to see him again to remind him of finger placement on a pistol.

A car full full of teenagers flee an officer while shooting at him. Thankfully they missed and last I heard two were caught along with the gun.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

An elderly man having suffered two strokes gets up to adjust the home thermostat when challenged by his 45 year old son. The son gets angry and assaults his father. The son leaves before we get there. His wife is trying to shut him up talking to us. We felt this would be a good charge to file but oddly enough the DA's office didn't want to touch it even though the ADA said "if I had the authority I'd tell you guys to kill him!" Yet he didn't want to take the charge.

In a display of utter stupidity a drunk got upset with an off duty officer and started a road rage incident. The drunk chased the officer into a parking lot and challenged him. The drunk had no idea he had chased down and officer until he got out of his car. The drunk tried to apologize and back track but it was too late. He found himself facing a reckless driving and possession of controlled substance case.

In Order to Protect Against the Government

Today I read this story. Apparently this proposal came as a result of an Indiana court case Barnes V. Indiana. Angered by a perceived "threat to the 4th amendment" Senator R. Michael Young came up with SB001 which reads:

" (h) A person is justified in using reasonable force against any law enforcement officer if the person reasonably believes the force is necessary to:
(1) protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force;
(2) prevent or terminate the law enforcement officer's unlawful entry of or attack on the person's dwelling, curtilage, or occupied motor vehicle; or
(3) prevent or terminate the law enforcement officer's unlawful trespass on or criminal interference with property lawfully in the person's possession, lawfully in possession of a member of the person's immediate family, or belonging to a person whose property the person has authority to protect.
(i) Notwithstanding subsection (h), a person is not justified in using force against a law enforcement officer if:
(1) the person is committing or is escaping after the commission of a crime;
(2) the person provokes action by the law enforcement officer with intent to cause bodily injury to the law enforcement officer;
(3) the person has entered into combat with the law enforcement officer or is the initial aggressor, unless the person withdraws from the encounter and communicates to the law enforcement officer the intent to do so and the law enforcement officer nevertheless continues or threatens to

continue unlawful action: or
(4) the person reasonably believes the law enforcement officer is:
(A) acting lawfully, or
(B) engaged in the lawful execution of the law enforcement officer's official duties.
(j) A person is not justified in using deadly force against a law enforcement officer who the person knows or reasonably should know is a law enforcement officer unless:
(1) the person reasonably believes that the law enforcement officer is:
(A) acting unlawfully; or
(B) not engaged in the execution of the officer's official duties; and
(2) the force is reasonably necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to the person or a third person.

SOURCE: ; (12)ES0001.2.2. --> SECTION 2. An emergency is declared for this act."

I won't bore anyone with the obvious faults of this bill. Since the premise of this is to protect the people from the government I sent this respectful suggestion to help defend people from the government:

"Dear Senator Young,

I read with great interest SB0001 in Indiana. If I understand the premise correctly it's design is to protect citizens from unlawful government intrusions. I can certainly respect that ideal. However I do not think this bill goes far enough to protect the people from the government. The vast majority of intrusion isn't from law enforcement but from the legislators across the nation that make bad laws. Therefore I respectfully suggest that citizens be allowed to use reasonable force to defend themselves from the legislators that would unlawfully interfere with their lives, liberties, and pursuits of happiness. Now I'm not saying citizens be allowed to use force to defend themselves against legislators making laws they disagree with. I respectfully suggest that citizens use the same standard they would in determining a police officer's presence on their property is unlawful; simply leave it up to the perception of the citizen. If the citizen reasonably believes a law passed by a legislator would harm him/her then the citizen be allowed to use reasonable force against the legislator as they would the police officer. Thank you for your time in reading this email and good luck in protecting the citizenry from yourselves.

