Fort Wayne is ONLY as good as it's WORST neighborhoods...and it's WORST residents. Which, by normal standards, means that this city needs an enema!
Well, don't need to be a damn genius to figure THAT one out...
( *rolls eyes* )
Here we go AGAIN...four times in a dozen years. Guess NOT being a felon (here) DOES have it's DISADVANTAGES.
30 March 2011
Here we are again, gang...middle of the working week. My how the time DOES fly, right? Your Midwest weather is going to be a bit warmer. (although it's still hovering around freezing at sun up).
And we're also staring into the Spring break time for the kids here in Ft. Wayne. (don't say anything, but the parents have already begun to hit the CVS and Walgreens for those "pain killers") Still, we are never at a loss for those news-worthy items...like these:
*** A semi-happy ending to a tragic story.
I brought this to you (here) WAY back on 3 December 2009 (with followups on 4 December and 9 December), and it concerns the MURDER of a Vito's pizza delivery man on (where else?) the SOUTHEAST side of the ghettohood. Anyone wishing to check the archives can feel free to do so...I'll wait.... (whistles the Jeopardy music...)
OK, finished reading?
(And if not...why not?...LOL)
Anyway, the final page (hopefully) to this story is here.
(( Published: March 30, 2011 3:00 a.m. 2 charged in driver's 2009 slaying FORT WAYNE – Two Fort Wayne men have been arrested in the 2009 slaying of a pizza delivery driver on the city’s southeast side. Andre A. Washington, 21, faces charges of robbery, murder and felony murder in the death of Ian Jacob Crace in the fall of 2009. Washington, of the 2600 block of Pittsburg Street, was being held without bail at the Allen County Lockup. Deangelo M. Bennett, 19, of the 1300 block of McKinnie Avenue, is charged with felony murder and robbery. He also was being held without bail. Both men were arrested Monday. Officers were called about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 29, 2009, to the 2800 block of Schele Avenue, near Wayne Trace and New Haven Avenue. Police found Crace, 32, dead on the side of the street, near McCormick Place Apartments. Police had said previously that Crace was a deliveryman for Pizza By Vito’s and had been shot as he arrived to make a delivery. Investigators identified Bennett as a person of interest less than a week later and asked for the public’s help in finding him. Washington and Bennett planned the robbery, ordering the pizza from the apartment of a woman who lived nearby, court documents said.
When Crace got out of his vehicle to deliver the pizza, Washington and Bennett told him to give them his money, but Crace refused. A struggle ensued, and Washington shot Crace, court documents claim. The two robbed Crace of the pizza, court records said. The documents did not say whether Washington and Bennett took money from Crace. ))
Funny thing...back on 9 December 2009, THIS story appeared in the paper: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20091209/LOCAL07/312099963 Now Washington was ARRESTED BACK THEN...but WTF happened? Sounds like SOMEONE dropped the prosecutorial BALL here, doesn't it? I pulled THIS from an article that was in the 3 January 2010 paper:
(( Case Status: Police have named two suspects in the case – Andre Washington, 20, and Deangelo Bennett, 18. Washington is being held on other charges. Bennett was questioned and released. Neither man has been charged in the slaying. ))
Yep, "someone" CUT these two thugs LOOSE when they were already ARRESTED for being suspect to the murder...wonder WHY?
Makes me question the efficacy of the prosecutor's office...or maybe they just let that SEVENTY TWO HOUR time period lapse, as they often seem to do? And I also wonder why it took damn near another YEAR before they were RE-arrested (for the umpteenth time)? Let's see what these two thugs have been up to, shall we? DEANGELO BENNETT - (now 19) was busted back in 2006 (he was 14 then, if my math is right) for minor tobacco.
2009 - disorderly conduct
2010 (where it begins to get REAL interesting) - pot possession, never received license, failure to use turn signal - P.C. residential entry, 2 counts battery *A* (Misdemeanor), 2 counts battery (class D felony) and residential entry. - Possession pot & resisting (MC) and felony *D*
2011 - MURDER, possession hash (MC), robbery resulting in serious bodily injury.
Wow...been a busy little buck, hasn't he?
Now, let's take a look at the OTHER thug. ANDRE WASHINGTON - (now 21) was first busted back in 2008 for P.C. robbery (misdemeanor)
2009 - P.C. robbery (misdemeanor), robbery (class *B* felony - pending), P.C. robbery, criminal confinement, battery (misc criminal & class *B* felony) 2010 - He was either behaving himself OR was (most likely) serving time.
