Friday, October 30, 2009

still freezing in alaska

Looooong before Alaska State Trooper aired, I posted a picture of this Alaskan officer....

When the show ran, I heard them mention one officer's name and I thought, "HEY! He's already on my site!" Indeed he was. And here he is today, the guy with the 'stache in the back....

uh oh

The loss of my hard drive did create one huge glitch with my HottCops site.

I have several folders of pictures, and after I deleted most of the original site, as I reposted a picture, I would move it to a special folder.

Because it had been a few weeks since I backed up my files, I don't know which pictures were reposted in that time period.

And you know what that means? Possible repeats.


different laws for different folks

What a load of crap. LOVE how the MAYOR is conducting an investigation. Isn't that kind of like asking the fox to count the chickens in the coop?

Stockton officer defends actions in spite of suspension

A traffic stop involving a young officer and the son of a small-town mayor has the whole town talking. The mayor of Stockton tried to fire the officer for issuing his son a ticket.

Cpl. Joshua Rowell told KSL News he was just doing his job. He said he acted professionally when he wrote the driver a ticket and was shocked when he was suddenly asked to hand over his badge.

Rowell is a new member of the five-man Stockton police force. So, last Tuesday he didn't think twice about pulling over a driver in a small white car for avoiding a DUI stop.

"He didn't have a driver's license, so I issued him a citation for that," Rowell explained.

He didn't think twice, that is, until he handed the ticket to the court clerk.

"She looked at it and said, ‘Hey, you know you just gave the mayor's son a ticket?' And I said, ‘Oh, crap,'" Rowell said.

He said he had never met the driver, 29-year-old Jared Rydalch, before. He said Rydalch told him he was out looking for his dog, and asked him to tell the other officers to not pull him over again.

"I told him, ‘No. If I see you driving around again, I'm going to pull you over again,'" Rowell said.

Rowell said he knew there was trouble when, about 20 minutes later, he found the chief of police in the mayor's truck in a heated discussion. Then he said the mayor, Dan Rydalch, rolled down the window and demanded he get in his truck. When he refused, Rydalch abruptly fired him on the spot.

"He told me, ‘All right, I want your badge in the morning,'" Rowell said. "I tried to defend myself and say, ‘First of all, look, he was breaking the law. Second of all, I didn't know he was your son.'"

Shortly after the incident, Rowell was told he was suspended without pay, indefinitely.

"The mayor, I think, was wrong," said Stockton City Council member David Durtschi.

According to Durtschi, not only was Mayor Rydalch out of line, the council stands behind Cpl. Rowell. In fact, the town is so upset about the mayor's actions, many of the citizens are trying to change their write-in ballots for the upcoming election.

"I think the mayor did make a mistake," one Stockton resident told KSL News.

Another said, "I was very shocked, very shocked, because I thought it was a little extreme."

As for Rowell, he just wants the job he loves back.

"There's no more respectable position than a police officer, in my mind," Rowell said.

We tried repeatedly to get in touch with the mayor.

Another Stockton city council member, Kendall Thomas, told KSL News the mayor is conducting the investigation into any wrongdoing in the incident and has not consulted any of the council members. A special council meeting is scheduled for Thursday night to discuss the incident.

By Jennifer Stagg


It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

Gaffney state trooper is a pumpkin power-grower

Chris Mace's search for "The Great Pumpkin" sometimes makes him feel like Linus from the "Peanuts" comic strip.

Linus the cartoon character stakes out the pumpkin patch by moonlight each Halloween, remaining on the lookout for a huge, orange bearer of goodies to treat all good little boys and girls.

Mace, a state trooper, puts in an average of three hours daily preparing, planting and tending his patch, hoping to set a pumpkin-growing record. Mace, 34, started growing pumpkins two years ago and is fast approaching his target.

"Just wait until next year," Mace said after the season's harvest yielded a 683-pounder -- his biggest yet -- and a 400-pounder, but no prizes.

