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Scanner Reports 2-20-12
updated: Feb 20, 2012, 7:00 AM
By Roger the Scanner Guy
Monday-Monday...Many years ago I was a night Motel HELL manager in Santa Barbara. I only did it for a year. After doing it, I made a commitment never to work the night shift in Santa Barbara again. Too many weird things go on around here at night. No one pays enough money around here to babysit the weirdos. When I worked security, I saw some weird things but usually there were others working the same shift you could speak to on the radio. It wasn't like you were completely alone.
Back in the early 80's I worked for a fella who owned a janitor business. I hear police running his name sometimes as now he's a street drunk. A lot of people go crazy trying to make it here and I guess he's one of ‘em. We cleaned a couple bars, a shopping mall, did housecleaning during the day. He ran a twenty dollar special to clean an entire home to get more accounts. I was the flunky that got to clean most of the homes. I got 5 bucks an hour. One of our twenty dollar specials came from an older fella whose wife passed on a couple months earlier, in the bath tub. She had been in there for a while because her Husband was on a business trip. Whoever picked up the body did not get all of it. Craftsman Wet and Dry Vacs are very good for this type of work. Even so, there is no amount of money to ever get me to do this sort of work again.
Another housecleaning job I did for the guy was in a home on Foothill. You find out a lot of things about people by cleaning their homes. I'll tell ya - there are some scary people living here. The nicer someone is, the more I'm suspicious. This guy's home had some type of weird alter in a back room I wasn't supposed to go into. Nor was I supposed to vacuum the stuff off the floor. It wasn't no picnic putting it back, I'll tell ya. A few months after I cleaned the guy's home, after seeing all the weird things he had in there, I was working at a Tech Company in Goleta as a night security guard. The same dude was ringing the doorbell of the company I was working at - at 3 in the morning. I thought he knew I was the guy in his home - the guy that vacuumed up his cremated fellow skatanists. I thought he was there to collect my ashes. It didn't help that he looked like Jerry Garcia and he rode a Harley. I finally opened the door after the police showed up I figured the guy wasn't going to waste me in front of a cop. How silly of me really.
At the motel I got into several fights, got threatened all the time. One guy tried to rob me through the front window. I laughed at him he didn't have a gun. Local people do naughty deals in local motels from drugs, to sex, to otter thangs. Many people go to motels check in but never check out. Not alive anyway. What I dealt with mostly were drunks, drug dealers, and hookers. Don't ask I'll never tell you what motel it was. I can't really tell you what stirred up these old memories. Maybe it's hearing my old bosses name on the scanner "Drunk in Public" all the time. Maybe it's part of my insanity. Not becoming a success in Santa Barbara instead going insane like otters before me. Night Shifts and Nice People - two things I don't do.
I saw something in Craigslist that kinda threw me for a loop. In the Community section there is an ad dated 2/15/12, "Need info on my little brother's death, (Santa Barbara) It was reported as a suicide but one never knows here in Santa Barbara.
Here is your Scanner Report, Friday:
Elder Abuse Investigation Mission Terrace on West Juinipero.
Vehicle Fire 1300 Block of Oak Creek Road.
Police Activity on the East Side Sounds like a Cook Out.
1700 Block of State street medical emergency for a 70 year old Code Blue transported to Cottage.
594 Vandalism Canon Perdido Car Wash 112 West Canon Perdido.
2400 Block of Bath behind the building parking violation.
Medical Emergency for a woman slumped over a grocery cart in front of CVS Pharmacy in the 2900 Block of State Street.
300 State Street bicyclist down with head injury.
Check the Welfare on Lyons Ave County? Someone having a Nervous Breakdown.
459 Burglary investigation Motel at 15 Chapala Villa Rosa.
HMA Loitering in 1100 Block of State Suspicious
35 South Milpas HFJs Shoplifting then jump into vehicle driving away grey Nissan Altima
Report of Road Rage on Miramonte.
Vehicle Accident Fairway at Channel near Biltmore.
Medical Emergency at Dons, seizures.
Suicidal subject with Syringe in hand threatening to shoot meth.
Structure Fire in Lompoc out of control chimney burning.
HMA Code 40 yelling State and Ortega.
Fight involving 2 juveniles 420 North Voluntario in an alleyway.
300 Block of San Ysidro report of female yelling for help.
Scanner Reports, Saturday:
Non-injury traffic accident involving a gold Saturn Alamar and State Street.
Subject out of control inside the IV Market.
20002 Hit and Run truck hit bicyclist First West Gutierrez.
242 Assault three transients fighting on Cabrillo.
459 Burglary to a vehicle on Oak Park Lane.
Someone assaulted in IV Last night is in Cottage hospital emergency now.
415 Domestic Hot Spots parking lot.
Audible alarm housing authority 175 South La Cumbre Lane.
Casa Dorinda 1144 death.
2000 Block of Modoc subject attempting to take elderly woman out of board and care home, and they are not allowed to remove her.
3 Juveniles climbing on Patterson School.
Transients disturbing 21 North Milpas.
415 Domestic in the 6800 Block of Casitas Pass Road.
1035 Santa Barbara man yelling in the street hitting cars.
1300 Block of Santa Barbara Street Structure Fire cat passed away.
Injury traffic accident Pacific Oaks at Davenport vehicle vs bicyclist.
Suspicious circumstances male walking around store with hunting knife sticking out of back pocket in the 300 Block of West Carrillo.
600 Block of West Cota report of 7 HMJs in dark clothing fighting.
273.5 Domestic Violence in the first block of West Mission.
3600 Block of Via Lotto 415 Domestic.
Medical emergency for leg cramps in 1800 Block of Robbins.
Suspicious Subject in the 1100 Block of State street HMA Asian looking possibly selling drugs on the corner in the middle of downtown Santa Barbara. Now I'm more suspicious of the Reporting party.
I did SNOT win the lottery again.
First Block of East Carrillo suspicious circumstances on a broken window.
County Drama somewhere a drunken woman who is supposed to be in rehab is attempting to steal her estranged husband's pickup truck. Sounds like an episode of Dallas.
Report of Loud Talking Cacique Foot Bridge 1200 Block of Cacique.
Scanner Reports, Sunday:
Intruder in home 3500 Block of Santa Maria Lane he was caught too and had a record of burglary.
Somewhere in Goleta a code blue 25 year old female, I hope she pulled through.
Keep the Peace 100 Block of West Ortega.
Fairview McDonald's panhandlers 5 of them.
Somewhere in the County behind a mission I don't know which one there was a report of an arson.
130 East Ortega report of 242 in Vera Cruz park.
Code 40 Drunk down in front of the Habit 628 State Street.
415 Transient yelling and spitting on passersby at State and De La Guerra.
20002 Hit and Run at Wentworth passing Ortega.
Suspicious Group of HMAs University at Berkley, checking the area.
A Domino's driver reports being threatened by WMA driving red Chrysler Crossfire with a pony tail in IV.
Report of Hot Prowl 900 Block of East Yanoli not sure what was going on there.
Chemical spill from a non-injury traffic accident Victoria at Garden.
484 uncooperative 2 male juveniles at Rite Aid, 800 Block of State Street. Everyone wants something for nothing.
Some type of disturbance downtown where a police car was possibly damaged near a parking lot suspect was under the influence. More crime, more brazen.
That is all for Now. Have a great Monday. Dog Willing, me and my trusty Pooh Bear will see you on Wednesday. Roger
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