Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Cop Killer as Bad as Any

A municipal police officer in the New Jersey town of Oceanport died Friday after a one-year battle with cancer.

Any such passing is a sad occasion, but this one is particularly painful:  Officer Patrick Gornik was only 26 years of age.

He was a lifelong resident of Oceanport and had served with the borough's police department since January, 2013.  His diagnosis came only a few months after graduating from the academy, and his death is one of those that makes us curse cancer even more than before.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Riding in the Car Car

Folk singer Woody Guthrie’s song “Riding in my Car” includes the musically catchy line, “Take me riding in the car, car,” and is generally thought of as a children’s song.

A 39-year-old man was arrested by Fontana, California, police after he must have heard that song and taken the “car, car” lyrics literally.  He is alleged to have stolen a Ferrari, twice.

The car was reported stolen and officers encountered the thief at a DUI checkpoint, from which he fled.  The pricey vehicle was subsequently found abandoned and was taken to a local impound. A day later, the suspect is said to have broken into the impound facility and stolen the Ferrari for a second time.

He was located by detectives last Thursday, still driving the stolen Ferrari, and he now faces a number of charges.

Maybe they will send him to jail, jail.