Crime

October 5, 2017

The FBI has released its annual Uniform Crime Report and as
usual it covers a lot of ground, so we just looked at violent
crime. The link given above has links to all reports for those
interested.

The FBI classifies murder and nonnegeligent manslaughter,
rape, robbery, and aggravated assault as violent crimes.

Figures for 2016 put violent crimes increasing 4.1% over the
2015 estimate and 12.3% below the 2007 numbers. Last year there
were an estimated 386.3 violent crimes for every 100,000 people.
The report also stated that aggravated assaults were 64.3% of
all violent crimes reported,

The rate of this years report averages 5.3 violent crimes per
100,000 people in our country.

In 2016 there were an estimated 17,250 murders which was 8.6%
higher than 2015.

This seems to indicate that we had more violence last year
than a year ago but less than 10 years ago. As mentioned
earlier, if you wish to know more we have the link at the top
of the post.

In the past we have researched local and state crime rates
but will not do so this go round. The report has links to
browse nationally, by region, state, county, or city if one
is so inclined.

The figures stated reflect crimes reported by other law
enforcement agencies to the FBI. We always wonder how many
crimes go unreported. If the victim doesn’t report the crime
the police don’t have a crime to report to the FBI.

On a happy note, enjoy our Thursday as I need more coffee
and some bacon and eggs.
Comments are always welcome.

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Slowly going crazy

August 24, 2017

Well, another representative from the roofing company just
left so I’d thought it time to get this out. For no reason I
can think of here’s a picture of one the feral cats and her
kitten enjoying the snack we left for them.

That doesn’t have anything to do with this post, just thought
it was a good one to share. Mama looking leery and the kitten
like she could eat the bowl. But this one does concern animals
and we’ll explain.

Some of us oldfarts feel our world has gone crazy with the
active shooters, the rioters who riot on a principal based in
lies, and society in general. While over at Dads a story was
broadcast about a woman who was severely beaten, shoved into a
garbage can then the lid duct tapped on before being put in a
rental storage unit.

Thankfully the woman beat the odds and survived but I got
upset when the opinion giver stated that the man who did it
would probably get life in prison. Dad’s caregiver asked what
I thought he deserved so I replied “hang him!” Not sure of her
reply I relaxed when she said “he deserves worse.”

Oh yeah, the animal part. I like to read headlines online or
in the newspapers and yesterday I came across one that said:
‘Man sodomizes then throws acid on puppy’. I don’t remember where
this happened but it was here in the U.S.A.

And all these people who do things so strange to us, live
among us! You can’t usually just look at them to see if they’re
crazier than an outhouse rat either. Let’s leave it there with
a bonus a picture of cute little rabbit. Just to get the good
vibrations back.

Enjoy our thursday as I know we will. Now I hear a Snicker’s
bar calling for me and must respond.
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Getting crazy

August 5, 2017

Here in our river city on the east coast of Iowa we have a
couple problems that don’t look to be going away any time soon.
Both concern crime and appear to be on the upswing. Car thefts
and shots fired calls have been rising.

Our city has had 15 stolen vehicles this week through early
Saturday and 13 juveniles have been arrested. Police have been
vocal about locking cars and not leaving keys in the cars. The
criminals are said to be between 12-17 years old.

This makes sense in a way as if convicted juveniles usually end
up on probation for crimes like car thefts. Some are on multiple
probation until they turn 18. We know our prisons are crowded,
the police and judges know it, and so do the juveniles. How
about making them get a job and pay for the damage they do to
the cars they steal?

Shots fired calls have also been elevated but thankfully
murders have not. Usually not much is hit by the gunfire and
shell casings are found nearby. In most cases the police have a
pretty good idea who done the deed but can’t prove it. And in
the majority of these incidents the shooter isn’t going to
confess.

If this nonsense doesn’t end someones luck is going to run out
and another someone will get injured or killed. Cars and houses
have been sprayed, windows broken, and holes appeared where
there were none while the victims are left to clean up the mess.

So if you park your car outside, lock it up. If you park it in
a garage, lock the car and the garage. As for the shots fired,
we don’t have an answer other than to say be aware of what’s
going on around you.

Enjoy our saturday and we’ll post a snicker later today. Now
for some more coffee and a slice of pizza.
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Almost back to normal

May 15, 2017

Plans made are looking good and I may even finish the chores
early. Saw Dad again this morning while he was resting to get
ready for therapy and he was in good spirits. Then we came home
and I got the mowing done.

Here on the east coast of Iowa we are experiencing a car theft
epidemic. Earlier this month the total was around 250 for the
year. People are leaving their cars running while they pop into
the convenience store and the thief jumps in and takes the car.

