America, as reported on the nation’s police blotters: “Received a report of a subject on the 400 block of Jersey Avenue on a bicycle ranting on a cell phone. Patrol spoke with subject, who stated they were having WiFi issues.” —North Country This Week, Potsdam, N.Y.
Forty years ago today, Four of the men arrested for the break-in at the Watergate agreed to a $200,000 out-of-court settlement to be paid by former President Nixon’s campaign fund. The men, members of the anti-Castro community in Miami, had charged in a suit they were conned into believing the burglary was sanctioned by the […]
Forty years ago today: Two serious pros robbed an estimated $1 million from a Yonkers bank, including part or all of the receipts from three nights of racing at Yonkers Raceway. –Brought to you by LIGHTS OUT SUMMER, set in 1977, coming Oct. 1.
I’ve been celebrating a winter festival of police blotter entries from Skagway, Alaska, in the great book “The Best of Skagway, Alaska” published by the Skagway News. With hints of spring around, I’m returning to reports from today’s blotters around the nation. “Two men were arrested for a strong armed robbery incident.” —San Jose Mercury […]
Forty years ago today: The NYPD is more than ever beset by internal dissension following two years of budget and personnel cuts, says the New York Times. Morale, job performance and absenteeism are worsening and spreading to the higher ranks. –Brought to you by LIGHTS OUT SUMMER, set in 1977, coming Oct. 1.
Here they are, the title and cover of Coleridge Taylor Mystery book 4. Out Oct. 1. No spoilers…but LIGHTS OUT SUMMER is set during six months in 1977 when two major crime stories dominated the front pages of New York’s papers. Son of Sam was halfway through his yearlong killing spree. And the 25-hour blackout in […]
“A caller reported two groups of kids throwing snowballs at his house. The youths were advised to watch where they throw them from now on.” –December 12, 1992, from “Best of The Skagway, Alaska, Police Blotter” published by the Skagway News.
Frederick Cowan, who idolized Adolph Hitler, opened fire inside Neptune Moving in New Rochelle, killing five people and wounding five others with a semi-automatic rifle. –Brought to you by LIGHTS OUT SUMMER, set in 1977, coming this October.
Carmen Romano Lopez Portillo, wife of the President of Mexico, concluded a White House state dinner honoring the visit of her husband to the U.S. by playing a piano piece. –Brought to you by LIGHTS OUT SUMMER, set in 1977, coming this October.
Morgan is a great airplane movie. I had no plans to see it when it came out. My expectations were set quite low on a flight last week. It jumped that low bar and gave me some things to think about. Before the thinking, the movie: things are going mighty wrong in the effort to create […]