27 July 2011

Humpday Happenings...
Our break from the heat has been short-lived. Today, we're slated to get back INTO the low 90s with higher humidity.
(Well, it IS summer, Bob...and MAY-BE the Earth shifted one degree on it's axis...we ARE due for that, according to scientists)
I hear the Earth shifts in such a manner every 15K years (give or take,...I dunno, I wasn't around then). In any event, we can hope that this rash of recent air-conditioner thefts will be curtailed down here.
In the meantime, we've some "stuff" to peruse, as well as some archival things to dust off and take from the shelf.
So here goes...hang on. This might get a little bit bumpy.
*** This story was one I heard first over the scanner yesterday and tacked it on at the end of that post..
(( Published: July 26, 2011 4:18 p.m.
Shooting victim collapses on sidewalk - The Journal Gazette
A shooting in broad daylight Tuesday on the city’s southeast side left a Fort Wayne man in serious condition.
Police were called shortly before 11:45 a.m. to the 4400 block of Winter Street about the shooting and found Marvin T. Billingsley, 23, on the sidewalk.
Witnesses told police that they heard the shooting and then saw the victim running south before collapsing on the sidewalk near Senate Avenue.
Police said it is believed that the victim had been in his white Pontiac Grand Prix and that he was engaged in conversation with on person when a second one approached, demanded money and then fired on him.
Now, if you notice, the car is parked the WRONG WAY on the street (against traffic flow - a COMMON thing down here, that seemingly ALSO...NEVER gets cited), but what's curious, is that Marvin was SITTING in his car, and then after he was shot, got OUT of the car and ran down the street where he collapsed.
Elevated heart rates will cause one to BLEED FASTER...(duh!).
Better to sit in the car, drive (if you can) to a place of safety, or just dig out the cellphone and call *911*...you'd THINK, anyway.
Now Marvin is a CLASSIC case of the failure of the judicial system, and here's the proof:
02D04-0504-IF-004661 Billingsley, Marvin T 04/11/2005
Allen Superior Court 5 IF - Infraction
02D04-0506-IF-009006 Billingsley, Marvin 06/21/2005
Allen Superior Court 4 IF - Infraction
02D04-0607-IF-011698 Billingsley, Marvin T 07/11/2006
Allen Superior Court 5 IF - Infraction
02D04-0610-IF-017952 Billingsley, Marvin T 10/06/2006
Allen Superior Court 6 IF - Infraction
02D04-0702-IF-003209 Billingsley, Marvin T 02/28/2007
Allen Superior Court 4 IF - Infraction
02D04-0711-IF-019640 Billingsley, Marvin T 11/28/2007
Allen Superior Court 5 IF - Infraction
02D04-0803-CM-001929 Billingsley, Marvin T 03/31/2008
Allen Superior Court 6 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
02D04-0902-CM-000927 537788 Billingsley, Marvin T 02/18/2009
Allen Superior Court 5 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
02D04-0911-CM-007359 Billingsley, Marvin T 11/30/2009
Allen Superior Court 6 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
02D04-0912-CM-007464 549674
549674 Billingsley, Marvin T 12/03/2009
Allen Superior Court 6 CM - Criminal Misdemeanor
02H01-1101-IF-000101 000013620174 BILLINGSLEY, MARVIN T 01/04/2011
New Haven City Court IF - Infraction
Decided 9-24-19-1/IFA: Driving While Suspended
And yet, after being a CHRONIC violator, Good Old Marvin is STILL behind the wheel of a vehicle...AMAZING.
But wait, there is a little bit MORE to this "accident waiting for a place to happen"...
(( Sunday, June 26, 2011, 12:00am
AUBURN — Local police officers arrested 15 people Monday night through Friday, according to DeKalb County Jail records.
Marvin T. Billingsley, 23, of the 1300 block of Spy Run, Fort Wayne, was arrested Wednesday at 7:37 a.m. by DeKalb County Police on a charge of driving while suspended having a previous condition. He posted $1,000 bond to be released at 10:55 a.m.
And YES, the SPY RUN ADDRESS is the exact same as our shooting victim's (1331 Spy Run Ave - Fort Wayne, IN 46806), but it's not his CURRENT address (2732 Stardale Dr APT 3 - Fort Wayne, IN 46816), nor is it any of the OTHER addresses he has used over the years (716 Baxter St., 1155 Fayette Dr., 3510 Cheviot Dr., 6020 Bunt Dr., 2737 Stardale #2. or 7217 Hickory Creek Dr, Apt 3A.)
Seems Marvin got himself a LOT of cribs to crash at...wonder how many ALIASES he has, or how many "baby-mamas" are in his "stable".
So, we can plainly deduce that this is NOT one of Fort Wayne's "stellar" citizens...just another typical buck-in-trouble.
*** Now I said all THAT, to say THIS:
Here is the link to an article from Kevin Leininger (The News-Sentinel) that goes WAY back to 2009:
(This is a BRILLIANT read - brings the plight of decent citizens into perspective and kicks the can of "racial-politicking" into the limelight)
A few excerpts from the story:
(( -- Which is precisely why those forces must be ignored, according to a former law-enforcement official who has seen firsthand how the politics of race can endanger the very people critics of police claim to protect.