Mace is undaunted by this year's national record -- a 1,725-pound behemoth grown by math teacher Christy Harp of Ohio that could take the world title. He has done his homework and is well aware that differences in climate affect the growth of pumpkins, with the Northern region of the United State having the advantage.

Mace studies, reads, talks and now plants Atlantic Giant Pumpkins to get better results.

"This month I start my patch. It's all organic -- nothing synthetic except pesticides and fungicides. I'll start the seed indoors in April, germinating them under a grow light, and the first of May, I'll put them in the ground," Mace said.

The five- to six-month growing period requires watering the pumpkins twice a day, and by July some begin to increase in weight by 30 or so pounds a day.

The fast growers are identified and the vines controlled early, as the watch to protect the potential prize winner is constant.

"My biggest one would have grown more, but I put a tarp over it to protect it from the direct sun. It rained, and the tarp drooped, causing a soft spot. Last month, I had to pull it," Mace said.

To measure his effort, he began looking for a place to weigh the pumpkin and stopped in to see Kevin Freeman, who owns Freeman Core Supply in downtown Chesnee.

"He kept saying they needed to weigh several hundred pounds," Freeman said. "Then he said, 'I know you'll think I'm crazy, but I have a pumpkin that weighs 700 pounds.' He was right. I didn't know what to think at first."

Freeman drove his F450 truck, and he and Mace used a winch to hoist the pumpkin and carry it to the scales.

"It almost filled the back of my truck. We got it weighed. I'm still amazed," Freeman said.

Freeman and Mace made photos and video of the weigh-in.

"My wife came down to the store. She wanted to see the big pumpkin. Just think how big the pumpkin might have grown if he hadn't had to pull it. I'm just glad I could be a part of it," Freeman said. "I told my mom in Georgia about it. She couldn't believe it either."

Mace said his first attempt at growing pumpkins was a stress reliever.

"I still do it for that reason. But it's the competition, too. The first year I bought a pack of seeds at a local store and grew a 130-pound pumpkin. I read up more on it and learned seeds from other big pumpkins work better. Now, I have seeds available," he said.

Mace is proud of his efforts to reproduce "The Great Pumpkin" and is optimistic that his continuing research will be beneficial, although currently he has no trophies to attest to his effort.

"I just have to tell people now that my big pumpkin so far was about the size of a Volkswagen, and it's true," he said.

By Janet S. Spencer


fantastic female friday

more female cops!

female friday has arrived

Thursday, October 29, 2009

ok, single ladies....

This single guy is looking for a
W*O*M*A*N...gonna say it again

I have to admit, if I was single, I'd move to Alaska just to up my
chances of snagging a guy...LOL!

ain't no cure for the wintertime blues

it might be cold in Alaska, but parts of it are really hott

inside alaska

I have to say, hottie state troopers aside, I like TLC's "Alaska State Trooper" show. I'm just sorry there are only six episodes.

It's really interesting to see the country side and to hear about the problems they face policing the wilderness areas in Alaska.

And you learn a lot of interesting things, too. I had no idea walrus tusks were this big!

Here's hoping NatGeo changes it's mind and makes more episodes of this great show.

I am nothing if not quick on the uptake...

I'm watching Alaska State Troopers and making ss's, and I thought, "hey, her last name can't be 'Sears' because HIS last name is 'Sears'..." Yeahhhh, their marital status went right over my head:)

walk the line

So You Want My Job: Police Officer

by Brett & Kate McKay

Once again we return to our So You Want My Job series, in which we interview men who are employed in desirable jobs and ask them about the reality of their work and for advice on how men can live their dream.

Today we hear from a man who works as a police officer in a specialized unit that does everything from undercover work to patrols in high crime areas. Because of the nature of his job, he asked to remain anonymous.

1. Tell us a little about yourself (Where are you from?How old are you? Where did you go to school? Describe your job and how long you’ve been at it, ect).

