As Edward R. Murrow maintained, controversy makes for good television. That must be doubly true for the Internet. If so and that is something you find entertaining yes and informing, then you have come to the right place. Just so if the pen 'tis mightier than the sword how much mightier still be the blog?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 'tis to be determined yet................................................................................................................... here goes... Just what liberties do those that enforce the law in Sonoma, Napa, Marin, Solano and San Francisaco Counties take in order to maintain the order? ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? That's the question. This web site is the beginning of the answer. And what sort of order has been imposed upon the blacks and other minorities? Simply the due process of the law?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? As interpreted by a secretive band of WHITE SUPREMACISTS, steeped in OCCULT PRACTICES, WHO JUST HAPPEN TO CONTROL LAW ENFORCEMENT IN THE ABBOVE MENTIONED COUNTIES. *********************************************************************************** The media is controlled by the police when it comes to their image. This web site is a small attempt to begin to correct that imbalance. When the Police control the dissemination of news and vital public information, such as in the cities and County of Sonoma, fascism and white supremacists have an easy go of it. What's the difference between the Sheriff and the Police? One wears a darker uniform and one has more power to write off the murders of blacks and other minorities. That would be the Sonoma County Sheriff in his very inadvisable duel role as Coroner. The Cotati and Rohnert Park Police, Sonoma Highway Patrol, yes they all look great and sexy on the local news show, who must play along if they want in on any future scoops. So you have the entrenched system of corruption where one hand washes the other hand. If the Cotati Police happen to get in trouble, say for creating numerous false emergencies for profit, like the one they created in Cotati in front of the Spanky's and Tradewinds bars on the night of September 29, 2017. All they need do is to refer the matter to the Sonoma County Sheriff for an "impartial" review.
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Falck Northern California lays off 40+

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Following acquisition of VeriHealth in March, Falck Northern California has fired CEO Steve Lewis, COO Bill Snell, and replaced them with CEO Gary Tennyson and COO Sean Sullivan of VeriHealth. Effective July 12, 2013, EMTs, nurses, dispatchers, operations personnel, and remaining leadership from Falck Northern California startup (all prior to VeriHealth acquisiton) have been terminated from employment. Of the initial Falck startup, only approximately 6 personnel (all EMTs, 5 in San Mateo, 1 in Contra Costa) remain. The entire Contra Costa station has been shut down, and call volume has been distributed to rigs from other counties. The Falck brand ambulances from Contra Costa were then distributed to the Falck/VeriHealth San Mateo station and served as replacement rigs for old VeriHealth employees, while all but 5 EMTs from Falck startup were terminated from San Mateo station at time of the Contra Costa closure. The VeriHealth organization is attempting to continue running the Falck brand as if nothing has changed since startup in September 2012, but this is far from the case. My account is too new to post a link to the letter that went out to Falck employees regarding the layoff, but I will provide when given the opportunity.

PlatapusSupper, Aug 2, 2013 PlatapusSupper, Aug 2, 2013 #1 2. Aug 2, 2013

PHTLS, ACLS, PALS If I have learned one thing in EMS. Other Falck Aquisitions-  Is this recent development a sign of how Falck does business? What about the good people who work at Care in OC/LA/Riverside? Was this shake up necessary to shed weight for the company due to low call volume? I don't like what I'm seeing. What is Falck's goal for EMS in the US? OCEMThopeful, Aug 2, 2013 OCEMThopeful, Aug 2, 2013 #3

4. Aug 2, 2013

#4 Hunter Member 770 1 18 Education: Paramedic PlatapusSupper said: ↑ Following acquisition of VeriHealth in March, Falck Northern California has fired CEO Steve Lewis, COO Bill Snell, and replaced them with CEO Gary Tennyson and COO Sean Sullivan of VeriHealth. Effective July 12, 2013, EMTs, nurses, dispatchers, operations personnel, and remaining leadership from Falck Northern California startup (all prior to VeriHealth acquisiton) have been terminated from employment. Of the initial Falck startup, only approximately 6 personnel (all EMTs, 5 in San Mateo, 1 in Contra Costa) remain. The entire Contra Costa station has been shut down, and call volume has been distributed to rigs from other counties. The Falck brand ambulances from Contra Costa were then distributed to the Falck/VeriHealth San Mateo station and served as replacement rigs for old VeriHealth employees, while all but 5 EMTs from Falck startup were terminated from San Mateo station at time of the Contra Costa closure. The VeriHealth organization is attempting to continue running the Falck brand as if nothing has changed since startup in September 2012, but this is far from the case. My account is too new to post a link to the letter that went out to Falck employees regarding the layoff, but I will provide when given the opportunity. ... Source of this? Pm me the link if you can and I'll post it. I feel like there's more to this than just lay offs, falk took over my old employer.

