Policing The Old Mojave Desert

Author: L. A. "Buzz" Banks
Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
ISBN: 1483413152
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Oh lucky reader, on these pages, you will be looking over 'Buzz' Banks shoulder as he performs old fashioned police work in the rarefied High Desert of the Victor Valley, CA. back when a CHP Officer had to manage pretty much on his own, with thin technical support and far away resources. These early CHP fellows were true pioneers when it came to using plain common sense, and their personally acquired, human behavior knowledge. Buzz was a fine family man, cop, courageous, loyal to his oath, honest, and a friend to all he knew. Reading this first person account, will transport you to a time that many would trade for today's overly sanitized and impersonal law enforcement presence. He was the kind of cop that folks would wave to when he passed, children would consider him their protector, and adults respected him for his fairness and big heart. Buzz was the real deal, and all who follow in his footsteps will be the wiser if they adopted a smidgen of his persona. David C.

Snitch Jacket

Author: Christopher Goffard
Publisher: The Overlook Press
ISBN: 1590207475
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Combining elements of classic noir, dark comedy, and a misfit's memoir reminiscent of Notes from the Underground, Christopher Goffard, a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, brings life to the darker side of west coast counter-culture in a literary crime n “Everyone knows that California sunshine is the world’s loneliest light,” says Benny, who inhabits an underworld of desperados and grotesques and spends much of his free time at the Greasy Tuesday, a squalid, southern California neighborhood dive teeming with local legends. One night, one of these legends walks through the door: Gus “Mad Dog” Miller, a huge, tattoo-laden Vietnam vet who sports a necklace of severed ears and whose job at the Greasy Tuesday is “to keep the riffraff out.” “But everyone's riffraff here,” Benny protests. But Benny, our morally ambiguous hero, soon finds himself transfixed by this twisted Falstaffian personality, and six months later Benny is arrested on suspicion of double murder.

Desert Reckoning

Author: Deanne Stillman
Publisher: Nation Books
ISBN: 1568586914
Size: 33.65 MB
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North of Los Angeles - the studios, the beaches, Rodeo Drive - lies a sparsely populated region that comprises fully one half of Los Angeles County. Sprawling across 2200 miles, this shadow side of Los Angeles is in the high Mojave Desert. Known as the Antelope Valley, it's a terrain of savage dignity, a vast amphitheatre of startling wonders that put on a show as the megalopolis burrows northward into the region's last frontier. Ranchers, cowboys, dreamers, dropouts, bikers, hikers, and felons have settled here - those who have chosen solitude over the trappings of contemporary life or simply have nowhere else to go. But in recent years their lives have been encroached upon by the creeping spread of subdivisions, funded by the once easy money of subprime America. McMansions - many empty now - gradually replaced Joshua trees; the desert - America's escape hatch - began to vanish as it became home to a latter-day exodus of pilgrims. It is against the backdrop of these two competing visions of land and space that Donald Kueck - a desert hermit who loved animals and hated civilization - took his last stand, gunning down beloved deputy sheriff Steven Sorensen when he approached his trailer at high noon on a scorching summer day. As the sound of rifle fire echoed across the Mojave, Kueck took off into the desert he knew so well, kicking off the biggest manhunt in modern California history until he was finally killed in a Wagnerian firestorm under a full moon as nuns at a nearby convent watched and prayed. This manhunt was the subject of a widely praised article by Deanne Stillman, first published in Rolling Stone, a finalist for a PEN Center USA journalism award, and included in the anthology Best American Crime Writing 2006. In Desert Reckoning she continues her desert beat and uses Kueck's story as a point of departure to further explore our relationship to place and the wars that are playing out on our homeland. In addition, Stillman also delves into the hidden history of Los Angeles County, and traces the paths of two men on a collision course that could only end in the modern Wild West. Why did a brilliant, self-taught rocket scientist who just wanted to be left alone go off the rails when a cop showed up? What role did the California prison system play in this drama? What happens to people when the American dream is stripped away? And what is it like for the men who are sworn to protect and serve?

Desert Oracle

Author: Ken Layne
ISBN: 9780983559832
Size: 56.96 MB
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A pocket-sized field guide to the fascinating American deserts: strange tales, singing sand dunes, sagebrush trails, artists and authors and oddballs, ghost towns and modern legends, musicians and mystics, scorpions and saguaros. Published in Joshua Tree, California.

Police In Society

Author: Terence J. Fitzgerald
Publisher: Hw Wilson Company
Size: 37.40 MB
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Examines topics relating to law enforcement and police work, ranging from the definition of police and their relationship to the community to the call to justice and law enforcement on a global scale.

What Happened In Nebraska Idaho Wyoming Washington Burma With Merrill S Marauders Oregon California

Author: Robert L. Mason
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 1438916132
Size: 47.53 MB
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I am one of those jolly old gray haired retired senior citizens with a world of interesting experiences to tell. I do believe that you will enjoy reading this book as it is a life story of good happenings, and of some bad happenings that everybody can relate to. We all make the trek throughout life accumulating memorable experiences, some of which we can enjoy sharing with others. I decided to share some of my experiences with other people by writing this short story in paperback form. In this way I get to talk to a lot of people, maybe not in person, but by the written word. I talk about my life from the womb, but not quite yet to the tomb. In the United States, as recorded by the August 2008 US Census Bureau report, the population was estimated to be over three hundred million, and growing every second. Wow! That is a lot of people. Of that many there are millions of people who drive a car everyday, and in doing so they might have to try proving that they did obey the traffic laws. If so, those people can learn from my near three year experience petitioning the Judicial System over a minor traffic ticket. You might be interested in another book that I wrote, 'It Is Not About Guilt!! It Is About Judicial Performance.' This is a hardback, and is entirely about my encounters with a California Traffic Trial Court, three Appellate Courts, the Judicial Performance Commission, the State Attorney General and the Governor of California, over thirty-three months. The Systems' abuse to an unrepresented defendant is a revelation.


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