2011 - MURDER 35-2-1-1(1) and 35-2-1-1(2) and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury - 35-2-1-1(1)F/A Yeah, a real "dynamic duo", right? Let's hope SOMEONE in the damn judicial system can toss these thugs in a very dark cell and forget where they placed the damn key, hmm? And let's hope the trial for these two doesn't turn into some "mistrial" when the system attempts to "get gamed", as is too often the case here. Be nice to see something we used to call JUSTICE being served for a change...and in ample supply!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch...
From the "They're Not Just for Air Raids These Days" files...comes THIS little gem:
((Police find underground pot operation - 150 to 200 marijuana plants found Updated: Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011, 11:31 PM EDT Published : Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011, 5:57 PM EDT ANDREWS, Ind. (WANE) - The Huntington County Sheriff's Department discovered a giant, underground marijuana growing operation near a home just south of Andrews. More than four police agencies, including the SWAT team from Fort Wayne, initially responded to the scene because of concerns that the underground bunker may have booby traps. "We had information that there were a lot of loaded guns in the house and also down into the bunker. We had no idea whether anything was booby-trapped," said Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel. "It's always a concern when we execute this type of search warrant." After the descent down some stone steps, the sight of a sophisticated marijuana operation came into full view. "We could smell it when we got in the back yard. As soon as they popped the door there. We were 50 feet from it then," explained Stoffel. "I'd say we've got about 150 to 200 marijuana plants down there. It's a full blown operation."
Police later tracked down and arrested Shawn Karst. Officers found weapons inside his home. Outside, they uncovered signs that Karst knew what he was doing.
What looked like an ordinary tree was actually how Karst ventilated his underground weed operation. "We ended up finding three concrete reinforced rooms all underground so, we had no idea what we were getting into when we got down there. It's quite a setup down there," Sheriff Stoffel said. "We're on top of what the taxpayers are paying us for. Doing our job and keeping the meth and marijuana off the streets." ))
Now THAT, by God is some damn fine police work!
Goes to show that with some ingenuity, you can convert those cold-war era shelters into some SERIOUS dens of illegal activity. And get BUSTED for your troubles, too... ROFLMAO!
I LOVE a happy ending! How much would you wager that THIS Indiana county can make THOSE charges STICK (unlike here in Allen County)? Bet'cha THEY know what JUSTICE still means. (Allen County - take note)
*** Lastly today, I'm growing more unlikely to support this "Kinetic Military Action" (WTF did he call it?) in Libya, and it's because of the rebel factions there. It has been revealed that MANY of the upper echelon of rebel fighters have been (in the past) the EXACT SAME people our troops fought in AFGHANISTAN. And Obama is not ruling out the possibility of ARMING those same guys. (the aforementioned "rebels") This ain't the moon of Endor, the ice planet of Hoth, or even the battle of the Death Star, and we're certainly NOT the "evil Empire", so let's cut the crap and find out WHO these rebels REALLY are, 'cause they sure as hell are not the likes of Luke Han, Leia and Lando! There is a huge difference to supporting one faction over another, as long as you KNOW who the REAL enemy is. And many times, the enemy of your enemy is not really YOUR friend. He's still an ENEMY, kapeesh? Our intelligence services NEED to find out WHO is running this rebel dog & pony show over there... And we also NEED to know THEIR agenda...not what they "say" it is, but what it REALLY is, got it? Many have often said that "The first casualty of war is THE TRUTH", and they're quite right. We, as a major military power have GOT to ascertain the TRUTH. Not "their" truth,. or even OUR truth, but the honest-to-God TRUTH. If this action in Libya is not in our best interest as a nation, and will not further the cause of liberty and democracy in the world, then maybe we SHOULD just back the hell out of it, and leave to those who think less of such things. Let THEM kill off one another first. And by all means, we should not push aside our allies such as Israel (who has shown as much restraint when they get set upon as I do in my ghettohood). We can always go to "war"...somewhere...for some reason (or even an excuse) - war is always "good for business" (I believe that is the Ferengi rule of acquisition # 43 or # 44), so someone makes out well. Thing is, WE (our country) have to survive in the process, and not become dimnished in ANY way. And I think we all can agree on that, if nothing else. Have a great "rest of the week". Be well, make a difference to someone, and... Stay safe out there, America.