I’m from the Kansas City area. I’m 29. I went to school in the suburbs around here and college at a small school in southeastern Kansas. I’ve been on the department just short of 5 years. I’m married with no kids. I’m the first police officer in my family.

2. Why did you want to become a police officer?

I think it’s important to say that before people read my responses they understand that: 1. These are only my opinions, from my experiences. 2. I work in a high-crime urban area.

I used to have a desk job at an advertising agency. One day, I was sorting through all the minutiae of corporate nonsense and just decided that I was tired of having a “job,” and working for the weekend. All the things that were of grave importance in my life at that time-TPS reports, water cooler gossip, etc.-none of it mattered in the grand scheme of things to me. Taking all that into consideration, I looked at what I thought separated a “job” from a life’s work and used that to start looking for another career. In short, I wanted to find something that dealt with true human emotions. I wanted something that tested who I was.

Don’t get me wrong, I have complete respect for the guy who gets up every day and drives in the same traffic, to the same cube, to do the same thing, every day. That life just wasn’t for me.

3. If a man wishes to become a police officer, how should he best prepare?

I don’t really know how to best prepare. I guess you’d have to ask yourself why you want to do it. If someone came up to me and said “Got any tips?” I’d probably tell them that knowing you do the best job you can is the only reward you should expect. If that’s ok, go apply. If you want parades, it might not be for you.

With that said, the things you would typically assume are pretty good places to start. A criminal justice degree couldn’t hurt. A lot of larger departments are looking for college-educated candidates. Having a job in a related field, like loss prevention, is also something a lot of folks do. I say this, but I never did any of it personally. I’d feel fraudulent saying they are necessary.

4. What is the process like of being accepted to a police academy? If you make it through the academy, are you guaranteed a job?

Basically the process of getting hired is like this: Apply, then wait to hear from them. A background investigator will dig around about you to your friends, family, employers, etc. If you check out OK then they’ll call. Next, go in and run a timed obstacle course (it’s a doozy), then wait to hear from them. Go in and take a polygraph based on your background investigation, then wait again. Go in for an oral interview, then wait again. After awhile, they’ll call you and tell you if you’re hired. If so, you go into the academy. My “awhile” was almost two years.

A typical day may consist of studying constitutional law. Learning how to handcuff a combative person. Learning to shoot properly, i.e. moving and shooting, combat shooting. You may then have classes on dealing with death or cultural awareness for the end of the day. They really cram a lot into the academy. I couldn’t begin to explain how taxing the process can be mentally and physically. It’s by design though, to inoculate people to stress.

Are you guaranteed a job? In these tough economic times, I’d have a hard time saying that you’re guaranteed a job. It used to be that you were hired if you made it through the process. That’s not really been the case recently. Our department did get a grant recently that allowed for the hiring of a few more people.

If and when you make it through the academy, you will begin what is called break-in. Break-in is where you ride with a field training officer (FTO). You and the training officer will then take all the “hot calls” in your division. A hot call is the really bad stuff like shootings, cuttings, rapes, etc. The purpose is to see how you respond in a real world setting. If you’re FTO feels like you’re not an idiot, and you’re not going to get yourself or anyone else hurt, you get released. After break-in, you just go out there and get to work.

5. Why did you want to join a specialized unit within the police department?

I was really interested in all of the facets of police work that this unit does. I can’t speak for all departments but it seems that on bigger departments, in urban areas, it’s better to be good at a lot of things versus great at a couple.

Our squad does all kinds of cool stuff. A typical week might consist of uniformed patrol of an area in response to a rash of shootings. The next day could be a prostitution decoy with our VICE squad. Then you may be in plain clothes doing surveillance on a person that has been identified as a high-profile criminal. Essentially, we are tasked with a problem and given the freedom to solve the problem within the policies of the department.

It’s a ton of fun, and I get to work with like-minded people.