FireWA1, Aug 2, 2013 FireWA1, Aug 2, 2013 #5 6. Aug 2, 2013 #6 PlatapusSupper New Member 6 0 0 The people that started it are being dissolved, and the Falck name and operation is continuing with VeriHealth personnel. The Falck startup was a failure, and they're keeping that private by putting their name on another company. I have copies of layoff notices and memos, I just can't post them until I have 5 posts... Tried to send copies to Hunter but same problem.

PlatapusSupper, Aug 2, 2013 PlatapusSupper, Aug 2, 2013 #6 7. Aug 2, 2013 #7 FireWA1 Has no idea what I'm doing. 1,323 332 83 Education: Paramedic Interesting... If you go to verihealth and click apply for employment it takes you to falcknc jobs page. Ok... It will be interesting to see what happens in the next few weeks. On a side note talked to some PNW Falckers and they don't have any idea whats going on down there.

PHTLS, ACLS, PALS " FireWA1, Aug 2, 2013 FireWA1, Aug 2, 2013 #7 8. Aug 2, 2013 #8 FireWA1 Has no idea what I'm doing. 1,323 332 83 Education: Paramedic Well very interesting. Sorry to hear that this is happening. Really blows.

FireWA1, Aug 2, 2013 FireWA1, Aug 2, 2013 #8 9. Aug 2, 2013 #9 PlatapusSupper New Member 6 0 0 The sad part is that those laid off were the people who started Falck Northern California. They were sold on the vision of Steve Lewis, marketed their own company, developed a reputation, and came to Falck from other companies of the area. People gave up good jobs, seniority, and a host of other things to help make Falck happen, and then were laid off with no notice and two weeks severance. Falck employees have much better benefits and higher pay than those of VeriHealth, and speculation is that this was the reason Falck field personnel were released and VeriHealth were not. VerHealth dispatchers were also released, but no field personnel were affected. PlatapusSupper, Aug 2, 2013 PlatapusSupper, Aug 2, 2013 #9

"The values at Falck are different."-Robert "Boo" Heffner

Posted by Sherlock Pwahrow on February 24, 2016 at 12:25 AM Comments comments (1)

Voice your opinion!

Dec 30 2014 08:33 Posted by Unknown You idiots that posted complaints.... Are fired.

Apr 16 2014 05:39 Posted by Unknown

Falck took over Lifestar in NJ and without notice shut down it's operations in the Edison and Totowa NJ Locations. No notice was given to several hundred employees from those operations. Now recently there are rumors that Falck / Lifestar is giving back the Irvington, NJ and Orange, NJ ems contracts up and no one is sure if they are going to re-bid for the East Orange, NJ contract. This could affect over 100 jobs. The interview you had with Hefner doesn't say how he shuts down companies and gives a few days or no notice to the employees who helped grow the company.

Nov 13 2013 00:40 Posted by Unknown

I wish with this sit down Q&A, you would have brought up why that Falck northern california started up in concord ca, and after the acquisition of Veri-health, and the merging of the two companies, the new CEO of Falck NC (same CEO of veri-health) laid off the entire concord CA Falck staff, without notice and closed down the station, without the option to keep any of the employees

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Art I.

Sebastopol, CA

1.0 star rating 12/29/2014

I was transported 10/28/2014 from sutter hospital to California pacific in San Francisco. On the ride there three people 1 driver 1 in the passenger seat and one in the back with me. I had a tube down my throat and arms and legs were restrained.

All three were have a conversation about moving to different ambulance company. Then out of the the driver asked the the in the back with me "how's the patient " he replied by saying oh he is your typical meth head. I was so in-raged if I could of I would beat his ass. Would like to know how I can find him now after my heart surgery. His face is forever in my head. Totally unprofessional.

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Janet L.

Petaluma, CA

1.0 star rating 1/21/2015

I can't beleive these folks can get away with charging $2,496.74 for an ambulance ride for a total of 3 miles, non emergency?

