Archive for July, 2009

Every underage generation schemes its way around the law

One evening I struck up a conversation with my 16-year-old son about the movie “Hangover.” Here is how it went:

Me: “I saw Hangover. Overall, it was okay.”

Son: “I thought it was funny.”

Me: “How do you know?”

Son: “I saw it with my girlfriend.”

Me: “Wait a minute. It’s rated “R,” so how did you get in?”

Son: “Whoa — look at the time. I gotta go.”

Me: “Sit.”

Son: “No really, I have an emergency. My cell phone battery is low! ”

Me: “I’ll get to the point. Tell me or cell phone is mine for a few days.”

Son: “Okay, here’s how it all went down. I did a Hey Man.”

Me: “What the hell does that mean? Who is the Hey Man and why does your reference to “doing him” disturb me?”

Son: Hey Man. We stood in line, found someone older and said: “Hey man, would you buy two tickets for us?”

Me: “Oh, it’s like a Hey Dude. “Hey Dudes” were used outside Green’s liquor store on Roswell Road back in the late sixties.”

Son: “How do you know that?”

Me: “Whoa — look at the time.”

“Hey Dudes” were …

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Three incidents to help make you feel normal

A few stories to make you feel normal compared to these folks:

1) A recent butt-stabbing in Harrison Township, Ohio, provides further evidence that your brain can convince you that really dumb things seem to be a good idea when you’re drunk.

Two men — friends who were toasting one of the men going into the hospital — were drinking around 11 a.m. when an argument started and ended with an intentional butt-stabbing.

There are no statistics that specifically show what patterns butt-stabbings follow. But, like tornados, they tend to gravitate to trailer parks and, in most cases, involve booze.

It must be getting worse. Cheesy lawyer ads now include them:

“Hello. Have you been stabbed in the butt? I’m Attorney Rosco Bonzo of Bonzo, Spudnick and Glickman. If you were unfairly stabbed in the butt, you may be entitled to compensation.”

2) A man in Annville, Pa., suffered, not a butt-stabbing, but an injury to his nipple while breaking up with his girlfriend.

During the breakup, the …

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Crime prevention programs, tips and tools

Table-top crime prevention continues

Sandy Springs Police crime prevention specialist Officer Larry Jacobs will be available Wednesday, July 29, at the Fountain Oaks Kroger Store, 4920 Roswell Road, from 10:30 a.m.to 12:30 p.m. to meet and answer questions on just about anything related to crime prevention.

Members of the Sandy Springs Police Volunteer Unit will also be on hand to help out with any questions. SSPD and Kroger are partnering in reducing thefts, specifically thefts from shoppers inside large stores such as grocery stores.

Child I.D. kit available

Sandy Springs Police are providing Child I.D. kits to city residents. The kits will be available at the front desk.

Gun locks

Also at the front desk are gun locks, which are being provided by the Sandy Springs Police free to residents. Those, too, will be available at the front desk. Limit two.

Citizen’s police academy enrolling for January

Our January 2010 Citizen’s Police Academy Class 003 is enrolling for the 10-week …

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My view on the cop and the professor

Well, why not? Everyone else is throwing in their two cents — adjusted for inflation — on this Cambridge police officer and the Harvard professor and the president:

1) Burglars break into homes. They do! No kidding. Some are white, some black, Hispanic and so on. It’s well-documented. The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics will fill you in.

2) Police work is sometime dangerous.

3) Unfortunately, crooks don’t wear signs on their backs saying “Burglar” or “Violent Criminal” and so on.

4) You might be taken back on this next point: There are times when people lie to the cops. Yes, it happens everywhere except Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

Henry Louis Gates is a prominent Harvard professor. He didn’t know the officer and the officer, Sgt. Joseph Crowley, didn’t know Gates. Crowley saw a man working on the front door.

What do you do? Assume? No, no, no, no. Assumptions will make a fool of you. And make them enough, you’ll get killed in this business.

The sergeant did what he should. He …

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Sandy Springs police blotter

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” — Albert Einstein

Theft ring busted

Det. Matthew McGinnis reported that 2 brothers, both from the Atlanta area, have been arrested and charged with 22 counts of theft. They have since confessed to the thefts and gave Detective McGinnis a unique insight to their crimes.

These suspects are professional thieves who travel all over the country following large venues(concerts, sporting events, etc.) for the sole purpose of stealing. Several other jurisdictions are obtaining warrants on the brothers and will be prosecuting them separately (Rockdale County has them on 44 separate charges).