6. What are the advantages to joining a specialized unit? Do you get extra pay? Do you find the assignments more interesting?

You would join a specialized unit because it’s an area that interests you. SWAT guys want to be SWAT guys for example. However, there can be benefits that stem from the training you receive. For example, an officer who has been trained in accident reconstruction can then consult with insurance companies and bring in additional income that way.

It is also gratifying to make it to a specialized unit. Most of them have some sort of testing process, usually both mental and physical. Extra pay isn’t generally a benefit. It can come in other ways like overtime. Some squads will work a lot more overtime because of the nature of their position. A homicide detective has to work a murder when it happens. If it’s at the end of their shift, that’s just how it goes.

A comment about pay: In this job, you don’t get bonuses for putting “x” number of murderers in jail or anything like that. The same goes for speeding tickets. You get paid on a tenure scale. A lazy slug of an officer with 6 years on gets the same as a go-getter with 6 years on. At least that’s how it is for us.

7. Are there any drawbacks to joining a specialized unit?

Sure, there can be. Your days on and hours get moved around, so it can be tough to plan a social life. It’s also easy to lose certain skills that are essential to some areas of the job. For example, if you buy dope as an undercover for five years, you’re probably going to be behind the curve on writing certain reports or changes in basic procedures if you go back to the field.

8. What is the hierarchy like both in the police department in general, and within a specialized unit? How do you get promoted?

Ours consists of the following ranks in order: Officer, Sergeant, Captain, Major, Colonel or Deputy Chief, then Chief. You promote by testing and meeting certain criteria. A sergeant must have five years in the field and so many hours of college credit. You work your way up the ladder and the amount of education also increases. Some ranks require a master’s degree.

A specialized unit will usually require “x” number of officers to make up a squad. A sergeant will supervise the squad. A captain supervises each line element. A Major oversees whole divisions. A Colonel oversees an entire discipline like patrol or investigations. It’s complicated. Essentially, the higher you go the less time you spend getting in foot chases and wrestling with bad guys. The higher you go, though, the more money you make.

9. What is the work/family/life balance like?

Hard. It ends relationships. You just do the best you can, that’s really all anyone can ask of you. More importantly, that’s all you can expect of yourself. You will miss a lot of birthdays and holidays. The people around you don’t understand why because they all work 9-5. Your loved ones will resent your job. It’s isolating.

It can be tough to relate to regular people. Sometimes, when someone complains about how hard work is, you want to ask them if they’ve ever held a dying baby or been spit on. It’s easy to develop that f-you attitude.

Fortunately, I have an awesome wife who gets it. That’s rare though.

10. What is the best part of your job?

It can be a lot of fun if you want it to be. If you do it the right way, you really do contribute to a greater good. You will have experiences at work that put everything about life into perspective.

11. What is the worst part of your job?

The human animal. You see the worst in people. You will be asked to do what other people are too unskilled, unwilling, or afraid to do themselves. They will be happy to judge how you do it, or criticize your decision though. It can be very easy to develop a general disdain for people, or groups of people.

Another issue is the constant judgment. Don’t get me wrong, there certainly are some officers that do wrong. They are a lot more that don’t though. Once you put that uniform on people associate you with their past experiences and assumptions.

12. What is the biggest misconception people have about your job?

People that aren’t cops think they know what cops do. It’s natural to quantify someone based on a role. It’s human nature to judge, so you become whatever that person perceives a “cop” to be. In the average persons head a baker bakes, and a bricklayer lays bricks. So, it’s only logical that a cop does cop stuff. All they know cop stuff to be is a combination of their own interactions with the police and what they see on T.V.

For example, people will ask me questions about a speeding ticket they got and have no idea that I’ve never written a speeding ticket. I don’t know how to use a radar gun, and I have no desire to learn. That’s just not what I want to do.

