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Scanner Reports 4-14-14
updated: Apr 14, 2014, 7:00 AM

By Roger the Scanner Guy

Monday- Monday. It's Monday. Hear a lot of falling down calls usually happens to the older folks. They fall down and can't get up. Used to be a lot jokes around that when we was younger, I used to say: "I've fallen down and I can't get it up." My girlfriend would look embarrassed, my friends would laugh. Now my Girlfriend is dead, friends that are not dead are older like me and no one laughs at the joke anymore because when we fall down it takes a long time to get up off the floor at all. Sometimes I think it's better to just stay there on the floor. People that call 911 for help if they have access to do so usually get shipped to the hospital for their own good, even if they are uninjured. "They just want to check" the caring responders say but sometimes I wonder if everyone really cares as much as they say they do or is there other motives? Like Money. I hear these calls a lot Medical Emergency Fall Victim calls many of them are on the streets and one really has no choice then to be shipped to the hospital. Many of these calls are considered "Public Accidents" and could cost taxpayers a pretty penny especially if someone sues or files some kind of claim on the injury.

Many public accidents are caused by broken curbs and cracks in the sidewalks things that could easily be fixed if someone kept them up. I know they are not kept up because I fell over a broken sidewalk in the 700 Block of Haley over 10 years ago and it's still broken. I should have sued because it would have at least been fixed, or if it had been in a more high profile area it would have been fixed. I don't think people care as much about East Haley as they do State Street. Not many cruise ship passengers shop on East Haley as they do State Street. As far as being at home and having the problem of falling down it would pay to invest in products that could prevent one from falling down or if one does fall down products that could help the subject get back up without having to call 911. When you are dependent on others and you have no one, the scavengers come out of the woodwork. Before you become so handicapped you can't move without help, invest in that spring loaded toilet seat with remote control, that motorized chair, a stair chair, different canes and walkers that could assist you in pushing yourself up off the floor. Keep a good supply of needs nearby on the floor in case you're going to be there awhile. These might include Beer or other drinks or soft drinks, an extra remote, dry foods, a couple pairs of Depends just in case, blanket, pillow, cushion.

You're lucky if you got good neighbors, me and the neighbors don't always get along but we are there for each other pretty much. I've had two real bad falls one where I didn't feel my back and I fell hitting my head got knocked out for a while figure I was on the floor a couple hours never called 911. I know better now. The other time I fell out the front door broke a finger, my wrist, my face, my knee was banged up pretty good too. A neighbor hauled me to the hospital. It's also better if you have to go to the hospital to have a loved one or a friend go with you for support. I had a friend that went to the hospital alone. They determined in 2 hours she was at risk and they put her in a nursing home. I hope I can win about 40 grand in the lottery and get the hell outta here before that happens to me but with my luck I'll win the lottery and fall down turning it in. I've seen a few people get taken here whether it be by a so-called caregiver or a loved one. Families are not always honest either but I think some people have a better chance with a family member than with someone they don't know.

A lot of opportunists here quick to help the elderly and handicapped out of their money and property. A friend of mine got nailed good by someone who worked in a popular retirement community in Santa Barbara and now that the woman is gone and retired from that community I wonder how many people she robbed of their life savings as they were dying and how much she got away with. I'm sure it was a lot, enough to retire at 47 because that is what she did.

Here is Your Scanner Reports, FRYday:

  • 594 Graffiti on wall San Marcos High School Hollister street side.
  • Disoriented male at the Bus Bench in front of Food Land 1500 San Andres.
  • Report that an older homeless gentleman flashed a knife at two victims on UCSB Campus behind Embarcadero Hall.
  • 1900 Block of Cliff Drive 415 in front of Starbucks.
  • Fall victim code blue, 1144 Death in Mission Canyon.
  • Suicidal Subject 2nd floor bathroom SBCC 700 Block of Cliff Drive.
  • Medical Emergency for a Panic Attack 100 Block of West Ortega, AMA.
  • Alamo Pintado at San Marcos check the welfare of 2 dogs in a Honda with the windows rolled up.
  • Medical Emergency unconscious subject on Carmen.
  • Possible stolen auto late model Olds Cutlass Supreme 4 door; never thought they made 4 door Supremes 300 Block of South Patterson.
  • Report of a student at D.P. in possession of a fishing knife, not sure what his intentions were, probably cleaning fish.
  • Suspicious Man going under a fence at Hot Springs and Old Coast with a bag.
  • Dogs Fighting in Waller Park.
  • First Block of La Cumbre Circle Suspicious Circumstances.
  • Medical Emergency unconscious subject Sabado Tarde 6600 Block.
  • Code 2 medics 3400 Block of State Street.
  • Code 2 Medics 130 East Cota playground section of Vera Cruz Park unconscious subject.
  • Overdose Suicide Attempt 100 Block of Garden Street Fire, Medics, SBPD Responded could not find the subject or the address the reporting party was uncooperative with the 911 Dispatcher kept giving different locations and hanging up on 911 Finally the location turned out to be somewhere in the 200 Block of East Yananoli.
  • Not too long after that call heard a non-injury traffic accident involving a semi in the 200 Block of East Yananoli.
  • Nothing weird ever happens in Santa Barbara.
  • One in custody Vera Cruz Park must have not wanted to go to the hospital.

