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Scanner Report 11-30-11
updated: Nov 30, 2011, 7:00 AM
By Roger the Scanner Guy
So one of my neighbors escaped - moved out. He had this betta fish on the counter next to the kitchen sink in a pitcher. It had clear blue stones in it and a bamboo plant sticking out of the water. He gave it all to me. Fish don't look so good, so I took the bamboo out of the water, cleaned the pitcher and rocks put a gallon of purified water in the pitcher, and put the fish back in. I hope he survives. He's breathing, not moving much. He was kinda sideways there, his color was weird. Shakey says he looks better. I hope so. On the first I'll get him better plants. I don't want to get an aquarium, but I might anyway. What the HELL - I don't need food; eating is overrated anyway.
Pooh Bear's surgery has been postponed till next week, giving me time to stress out some more. Which is something I am extremely good at. He has some infection in his eye I gotta give him eye drops. He doesn't like me taking care of him. He wants a woman to take care of him. I'm very nervous like Felix Unger; I make otter people, cats, and fish nervous too.
I've been thinking about an old friend of mine lately. I bet a few of you knew him and wondered what ever happened to him. He died, that is why you haven't seen Pat Perez in years. He died November the 21, 2001 or thereabouts. The story goes that he was riding the rails, on a freight train and flew off near King City, crushing his skull. I called the police up there and asked them if they found any money or travelers checks on his body. They said "No". I told them he always carried money and travelers checks on him. They assumed it was an accident and didn't seem to care either way so it was left at that. I don't know what happened whether someone bashed his head in or threw him off that train in the middle of nowhere. I never believed that someone happened upon the body ransacking his pockets for money. I always assumed he was killed for his money. Even though Pat could be quite annoying, he was a true friend and fellow drunk. If anyone could hold his liquor, it was Pat.
I did hear some wild stories about him, and his domestic life with his wife wasn't good. He lived in a garage on West Pedregosa. His wife lived in their house somewhere up the pass. He loved her. but loved booze more. No one lived in the house on Pedregosa Street. He told me he was the caretaker of this empty house; the owners lived in Los Angeles and hadn't lived in the home since the 40's. Once in a while the original owners would come to Santa Barbara and stay in the home. That was his story.
There was something awfully strange about the whole thing because the house hadn't been touched in years. It had been cleaned, but not for many years. There were commercial products in the home from the 40's I'm talking a full unopened box of clothes washing soap in one of the kitchen cabinets. It was like something out of a Stephen King novel. There were also rats in the house, as if they were the owners. The rats were tame and would observe people in the home as if they were intruders. I always thought Pat was the true owner of the home because after he died, it was fixed up and sold. Maybe he and his wife lived there at one time and after losing her could not live in there without her. The garage was a one car garage with a fridge in it. He slept on an old wooden bed with no cushion, in a sleeping bag. He wore layers of clothing in bed. He even slept there in the winter time. In the back yard, a garden hose hung from a tree and he took cold showers every day.
When I first met him in 1980, I lived in Newhouse. He owned a tree trimming business and hired me and a couple others to work for him. It was hard work he didn't pay very well but he kept us busy. He owned an old flatbed truck, and a Honda motorcycle with a dent in the gas tank. I knew him for many years but didn't really get to know him till the end of his life. He had this dream to ride the rails from Montecito to Salinas. He wanted to do it before he died. His father traveled the rails to pick lettuce in Salinas during the Depression. It was always his dream to experience what his father had. I always think about Pat this time of year as if he's saying hello and reminding me not to forget him. I haven't because he was a true friend and I always thought he was murdered and that it was an injustice that his death wasn't at least investigated. He was picked up and taken away.
That happens to a lot of people. When Pat was younger, I think he was a teacher's aide at UCSB. I don't know if he had a degree there but he was very smart. When I knew him he was a tree trimmer, a story teller, a Santa Barbara historian, a guitar player. He was 66 years of age when he died. At the time of his death he drove cabs and he always had money. In one Solstice parade he dressed up like Fidel Castro. He looked a lot like him. I guess maybe "G's" Death bought him up too. G is the woman that was burned to death on Quarantina Street a couple weeks ago another injustice.