My 96 year old Mom was transfered from Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa to Summerfield Health Center in Santa Rosa and was charged above amount. I call this highway robbery. I am wondering who ordered this ambulance and why has Medicare and United Healthcare not paid. "We filed a claim with your insurance, the balance has been disallowed in whole or part. This portion is your responsability". Shame of Verihealth...

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Tony R.

Ferndale, CA

1.0 star rating 9/25/2014

I am very disappointed in the services my father received on Sept 16, 2014. He was in critical condition and the driver drove erratically as if she were a New York cab driver who had no idea where they were going. She was asked several times to slow down by myself and the other care providers with my father to no avail. When we arrived at the hospital and I confronted her she said offered no apologies or acknowledgement of her behavior to me. I feel my father would have been in better hands had we taken a cab and the trip would have been a lot less expensive.

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Patrick R.

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WOW this place is 100% GARBAGE!!!!!!!!! MOST EXPENSIVE AMBULANCE IN CALIFORNIA!!! So awhile back I had pretty bad gal stones and I had to go to the emergency room at a hospital in Sebastopol. Since the hospital in Sebastopol is a complete joke and told me nobody there was capable of doing a gal bladder removal they had to call an ambulance to transport me to Petaluma Valley Hospital.

The Verihealth ambulance crew showed up and I walked to the gurney and climbed on it. Being a paramedic in San Francisco the only topic the EMT in back with me wanted to talk about was how cool it must be. Also being a paramedic I know what should be done on transports as far as taking blood pressures, asking pain levels and so on. Not a single thing was done that any normal BLS crew would do. The entire trip to Petaluma consisted of me listening to the EMT in back talk about how he is going to be going to paramedic school and asking if I can get him a job.

Once we reached Petaluma Valley Hospital they brought me in lowered the gurney and I walked to the bed in my room. The crew left and I went on with my life.

About 2 weeks later I get a bill in the mail from Verihealth for over $3,000!!!!!! REALLY!!!! A simple little transport from Sebastopol to Petaluma is over $3,000!!! Not once during the transport did they even do anything medically related. So I called them to ask if there was a mistake. All they said is how are you going to be paying. So I emailed the owner of the company and he told me I had to talk to the billing department. So 4 calls and 4 messages later i get a call back. The message said "we were told by your insurance that you received a check that is supposed to go to us please call and mail us a check." They didn't even bring up any of my calls. Also the only letter I got from my insurance was letting me know Verihealth was trying to double bill them. So I guess the billing department is just as incompetent to returning phone calls as they are to doing their jobs.

So I send another email to the owner and he tells me to contact the patient advocate to ask any questions. OK so I do that and leave yet ANOTHER message asking them to send the paperwork I need to fill out to get a copy of my PCR. I wanted a copy of that to see what exactly they were billing me for and what the ambulance crew SAID they did. Well they called me back after a couple days and asked again how I planned on paying them then let me know I could not have a copy of my PCR over the phone......yea thanks that's why I asked for you to send the paperwork to my house so I could fill it out and get it. But still they refused to send it.

It really doesn't seem like anyone at Verihealth has any idea what they are doing or how to handle people. They are your typical ambulance company who could care less about your health and only worry about their money. If you go to a hospital that uses this joke of a company refuse it and just drive yourself. How they have any contracts in Sonoma County is beyond me. DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY!!!!! Also if I were anybody who needs to go to the hospital try to avoid hospitals that use them for transport.

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Patricia B.

San Francisco, CA

1.0 star rating 4/15/2013

Watch out for billing department. Not easy or pleasant to deal with. Problem was resolved but not very easily

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1.0 star rating 8/13/2010

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very disappointing indeed. signed up for a needed class online, paid the $160 fee, arranged for time off from work.. only to get a voice mail after the fact informing me that the class was canceled and shouldn't have been offered online.

sloppy, sloppy, sloppy.

someone needs to start paying attention.

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Lone Defender of Justice Speaks Out Against Corrupt Ambulance Firm

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Gary A Tennyson Zodiac Sign Capricorn Gender Male Professional Status President at Verihealth Inc Title: President Company: Verihealth Inc


07/31/2013 By Teresa McCallion

Gary Tennyson's rogue corporation Lays off 40 following purchase of Verihealth.

