Some of this weeks more memorable calls:
#1. A woman found her horse, and wants a Deputy to help her pick it up. Trouble is, is it really her horse? You see, it’s been missing for a while, and she’s just located it at a rental stable. She goes into a long story that basically boils down to – her daughter took the horse that she (the daughter) considered hers, after Mom and Dad went through a nasty divorce. Daughter took the horse to a boarding stable, and didn’t tell Mom where it was. Mom finally found out, and went to claim “her” horse (she “paid for it, fed it, has the papers”) and is upset the stable owners won’t let her take it, even going so far as to change the lock on the gate! (How dare they?!?!) Of course, the stable owners only have her word on it, as far as they know, the person paying the stable rental fees is the actual owner. Woman wants the Deputy to help her take “her” horse.
Not going to happen. Settle it in court. Woman not happy, will call back later.
#2. Drunk woman sobbing on the phone. She’s been abandoned by her kids somewhere in California! She doesn’t know where she is! Help her! She tells me she’s on Highway 198. OK, Highway 198 is close to a hundred miles from end to end! Where on Highway 198?? She doesn’t know! She’s near a Chevron station. (We see from the cell tower address that she’s got to be close to Three Rivers, but that still leaves a lot of area to cover)
After about an hour of trying to get her to figure out where she is, and multiple calls of her sobbing and hanging up on us, we track it down. She’s drunk. Very drunk. She wandered away from a local bar, her ‘significant other’ got tired of her and left her there and returned to his hotel room. We finally got her back to the room with ‘hubby’ (or whoever) and tucked in for the night. Oh.. the wonders of alcohol!
#3. Gangster wanna-be (and stupid with a capital S) teenager tries to shoot at someone, but misses. Three targets, in close proximity, and he’s got a shotgun. Lucky for the intended targets, this dip is a lousy shot, and misses all of them! That’s one reason our gang related shootings only sometimes result in serious injury or death – the shooters are all really bad shots!
#4. Better shot in front of the ‘stop and rob’ along the freeway. A call that we originally thought was an armed robbery with shots fired turned out to be a fight in the parking lot that escalated into someone grabbing their shotgun and blasting away. Everyone was gone before we got units on the scene, including the victim, but he showed up at a local hospital fairly quickly. Detectives still tracking down this one, but they’ve got some good intel, so it’s probably only a matter of time.
It was a slow week, maybe the weather kept them in. More later.