13. Any other advice, tips, or anecdotes you’d like to share?

Just take a moment and thank someone who does a job that you won’t do, that you benefit from. It doesn’t have to be a police officer. Thank your mailman. Thank a schoolteacher. There are a lot of good people who do tough jobs. It’s nice to hear that people appreciate it.

Also, people ask how to get out of a ticket a lot. There is no fail-safe way. I can tell you these things though that can help:

When you see the flashing lights, pull off the road to the right. If there’s an outlet off the roadway within sight, pull off there. This is so we don’t get run over.

Put your hands on the wheel and roll your window down. You know that you’re not a maniac with a gun. We don’t though. If it’s night-time, turn on your dome light.

Be polite and honest. You don’t have to incriminate yourself, but own what you did if you know you did it. If there’s a good reason for it, explain yourself. Understand that if you’ve been stopped for it, that officer has decided that they will swear under oath that you did it. Being truthful is respectable and that goes a long way.

Thanks for the opportunity to share a bit!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"Nobody else decided to take a joyride on the swan boat!"

Sorry! No 'action shots'...

Usually because they come out all blurry:)

patrolling alaska

flying the friendly skies of alaska

see what happens when you go the speed limit?!

I always wondered why this witch drives a car instead of riding on a broom?:) Thanks, BG!

some of the instructors....

hottie academy recruit

welcome to The Academy: Orange County FD

I don't think the instructors are far enough away from the camera in these interview pics. Perhaps several more thousand feet....


COPS in San Bernardino

I thought this officer was good looking (and BUFF!) but I couldn't get a decent shot of him.

rialto COPS



stealin' in slidell

bait car new ahlins style

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


I'm just getting my computer stuff restored, so I'm way behind on my ss's.

I'll try to get something up later today, but bear with me, as Schwarzenegger would say, "I'll be Bach!

Monday, October 26, 2009


My sweet lil Gateway baby went belly up for the last three or weeks, days, but I have returned...and with a funny joke, that I stole from Mushy, no less:)


Two elderly ladies are sitting on the front porch in Bonita Springs doing nothing.

One lady turns and asks, "Do you still get horny?"

The other replies, "Oh, sure I do."

The first old lady asks, "What do you do about it?"

The second old lady replies, "I suck a lifesaver."

After a few moments, the first old lady asks, "Who drives you to the beach?"

law song of the week!

One of my ALL TIME favorite theme songs....

Have a great week!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Sheriff in 'Balloon Boy' Incident Shows Humor, Resolve in Blog

Considering the situation, I think he handled this very well....

Up, Up and Away

I sometimes have trouble figuring out what to write about, but not this week. Some of you may have heard about a little incident we had involving a spaceship balloon. A BIG balloon. This incident has given me ample fodder.

Three things come to mind. The first is how proud I am once again of my personnel who responded so quickly and professionally to this incident, and for their tireless efforts in getting to the bottom of this. However, this is no longer "news worthy" as I hope this is what you have come to expect from us. I highlighted this sense of duty in my last article. The second is about my misleading the media for 48 hours about us believing this was not a hoax. Perhaps next week I'll address that. Then again, maybe not. Accept for one local reporter hoping to make the big-time by constantly flogging law enforcement, the public seems to understand my rationale. Instead, I'm going to provide you with some insight into public response to this incident and what we have had to deal with behind the scenes.

First, let me thank all of the people who wrote or called with suggestions on how to rescue the boy when the balloon was still in flight, and those who later offered praise for the way we handled the entire event, including the media fiasco that resulted. I have over 500 e-mails and we have had a like number of phone calls from all over the world. I can't possibly respond to them all personally. Early on, many of these were very critical (putting it mildly) with many calling for me to be removed from office immediately and impugning our investigative ability. Following our most recent press conference, that tide has turned. Some of these unedited e-mails follow.

A number of people e-mailed during the incident with suggestions on how to perform a rescue. Suggestions included Harrier aircraft, hot air balloons with nets, sky divers, blimps, ultra-lights, para-gliders, and fishing hooks with fishing line. Some suggestions were actually pretty sound. Others - not so sound.