Less than one year after launching operations, Falck has laid off nearly the entire East Bay operations of its Northern California office, replacing them with staff. 

Petaluma, CA — President for Falck Northern California Corp. Gary Allen Tennyson has been associated with seven companies, according to public records. The companies were formed over a eleven year period with the most recent being incorporated in April of 2012. One of the companies is still active while the remaining six are now listed as inactive.

As David Severn, operations manager for Anderson Valley Ambulance Service found out the hard way, Gary Allen Tennyson was dead serious about his twitter credo

"don't care what you think, you weren't there at the time." 

David Severn, from his groundbreaking post of April 22, 2015:

Being fully retired after a 12-year stint as a volunteer EMT responder while consecutively serving most of that time as operations manager for the Anderson Valley Ambulance Service, I feel I can speak my piece about Mendocino County's emerging ambulance controversy. In 2013, Ukiah Ambulance was purchased by Medstar just about the same time as an interloper by the name of Verihealth showed up in Mendocino County and started taking 911 calls. Verihealth could move in because Mendocino has no EOA (Exclusive Operating Area) in place that would limit emergency response to a single provider.

Verihealth had no in-County headquarters. We would find them perched vulture-like along State Street both North and South, thus providing themselves maximum billboard visibility and in an advantaged position to respond to emergencies. Stories started to circulate of local established Ukiah/Medstar and usurper Verihealth/Falck ambulances racing each other to 911 calls. Many of us in the responder community were baffled why anyone would want any part of such a low call volume and therefore low economic return. And most of us were worried about the hit that Ukiah Ambulance (now Medstar) would take from the predatory, outside-based newcomer. The answer soon became known within Mendocino EMS circles.
Verihealth had been purchased by an outfit named Falck and they wanted to become the official EMS provider for the Sonoma Raceway — probably for the high visibility and prestige. The hangup was that to do so required that Verihealth/Falck must be providing 911 emergency response within the Coastal Valley EMS Agency jurisdiction. Falck, a Danish Company and the largest ambulance service provider in the world, has the resources to do what it wants and it was doing just that. 

Combined with Falck Northern California’s new operation, Verihealth has a staff of more than 300 employees and a fleet of 50 ambulances.” Here in Mendocino we have seen the backs of Verihealth ambulances in Ukiah turned into billboards now advertising their involvement with Sonoma Raceway. With a call volume that hovers around 150 calls per year there is no way in Hades that ALS in Anderson Valley is economically viable.

The upshot: An exclusive operating area contract will be put out to bid. But who can outbid the largest, richest ambulance company in the world? The Danish conglomerate will win by lowballing the initial contract period and then on the second go around, with Medstar pushed totally out of the picture, come back with whatever they feel they can get out of Mendocino County's ambulance services. I'd call this Walmarting EMS except for the fact that Walmart at least gives lower prices and Verihealth/Falck will be free to charge whatever they can squeeze from our pockets because of a noncompetitive market.

Phase Two
Whenever it was hinted to them that Verihealth was an usurper, corporate picture painters would point out that Verihealth had actually been doing inter-facility transfers (IFTs) in Mendocino since 2010. Most of us “in the trucks” — volunteers doing 911 responses — weren't that up to date on IFTs other than hearing occasionally that as non-emergency services they were the bread and butter of medical transport. And if you thought the Medstar vs Verihealth/Falck issue would be napping until June you are wrong. On January 13th of this year a civil matter was placed before the Superior Court of California, County of Mendocino by Medstar Ambulance as Plaintiff vs VeriHealth; Falck; Adventist Health Systems West; Gary Tennyson (Verihealth), Sean Sullivan (Falck) and Does 1-100 as defendants.

The Plaintiff, Medstar, alleges that Adventist Healthcare Systems West (AHSW) operated or operates a transfer or dispatch business through which it dispatched ambulances and other non-emergency vehicles for inter-facility transfers and other transportation purposes. At some point Adventist contracted with Verihealth/Falck to operate the transfer center and dispatch ambulances and other non-emergency vehicles. Verihealth/Falck was authorized to use various names used by Adventist.

The gist of what happens in this situation, and these are my words not those of the suit itself, is that as a medical vehicle dispatching agent Verihealth/Falck was given what we emergency response people would call a “face sheet” which includes various important info on the transport including but not limited to nature and level of transport as well as the insurance status of the person being transported. 

