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P R E S S R E L E A S E
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lt. Robert Wright
AMERICA’S NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME
TUSTIN, Calif. – On August 5, 2014, the Tustin Police Department will participate in the 31st annual National Night Out (NNO). The event will take place from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm at The District, located at 2437 Park Avenue.
National Night Out is an event in which the citizens of Tustin get together to take a stand against crime, learn more about crime prevention, and mingle with law enforcement personnel in a casual environment. National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention, generate participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit, improve police and community partnerships, and most importantly, send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and united in a stance against crime.
In addition to the law enforcement portion of the event, there will be activities for children. Some of the activities will include face painting, games, and a bounce house. Children will also have the opportunity to have a photo taken with law enforcement personnel.
Businesses from The District will be in attendance and some of the restaurants will provide samples of their food. Opportunity raffles will be part of the evening, along with static displays including police, fire, and military vehicles.
There will be a number of Community Based Organizations at the event giving out information on the services they provide to local residents. Some of these organizations will include Get Safe, Alzheimer’s Association, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Boys and Girls Club, CSP Victim Witness Assistance, Orange County Animal Care, and more.
The newest organization to join us will be The Cooper Center. The Cooper Center’s paleontological collections contain specimens from every major time period since the Jurassic Period or about 180 million years of natural history in Orange County.
Entertainment will be provided by the Tustin Dance Center, Divas Baton Twirlers, and local music.
National Night Out will not only be educational, but it will be entertaining for the entire family. National Night Out is a free event and we hope to see you there.
The State Department of Community and Development has awarded a grant to the city of Tustin for improvements at Frontier Park. The $267,700 grant was provided through the Housing Related Parks Program.
According to the press release, the HRP was developed to increase the overall supply of housing to lower income households by providing financial incentives to cities and counties with newly constructed low income housing. Tustin qualifies through its affordable housing programs.
Tustin intends to use the funds for improvements to the park such as sprayground recycled water equipment (rather timely, due to the drought) and other amenities.
I have a childhood friend, John W. Cook, whose name will be emblazoned forever on a granite wall in Washington D.C. John was the best friend of my oldest brother and they were thick as thieves, growing up in Southern California. John probably spent as much time at my house as he did at his own.
In 1967, John had a decision to make. He knew there was a high likelihood that he would be drafted, even if he was a full time college student. He also wanted very badly to fly. While in school, he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and flew on civil rescue missions frequently. It didn’t hurt that his dad held a flight endurance record or two, either. So, he made the decision to take the U.S. Army on his own terms and enlisted. He was given his opportunity for his “dream job” and was chosen for helicopter flight school. After graduation, he was promptly shipped off to Vietnam.
On February 19, 1967, while on a mission to pick up a Special Forces team in Laos, John’s helicopter was shot down by an enemy RPG. He survived the crash and was even medevaced out only to die 9 days later in a hospital in Japan. John was the co-pilot of the aircraft. At his death, John was awarded the Purple Heart to go with his Air Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was interred at Arlington National Cemetary. It is interesting to note, the crewman, Sgt. Fred Zabitosky, was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing John and his pilot from the burning aircraft during intense hostile fire.
So, here we are, 45 years later, on Memorial Day. And, this is who I think of.
Later today, I will be doing what I hope many of you will do, visiting a local cemetery for one of the many Memorial Day ceremonies held throughout the county. Most of them start at 10 am. It is a small price to repay by honor what they have given in life.
So, start your Memorial day, not with a hot dog bun in hand, but with a note of gratitude in your heart for Chief Warrant Officer John W, Cook jr. or one of your loved ones who may have died in conflict, serving their country. It is true that we continue to live in the greatest country in the world thanks to the sacrifice of millions of men and women who continue to give their lives in the name of freedom and who will never know another Summer with their friends.
Recently we wrote about State Senator Leland Yee’s arrest by the FBI on corruption and gun running charges. In a late-breaking revelation, we have discovered a Tustin Connection to Lee, also known as “Uncle Leland” and his chief proponent, Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow, a known San Francisco gangland figure.
Yee, who was arrested last week, has been discovered to have orchestrated several trips to local restaurants in Tustin. The purpose of the trips were unclear but appear to have implicated local politicians in a web of money-laundering and political chicanery.
Notable in the affidavit used to issue the arrest warrant for Yee and others tied to the conspiracy was a reference on page 168 to a political “consultant” known in the document only as “Uncle Jerry”. The affidavit details meetings between Yee, “Shrimp Boy” and “Uncle Jerry” in a local teppan house to discuss an airsoft gunrunning operation run by “Uncle Jerry”. “Uncle Jerry ” proposed furnishing airsoft rifles and ammunition to Yee and his cohorts in exchange for becoming Yee’s chief houseboy from OC. The suspect has previously received awards from the Tustin City Council as an “agent of change” for his work toward rescuing abandoned Springer Spaniels and retraining them as lap dogs for the homeless. “Uncle Jerry” is also reported to have ties to the famous Hop Sing Tong operating as far north as Virginia City, Nevada.
A search warrant was reportedly served on the residence of the suspect who had been hiding his operation by claiming he breeds Springer Spaniel dogs in his garage. And, although the suspect has often been seen riding around in borrowed vintage vehicles with a brown and white dog on his lap, there are no reports by the city of Tustin for a kennel license. As added cover, his wife allegedly trains dogs in local parks. Again, no business license or other documentation has been provided by the city to verify this.
When agents searched the suspect’s home, they found several hundred high-end, automatic airsoft rifles and handguns with the orange tips removed. At least a hundred thousand rounds of ammunition were also located in dog crates with false bottoms. An OCFA Hazmat team and the OCSD bomb squad were called in to remove the pooh-covered weapons.
Another section of the affidavit detailing the Tustin operation revealed a connection to current city government officials. An undercover FBI informant allegedly met with a cohort and former colleague of “Uncle Jerry” on several occasions. Al “Starbucks” Murray allegedly had lattes and chocolate croissants with the suspects where “Uncle Jerry acted as an intermediary. The undercover informant, known only as “The Podiatrist”, does not specify what the conversation was about although he alleges several dollars and two rewards were transferred to Murray’s Gold Starbucks card after the meeting.
Yee has been released after posting a half million dollar bail. “Uncle Jerry” was reportedly arrested and offered $100 if he would choose to stay out of jail. His dog, however, was impounded and is being housed in protective custody at the Orange County Animal Shelter. Murray has not been charged.
We will keep you up to date as details become known. However, if you have not figured it out by now, perhaps you should look at the date and do not hold your breath for further information.