Warmest Regards,

George Parsons"

Friday, March 2, 2012

Wayne Dolcefino and the Contract Deputy Program

I watched with interest Wayne Dolcefino's stories on the contract deputy program. In this story he goes after the Harris County Sheriff's Department for not patrolling their contracted areas. He uses clips from the movie Fantastic Voyage which makes me wonder did he get permission to use those clips. It wouldn't be the first time Wayne has broken laws to get his story.

This is how the contract deputy program works. Neighborhoods and business districts collect money from their residents/tenants and spend it on their communities. Many of them go to the county and request patrols from either the sheriff's department or the constable of that particular precinct. I'm sure there are politics that come to play here. Some organizations prefer the sheriff's department and some prefer the constable's offices. I've heard stories of both organizations lobbying organizations for the patrol contract but regardless the point of the program is that a deputy spends a certain amount of their time (70%, 80%, or 100%) patrolling that particular area. Some say that taxes already pay for these services. However that is not the case. Most routine patrols do not consists of neighborhoods unless they are considered hot spots or called out there. There aren't enough patrol officers on the streets to cover all these areas. That's why the neighborhoods (business districts and MUDs are included in this term for purposes of this article) pay more for specific patrol. The idea is the same officer in the same neighborhood becomes familiar with the people and events and is better aware of suspicious activity. The program has its critics of course (as does law enforcement in general) claiming it's for affluent neighborhoods only.

This story talks about contract patrols from the sheriff and constable departments. Most people don't know the difference between the two. Both are defined as peace officers by the Texas code of criminal procedure. Both have powers of arrest, both are charged with preserving the peace and both have given their lives in the line of duty. Both positions trace their roots to medieval times. Constables are considered to be the oldest law enforcement in the world. In effect there is no difference (aside from the uniform) between the powers and duties of a sheriff and constable however constables have limited themselves (at least here in Texas) to their precincts even though they have county wide jurisdiction. This has lead to a bit of a rivalry between the two. I've had dealings with both and there are good officers in both as well some pretty worthless ones as well. In this story the focus is the absence of the sheriff deputies in their assigned contracts whereas a lady says she always sees the constables. The comments section shows the general ignorance of people and there is link to a patrol analysis written by a major with the sheriff's office. In it he quotes sections of the CCP and replaces peace officer with 'SO' (sheriff's office) to make it read like the sheriff is the end all-be all in county law enforcement which is disingenuous. One commenter stated that all constables do are "vacation watches for wealthy homes" while sheriff deputies run around 20 to 25 priority calls at once. This is simply not true. I've seen call screens for the sheriff's department and see a lot of contract checks, business checks, parking lot checks, etc. I guess the author of that comment was a sheriff's deputy. The bottom line is that there is not enough law enforcement in all of Harris County to cover all areas. Sheriffs, constables, HPD, and the rest are spread too thin but doing essentially the same job. Most would be in favor of one, large, all encompassing metropolitan police force however that will never happen because too many upper echelons will not give up their power.

Wayne Dolcefino Taking on the Good Ole Boys

Since last fall the public has been treated to a series of undercover reports from Channel 13's Wayne Dolcefino. In all fairness I have to say he's a good reporter despite his criminal record, exaggerated showmanship, and tendency to miss certain details, and possible copy right violations.

First there were many stories on various Harris County constables. Early in 2011 the county budget office reported that all departments (except for the sheriff's department and probably the budget office itself) had to trim their budgets. All 8 constable offices saw money taken from them and given to the sheriff's department.