  • What about using multiple helicopters and get a very large net and attache the corners to 3 or maybe 4 different helicopter and have them fly in front of the balloon and catch the balloon in the net. Then they can slowly lower the balloon to the ground.

    The net would have to be HUGE so that the helicopters could stay far enough away from each other to be safe.

    I'm praying for the little boy and the situation. I know you're doing everything to bring this to a safe and happy conclusion.

  • This may sound a little simple, but years ago a little helium balloon floated to the top of our A frame house. I didn't know how to get it down. Oddly enough my son who was 10 at the time took a squirt gun and sprayed it with water. It floated slowly to the ground. So...a simple a safe solution put water on the balloon and it will weigh it down and safely return to the ground.

Many wrote to compliment us on our initial response.

  • I want to say that I watched the video, and the efforts, and speed that the officers and rescue personnel responded with when the balloon touched down made me cry.

    The officer in the light pants, trying to reach the balloon and the darker shirt, who fell while trying to catch hold of the balloon, showed the desperation and resolve he had to try to save the child. The anguish and dashed hopes when the child wasn't found was evident, and so heartbreaking to watch.

    Clearly you have a dedicated and caring force, I also will send something to other countie involved, as don't know what county officer is from.

    Thank you and God bless all of you.

The above "officer in the white pants" was in fact one of our investigators who made it down from Larimer County to witness the spaceship crash in Adams County. Needless to say we are pretty proud of him.

The majority of e-mails I received later weren't nearly as complimentary.

  • Ok Barney Fife........ Law enforcement shouldnt be sceptical??? Then OJ was totally innocent in Larimer County. You are an Idiot!!!!!!!!!

  • You seem to be a real pushover..... why do you want an interview are sold on their story....and your department doesn't seem able to determine events. With your frame of mind, your futher investigation would retrive nothing - what do you think the family would say.... and don't you think they (family) are scripting soty at present?

  • Are you ignorant? Watch the damn Wife Swap show... this was a total hoax.. hell even watch the damn home video of the parents who where THERE WHEN THE CRAFT WENT OFF. Watch the DAMN INTERVIEW VIDEOS. Your department is so god damn gullible. How you are a sheriff is beyond me.

  • Anyone can see this guy set this whole thing up. If you do not proceed with charges you are a fool. And I'm certain your desk will soon have someone elses name on it. So take your arm from around his neck and stop kissing this creep. He's been endangering these kids for a while now and yoko ono is in on it also....Good luck on your book.


Ouch! I disagree with most of the above, but have to concede the fat and bald part.

Just for the record and all appearances to the contrary, I really don't enjoy being in the media spot-light. In fact, I'm pretty ticked off that I had to spend my weekend dealing with them instead of some quality time in the saddle. That said, sometimes the Sheriff just has to be the spokesperson instead of putting it off on the Press Information Officer. I did my best to put an end to the media circus and have refused to do any more interviews or morning TV shows, even turning down Dr. Phil.

Fortunately, I also had some supporters.

  • I'm not a constituent but if you were Sheriff here, I'd be proud of the performance of your duty. Great job on the press conference and your handling of the balloon situation.

  • Sheriff I sure wish you lived in Illinois
    I am Glad to see you go after the parents of ballon boy
    I hope they have to pay for everything.
    Is it possible to charge the reality show as a co-conspriritor?
    But mainly I want to congradulate you on having the "cajones" to publicly state that TV reality shows are plain garbage.
    If you ever get to Harvard IL I'll buy you a beer and I don't even drink.

  • Sir, you have many fans here in Finland.... we have been watching you at TV when you have had the press conference about the balloon boy and we are impressed how you handled it.!

    First of all, you are good looking, a "real man", secondly, you have a sense of humor when you tell the story, you are articulating well, you have a strong voice, you dress well (I loved the shirt you had on once, the "star and stripes") you are A REAL MAN!