Higher levels of transport pay more money than others and certain methods of insurance pay more money than others. It is alleged by Medstar that by having this information Verihealth/Falck was able and did repeatedly guide the lucrative transports to its vehicles and the lower paying transfers to Medstar. Medstar further alleges that all of those named as defendants did either conspire to commit, participated in, approved and/or ratified the wrongful acts of Verihealth/Falck. Ukiah Ambulance, now known as Medstar, like Anderson Valley Ambulance Service, has been a steady performer in Mendocino County EMS. Whenever a local call appeared to possibly need a higher level of care than we could provide, Ukiah Ambulance was paged and they responded.

Not once in my 12 years was a patient outcome compromised because of our basic life support level service. Mendocino County deserves the steady and reliable service of locally owned and operated EMS not a corporate global giant with the same ethics of all the other One Percenters. 


Compromised Public Safety Concerns in Sonoma County

Posted by Sherlock Pwahrow on December 25, 2015 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

There’s been much controversy in the press regarding the unveiling of secret combinations amongst certain public officials in various local law enforcement agencies. The virus that is gossip discovering the virus of corruption., as it were , as it yet remains. All of the murders of blacks coming to light because of the influx of smartphone photography that now stands at the ready to capture any and all moments of life from the ghetto to Nob hill. And capture it it has.

Caught up in the web of cameras everywhere are the true nature of a secret police subculture of bigotry that proactively limits the black population by shootings like the many examples to surface in 2015. Having taken the law into their own hands --rather than simply enforcing it as is their sworn duty—the police are faced with a firestorm of bad publicity that has eroded public trust and confidence in their fidelity. So much so that the cop on the beat and local law enforcement at large has begun to feel its effects. Doing their jobs has become more difficult for public safety officials and likely to get more difficult still.

Now whose fault is that? Take a look in the mirror Sheriff Freitas and other public safety heads across the county. In the past the police were able to cover up their ritual killings of blacks with the same lame excuses that they offered in 2015 and 2016. Only now their justifications for killing their black suspects rather than issuing a ticket or taking them to jail don’t hold up against the conflicting –and compelling-- evidence of the omnipresent mobile computing devices also known as cell phones.

Sonoma law enforcement continues to cover its tracks by covering up for its murderous staff, after all, as Sheriff Freitas maintains, it's tough recruiting these days. 


Compromised Public Safety Concerns in Sonoma County:


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Corruption is not only endemic in these agencies, but also in San Francisco. There and in Sonoma, Napa and Marin counties it has been in place so long, and achieved such a level of seamless cooperation as to become virtually systemic.

The Dark Side of the Police Force: In the Shadows: Sonoma Police Accept Artfully Disguised Bribery

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The police, these fearless public servants are ere on the frontlines in the war between civilization and anarchy. As such --just like soldiers in the their foxholes-- they oft develop a deep feeling of camaraderie. Generally that camaraderie is a good thing. But there is a dark side to this brotherhood whose presence pops up in the press from time to time. Seemingly with no impact on the continuation of corruption, the former is illustrated in scandals involving them:

· LA police and firefighters routinely file excessive and questionable workers compensation claims for mostly bogus injuries.

· 22 SFPD employees linked to racist, homophobic texts

· Video of excessive force and brutality used in an arrest of a middle-aged Santa Rosa woman by Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy Charles Blount directly contradicted the officer's sworn statement and court testimony.

· Taser International was roundly criticized for bankrolling the mass" target="_blank">conflict of interest of Police Chiefs whose departments signed major contracts with the firm.

America needs it heroes. Society wouldn't survive long without them, but living with them can also be problematic. Authoritative figureheads --like the local chief of police-- who explain to the public the how's and why's of crime. And what they are doing about it. The public doesn't like to contemplate the possibility that their trust in such figures is misplaced.


"What. Me Fire a Warning Shot?"

Try to tell that to the friends of the late Andy Gomes or to the African American community. Of course the Sonoma County Sheriff himself had nothing directly to do with the gunning down of the Hispanic youth holding a toy gun by a trigger-happy deputy. 

It is perhaps too much to expect of Sheriff Freitas to be held accountable for the work of his minions. The sheriff certainly did fail to inculcate the virtues and benefits of the warning shot into the rank and file. A real man and a true public-minded sheriff might have taken responsibility for the actions of his staff. Rather than sit idly by on the sidelines while everyone but he looked into the tragic incident. 