First Wayne exposed Pct. 6 Constable Victor Trevino. Apparently deputies had contacted Wayne about the practice of working on his campaign and for his charity on county time which is a big no no. When I first saw this I was surprised. Trevino had been a media favorite for a long time. He knows how to appear favorably to the media and is cozy with groups like LULAC who always have reporters' ears. It seemed like a dog that turns and bites its handler. Wayne showed emails where commanders solicited donations and handed out event tickets. Trevino took another hit when (according to insiders) he assigned a sergeant to investigate where the leaks were coming from. Her internet persona become prime time fodder. Her facebook posts were compared to her time sheets creating the image she was falsifying her time sheets. Now, I don't know if she was or wasn't however with facebook one can post a picture or a status update and create illusion. For example, a picture of her with a glass of wine was shown. The time and date of the picture coincided with her work week. With facebook I can post a picture and the date/time stamp is when the picture was posted, not taken. She could've taken that picture anytime and just posted it while she was at work. The same applies to her statuses. I'm sure the investigators will look at her activity logs aside from her time sheet to verify or refute the allegations. Next the practice of issuing "advisor badges" was exposed. Sadly some constables in their politicking issue "non police" badges to supporters, friends, etc. I personally disagree with the practice because it is political favoritism. This came to light when Wayne revealed that a "liaison" for Pct.6 was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Trevino did his best to distance himself from Richard Romero via his attorney Chip Lewis. However he was well aware of him and his generous contributions to his suspicious charity. This investigation is still pending.

Next, Wayne did a series of reports on Pct.7 Constable May Walker. She tried to deflect the incoming publicity storm with a press conference where she attempted to answer issues brought up by Wayne (her full conference is available on Channel 13's interactive site) however Walker not being good on her feet did herself more harm than good. Wayne showed Walker's employees campaigned for her on county time with help from one of her Lieutenants, Sylvia Trevino (who happens to be the wife of Constable Victor Trevino). We all found it amazing how on Walker's raffle that Constable Trevino won both top prizes. Makes you go hmmmm. We also all found it amazing how Walker was no-billed by the grand jury despite the fact her campaign reports clearly said "raffles" which are not allowed for political campaigns. Keep in mind two Dallas county constables were indicted for the same thing. I guess Dallas county grand jurors and/or prosecutors actually read the law unlike in Harris County. Wayne showed Walker also engaged in the practice of issuing "advisor" badges to political supporters. Her predecessor, Perry Wooten did the same thing. He wound up a convicted felon and when Walker took office she sent out a memo asking anyone who came across a Pct. 7 issued "advisor or liaison" to confiscate it. I didn't know she resumed the practice. Wayne also revealed that Walker ordered her employees only to use a gas station owned by a man who had donated to her campaign. The lack of grand jury action along with Walker's lawsuit against a former deputy she accuses of giving information to Wayne only serves to remind deputy constables, who have no civil service protection, to keep their mouths shut or lose their jobs.

Next Wayne reported on Pct.1 Constable Jack Abercia. Earlier that year the Texas Watchdogs swooned over this. I wonder their reaction when this story broke. Wayne had a field day with Abercia. He showed a story of a deputy hired by Abercia despite a poor oral board review. After that allegations of bribery surfaced and Abercia resigned. Shortly after that, he, along with two of his command staff were arrested by the FBI. They stand accused to accepting bribes to hire the aforementioned deputy and for running criminal histories for an area business. He also showed candid video of one of his Lieutenants working an extra job on county time and a private conversation between a former chief deputy (one of the arrested) and another employee about the issues plaguing the department.

After these reports aired there was speculation that the "good ole boy" system that runs Harris County was in trouble. However when Walker got no billed and this story aired people lost faith. After all, Walker was no billed, DA Pat Lykos was no billed, and the assistant county attorney sent a letter to a federal judge asking for probation for a former county commissioner, and the county judge defending his "chief legal counsel" (what does the county attorney do then?) for injuring a woman with his car and has a history of fighting police officers what low level county employee would want to do the right thing and upset the good ole status quo?

Sunday, February 26, 2012

A man allegedly barged into his step daughter's room and raped her. He then grabbed a gun threatening to kill him and herself. He was found driving down the freeway and momentarily fled but was caught and arrested.

A frantic man calls 911 saying his young wife shot herself. Officers arriving found a woman deceased at the location. Detectives are busy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Two teens lead officers on a chase. One is caught and pepper sprayed soon after the car stops. The other teen was caught soon after.