-- "(Police) just have to endure it. It takes stamina and a thick skin, but they just need to keep on it and gain control".
-- "And once you do gain control, you need to maintain it," said Joe Squadrito, who was Allen County Sheriff in 1995 when he joined with the city police to create the "Metro Squad" to target the city's high-crime areas.
-- "(The central city) was out of control. We knew who the troublemakers were. We targeted people with active warrants and those committing most of the crimes," recalled Squadrito, who was sheriff for eight years.
-- Is the criminal element really so large that it reflects a sizable percentage of public opinion?
-- If so-called "saturation" patrols are at times justified and necessary in high-crime areas – and they are – the people doing the patrolling must not only be exemplary officers, but must be perceived as such. There is work to do on both sides.
-- "You'd be surprised what a difference (more patrols) could make," Squadrito said.
-- Whatever the reason, the southeast side of town – the place where I grew up and still remember fondly – will be less than it can and
should be until the vast majority of its residents not only embrace the police but refuse to tolerate lawbreakers in their midst.
-- Only then will most police officials – who must win elections or answer to people who do – consistently demonstrate the kind of do-whatever-it-takes backbone Squadrito properly suggests is necessary. ))
Yeah, that sums up VERY WELL what goes on (or doesn't) down here...and what I've been saying MUST happen to change this part of town around to somewhere people CAN live (instead of die, and at the hands of sh*t-for-brains perps).
Tomorrow, we'll take a look at the response to THIS article by Kevin, as well as some "comments" by those who see things they way they ARE, and now how they're perceived by ill-informed (and race-baiting) people in the SE side of town.
Oh yeah, there's LOTS of stuff that needs to be brought back out into the sunlight...where EVERYONE can get a good look, and see things for WHAT THEY ARE, instead of what some want them to be.
*** Lastly today, I'm not here to blow my own horn (although being right a LOT more often than not never seems to get old, unlike the rest of me...lol).
I'm here to seek the truth, and to freely distribute it to any and all who will lend an ear.
We live in very perilous times, whether we choose to believe it or not.
Morality has fled the scene in our society, everyone wants to dictate every facet of our lives for some odd reason, and wrest self-control out of our own hands (where it really belongs), civility has taken an "extended holiday", as we can plainly see on our streets today, and especially in such venues as PUBLIC TRANSIT and FAST FOOD establishments (fights breaking out like zits on a teenager's face).
Where DID our integrity GO...as a people?
When did "busting a cap" take the place of TIPPING one's cap?
And WHY have we allowed it to go on for SO damn long?
We can now say we have (at least) ONE complete generation that has grown up NOT knowing of such aspects of civil behavior...and that means it will take about THREE generations to UNDO this bane in our nation.
Those of us that have not "sold out to Big Brother" are the vanguard that must find a way to instill the pride...the values, and the core principles that ALL men and women need to adhered to, if they are to survive.
It won't be easy, but such things rarely are.
And it won't change overnight.
It will take that sense of Nin-Tai...persistence and patience, much like those in Japan after the Fukushima disaster.
We can learn a lot from such traits...traits we, as a people HERE used to have a much greater abundance.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and...
Stay safe out there, America.


Slamdunk said...

Nice work catching Marvin's arrests and address issues.

I remember that current address was a usual problem for officers where I worked (at least on the offense and arrest face sheet). If the subject was uncooperative, you'd list whatever address was listed on the documentation he/she carried--even if they had moved out of mommy or cousin's apartment years ago.

Bob G. said...

Many times, these mooks don't even CARRY any ID with them (just watch any of the reality police shows).
I'm one of those oddballs that LIKES to be ID'ed whenever I leave the fortress...force of habit.
(and keeps you from making any mistake worse)

What I'm tending to see is this persistent TRANSIENCE of a lot of males (and some females).

Someone moves into a rental by themselves (and their kids) and within 2-3 months, that number MULTIPLIES with those "boyfriend of the month club" members.

And many times, it's due to active warrants (trying to stay a few steps ahead of the po-po), which catches up to them eventually, considering their inability to refrain from criminal activity while they're "on the lam".

Guess you can't change a leopard's spots in cases like these.

Thanks much for taking time to drop on by and comment today.

Stay safe out there.