29 March 2011
*** Police actions...we all have a good idea on what they are. Arrests, pursuits, investigations, negotiations, surveillance, all this and more go into GOOD police work. And many times, it's through the help of CITIZENS that police work can become a bit "easier". Now, I've been sending along monthly "updates" regarding my 3 square block of the ghettohood since 2004. That's SEVEN (long) years. My "reports" include trends in the area that would promote crime, suspicious people and vehicles (complete with descriptions tag numbers and occupants), as well as problem houses in the area. (places that party loudly a lot, gambling, drugs, etc)
And in those seven years, I have ONLY seen TWO houses that resulted in some type of arrests and/or the people moving elsewhere (to cause the same sh* t somewhere else). That's about IT...period. We had a chop shop down the alley some years back (with an auto carcass that took damn near a MONTH to get towed away), and when I saw the EXACT SAME parts on another vehicle and forwarded THAT car's description tag number and house where the occupants lived...nothing came of it.
Good police work means you take care of the small sh*t, so you don't permit all of that to escalate into the BIG sh*t...like MURDER, gang violence, armed robbery, and the like. I'll be doing some followups in the near future about what I feel (and know) about GOOD policing versus the types of policing we see both HERE in the Summit City (Ft. Wayne) as well as around the nation. And I would entertain any and all LEOs out there to weigh in and let me know what you think and feel about this.
I want to get input from the "vets"...people that have been on the streets for a while, and how THEY have seen the aspects of policing change in just a decade or two.
28 March 2011
25 March 2011
Welcome, friends to another weekend.
A well-deserved respite from the hectic last 5 days, hmm?
Let's get rolling with some of those "Things that make yo go "HUH?", shall we?
*** I don't know about you, but I know that when I wake up around 0500 hours, there's nothing I like BETTER (to do) than to go out and pick up a crapload of papers that have been strewn along the street (and property line)!
Yes, kids, going out into 25 degree air STILL manages to wake one up, no matter the age.
Someone had decided to toss out a notebook belonging to one BRIANNA FARR of Fort Wayne (from IPFW?).
There were algebra notes as well as a paper (copied) regarding the MPAA ratings for movies and the impact that drugs and alcohol have on the film industry (pretty heady stuff that she never got to read).
BTW, Brianna has her very OWN Facebook page...imagine that!
Here's the link:
Go ahead...make her YOUR "friend"...maybe you can clue her (and her friends) in on the nuances of LITTERING?
Oh, look, she attended Northrop H.S., and ALSO has had THREE addresses since 2007!
-- 1369 Fayette Dr, Ft. Wayne, IN
-- 15626 Smith Rd, Yoder, IN
-- 722 Prestwick Sq, Ft. Wayne, IN
AND...she's also had FIVE citations since 2007...for criminal misdemeanor (minor consumption & false informing), violation of child restraint laws, operating while suspended (expired plate), and disregarding an automated signal (running red lights).
I won't bother to cite the dates or court document numbers...I think you get the idea, though.
Wow...such a STELLAR citizen in our midst, don'cha think?
Betcha good money she knows the people in the drug crib down the street, or at least LIVES in my part of the ghettohood, within a 3-block radius (4th address?).
And I only bet on sure things.
Oh yes, I have my ways of finding things out...and that's why I maintain that *I* am one of the BEST "weapons" the FWPD can have down here, even if they don't take that much notice to the information I DO pass along to them. They SHOULD.
After all, I used to work for the FEDS, (among other things) remember?
Meanwhile, back at the taco stand...
*** I'm sure all of you MUST have seen the video from the Panama City BK.
You can't help but find it somewhere.
Here's one (of many) links to the video:
Again, we have a display of animalistic behavior...a "scofflaw"...a person who is more than a few fries short of the proverbial "happy meal", and obviously does NOT know what BOUNDARIES are..
And she's doing what she does best...being loud and angry...and for no good reason, other than the fact that SHE (and others like her) CAN be.
Proof positive that some people really need to learn how to CONTROL THEMSELVES!
You read the story...you make the call.
But, I will say this...behavior like this has NO place in a CIVILIZED society, and certainly NOT in such a public venue.
That reminds me of a similar incident Wifey and I were witness to at the Southgate BK about TEN years ago.
A black man didn't like the way his burger was prepped (he wanted a FREEBIE - don't they ALL?) and argued with the manager.
Well, the kitchen help came out front (another black man) and they started to tussle.
We had a few chairs tossed, and luckily nothing came near US (we were eating our food like NORMAL people do).
The cook chased the perp outside where he got into a blue sedan and sped off.