Two drug mules come into town to do "business.". They check into a motel and leave with 2 kilos of cocaine. Sadly for them they get caught and arrested. Two days later the rest of their load consisting of more cocaine and over $100,000 in cash is found in their room by motel staff. Police are called who seize the money and cocaine. I wonder if those guys are in jail panicking over the fate of the money and cocaine they left behind.

A drunk, illegal alien (with a prior DWI) drives past an officer with two flat tires. He thought it unfair he was being arrested.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A man and woman were found dead from gunshot wounds in a motel room.

A felony fugitive in a stolen car fled during rush hour traffic. He crashed into a car and ran on foot. He was finally apprehended.

Officers got lucky investigating a suspicious vehicle and the burglar walked out and right into the arms of an officer. Property was recovered.

Two stupid teenagers argued over a girl. The jilted male pulled a pistol and shot the rival suitor in the butt to regain his "honor."

A crazy guy kicked out of a mental health facility for being violent tried to come back. However he got the wrong house. He went to the psych hospital.

A drunk and crazy man drove a tractor into a strip center and raised the bucket. People thought he was going to drive it into the store. He took off his shirt and waved it around offering a beer. When officers arrived they had to taze him. He was then arrested.

A man called to report his buddy was stabbed and laying in a field on the side of the road. I wish I could have gotten that whole story.

I made two arrests for the same thing. Drive while license suspended, the easiest charge to file. The second was a woman from Austin. She was 39, and living the bohemian lifestyle. She'd been living here and Austin. I guess that's why she failed to take care of that warrant as well.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

A woman led officers on a chase across about 20 miles of freeway before fleeing into a neighborhood (probably her home) and finally stopping.

A woman pulls in behind an officer who had her illegal alien, no ID having husband stopped on traffic. Too bad for her she had an old theft warrant for her arrest. When she was arrested she screamed, cried, and whined. She had been charged with stealing from a family (including children) she worked for. Hard to pity her. At the jail a fake ID card was found but the DA's office refused to prosecute.

A woman called to report her 21 year old son shot himself. No reason at this time.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Started the night with a man screaming for help call. Turns out he was stuck on his ladder.

A man riding a bicycle got caught with marijuana.

A woman was seen drifting to a couple of exits then swerving back. Took her awhile to stop. She was drunk.

Officers respond to an alarm and find an open door. They check the residence and find it empty. Except that someone left their marijuana and scales on the table. Oops.

While taking a drunk driver to intox an officer listens helplessly as the drunk pukes in her backseat.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Remember the old, retired deputy suffering from dementia (go back a couple of posts)? He showed up at the station to talk about people following him. As citizens walked into the lobby he claimed they were part of the conspiracy. He tried to show off his pistol there in the lobby and had to be stopped. He was sent home with an officer following. While en route he started freaking out and waving his gun around. He was stopped and taken to a psych hospital. We shall see if this is the last we'll see of him.

Two black males tried to strong arm rob a Sonic. They jumped the poor car hop and pulled her inside. Fortunately someone hit an alarm and they fled

Meanwhile across town another black male with a mask robbed a taqueria at gunpoint.

A wrecker driver tows a car and let's the driver ride with him. After stoping him off he realized his cell phone was missing.

A guy taking care of his sick mother drives to a parking lot to have phone sex with his girlfriend. He starts handling himself in his car, in the middle of an empty business plaza lot. It must have been some good phone sex because he never saw the officer until it was too late. I wonder how he is going to explain this to his sick mother.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A drunk woman stabbed herself twice in her gun. When officers arrive she is standing in the kitchen with several knives. She reaches for one then finds a gun jammed in her face. She changed her mind.

Meanwhile someone kicked in the back door while the family is home setting off the alarm. The burglars fled.