This is a great example of solid police work by Detective McGinnis and the other investigators that have put in tons of hours on this case.

A mild state of panic

A man called the cops and told them that several men in a black SUV tried to get into his residence. He said he pushed several pieces of …

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Dumb crooks often brought down by poor planning

I was thinking about how we like to make fun of dumb crooks. They deserve it, of course, and obviously not all of them are dumb ones.

But it seems there are a lot of reasons that many crimes don’t go down in history as “successful crimes.” Most of them involve poor planning.

Poor planning can be categorized in many sub-categories, including poor choices in masks — such as the guy who put a paper bag over his head but the holes he cut out were too small and he couldn’t see — or the guy who robbed the store manager who recognized the man’s voice as the same guy he fired the day before.

Planning the master crime should involve logistics. Logistics can include many things, among them the escape route. The route should be an important part of the sit-down planning session, but — quite frankly — many crooks today don’t do the sit-down.

Watching films such as “Oceans Eleven-through-Fifteen,” one would think planning is huge as far as “advance” work.

In some cases, planning is …

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Crime, punishment and prevention

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” — Albert Einstein

Arrests

6000 block, Roswell Road: A man called the police and told the officers the following story: He was on Northwood Drive when he was approached by two men in a black Tahoe with big rims. One of the men pulled a gun and said he was going to kill him. The victim ran to the 6600 block of Roswell Road where he called the police.

Officer: “Why would they want to kill you?”

Victim: “They wanted to rob me because they know I sell crack cocaine.”

Officer: “Really? Do you have any on you now?”

Victim: “Yes, I have a bag with three rocks of crack.”

Officer: “May I see them?”

Suspect: “Yes.”

Officer: “Thank you.”

The man was arrested.

1100 block of Mt. Vernon Highway: Two men were arrested in after being spotting casing cars in the area of the shopping center where a lot of previous thefts have occurred. The car lookout was given to the cops from a MARTA officer. …

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Officer Sammy Worsham’s amazing recovery

Last Aug. 7 we got a radio call of an accident in the 6000 block of Roswell Road. Seconds later, the call was upgraded to an accident involving a motorcycle and injuries involved.

Seconds after that, radio said witnesses on the scene said it was a police motorcycle and it appeared very serious.

The helmet that saved the motorcycle cop's life. (ajc photo)

The motorcycle cop's helmet saved his life in the crash last August (ajc photo). Click the photo to see more scenes from Sammy's long recovery.

The response, of course, was intense. Sam Worsham, riding a police Harley and on the way to a call for assistance, was hit by a car exiting a restaurant onto Roswell Road. Sammy hit the car, went flying across the car some 15 or so feet, then landed on the asphalt — hard.

Just about everything on his right side was broken. His femur was broken so bad that his foot was lying next to his head. His shoulder was broken, his elbow was broken, about 10 toes were broken — and that’s not the whole list, just the parts I remember. Fortunately, his head …

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Crime & Punishment in Sandy Springs

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” — Albert Einstein

Counterfeit cash

1) Suspects nabbed: Police Officer Castro responded to a fight/person armed call (possible robbery) at 1300 The Valley in the 7100 block of Roswell Road.  Upon arrival he came in contact with two subjects.  The victim said he came to sell some I-Phones that he had placed on Craig’s List when another suspect snatched the items from his hands and fled on foot.

The victim chased the suspect, who got into a car driven by another man, in order to leave the area. The victim broke out the driver’s rear window. The driver of the car stopped and dropped off the suspect, and then returned to the scene to confront victim about the broken window.  Officer Castro and Officer Whaley began to investigate as Det Nick Smith was arriving on scene.  After everyone was detained, consent-to-search (verbal) of the vehicle was obtained.

The officers located …

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Even future Darwin Award candidates survived this July 4th

Just a short message:

We have once again survived another 4th of July celebration and I hope that the damage was minimal. If you’re reading this with the same 10 toes and fingers that you had on July 3rd, then you are to be commended.

July 4th is the day we celebrate Independence Day from the British and their oppressive dental hygiene policies.

Independence Day has taken on a more personal meaning to most of us after September 11, 2001. One old but well-established tradition on July 4this the annual celebration of future Darwin Award candidates who choose to combine alcohol, fireworks and a need to shoot them from such unusual places as one’s crotch and in some cases, between the, ummm, lower cheeks.

Believe me, there are apparently plenty of those guys around. Fortunately, as I read over the reports from the holiday period, I did not see any “blown up finger” reports or other reports of missing body parts due to holiday activity.

Of course, there were plenty of reports of …

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