It is now widely recognized that the police in America have for decades --rather than issuing a ticket-- taken every opportunity to take the lives of their black suspects for relatively minor offenses. Wrongs that had a white man been guilty of would have normally merited a mere comparative slap on the wrist, if that.

Statistics and mobile phone videos are finally making clear that there is a conspiracy amongst certain segments of law enforcement to indulge in the fulfilling of the height of their racial hatreds. Most African Americans probably won't need a lot of convincing of the now not so private racist agenda of the police.

By using deadly force for minor violations of the law, before the advent of the smart phone, police were able to indiscriminately gun down innocent and guilty blacks alike. Filling out their fictitious incident reports to their liking. Covering up this fact, highlighting whatever false evidence seemed appropriate in order to substantiate their continued misuse of the tools of law enforcement.

For example: take the BART shooting of an unarmed black man in Oakland for example. Shortly after that police officer was punished for his obviously racially motivated killing of his suspect, rather than bringing him in for his legal right to a hearing. The suspect's best friend was then also murdered as well.

Who had a motive for the second murder? Was it merely a coincidence, or was it the exacting of a racially infused retribution by police officers with white supremacist leanings?


Callous Reaction to Killing of Hispanic Youth: Indicative of Systemic Deception of Sonoma County Sheriff

Posted by Sherlock Pwahrow on August 6, 2015 at 4:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Sonona County Sheriff Freitas: Ongoing Corruption Probe

Corruption of Sheriff, of Police and Fire Chiefs the Rule, NOT the Exception in Sonoma County

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office are themselves under investigation for their complicity in the abuse of prisioners in a lawsuit filed in US District Court naming Sheriff Steve Freitas and members of the Detention Division.

Under Sheriff Freitas' watch, the pressing need for better oversight of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department came glaringly into focus. Case in point: The out of control Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy who callously gunned down a hispanic teenager with a toy gun without so much as a warning shot.

Eulalio Pena SANTA ROSA, CA 10 months ago Liked 4

He needs to be held accountable for murdering a teenager. Just because he's a police officer, doesn't give him the right to kill. He is governed by same laws, last I understood.

Would Andy Gomes be alive today if he was a white teenager instead of Hispanic, yes.

Sonoma County Gazette April 15, 2015: Local journalist Zoe Tummillo reports, "It is true that there is an abuse of power."    

Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas for instance, hypothetically speaking of course, from his position atop Sonoma County Sheriff's Department, he could easily routinely cover up murder and "who's to know?"

Now isn't that a service that organized crime wouldst covet? To add to his value, Freitas can also offer, in his duel role as the County Sheriff and the County Coroner, to bury any case that his organized crime bosses desire.

Reasoning of organized crime: If you can corrupt one police chief then you control the whole police department. More bang for the organized crime buck. Men like Sheriff Freitas --above reproach-- are the ideal candidates as covers for organized crime's activities in Sonoma County.

A misplaced siren here, a threatening comment there to targets designated by those doing the bribing. Oh does that say bribing, scratch that and put, "Great price on that new car, vacation, home loan, donation to the Sheriff's reelection fund…"

Unless and until Sheriffs on the take like Sheriff Freitas come forward and not only admit their perfidy in accepting ongoing cleverly disguised financial support from organized crime. But also identify all those involved in that process for criminal charges. That is how long the systemic subversion of Sonoma County law enforcement and other public services --such as the fire department-- by organized crime will continue unabated.

A long held dirty secret is the Ku Klux Klan-like Police subculture that rewards officers with cash and other brownie points who kill blacks, harm gays and other minorities. Fueled by the passions of the upper echelons of organized crime. 

Hence the strikingly common police practice of killing blacks --or other targets of their racial disapproval such as Andy Gomes-- who resist arrest --or not-- or for any other convenient reason that sounds plausible, like PTSD.

Respectable salaries all for Sheriff Freitas. But given the cost of living in California and putting two sons through school, it's easier to understand why the Sheriff regularly accepts payments of cash, vacations and other financial considerations --some of which are filtered down to the rank and file-- from organized crime to better help make ends meet. 