A man called is to report he was car jacked. While the timeline of his story didn't add up other officers come by and tell us this man's truck was involved in a crash earlier this night and the driver fled. Since we couldn't locate the original parties to the accident we went ahead and took his BS report. Hopefully the detectives will be smart enough to follow up and file false report charges later on.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

A woman called to report a 21 year old male wasn't breathing. He was taken to the hospital where he died.

A man called saying his father shot himself in the head. When officers arrived they found a male with a gunshot wound to his head.

After a pursuit a K9 finds one of the suspects and biting the hell out of him.

I hate family disturbances. A couple are cursing at each other with their young daughter watching sending her into tears. No charges are filed because there was no assault. Poor girl I hate these kinds of calls. The ADA doesn't take any charges but says we have to make the man leave. I love it when DA's think they are bigger than they really are. If we're not arresting anyone we can't force people out of this own homes. While there I noticed their professionally made family portrait. They were sitting together, holding each other, smiling, looking like the perfect family. Yet tonight he is drunk and cursing in front of his twin daughters. She is drunk and dropping F bombs like a rapper and the twin girls are upset.

I was behind a car when the passenger side door opens and a woman's head pops out vomiting. I stop the car knowing what I had. Fortunately the designated driver was doing her job. I wished her luck and let them go.

We then get called to a man in a car. I find him drunk, passed out with the door open. He's got his arms crossed instinctively Trying to keep warm. As I'm shaking him up I see the pink vomit on the ground. We finally get him woken up and he can't say how he got there. I ask about the blood on the side of the car. His eyes widen and he starts to panic. I found it funny because there was no blood. I just wanted to mess with him. Fortunately for him his group lived right there and we sent him to them.

A man was finally caught after committing a series of robberies at local bus stops. He would ride the train and rob people sitting at the stops. Not a very ambitious robber I must say. Robbing public transportation clientele!!! Really!!

An officer first said he was clearing a jam in his gun. Then he said he was checking the function when the rifle fired in his car. Oops!

A woman hears banging sounds against her front window. She calls 911 and we go. I get there first. As I go up the driveway I hear someone on the other side of the gate leading into the backyard. He suddenly opens the gate almost getting a gun put in his face. It was the homeowner startling us. Come to find out the banging noise was an eagle emblem on the flag pole blowing against the window.

We get another, similar call. We run lights and siren to learn it was a damn cat making the noises.

A drunk woman speeds past an officer who gives chase. The officer gets the woman stopped who puts up a struggle which got us coming code. By the time I got there she was laid out on the trunk screaming and crying. She went to jail.

While driving down the road I see a vehicle speeding and all over the road. I stop him and see what I thought was marijuana. Turns out it was Cush, the synthetic marijuana. I arrested him. I'm sure his felony probation will be yanked soon.

An officer finds a drunk passed out behind the wheel. The officer gets the drunk out who assaults the officer. The officer was slightly injured and the drunk went to jail insisting he did nothing wrong.

Two teens were seen trying to break into cars. When we get there one is seen running up the street on his cell phone. Most likely hollering at someone to pick him up. We ran up and down a bayou but we lost him.

A couple living with his patents get into a fight with their baby in the room. They lived with his parents because he got laid off and found a job up here. The DA took no charges because the woman wasn't forthcoming in her story. She ended up leaving with the baby thus breaking the hearts of the grandparents.

Later on was eating breakfast with my supervisor when two intoxicated girls wanted a picture with us. My supervisor didn't let it. I didn't mind as long as it was a "pose with" picture and not a drunk club picture. The girls said I was hotter anyway. I'm going to remind my supervisor of that periodically.

