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San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Authorities arrest 51 in crackdown on taggers

Interesting read from Fox News this morning: "MONTERREY, Mexico — Four teenagers say police in a northern Mexican town spray-painted their hair, shoes and buttocks to teach them not to paint graffiti on public property."  (Jan 16, 2009 | post #129)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Pilot ditches plane into Hudson River; all 155 passengers...

With all the bad news in the world these days, it was so uplifting to see/hear/read some really great news for a change. The pilot, crew, passengers and first responders are to be commended for their actions. I'm so thankful that this incident ended the way it did. Excellent job!  (Jan 16, 2009 | post #2)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Frank Girardot: The tin man's icy, heartless grip

$400 for registration on a 2004 vehicle? Wow. The registration had been long expired, and that must be the penalty fees adding up. If she made the trip down the 10 Fwy. from Beaumont, she risked getting pulled over by the CHP, and the results would've been the same. This story should have been impounded as well. Tripe.  (Jan 15, 2009 | post #9)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Authorities arrest 51 in crackdown on taggers

"Unfair One size fits all"---I'm sorry, but if your son was "visiting " someone (a known tagger), then I'd venture to say that your son knew this kid well enough to be aware of his extra-curricular activities. And I'm sure that this "visit" wasn't just a one-time thing. Somehow, somewhere, the police had sufficient information to warrant a search of your residence. I don't know what your son is on probation for in the first place, as you failed to mention that. But if it was for vandalism (ie: tagging), you should have been aware of the terms and conditions of his probation. As a parent, removing anything from the home that could have been even remotely considered a violation (art supplies, for instance) was your responsibility. As a teacher, if your art supplies are indelible felt markers, spray paint, those should have been left locked up at your school.  (Jan 15, 2009 | post #63)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Police release 911 calls from Christmas Eve massacre

As a former 911 operator/dispatcher, I've heard just about everything imaginable over the phone. But I have no desire to hear this call....I don't think I could bear it, simply because all of us already know how this call ended. There are some things that even veteran police officers and dispatchers can't stomach, and this is one senseless tragedy I would rather not hear. Call me a coward, but I just don't want to imagine the suffering and terror the Ortega's had to endure. I know the CPD dispatcher did a exemplary job during this call, remaining calm and professional. It's only after all is over, can you unplug and break down.  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #20)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Horse of slain Covina family wins at Santa Anita

To "Gulfstream " & "James": Thanks very much for answering my question.  (Jan 14, 2009 | post #15)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Diamond Bar man shot, killed after high-speed police chase

Laughed my @$$ off at your first and your last comments! Excellent post!  (Jan 12, 2009 | post #7)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Horse of slain Covina family wins at Santa Anita

Bittersweet. "King" had to show (in his own way) the Ortega family meant something to him, too. Can someone please explain what a "claiming race" is? Not familiar with racing jargon....  (Jan 12, 2009 | post #10)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Hostage situation in El Monte

Well, " **** " (and if the shoe fits..) I'm very sorry to disappoint you, but, yes, I do know what Martial Law is. I guess (because I have my head buried in the sand, as you claim), I don't see how Martial Law ties in (logically) with a child being held hostage by a wanted murderer, and rescued by police? They seemed to have the situation under control. But I supoose if the ENTIRE city of El Monte went bezerk--rioting, looting, shooting, etc., because EMPD shot this guy without provacation--and the PD (with surrounding agencies) did not have the manpower to the enforce law to the masses, then Martial Law might be necessary. I don't know about you, but I'm relieved this hostage (especially because he IS a small child) came out of this ordeal alive.  (Dec 24, 2008 | post #52)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Hostage situation in El Monte

I don't see anything "child nonsense" about my reply. The suspect set the wheels in motion that began "all the drama"-not his child, not EMPD, not anyone else. EMPD simply ended the drama. I'd say they did a helluva job, rescuing the child who sustained minor injuries. As for the hostage being an adult, chances are EMPD would have responded and handled it the same way. Bottom line-the crook is dead, the child is safe and will be re-united with his family-what better ending to "all the drama".  (Dec 24, 2008 | post #34)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Hostage situation in El Monte

You seem to forget this man murdered the mother of his child and then kidnapped the boy, taking him to God knows where for 4 yrs. And he wasn't unarmed, so he, more than likely, hoped for "suicide by cop"...well, he got his wish. The coward endangered the life of an small child-is that someone to be put on a pedestal as well?  (Dec 24, 2008 | post #32)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Hostage situation in El Monte

I think El Monte PD deserves a huge round of applause. They did an outstanding job of ridding the country of a murder suspect who'd been on the run for years, and being able to return that precious child to his mother's family SAFELY, who probably thought they might never see this little boy again. That is the best Christmas present the Spears' could imagine. To the Spears family: you never gave up hope-God bless you all. El Monte PD- thank you for a job well done!  (Dec 24, 2008 | post #29)

KRQE Albuquerque and New Mexico

Amputee to graduate the police academy

Stand tall and proud! God bless you for serving our country so well. May St. Michael watch over and protect you always in your new career. Congratulations from one in the law enforcement family...  (Dec 23, 2008 | post #5)

Chicago Tribune

They're living with cancer and little else

I agree! The care for Destiny should be the number one priority, and if that means having to take whatever help is offered, then do it, Mom. Sleeping in a car in the cold, eating fast food, using public restrooms, etc., cannot be helping this young girl towards recovery and/or remission. Kerry, use a little common sense and get your daughter into an environment where she can be free of a little emotional stress, while trying to deal with a life-threatening illness. You're subjecting her to some pretty selfish decisions on your behalf. Even temporary housing, 2nd floor or not, is better than living on the streets. Many homeless are never offered the help you were, and I'm sure if they were, they would have turned it down. Granted, I am not in your shoes-I pray that I never am-but your daughter is not going to be able to fight her disease this way. City of Hope, Ronald McDonald House, CHOC; I hope someone affliated with one of these wonderful facilities see this article and convinces this mother to bring her daughter there for treatment and a little peace of mind.  (Dec 22, 2008 | post #64)

San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Body is suicide victim

So sorry I offended you. Yes, I do have my own email, Grinch, but those, phone numbers and other personal info are removed from being posted. Any more brilliant suggestions?  (Dec 17, 2008 | post #20)

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