    Scanner Reports, Saturday:

  • On North Quarantina a subject unknown to the reporting party was copping zzzz's on her patio.
  • 242 Assault at 7-11 in Goleta victim at GVCH.
  • In the 1700 Block of Castillo a car was parked on the sidewalk.
  • Medical emergency difficulty breathing 800 Block of North Milpas.
  • 2700 Block of Gibraltar 594 Vandalism.
  • 415 Domestic 1000 Block of East Cota.
  • Rancho OSO 459 Burglary.
  • Medical Emergency for a concussion at Cate School.
  • 1100 Block of East Cabrillo non dedicated standby for a Soccer Match AMR Medic call.
  • Homeless subject 415 and refusing to leave the Alano Club.
  • 415 Domestic 100 Block of West Ortega.
  • Code 2 Medics back parking lot 1740 Cliff Drive.
  • 3500 Block of Stanwood 415 Domestic report of woman crying.
  • Water main break 3700 Block of Calle Cita.
  • Check the Welfare female in the street 500 East Yananoli.
  • Medical Emergency 300 Block of West Carrillo.
  • Child Abuse case in the County.
  • 484 Female ripped off items from Surgery Center 2400 Block of Fletcher Street and went on run with reporting party referred to as 5150 chasing her. From Fletcher thru Oak Park up the creek into Samarkand they went. The tools taken belonged to the reporting party so I assume he was a Doctor they ended up in the Magnolia West Section of Samarkand. She entered an apartment and was caught. A 2nd witness said she had dropped a knife on the 2400 Block of Fletcher as she was taking off. Everything pretty much recovered and I think she was arrested. I did not hear either way after that.
  • 245 With a stick in the 200 Block of State Street, assault with a weapon victim beaten bloody in the face, head. SBPD were looking for the victim for a bit I think they found him never heard if anyone was arrested for the attack.
  • UI Subject Cottage ER.
  • Theft of food and alcohol from Ralphs 100 West Carrillo.
  • 3300 Block of Cliff Drive head laceration.
  • 4600 Block of Gateway traumatic injury head injury.
  • Road Rage 415 Cliff and Meigs occupants of Blue Volvo threw bottle at another vehicle. Volvo registered from San Clemente.
  • Heavy foot traffic in and out of an RV Parked in the 200 Block of West Micheltorena.
  • A brave man named Jeremy shoved a female out of a wheelchair in DLG Plaza sounds like he should join the Army.
  • SBPD were looking for a 20001 Hit and Run Suspect on the Westside Saturday night do not know where the incident occurred.

    Scanner Reports, Sunday:

  • Overdose on Surf Beach Vandenberg.
  • Suicide Attempt 6600 Block of Trigo pills and slit wrists.
  • Man down Canon Perdido and Anacapa check his welfare.
  • 7600 Block of Rucker 415 Domestic.
  • Illegal Camper in the 1300 Block of Anacapa.
  • 459 Burglary on 6th Street.
  • Small spot fire 5x5 under wires in the 4900 Block of La Mirada.
  • Fall Victim 800 Block of Patterson Road.
  • Fall victim in the bathroom of Fiesta Five theatre.
  • 459 Burglary to a vehicle in the 2100 Block of DLV.
  • 484 Shoplifter in custody.
  • Heroin Overdose 4200 Block of Encore Drive.
  • 415 yelling Skaters Point 100 East Cabrillo.
  • Homeless subjects disturbing and panhandling in the 3000 Block of State Street.
  • Bicyclist down Difficulty Breathing 1200 Block of Coast Village road engine 2 responded for medical but requested SBPD. The bicyclist turned out to be drunk he hit two parked vehicles causing damage.
  • SBPD had a failure to yield for a second then the vehicle pulled over requested another unit for a traffic stop Santa Barbara at Haley Streets.
  • 2000 Block of State Street 459 Burglary to a vehicle.
  • SBSO Keep the Peace for property exchange 2800 Block of Highway 166.

    Been hearing a lot of ill Subjects and Difficulty breathing calls lately. I usually don't list them because it it's the Flu I don't want to know about it. I'd much rather hide in denial that it's going around. I thought we was pretty much out of the woods but I'm hearing these calls again and the past couple days feeling a little weird myself. Either it's a bad case of allergies or maybe it's the 2nd coming of the Flu. Either way, WATCH OUT! Protect yourselves it really sucks getting older because it's almost like us older folks are sponges everything that comes along stops here. I don't want it on top of getting sick I turn into a Monster Crab. That's enough outta me for now enjoy your Monday and Dog willing we will see you on Wednesday. Later, Roger


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