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Scanner Reports 4-21-14
updated: Apr 21, 2014, 7:00 AM

By Roger the Scanner Guy

Monday. I hope the Easter Bunny was good to all of you, not just part. Seems like every time I try and plan something for a holiday it don't work out. Maybe I'm just too old. I was thinking about all the good people I have ran into in my life over the Weekend and some of the experiences I have had it really is a miracle I still exist. It's good to be able to still remember good things .I used to run away a lot when I was a kid I felt like there was no other way in my life. After a few other places I was sent to a boys' home in Fort Wayne we were not locked up so it was easy to leave. Most of us boys there were Ward of the Court troubled kids in one way or another, violent but someone had Hope they could help us turn our lives around. In Fort Wayne there was this one woman whose Son was in the Boys Home with me. Every day she would go up to the grocery store and search the dumpster for dated food they would throw away, mostly potatoes. She'd cut off the good parts and make a huge vat of soup and feed all the hungry people in the neighborhood no matter who they were. Mostly the hungry people were runaway kids. Without fail everyday there was this huge pot of steamy potato soup, bread, butter, and powdered milk. Us kids never went hungry because of this woman she had a beautiful soul. I remember she had horrible pain and couldn't move too well but everyday no matter what she got up to the store and got those potatoes to feed us hungry kids.

One time I was hitching thru Gary, Indiana trying to get to Chicago there was a car load of Revolutionary types pulled over and I was running for their car a big brown Lincoln when I heard a horn blowing behind me. I turned around and there was this guy wearing a suit sitting in a plain black Ford. He was signaling for me to go to his car. I did, he showed me some ID and told me to get in. He was an FBI Agent that broke his cover following the people in the Lincoln to save me from getting into their car. He took me to a Howard Johnsons got me a room a meal gave me a few bucks and took off. Before he left me there he told me to go home but it was up to me to do what I thought was right if I had a real home to go home to at the time I would have.

Niagara Falls N.Y. 1977 was a cold, cold winter. Me and Sheree my girlfriend hitched from Fort Wayne to there in several days. It was very cold the Evening we got there. She had friends that would take us in but we still had a few miles to go. We stood at the side of a road blowing into our hands a station wagon pulled over I opened the door Sheree got in the front I got in the back. The driver was an Angel carrying a child. She took us to a restaurant and bought us a meal gave us money and smokes and took us to where we was going. We asked for her address to pay her back but she refused and told us to "Pass it on." Me and the Gal did not stay together. I found myself hitching back alone on the way back a night desk clerk let me sleep in the front area of a Holiday Inn overnight in Buffalo. I got a lot of rides back, remember this one fella had an old Ford Falcon with holes in the floorboard and no heat gave me a pair of gloves to wear while in his car, a cigar, he pulled over got us both a cup of hot chocolate, steaming hot chocolate. After he dropped me off in Ohio I couldn't get a ride for nothing. Someone worried about my welfare called the cops on me I went to the Akron County Detention Home. I had frost bite on my leg and their sawbones wanted to saw off my leg but we saved it. I am kinda crippled but I got my leg.

South Bend Indiana 1974, it had started to rain on Route 30 a box truck pulled over I ran up and got in... This guy was a preacher in Warsaw Indiana took me home let me clean up and his family fed me. They wanted to adopt me but my Mom said no. It's too bad I'd probably be a preacher today. Maybe one of those TV Guys with high hair and lots of pretty Angel women singing around me as I booze it up behind the curtains.

I'm not much for going to Church. I like to remember the good times, and good people in my life, living in the past lol. It's not hurting nobody and it makes me feel good.

My mother had a close call the other day she was taking her groceries out of her car and into the house when some big ugly guy grabbed a couple bags and followed her into her home. He was dirty head to toe she told me, and big. He started talking to her telling her he couldn't work no more because he got hurt on the job etc. He said he lived a couple streets away and did odd jobs. He followed her into the house. Well nothing happened but he did succeed in getting in her house so he might come back again. She had a loose lock on her door and got it fixed and the police showed up. Hopefully he won't come back. She's got some good neighbors over there that watch out for her. It's always good to be aware of your surroundings she lives in the better part of town but things happen everywhere. Hopefully this guy was just looking for work,we will see.

Anyway Hair is Thy Blessed Scanner Roni Reports, FRYday:

  • Child found unattended in front of Kellogg School.
  • 459 Burglary investigation 100 Block of North Hope.
  • 415 Female yelling at a bank teller think at Wells Fargo but could be mistaken in the 3800 Block of State Street. Police got her to move on once she came back I guess she wasn't done.
  • Subject with warrants at Vandenberg's main gate.
  • Suicide attempt on Oak Glen.
  • Medical emergency for a traumatic arm injury at the UCSB Lagoon.
  • 242 Assault Linden at the Beach in Carp.
  • Alcohol overdose 50 year old male on Willowglen.
  • Suspicious male staring into Jacks Bagel, "Look into my eyes." 53 South Milpas contact on site Security Guard.
  • 2 Homeless subjects got into a fight at Vera Cruz park after one threw soda pop on the other one, (better than liquor) Mutual 242 or perhaps a new dance.
  • Shots heard on Jupiter and that's pretty far away.
  • Highway 101 at Refugio vehicle rollover vehicle near the RR tracks.
  • 23103 Reckless driver in black Buick 5600 Encina, to Berkeley all over the road running stop signs female driver they pulled her over unknown if she was drunk or had a medical problem.
  • Possible fight brewing 7 subjects fighting in front of Pennywise market 1100 East Montecito.
  • 1200 Block of San Andreas CSI for vandalism.
  • Drunk Driver 1840 Cliff Drive.
  • Code 40, Drunk in Cottage ER.
  • 459 Burglary at Toyota on Hollister.
  • 415 Homeless subjects at Oak Park 300 West Alamar.