    Larimer county is very lucky to have a Sheriff like you!

    Kindly regards G. from Finland, Helsinki

    PS If you have a fanclub at the Internet (Facebook?) I would be glad to be one of your fans at the Inet...

I'm originally from Illinois, so I might look you up next time I'm there. I've been known to have beer or two during a Bronco's or Bear's game.

I received an e-mail from a lady in Sweden similar to the one from Finland. If old fat, bald guys are considered "good looking" and "real men," I might be moving to a Scandinavian country at the end of my term.

Several writers were genuinely concerned about my health.

  • I was watching your press conference on the TV over the weekend - the balloon people. I think you did a great job with the media. I thought you might like to know that I noticed your breathing was restricted in some way. You might consider having a chest scan.

I really do appreciate your concern. Part of my shortness of breath was due to me still getting nervous when I have to do public speaking, even after all these years. Part of it was due to fighting a cold, going on no sleep, and being asked to talk loud enough so everyone could hear. I'm in good health, just out of shape. I recently had a complete physical and stress test. My doc told me I was okay for an old, fat, bald guy. Hmmm! Where have I heard that before?

There were those who think we should prosecute the Henne's to the fullest extent of the law, and those that don't. There were many who think Child Protection should be involved and take the children away. Others disagree. Child Protection is in fact conducting an investigation to ensure the children's safety. That doesn't mean they will be taken away and it doesn't mean they won't, but given everything we know, we do need to take a close look at this.

  • What is it about you social traitors that you strive so diligently to break up families? So the Heenes are a couple of odd balls does that mean that the children should be taken into CPS? It's a proven fact that CPS is nothing but a legalized child pedophilia ring. I suppose all you with a Hitler complex deem that a more preferable existence for these kids? So what if they did purport a hoax for media attention. You as an individual have also perpetuated this entire satire for your own benefit. Does that mean that you should also loose your parental rights? Oh right, you have a badge and can act under color of law to accomplish your petty ambitions and not be held accountable for the same things you villify others for.

    I hope that you will not press charges against the parents. You know, children can get into trouble, and be scared, and act funny, or shy, and hard to understand. The boy might not have understood the question asked, and if he said show, or whatever, he might have answered in regard to the question being asked at that moment for that show they were on.

    You know, boys will do bad things sometimes and get in trouble. More so than girls.

    After all boys will be boys. To press charges, I think, is very bad.

  • As a citizen of Colorado I think I speak for all, Please have the Sheriff and other agencies collect back all the money from these idiots who staged this child in a balloon event "for show" as the child said. It sounds like there were consideralble funds spent on this little mis-adventure put on by this family. As a tax payer I do not appreciate it. The City, County and State need to take action to have this gentlemen and his family pay back the citizens of Colorado who spend our hard earned money so we can have professional emergency services available for those who need it. Not for some jobless moron who stages a stunt to get on TV!

  • It's a shame that your department and the Larimer County is filling stupid charges against these people. It was just a mistake and there was no criminal activity involved. You should instead go after the criminals in Colorado and spend the money investigating, finding criminals and drug dealers.

    This family learned their lesson which was not malicious.

    Take a break and stop the stupid proceeding's to file the stupid misdemeanor charges. FAA and the Federal Government will not charge this family with anything. President Obama and Vice President Biden and all Americans will side with this opinion.

Needless to say, the majority of folks desire some punishment and restitution.

There were also a few comments about a shirt I wore.

  • Sheriff, you recently appeared on TV wearing a shirt made with the U.S. flag print. The aesthetic hideousness of a denim shirt interwoven with the Stars and Stripes notwithstanding, the wearing of the flag as clothing is a violation of the U.S. flag code. I will encourage any federal investigators working with you on the balloon boy case to charge you with crimes against the flag if that shirt is worn again. I suggest you donate it to the poor. The poor may also be in violation when wearing it, but at least they'll be clothed this winter and probably not shown on world-wide video representing American law officials.

