As a long-time Deputy Sheriff in Marin County, Weldon lived through some very interesting times relevant to law enforcement, participating in fighting the most vicious crimes emananting from the hottest issues of the day. His many memorable experiences, in and out of uniform, were always in the interests of keeping the peace. The book's subtitle, ". . . in Wild and Wooly West Marin; a collection of vivid vignettes," says a lot about its contents. The author's tales brim with a variety of countercultural events, and the many ways that humans succumb to evil and occasionally rise in redemption. Many revelations are devilishly humorous but all reflect the image of a conscientious man who has, fortunately for Marin County and California society, invested the major part of his life in keeping the sane balance between extremes of behavior found in the Golden State.
Author: Larry D. Ball
Publisher: UNM Press
Release Date: 1996-03-01
Elected for two-year terms, frontier sheriffs were the principal peace-keepers in counties that were often larger than New England states. As officers of the court, they defended settlers and protected their property from the ever-present violence on the frontier. Their duties ranged from tracking down stagecoach robbers and serving court warrants to locking up drunks and quelling domestic disputes.The reality of their job embraced such mandane duties as being jail keepers, tax collectors, quarantine inspectors, court-appointed executioners, and dogcatchers.
Author: Thad Sitton
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Release Date: 2010-01-01
Sawmill communities were once the thriving centers of East Texas life. Many sprang up almost overnight in a pine forest clearing, and many disappeared just as quickly after the company "cut out" its last trees. But during their heyday, these company towns made Texas the nation's third-largest lumber producer and created a colorful way of life that lingers in the memories of the remaining former residents and their children and grandchildren. Drawing on oral history, company records, and other archival sources, Sitton and Conrad recreate the lifeways of the sawmill communities. They describe the companies that ran the mills and the different kinds of jobs involved in logging and milling. They depict the usually rough-hewn towns, with their central mill, unpainted houses, company store, and schools, churches, and community centers. And they characterize the lives of the people, from the hard, awesomely dangerous mill work to the dances, picnics, and other recreations that offered welcome diversions.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a cop? Well, it's time to find out. Follow Stan Otremba from his beginnings as a relief bailiff at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department in 1959. There, he hears the case of Johnny Stompanato, who turned up dead in his home one night. Stompanato's stepdaughter, Cheryl Crane, testifies that she killed him because he was beating her mother. But bailiff Otremba is suspicious, and years later, he finds out what really happened. When he becomes a full-fledged police officer with the Santa Maria Police Department, Otremba investigates murders, rapes, suicides, and more. As a deputy coroner, he sees still yet another side of the law, but it's not a pretty one. Along the way, Otremba adapts to the changes in law enforcement, enjoying the new technology that becomes available from the Law Enforcement Assistance Program and fine-tuning his crime-fighting tactics. Follow an insider through twenty-eight years of action in So, You Want to Be a Cop ?