Steve Freitas SHERIFF-CORONER Sonoma County, 2013  $365,105.92

Steve Freitas SHERIFF-CORONER Sonoma County, 2012  $348,771.19

Steve Freitas SHERIFF-CORONER Sonoma County, 2011  $344,046.52

Citizens React Via Twitter to Killing of Hispanic Youth by Sheriff's Deputy

Not everyone in the community was convinced of the sincerity of the regret expressed by the Sonoma County Sheriff about the senseless gunning down of a youth by his deputy...


Sheriff Steve Freitas is pleased to announce that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is going to conduct an independent investigation into last Tuesday's shooting that took place on Moorland Avenue in Santa Rosa.

How could anyone find that pleasing? 

Sheriff Steve Freitas announces FB I will conduct independent investigation into Tuesday's shooting





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Carl L ‏@MysteryOf7Seals 28 Oct 2013

See any kids playing cowboys & Indians or 'army' like my little brother used to, feel free to bushwhack them, citizens of SR! @SonomaSheriff

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Anon Kopimi ‏@AnonKopimi 8 Nov 2013

@sonomasheriff Make sure you shoot first and ask questions later... in other words, S.O.P.

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blackrambo ‏@blackrambopig 29 Oct 2013

@sonomasheriff … #childkiller Deputy Erick Gelhaus #police the real #terrorists.Wonder how many kids he killed in Iraq?

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Victor Garcia ‏@Victor88G 27 Oct 2013

@sonomasheriff @CountyofSonoma You cock-sucking pigs act like Hitler's Gestapo. Hope your bullet-proof vests fail you.



Sheriff Steve Freitas, Sonoma County Sheriff's Office

SHERIFF STEVE FREITAS: We, the undersigned, demand the immediate reassignment of Sonoma County Deputy Sheriff Erick Gelhaus from street patrol to an administrative position.


After shooting and killing Andy Lopez, Deputy Gelhaus emphasized to investigators the high level of fear he experienced – causing him to shoot when shooting was unnecessary. By his own admission, Deputy Gelhaus is a PUBLIC SAFETY HAZARD who could, in a moment of fear, kill again! Darren Wilson, the officer who killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, indicated in his resignation letter that he saw his own presence on the Ferguson police force as a danger to the community and to his fellow police officers. Deputy Gelhaus' presence on the streets of Sonoma County presents a similar danger.


Sheriff Steve Freitas should learn from Darren Wilson. He should recognize that it would be better for everyone if Deputy Erick Gelhaus was taken off the street.


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brenda olguin ROHNERT PARK, CA 10 months ago Liked 4

He killed a 13 year old


Ana Calles SANTA ROSA, CA 10 months ago Liked 4

i'm signing because I want this man off of our streets where he proves to be dangerous. We the people need to step up and use our voices to demand justice!


Eulalio Pena SANTA ROSA, CA 10 months ago Liked 4

He needs to be held accountable for murdering a teenager. Just because he's a police officer, doesn't give him the right to kill. He is governed by same laws, last I understood.


Marlina Young SANTA ROSA, CA 10 months ago Liked 4

That murder needs to be fired nd put in jail .. Rest.In.Peace Andy Lopez! &Everyone who has passed away from these untrained durty cops we have to trust in..


Eliseo Avalos SANTA ROSA, CA 10 months ago Liked 3

I want justice and trigger happy cops out of our streets!


Richard Shuman WINDSOR, CA 10 months ago Liked 1

I've seen his demeanor while on duty, heard enough about his complaints by citizens, told of his mishaps as a trainer and now the shooting of a 13 yr old boy. The Sonoma County Sheriff's department is full of trigger happy, excited, over zealous deputies who abuse there authority. They are backed by the District Attorney's Office which has always ruled in favor of the deputies in all shootings calling them "Good Shoots"


Mark Campbell HOLLAND, MI 10 months ago Liked 1

Every one should be held accountable for there actions.


Susan Weaver HEMET, CA 10 months ago Liked 1

Susan Weaver


Sylvia Bracamonte ALBANY, CA 10 months ago Liked 1

I believe in justice and equality. We cannot continue to grant impunity to cops who terrorize our communities and kill our youth. It is time for change!


