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When it’s Cool to be a CHP Officer

Justice served Credit: Officer Hoey

Justice served
Credit: Officer Hoey

COOL, CA – A really Cool story caught my eye over at KCRA3 news about a CHP officer taking to Facebook to help out the community of Cool and surrounding areas.

The media attention started yesterday, after California Highway Patrol Officer Ian Hoey posted a picture on Facebook of a motorcyclist who he pulled over for going 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. The motorcyclist is believed to be a serial speeder and all-around nuisance in the area.

Officer Hoey, who was recently assigned to the area, took to Facebook yesterday and introduced himself on a local community page, “What’s Happening on the Divide,” a page dedicated to the area known as the Divide, which includes the community of Cool.

Officer Hoey posted:

“Good morning Divide. My name is Ian Hoey and I am one of two officers designated as Community Resource Officer. We cover most of El Dorado County. I am here for your traffic complaints. Please don’t post names or license plates publicly. Call the CHP office at 530-622-1110 or email me at ihoey@chp.ca.gov. “

Officer Ian Hoey Facebook

Officer Ian Hoey
Facebook

Officer Hoey also took note of one particular nuisance in the area, a motorcyclist who has been seen speeding and driving dangerously in the area. Based on information provided by community members, Officer Hoey estimated a time and place where he might catch the culprit racing through the area.

Bingo!

Hoey saw the motorcyclist speeding and issued the driver a citation and a warning that residents were watching him.

When all was said and done, Officer Hoey posted a photo (with the riders permission) of the traffic stop to the community page on Facebook and wrote:

“Here is a picture of the traffic stop this morning. Thank you for your help bringing this to our attention. We rely on the community to help us out as we cannot be everywhere at once. The driver was issued a citation for 85MPH. He was also advised of the community’s complaints on him. Those of you that beeped, yelled and waved at me out there… You’re welcome!”

John Veigna  Credit: Officer Hoey

John Veigna
Credit: Officer Hoey

The photo has garnered Officer Hoey a whole lot of attention with KCRA3 driving out to interview him, as well as area residents. The picture now has close to 500 likes on Facebook with 145 comments, mostly in support of Officer Hoey.

Some comments posted:

“Chp OfficerHoey, you are a rock star! You are everything that is right about community law enforcement.”

“I’m a former Marine and a current Fire Captain down the hill and There are no bigger heros to us then cops. It’s too bad more people don’t go above and beyond like this. Great job on this one!”

 

“Officer Hoey Rocks!!! Thanks for careing so much for the community.From University Falls issues to speeding complaints the community spoke and this officer responded! Way to serve and protect From this post I can see it’s much appreciated!”

One person, who may not have notice Officer Hoey’s comment that he did post the photo with the permission of the rider, commented, “While it is much appreciated that the CHP are helping to make the divide a safer place, (and I may be mistaken) but couldn’t this be considered public humiliation by posting a picture of the culprit?”

Officer Hoey wasn’t through. He also posted a photo of a meeting he had with John Veigna with El Dorado County, who is working on putting some much needed parking signs up on Wentworth Springs Road.

At the end of the day Officer Hoey posted:

“Well folks, I have been assigned to the Placerville area since late 2008, but I feel as though I have connected with your community more in one day than I have in the past 5 years. Thank you for being so receptive and welcoming. Today was very productive. Aside from the yellow motorcycle, I issued citations on Hwy 49, Hwy 193 and Wentworth Springs Rd. All citations that were issued for speed were between 71 and 85 MPH in a 55 MPH zone. Also a citation for driving over the double yellow lines. A few verbal warnings were thrown in there as well. …and Thanks for the birthday wishes. Most appreciated! “

Social media at its best – pretty Cool.


Facebook helps nab a thief

old Leslie D. Weger (aka Kimmer Smith)  Courtesy Placer Sheriff

old Leslie D. Weger (aka Kimmer Smith)
Courtesy Placer Sheriff

 

AUBURN, CA – A woman was arrested for burglary on Friday after someone recognized her photo posted on the Placer County Sheriff Department’s Facebook page.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Department, 39-year-old Leslie D. Weger (aka Kimmer Smith) was arrested Friday afternoon for commercial burglary after someone recognized her photo on Facebook.