Monday, January 9, 2012

It rained a lot. I had to pull into a parking lot and get out and walk around to keep from nodding off. A woman who is often mistaken for a man was caught breaking into a car yet again. Obviously she didn't learn the last time my friend arrested her for the same thing (which she jumped bail and had a warrant). For her effort she earned a shotgun blast from the owner of the car (that sadly missed) and another trip to jail. Some stolen property was recovered afterward. I'm heading home when a guy busts the red light. I love it when they say "it was yellow!". Mmm no it wasn't or I wouldn't be wasting my time on my way home. This close to quittin' time he earned that ticket. Then just two blocks from that is a crash in perhaps the largest, busiest intersection on this side of town. Fortunately day shift actually got there and took it.
On my way in received a message to call a "Sgt. M.". I call him and have a hard time understanding his rambling. He says he is a retired sergeant from another agency. He goes on a rant about a chase, helicopters, and a guy stealing cars. Yet he can't give me any specifics. Cops are specific. He also insists I come over and meet him. I got the sense he wasn't in his right mind and wanted company. I later found out he suffers from a bit of dementia. He might be reliving an old experience. I feel sorry for him in a way. That could be me in 60 years. We're called to teenagers breaking into a car. As we arrive an officer spots one of them who flees into a bayou. A citizen yells for us and we run down the bayou. I'm too old for this running sh**! A man returns home to become a robbery victim. A "routine" (I hate that term) traffic stop turns into a stolen vehicle recovery. A man was speeding and probably drunk when he hit a car sending it into a fence. Then his truck flipped over ejecting him. He landed on the street then his truck landed on him, killing him. A drunk teenager stole his parents' car. They chased and caught him but didn't want to prosecute. Meanwhile he bangs his head while profanely declaring he "don't give a f***!". He goes to the hospital rather than jail.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A woman goes to the grocery store leaving her 7 month old in the car while she shops. She comes back and gets arrested. An officer arrives on a family violence call and is attacked by the teenage, autistic son who bites the officer and goes for his gun. Because of his mental issues he goes to a psych hospital rather than the ER. Someone attacks me like that I don't care about their mental condition I'm going to fight hard. A slow night all in all. A couple of stops and tickets issued.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A family came home from holiday vacation to find thousands of dollars of electronics and jewelry stolen. They said their niece came over while they were gone and had friends over. Now she is out of the country. I'm not a detective but I have an idea of whom to look at next. I just hope the actual detectives are as smart.

Two teenagers were caught breaking into a house. I wish I could've been there to see their parents' reactions.

I stop a guy for driving without lights and in this part of town I just had a feeling that it was going to be a ***damned "no gotti" and sure as the night was long it was. I put him in my car while I go through the agonizing task of trying to sort through his 3 or 4 names. In the end I succeed however some short, drunk (illegal alien) comes stumbling up to me with his hand in his pocket making me nervous. So I jump out and grab him. He stomps and salutes with his other hand. He too, gets cuffed and stuff. I was going to charge with public intoxication but I found his brother who was willing to take him off my hands so I let him.

I rolled into work and found out my favorite Starbucks was already closed. Damn! I was hoping to have my comfort beverage.

A man decided to break into a storage facility across from a police substation. Needless to say a foot chase ensues. The career burglar runs across an interstate highway, a mall parking lot, and into a suburban neighborhood where he is finally caught and charged.

A man comes over to his ex wife's house and imminently starts a fight. The current husband fights with him and ends his year with bullets to his chest and a trip to the morgue. We're still looking for the killer. It's only a matter of time before someone catches him.

I then run from fireworks to fireworks call clearing them all gone on arrival. It's New Year's Eve so I'm not going to waste a lot of time with fireworks calls.

As I turn the corner I see two wrecked vehicles in a parking lot and a frantic male telling me a silver truck came into the lot and crashed into two cars then fled. Amazingly this is across the street from the storage center (first entry on this post) that was broken into earlier. I go up the road and find a truck matching the description just up the road. I pull it over and cuff and stuff the driver. I was surprised to find he wasn't drunk. I was further surprised when I inspected the truck and found old damage that wasn't responsible for the wreckage I saw earlier. I was even further surprised when the actual suspect was caught just up the road from me.

A young woman leaving a NYE celebration and not paying attention turns in front of an oncoming car and totals her new BMW that her dad bought for her.