  • Where did you get your flag shirt?
    I love it and would like to get one.

I'm going to have to look into this. I hadn't intended in meeting with the press that day - just working with my investigators and perhaps getting out on the horse for a couple of hours. Please know that I meant no disrespect to our flag. I have many shirts, caps, and ties with stars and stripes on them - worn as a symbol of patriotism and out of respect for our great country.

Then you have the wing-nuts who present a lot of gibberish or who hope to somehow profit from this themselves.

  • I need to speak with Mr. Heene as I know that the reptilians that he speaks of exist and are here on this planet right damn now. They are called draconians and they are currently putting down there draconian measures and that is why the economy is so bad. I need to speak with him A.S.A.P. Please tell him to contact me for the draconians must be stopped!!!!!!!!!! May YAHWEH Bless the true huemanity.

  • Go after those Heene family, Sheriff Alderden. But, when the US Government makes a hoax on covering the reports of civil rights violations, then let it go. Too big for small time people like you to bring to justice the big shots. Jesse Jackson, and others like him won’t protest the US Government because I am a white man, and I found out what the Justice Dept. and the EEOC do to segregate news reports so the Industrialists are not covered on civil rights violations. Sure on thefts, copy right infringements, bribery, age discrimination for white males, you will hear from time to time, but not when a black or woman is harassed, like happened in 1996 where 300 women were reported on National TV for civil rights violations by the auto maker Mitsubishi. Then a few months later, after I complained to the Justice Dept. to pick on a US Industrialist, out came Texaco with eight blacks discriminated against, and that was in the news all over the nation, but you never heard it was because I entered a lawsuit, that proved this was going on all the time. You should hear every year something like those reports, but only in 1996 did you hear. The courts dismissed my lawsuit without comment, when all around the lawsuit proved valid. A refinery of Texaco was bombed, and so the US Gov, President Clinton, was frightened that if the full truth was told that riots would follow. China would also laugh in his face. The entire world would laugh in Clinton’s face. He already had enough problems with Monica. He could handle no more.

    SO one of the biggest hoaxes of the century goes on every day, and you small time Mayberry RFD cops are too scared to do a thing. Don’t feel too bad because every police force, and even the FBI are all Mayberry RFD cops. You would think I would be angry, but why be mad. You people are small time, like children who can’t do a man’s work. Why be angry with a bunch of dumb kids?

    White women know about it too, but I am a white man, and that hurts women’s pride to think a man saw something they should have seen. So blacks, and women won‘t do a thing because it will show a white man is as good, or better than they are, and a white man cares. They prove to be racists, and sexists. Small time cops are too afraid to stand like the movie High Noon, and bring justice to town when they see the entire town is in chaos.

    Sure go get the Heene family. Do you need help? Call up Andy.

  • My partner, a mother, was disabled for 48 hours in grief because of the hoax perpetrated by the Heene family. In this time of real danger and need such a nationwide diversion of attention and resources for the mere gratification of a psychopath (Heene) constitutes terrorism. Please send me his address so I can file a lawsuite for fraud and terrorism!

    Certainly your office can find the appropriate terminology to frame this gross national pseudo-disaster for what it is. I do not think I am the only one who thinks this perverted publicity seeking psychopath and his wife should be removed from their impressionable children and put behind bars.

You get the gist. Lots and lots of emails. Lots and lots of phone calls from across the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, Australia, Fiji and other countries. I particularly liked the caller who had proof that Hillary Clinton was a space alien. At least that caller had some credibility.

For future reference, these calls to our Communications Center serve no purpose and only tie up our dispatchers and other staff, wasting their time. I know we did our best to deal with the hundreds of callers, but had to hang up on a few who merely wanted to argue. Again, no point in taking out your anger on them. They did a fabulous job throughout this ordeal.