On Wednesday, the department posted the winning surveillance photo of Weger as she was walking out of the Best Buy store in Auburn with a stolen laptop computer.

Weger, was also arrested on August 30 – get this – for the same crime at the same store.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department would like to extend their thanks to all their Facebook peeps for a job well done.

Facebook helps Placer County Sheriff’s identify suspect

Katie Ryan-Johnson  Placer County Sheriff

Katie Ryan-Johnson
Placer County Sheriff

PLACER COUNTY, CA – The Placer County Sheriff’s Department today posted a big thank you on their Facebook page after receiving numerous responses to an earlier post that led to the arrest of a woman accused of credit card fraud and more.

“Thanks to many of our Facebook followers, Katie Ryan-Johnson was arrested following tips YOU provided!” Continuing Placer County Sheriff’s wrote, “When we recently posted a surveillance photo of a woman entering a Target store and using credit cards she’d stolen from numerous cars in Auburn and Colfax. detectives received dozens of tips that immediately led them to Ryan-Johnson.”

Read: Placer County Sheriff’s: Have you seen these women

Placer County Sheriff’s Facebook friends shouldn’t hold their breath waiting for a thank you from Katie, but rest assured she’s snug as a bug in Placer County Jail. She was arrested on numerous charges, including burglary, theft of credit cards, forgery and identity theft.

Place County Sheriff’s said it best, “THANK YOU for taking the time to assist in this case and for being observant citizens! There is no way we can be everywhere all of the time, and it takes a partnership with you to stop crimes like this.”

Next!

 

Death Valley National Park: Stop getting eggsited

Frying egg demonstration Facebook

Frying egg demonstration
Facebook

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, CA – With temperatures in Death Valley reaching near records this summer, officials would like visitors to know that it’s ok to fry that proverbial egg in the hot hot sun. No seriously give it a try, but please use protection.

Apparently an overzealous employee at Death Valley National Park decided to post a video to demonstrate just how hot it gets in Death Valley by cooking an egg.

Obviously the employee has a lot of friends in that thing we call social networking, because park visitors are all trying to cook an egg, and her video has garnered close to 700,000 hits.

What’s the problem? Oh the eggs are cooking, but people are trying to fry the eggs directly on the pavement, leaving a complete mess behind.

What park workers are finding Facebook

What park workers are finding
Facebook

If you’ve ever tried to fry an egg on the pavement then you know what I’m talking about. When I first move to Sacramento from the San Francisco Bay Area, my kids gave it a try. Okay, I gave it a try, the kids just watched. To this day I still tell my wife I have no idea what that spot is on the patio.

So what did park employees do? They counter-attacked by posting a message on Facebook, certain it would go viral. They’re suggestion for doing that nasty little thing with the egg – use protection! Tinfoil, a pan, anything, but don’t place the egg directly on the pavement.

“An employee’s posting of frying an egg in a pan in Death Valley was intended to demonstrate how hot it can get here, with the recommendation that if you do this, use a pan or tin foil and properly dispose of the contents.” Park employees wrote, “However, the Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot.”

The post hasn’t eggsactly gone viral, and currently only has a measly 381 likes. So do Death Valley National Park a favor and head over to their post on Facebook and show them some social love – and above all – Use protection!

The highest recorded temperature on record was recorded in Death Valley’s Furnace Creek at a tepid 134 degrees. This summer Death Valley recorded a 130 degree temperature.

Michael Jackson’s dermatologist may be Prince Jackson’s father

Photo from Arnold W. Klein's Facebook page

Photo from Arnold W. Klein’s Facebook page

Yesterday Michael Jackson’s dermatologist, Arnold W. Klein, posted a photo of himself overlaid on top of a photo of Michael Joseph Jackson on Facebook, with the comment “hmmmmm,” leading many to believe that he’s the father of Michael’s eldest son, better known as Prince Jackson.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Klein was Jackson’s dermatologist and speculation over the years had people questioning his relationship to Prince and Paris, with some wondering if they were his children.

Prince was born Feb. 13, 1997 to Jackson and the singer’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe. Sister Paris Jackson was born a year later, with the couple divorcing in 1999. A custody fight ensued resulting in the pop singer reportedly paying $6 million to settle a custody battle with Rowe, giving him full custody.

