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Guns and Teachers

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Police in real life | 43 comments

When I moved to quiet Southern Oregon from wild and wooly Southern California, I caught bits and pieces of a local debate about allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons in schools. I believe the debate is still going on, I’ll admit I’m not completely clear about all the arguments pro and con here, but the issue made me think. What would I say if I had a child in school here? As far as school goes, my frame of reference is two fold, my own school experience as a child, and my experience on school campuses when I was a cop.   When I...

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Merry Christmas

Posted by on Dec 24, 2013 in Faith | 2 comments

I love this time of year. I love the cooler weather, I love seeing houses decorated with light, listening to Christmas music, and I love putting up a tree and spending time decorating. First and foremost I love celebrating the birth of my Savior, Jesus Christ. This time of year brings with it a feeling of hope for the future as one year comes to an end and a new one is poised to begin. I know that one Christmas, after the worst year of my life, I looked forward to the coming new year as if it were a lifesaver, a buoy to keep me afloat. To me...

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Just The Facts Interview – Cathleen Armstrong

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

Years ago in the police academy, we were taught the five W’s and an H in police report writing. Who, what, when, where, why, and how were the questions to be asked in order to form the framework for a crime report. The best place to start an investigation is with the basic questions, or, ‘just the facts’. In the spirit of succinct report writing, I give you a new feature to my blog a ‘just the facts’ interview with interesting fellow writers and from time to time interesting characters. This months installment...

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Stop and Frisk – Who is a Righteous Judge?

Posted by on Nov 15, 2013 in Police in real life | 2 comments

“You shall appoint judges and officers in all your towns which the LORD your God gives you, according to your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.” Deut 16:18   I’ve been following a news story about law enforcement in New York. Law enforcement and police officers are near and dear to my heart and when I read a while ago that an important tool was being taken away from police in New York I was puzzled. Called ‘stop and frisk’ it allows police, with probable cause, to stop a person on the street and...

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Just The Facts Interview with: Candace Calvert

Posted by on Nov 1, 2013 in Writing | 0 comments

Years ago in the police academy, we were taught the five W’s and an H in police report writing. Who, what, when, where, why, and how were the questions to be asked in order to form the framework for a crime report. The best place to start an investigation is with the basic questions, or, ‘just the facts’. In the spirit of succinct report writing, I give you a new feature to my blog a ‘just the facts’ interview with interesting fellow writers and from time to time interesting characters. This months installment is...

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Protecting Kids Against Predators

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Family, Police in real life | 0 comments

  Years ago when I was in college and renting an apartment with two other girls, we were burglarized. A window had been left open when we all left for the day and the thief crawled in, stole what ever he could stuff in his pockets and fled. He took change, some jewelry and a lot of peace of mind. We all felt so violated. One simple thing would have prevented the theft and the bad feelings, we should have closed the window.   Isn’t that how it often is? One simple common sense act can prevent a lot of problems.   The burglary...

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Just the Facts: Interview with Author Ronie Kendig

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Writing | 0 comments

Years ago in the police academy, we were taught the five W’s and an H in police report writing. Who, what, when, where, why, and how were the questions to be asked in order to form the framework for a crime report. The best place to start an investigation is with the basic questions, or, ‘just the facts’. In the spirit of succinct report writing, I give you a new feature to my blog a ‘just the facts’ interview with interesting fellow writers and from time to time interesting characters. Here’s to hoping the...

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Judgment and Police Shootings

Posted by on Sep 17, 2013 in Police in real life | 4 comments

“Police Accidentally Shoot Two Innocent Bystanders Near Times Square, Fail to Actually Hit Suspect” I read that headline and had to click the link and read the entire article. The gist of the piece is that police officers were confronted by an emotionally disturbed man who pretended to have a gun in a crowded area (Times Square no less) and they made the judgment call that they needed to use deadly force. Obviously it was the wrong call as two innocent people were injured and the disturbed man was eventually taken into custody with a...

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A Simpler Time – Growing up in Mayberry

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Police in real life, Writing | 12 comments

Over the years there have been several kids rescued after they’d been kidnapped and held for several years by their kidnapper. Most recently, the three women rescued from the “house of horrors” in Cleveland come to mind. Thankfully, there are a lot of names of the rescued I could list, which doesn’t balance out those who have been lost, but it does give hope for those still missing. My new book, Critical Pursuit, is about a police officer whose mission it is to find kidnapped and missing children. Her back-story is that she...

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One More Trip (Re-Post in Honor of my Mom)

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Family | 2 comments

I suppose that when a loved one passes, those left behind often have a “one more” wish. One more talk, one more hug, one more day, etc. For me when I learned my mother’s cancer was out of control, my one more was one more trip. My mother was an inspiration to me in so many ways. She loved her family, she loved life, she appreciated things, even small, insignificant things and she loved to travel. My sister and I were the youngest and when we moved out of the house mom’s travel plans switched into high gear. Since my dad didn’t have...

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