Re: Follow Pasco lead on patrol cruisers | May 1, letter
Get facts before writing letters
This letter is intended for Joann Bowman. After reading her with interest and great amusement, I feel a clarification is needed.
First, regarding a deputy transporting a lady and two children to Lowe's: There is a cage between the front and rear seats. The front passenger seat is somewhat crowded with the computer, clipboard, map and other police equipment. Therefore, any passengers must ride in the rear. Normally, the rear seat is used for drug addicts, drunks and other upstanding citizens being transported to the jail. I ask, would you put your family in the back seat?
Also, be advised that all patrol cars have locators that allow dispatchers and supervisors to know their location at all times, on or off duty. With the ability to track all patrol vehicles, in addition to the current policy stating deputies are prohibited from using their respective patrol cars for personal use, I find your claims very difficult to believe.
Second, in regard to slow response time: If a deputy took 38 minutes to arrive at the scene of a call, the dispatcher would be calling the patrol supervisor to explain and justify the delay. Maybe you should purchase a clock with larger hands and numerals.
A few years ago, I and several family members had gone to a local restaurant for dinner. While there, my sister inadvertently swallowed too large a piece of food and started choking. A call was placed to 911 and within a minute or two, Deputy Vascellaro arrived and began providing medical assistance before EMTs were on the scene. Deputy Vascellaro was on his way home in his patrol car after his shift had ended when he heard the call on the radio. His efforts helped save her life — and he was off duty! I thanked Sheriff Richard Nugent for the dedication of his "good buddies."
If you like to write, I suggest you get your information straight, or confine your efforts to that for which you are more qualified.
Richard W. Fremer,
Re: In the end, it's all about the people | May 2, farewell column by Andrew Skerritt
Columnist was refreshing voice
In his farewell column, Skerritt neglected to say why, or offer a word on his future plans. The Times remains mum.
We wish him well. In these times, it is most refreshing to have a columnist who steps up and brings stimulating opinions to the public.
In defense of Dan DeWitt, stay true, be opinionated, continue to challenge us. Finally, ignore the lemmings as they continue their march.
Quill Carufel, Brooksville
Re: Judge goes easy on clerk May 9, story
Beware of 'stoolie' looking for a job
I've been asked several times what I thought about the sentence Judge Jack Springstead gave to Kijafa Brown, the stoolie in the Clerk of the Court's Office who identified an undercover deputy in the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Years ago, when I worked in New York City, my office was a dangerous place. I was held up three times. The second time the jerk asked for my receipts (made me wonder where he worked before). I had just made a deposit, so I apologized that I only had change left in the office.
Luckily, I know how to draw. I sketched his ugly face and called the police. I gave them the sketch. A couple of weeks later they arrested the thug while he was sticking up a hotel clerk.
A couple of weeks later I got a call asking me if I could forget the theft in my office since it appeared he had no other arrests. I told them, "No!" That guy was not ill at ease, even it was the first time he was arrested. He didn't get parole; it was jail for him.
No, I don't like that Brown only got three years' probation. But, as I tell my friends, goodbye to her halfway decent job. Anyone who hires her is asking for trouble, knowing the type she hangs around with.
Helga Curtis, Brooksville