Michael always claimed they were his children and Klein had previously denied being the father of the two children.

Michael’s third child Prince Michael II, or “Blanket,” was through an anonymous surrogate mother.

At the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who was being tried for the death of Michael Jackson, Klein had been portrayed as an enabler who fueling Jackson’s addiction to Demerol.

It was around that time that Klein filed for bankruptcy, blaming his financial troubles on his former office manager, Jason Pfeiffer, and former accountant, Muhammad Khilji, who he said embezzled more than $8 million.

In a not very flattering Vanity Fair article, Klein comes across as unstable, claiming on Facebook that his former accountant Khilji used hawala, the ancient informal money-transfer system employed by al-Qaeda to move funds around the world, to clean out his employer’s assets and transfer them into far-flung bank accounts.

In the article Klein is quoted as saying, “They opened 41 illegal bank accounts in my name,” said Klein. “I have records of all this stuff. Also, they tried to overdose me … so I would bleed to death They tried to overdose me on Coumadin [blood thinner], because I was in atrial flutter [abnormal heart rhythm], and they changed my will in the middle of the night without notarizing it.”

It should also be noted that Debbie Rowe was Klein’s medical assistant.

Questions/comments? Email me at randy@sacandbeyond.com or visit SacAndBeyond.com

 

Gaga’s Lil’ Monsters Beat Out by Bieber Nation

Concert Stock PhotographyA year ago the race was on ““ Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber shooting it out to be the first to reach a billion views. Lady Gaga won that race making her the queen of all things social.

But wait!

Unbeknownst to all those Little Monsters that follow Lady Gaga’s every move, the Bieberholics have been busily recruiting beliebers across the nation and the biebersphere.

Bieber has just blown by Lady Gaga to become the first artist ever to reach 2 billion YouTube views, this according to social-media stats service Famecount.com. Currently they have Bieber at 2,012,524,264 views and Gaga at 1,887,277,009.

Unfriggin’ beliebable!

How is that even possible? Because Bieber has over 1 million subscribers on YouTube, giving him nearly 94 million views a month.

For you non-beliebers out there ““ Bieber started his career on YouTube when at 12 years old he posted some videos and ended up with millions of views. This caught the attention of Scooter Braun and Usher. The rest, as they say, is history.

Not is all lost Little Monsters. According to Famecount.com you’re still leading the way on Facebook with 44,739,729 fans and Twitter with 15,276,277 followers. This compared to Justin’s 37,122,624 Facebook fans and 13,993,268 Twitter followers.

So what has catapulted Bieber into the top slot? His latest Christmas release “Mistletoe,” which currently has over 30 million views and climbing.

Damn! And I thought he would just fade off into the sunset.

Looks like I’m headed to the doctors. I need to get a bieber shot. The last thing I need is to catch bieber fever.

I hate to be an enabler, but here’s the Mistletoe video. . .

From our WTF Department

Nirvana Nevermind Album PhotographI’m sure everyone read WTF to mean What The F***, but what it really means is What The Facebook.

Corny I know, but read on .  .  .

Nirvana’s iconic album Nevermind is celebrating it’s twenty year anniversary. That’s quite a milestone, especially if anyone reading this remembers the release way back in September 1991.

You remember 1991 right? That was the year of Desert Storm and gas was just north of a dollar at $1.12 per gallon, and you could still afford to go to a concert. There was also the firestorm in the Oakland hills that burned thousands of homes and killed 25 people. Sadly that was also the year we lost Freddie Mercury lead singer of Queen due to the AIDS virus.

So to celebrate this monumental moment the bands label, Universal, is planning to sell a 4-CD/1-DVD reissue of the album. However, Facebook has taken issue with cover art of a naked baby boy floating in a pool just letting it all hang out. According to Facebook the image violates it Terms of Use policy.

This hit the news twenty years ago! It’s old news. Facebook – get over yourselves. You are not the internet police, Google is.

Just relax and take a hit of this wild ass weed I just scored with my medical card. After all, we have progressed as a society – at least I’d like to think we have.

Later dude .  .  . I have a concert to get to.

 

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