Blue Byline

A cop's perspective of the news and South Sound matters



Tragic Navy crash a poignant reminder of loss

My best friend in college, Greg, was a pretty impressive guy. Besides a wicked sense of humor, he was bright, athletic and fearless. He could have done just about anything.

He chose to be a Marine Corps aviator.

Greg and I parted ways after college when he set out to fulfill that dream. He called me a couple of years later and told me he had graduated second in his flight school class. I told him I was surprised that somebody finally beat him at something.

I was actually proud of Greg’s achievement and excited to learn that his new

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It must have been a really, ahem, nasty fall

A reader sent me the below story, which I believe was printed in the Augusta (GA) Beacon on an unknown date. I wasn’t able to find it online, so I can not speak to its veracity. If it is true, then kudos to the USMC and the Augusta P.D. police spokesperson whose tongue-in-cheek response is priceless.  (Note: I posted a copy of the article from my Apple computer and it failed to transfer so have transcribed it here–where is Steve Jobs when you need him?)

Assailant suffers injuries from fall

Orville Smith, a store manager for Best Buy in Augusta, GA., told police he observed a male customer, later identified as Tyrone Jackson of Augusta, on surveillance cameras putting a laptop computer under his jacket. Read more »