In other cases cars were stolen from driveways. These cars
were unlocked with the keys in the car. Police feel the
culprits are juveniles doing it for kicks. And there have been
some thefts of things left in the cars.

We haven’t heard of a problem in our neighborhood with car
thefts, but our neighbor did catch some kids breaking into his
garage. Lucky for them he was in a good mood.

Ror those going to Genesis West and use the Lombard
Street parking lots, the entrance near Marquette Street is
closed due to a water main break. The entrance off Washington
Street is open on Lombard.

I guess I can always add knock down the spider web in the
picture above if I get too far ahead on chores, but I like how
the picture turned out and may want another. We’ll see.

Enjoy our Monday as after today, it only seems like there are
four days in our work week tomorrow morning. I need to hydrate
myself after the mowing and I believe a Snicker’s ice cream bar
is just the way to do it.
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Interesting times

April 18, 2017

If you live here on the east coast of Iowa in our little
community called the Quad Cities, you may have heard Davenport
is short one Alderman tonight. We’re sure it will make the 10
o’clock news on our local TV channels if you haven’t.

3rd Ward Alderman Bill Boom resigned earlier today after being
found guilty of lying to a federal grand jury. Since that leaves
us with 9 Alderman, we’d almost bet there will be a special
election for a replacement.

When he is sentenced later this year, Boom could face 1-5
years in prison, up to a $250,000 fine, and other penalties.
Boom had been on the city council for almost 10 years and a
bar owner in the west end.

We can’t begin to know his intentions for doing this or what
his sentence would involve. Rumor has it he will get probation.
We’ll wait and see. Some will probably party tonight while
others will wonder why this happened.

We do live in interesting times.
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Gun thefts

April 14, 2017

On April 11, 2017, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives (ATF) released its summary of firearms reported
lost and stolen from federal firearms licensesees (FFL)s. The
official title is “Calendar Year (CY) 2016 FFL Thefts/Loss
Report”.

The report states a total of 18,394 firearms were reported
lost or stolen last year from FFLs. Of that 9,113 firearms were
reported lost and 9,281 were reported stolen.

The 9,281 stolen firearms were broken down into three
categories: larceny, burglary, and robbery. Those categories
break down as follows.

Larceny (1,423)- The unlawful taking or carrying away property
from the possessor or of another.

Burglary (7,488)- The unlawful entry of a structure to commit
a felony or theft.

Robbery (370)- Taking anything of value from the care,
custody, or control of a person by force or threat of force or
violence.

Georgia had the highest total of stolen and lost firearms with
1,593 followed by Florida with 1,260 and Texas with 1,247.

Since 2012 there has been an increase in the number of
robberies and burglaries and the number of firearms stolen.
Burglaries have increased by 48.01% and robberies by 175%.

As of March 2017 there were more than 136,000 FFLs in the U.S.
and its territories.

If you wish to see some pretty colored graphs. and the
statistics covering 2012-2016, go here.

Enjoy our Friday.
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Amazing hoax

February 21, 2017

hard

On this date in 1948 the town of Manning, Iowa, had a prank
pulled on Main Street that was amazingly stupid. It was
witnessed by 3 people and did result in 5 arrests. Manning was
a town with 1800 residents in Carroll County.

On a quiet Sunday evening the only people on the sidewalk of
Main Street were Ralph Geith and Bud Hargens. The lone car
driving by when the prank went down was driven by Hubert Lamp.

Out of nowhere a man came running down the sidewalk on the
opposite side of the street chased by 2 other men. At a
distance the three witnesses guessed to be 20 feet one the
guys chasing the first fired a shotgun at the runner 3 times.

The “victim” fell to the street and lay still. Right about
then two other males in 1947 Mercury raced out of a nearby
alley and loaded the “victim” into the car and roared away.
The license plates on the Merc were hidden. Of course the
witnesses were shocked.

The very next afternoon, Sheriff Thomas J. Finegan announced
the arrest of 5 high school boys, who were 16 years old, at a
nearby high school. Turns out the kids were just looking to
put some excitement in a dull Sunday afternoon.

On March 11th, 1948, all five pleaded guilty to concealing
license plates, paid a $50 fine, and swore they would never
do it again. We don’t know if Justice of the Peace Hilda Osten
believed them or not.

And that is the amazingly stupid prank that happened on this
date all those years ago. Come to think of it, I haven’t heard of
any copycat pranks so perhaps the boys kept their word. Enjoy
the day as tomorrow we’re halfway to the weekend.
Comments are always welcome.