    Scanner Roni Reports, Saturday:

  • Frank Units are out beating the bushes they must be looking for someone.
  • They ran a guy for wants and warrants sleeping in the family Honda missed the location but he was a registered sex offender.
  • 415 Domestic verbal De La Vina and Orella.
  • Stabbing in the area of Bath and Carrillo victim at Cottage.
  • 20002 Non-injury hit and run involving 2 vehicles suspect driving a BMW registered to the 1600 Block of Overlook Lane.
  • Medical Emergency seizures 8 South Milpas.
  • Injury traffic accident Roble at Marina Drive in Hope Ranch vehicle into a tree.
  • 459 Burglary in IV.
  • Suspicious subjects going door to door on Holly telling people they were there to clean their homes HMA and WMA cruising around in a van that says "American Appliance" on it.
  • 200 Block of Pioneer 10851 Stolen Auto.
  • Garden and Gutierrez bicyclist down.
  • 23103 Reckless driver in a white Volvo 2300 Block of Los Positas Place partial plate 5HYT4??
  • Seizures 1100 Block of San Pasqual.
  • 415 Verbal argument customer employee 100 Block of East Victoria.
  • Seizures 1900 Block of San Andreas.
  • SBPD on a group at Franklin School.
  • Premise check DLG Plaza.
  • 3 Code 40, Drunks attempting to wash windows at gas station for money 134 South Milpas one subject carrying a switchblade in his pocket.
  • Elderly woman 242ed by her adult son 1500 Block of DLV.
  • 1400 Block of San Andreas 415 Customer security has em down on the ground.
  • Female 594 Spray painting Montecito street side of the Amtrak building.
  • 20002 Hit and Run Las Positas at Cliff Drive.
  • Loud party 600 Block of West Arrellaga.
  • Loud Music illegal lodging 300 Block of South Voluntario.
  • Illegal campers sleeping in the hallway of an enclosed apartment building in the 100 Block of West Anapamu pretty soon they will be squatting in our bathrooms.
  • Loud Party on a bus 800 Block of Portosuello.
  • 415 Fights in front of La Cumbre Junior high unknown if they have anything to do with the bus party in the 800 Block of Portosuello.
  • Vehicle fire in the driveway 200 Block of Mooncrest.

    Scanner Roni Reports, Easter Sunday:

  • Medical Emergency for seizures on Depot Road.
  • Missing at Risk subject found in his own backyard on Santa Barbara's Northside, alive and well.
  • Idiot that broke into Santa Barbara Brew Company gets locked in storage room by employee goes on a bottle breaking spree. SBPD arrive arrest subject he gets transported to Cottage Hospital for unknown medical.
  • 1144 Death, Goleta.
  • 415 Homeless subject with dog disturbing at Starbucks 1900 Block of Cliff Drive refusing to leave.
  • Suspicious subject riding a bicycle and wearing a gas mask in the area of Refugio and Highway 246.
  • Gas Odor inside residence in the First block of East Anapamu.
  • 484 Theft from 7-11 331 West Montecito.
  • 415 In a vehicle Westbound on State Street from La Cumbre black Volvo young gal about 16 driver male in his 50's vehicle registered out of Santa Ynez.
  • SBPD Officer on a pedestrian possibly disoriented elderly confused.
  • Hazard investigation 700 Edgewood.
  • 2500 Block of DLV On a follow up call.
  • Paraglider down uninjured 200 Yards West of the restraint on Hendry's Beach.
  • Bicycle stolen in IV.
  • 415 East Gutierrez audible alarm.
  • Commercial 459 Burglary to a business 4100 Block of Orcutt Road.
  • 20002 Non-injury hit and run white truck hit bicyclist 154 at Calle Real and took off like a coward.
  • Medical Emergency Elderly male fall victim front of Trader Joes 29 South Milpas.
  • Medical Emergency unconscious male 700 Block of Olive Street.
  • Tools stolen from the back of a truck 3100 Block of Via Real.
  • Motorcyclist down minor injury 1400 Block of Las Palmas.
  • The Easter Bunny was spotted in the 600 Block of State Street in the middle of the street.
  • Fight in front of the Museum of Art 1100 Block of State Street one fighter ran south someone said there was a victim down in front of the museum the victim turned out to just be drunk, not beaten up.

    Thru the years I have tried to find old friends dig up my past a bit someone to call once in a while say Hello or send them a card. I haven't found many of the guys that were in the boys' home with me. Of those I have, several are dead, a couple are in prison. I found a couple who never answered when I wrote to them and I found one on Facebook last week. I haven't contacted him yet, and not a hundred percent sure I will. Sometimes I think it's good to leave Well Enough Alone and be Happy with the memories. Anyway Have a Great Monday and Dog willing we will see you on Wednesday, Hump Day! Later, Roger


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