I couldn't get the damn plate number, so we left when shortly afterward (took the police close to TEN minutes to arrive...back THEN).
Nice to know some things don't change all that much.
Yet, these "people" (read animals) are part of those poor, oppressed citizenry who have the government taking (very good) care of them...from cradle to grave, courtesy of the hard-working U.S. taxpayers of this country.
Reminds me of all my "neighbors"...(and JUST as disgusting).
Yes...your "tax dollars" at work, my friends.
But wait, there's MORE...
If you think the POLICE are immune to confrontations with one another...think again.
Here's the link to a disturbing story:
The suburban community officers of Colwyn and Darby (PA) are the participants, in which a jurisdictional dispute erupts.
Suffice it say, Darby, PA IS a minority cesspool...
I watched it decline for years...damn shame.
Seems we have a public safety "turf war" of sorts.
The Darby chief has had "problems" before.
Good relations always makes for good arrests, I always say.
Perhaps a "county-wide" force would be the way to go given budgetary issues.
And the LAST thing we need to see is officers pitted against ONE ANOTHER...not in THIS day and age.
After all, we don't want someone (Obama and cronies) to "...create a national police force"...do we?
Hey, the Prez said it first...I'm just repeating it.
LEOs out there...take care and be wary.
Lord knows you guys and gals have PUH-LENTY out there to fret about as it is...!
Hold on, we're not done yet, kids...
*** This video is yet ANOTHER case of teens running rampant in stores down in center-city Philly.
(caution - there may be unsuitable language)
The area is close to where I used to work a long time ago...when it was a lot more CIVIL a place to wall through .
There was a similar incident where someone had been shot.
Now you tell me this world isn't running AMOK (and in a damn hurry, too)!
And yes, there is even MORE...
*** Planes land in D.C. with controller asleep.
Here's the link to a very good read on this:
This site even has the control tower "traffic" audio.
Now, I've been in a control tower or two in my day, and even at smaller airports, it was DAMN NEAR IMPOSSIBLE to only find ONE person "at the helm".
In large airports (like Reagan International) there is USUALLY a "group" of controllers, all doing specific things.
You have ONE person for GROUND TAXI and traffic clearance.
You have someone handling INBOUND flights...another handling OUTBOUND traffic, and sometimes, another person who deals with the "handoffs" to or from regional facilities.
The movies get it right, also...
You ALWAYS see a bunch of people handling air traffic control. That's just the way it works...or is supposed to.
Now, I don't know if the controller at Reagan was burned out (wouldn't surprise me...it IS a stressful position). I've known a controller, and he told me some interesting stuff about ATC. Differs a lot from the mil-ops and the FATCs.
But even on the graveyard shift, you DO NOT EVER have ONLY ONE person in the tower.
Whoever did that should be FIRED OUTRIGHT.
(the controller should be suspended with investigations and/or termination pending with a complete physical AND psyche evaluation)
That is procedurally WRONG...period!
Fortunately, a regional tower (as well as the on board technology of the planes) managed to get the two aircraft down without incident.
In other words, someone dodged a really BIG bullet.
FATE, it would seem was on the winning side...this time.
*** Finally today, in lieu of ALL this stuff (as well as what's happening in YOUR neck of the the woods), we have to be "on guard" it would appear more than EVER. And it doesn't have to be JUST in the realm of what transpires within our own homes.
We really NEED to be wary of situations ALL around us...
I know with all that's going on, it seems like another direction to be pulled, but THIS direction can often determine our true course. We can often handle what goes on INSIDE our homes...it's all the crap (and crappy people like those above) we have to watch for.
If it's not kids wild in the malls, it's fast food floozies with more attitude than brains, or even those predators that would seek to abscond with your child as they walk to school (like what happened here in Ft. Wayne yesterday morning, but was averted, thankfully).
It's this portion of our society that we CAN pray for (they surely need something), but we need to WATCH for even more intently.
WE are the watchmen, as it were...WE walk the bastions of civility...of reason. WE patrol the gates and walls of our (and our family's) lives.
And we also need to SPEAK UP when the need arises and the cause is JUST.
To be silent is a choice, just as much as it is to be vocal about what's gone wrong in the world.
Make the right choices today, and the results will follow you like a dear friend.
To do otherwise will take you down paths you need not travel.
Here ends the lesson.
Have yourselves a great weekend.
Be well, make a difference to someone, and as always...
Stay SAFE out there, America.