But hey someone's getting 18 years for beating up a cop. How come they matter and we don't? If that kid beat up a private citizen he would probably do 6 months. I'm sorry Pat and "G" that both of you died in a suspicious manner and the powers that be seemed not to care. There are many others I could mention but won't.
Scanner Reports, Monday:
Drug activity 2100 Block of Modoc.
459 Burglary of some type in the 1100 Block of State Street.
Naked male in a white pickup truck at Gutierrez and Salsipuedes.
At risk suicidal female missing from Cedarhurst Street.
1400 Block of Pacific 415 Domestic first reported as a verbal an arrest was made for an unknown crime.
Smoke investigation outside around City College 721 Cliff Drive.
Cottage ER A woman threatened to return to the ER and shoot staff because she wasn't given her medication.
1145 Suicidal female on Ward Drive possibly in possession of a knife.
459 Audible burglary alarm on San Julian. This is a residential alarm, more and more people are getting them.
415, 5150 Combative in the 600 Block of Garden.
Report of a 60 year old feller in a purple Porsche under the influence of marijuana in front of the SBPD Station. I'd get the HELL outta there if I was he.
A kid broke his Grandma's window in the 1500 Block of San Pasqual.
487 Theft of a bicycle white frame, white rims, red pedals, from Santa Barbara High School.
242 Assault on Larenda Place several hours earlier the suspect came back stinking. Everything is ok but I guess not she called the Police on him, ha,ha,ha...
1210 Cacique A subject is ripping up his Daddy's place possibly a trailer in a trailer park.
Another son refusing to leave 400 Block of Kendal Road.
484 Theft of cab fare in front of Radio Shack 609 State Street.."Wait a minute I'll be right back with your money."
This cool dude named Dean just got out of jail he's on parole. His girlfriend picked him up and right away he slaps her, gotta show the little woman who's boss right? He's sitting in her car outside a 76 Station somewhere in the county. She's in the bathroom calling the law. "Dean...Hey Deano, make sure you do a good job cleaning Bubbas socks. Yeah use your toothbrush."
10851 Investigation car theft in the 200 Block of West Montecito.
Who else drops food crumbs all over their keyboard? This thing is all sticky now; beard hair, food, there's all kinds of stuff stuck in there.
Medical Emergency for a fall victim at Amtrak 209 State Street - oh yeah, I think the guy is drunk too.
415 Domestic in the 4400 Block of Via Real.
Stalker following a woman on Cheltenham; he's in his 40's or 50's, carrying a brief case, I think that is what they said brief case.
23152 in green Honda Accord 29 Dearborn in Goleta.
Off Duty City cop followed 23152 from Modoc and Los Positas to downtown S.B. Pulled over Cota and State Street.
1400 East Cabrillo the Clark Estate intruder on grounds between the cemetery and the beach house. It must be something living there.
Scanner Reports, Tuesday:
4000 Block of Foothill Suicide attempt.
415 Domestic on Albrago in I.V. possibly physical.
400 Block of Rancheria 415 Domestic. Daughter threatened with knife.
200 Block of Ellwood Beach "Keep the Peace" Plumbing issue that's alright too much information.
Hazard investigation strong mysterious odor on Barker Pass Road.
Drug sales in front of Aldo's on State Street guy trying to sell pills he axed the wrong guy who called police.
Check the Welfare of the subject walking South in the Garden underpass with blood on his hands and face.
Carrillo at Santa Barbara Street vehicle vs. bicyclist injuries.
242 Assault El Pollo Loco, LOCO Boyfiend hit his girlfriend.
Shoplifter in custody at Scolari's 222 North Milpas.
1145 Suicidal female with pocket knife 300 Block Tagazini cuts to arm code 3 Medic's.
Gang Type hanging out in front of Pennywise market on East Montecito.
233 South Milpas on a vehicle.
1100 Block of Garden reporting party found his and his neighbor's doors open, possible 459's burglaries.
Medical emergency for a female with a head injury at Alexander Court 2100 Block of Santa Barbara Street unknown reason.
415 At a gas station in 2200 Block of Las Positas.
484 Theft investigation at Sugar Sugar 400 Block of State Street.
Well that is all for now. It's Beddy Bye time. I hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday, Dog Willing I'll see you on Fryday... Roger
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