Patricia DeSantis YUBA CITY, CA 10 months ago Liked 1

I was unable to demand justice when my husband was killed in Santa Rosa, I will not remain silent as law enforcement takes down our young people as wel

Irregular Chicago Hire by Sonoma County Solidifies Control of Organized Crime Over Fire Department

Posted by Sherlock Pwahrow on April 4, 2015 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Ever since the Sonoma County Fire department brought in Chief Alfred Terrell from outside of the area, there have been a flurry of meetings and closed-door conversations about the issue that it's become. Volunteer chiefs are especially concerned about the lasting impact on their companies that are overseen by Chief Terrell.

Snubbing a field of over seventy qualified local applicants, Sonoma County inexplicably hired an out-of-towner to operate its mish mash of ill-funded, disorganized fire departments.

This hiring sends all the wrong messages to our students studying hard right here in Sonoma County to serve their community. What it says in effect is that,

"No matter how much you strive to serve your neighborhood through faithful actions. Like following the job application process as instructed at certified local education providers such as SRJC Petaluma and SRJC Santa Rosa. Local talent, Sonoma County has zero faith in you and will not give you a chance to establish a profitable local career in public service. You can expect a runaround in an unfair hiring process that devalues your service to your local community. So you too will have to abandon your hometown in order to succeed. Leaving behind friends and family just like Alfred Terrell."

At the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors meeting in November 2013, County Administrator Veronica Ferguson made a point of noting that questions had been raised about Terrell's selection.

"We've received some concerns from the volunteer fire companies that we haven't done enough due diligence and they're concerned about Mr. Terrell's ability to work with volunteer fire companies," Ferguson testified before the supervisors.

Terrell Misappropriated Fleet Management JPA – Regional Apparatus Maintenance Project

New Sonoma County Fire Chief Alfred Terrell wasted no time in attacking his duties. Using his newfound authority as Fleet Manager of the Regional Apparatus Maintenance Project, Chief Terrell promptly dispatched a fire truck and an ambulance to serve the whims of organized crime as seen here.

In a brazen stunt performed in front of aghast patrons of the Sonoma Branch of the Sonoma County Public Library's Book Sale, a phony 2 alarm fire, designed to harass and frighten an intended victim with repeated shrill siren blasts. A fire truck and ambulance are seen here as they violate their authority for when and where to use such warnings by blaring their sirens in front of the Sonoma Public Library for a nonexistent emergency.

There has been ongoing concern over funding issues and some worry over moves to consolidate districts or at least centralize their command.

Sonoma County Fire Chiefs' "Chief's Fund": Slush Fund for Organized Crime

There are those in the community that have begun to wonder where an agency that is constantly crying poor, like the Sonoma County Fire Department, finds the money for all of the new equipment they have been flaunting.

Chief Mulas reported that the Association (Using the “Chief’s Fund) purchased 2 new pickup trucks for the District, which will be given to and registered to the District. In case you haven't checked lately, new pickups aren't cheap.

Terrell could not be reached for comment. He is to be paid between $137,400 and $167,000. The county said that they were not allowed to comment on allegations that an unauthorized outside bank account is being employed by the Sonoma County Fire Chief's known as the "Chief's Fund" and that it is in reality a slush fund financed by organized crime.

Monte Rio Fire Chief Steve Baxman said "Funding is an Achilles' heel of the county's fire service." and urged Terrell to look to make changes on that front.

Retiring Fire Chief Milks County for Maximum Benefits for Minimum Service

Posted by Sherlock Pwahrow on March 10, 2015 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (0)

A Grateful Public Showers Its Brave Firefighters with Benefits

The general public rightly looks up to the intrepid members of their various local fire departments and they are regularly esteemed as role models. They are the face of heroism at its best. Such as that demonstrated by the heroic efforts of the 9/11/2001 first responders.

But unfortunately not everyone in every fire department maintains such a heroic ethos.Case in point: Mark Aston. Who, hiding behind medical loopholes and doctors notes, valiently backed into a benefit package designed for the REAL heroic firefighters.The ones who daily risk their lives to protect their community from a host of threats.

Not those like Mr. Aston who, gaming the system, hide behind medical loopholes and doctors notes to fleece the taxpayers of sorely needed funds to fight real fires.

Is it any wonder that California's cities are so beholden to the powerful Policemen and Fireman's unions?

Who collectively have extracted (and continue to bilk/extract) huge indemnities from the state in billions of dollars in benefits that --while the recipients may mostly deserve them for so courageously protecting the public-- it was always a fantasy to suppose that the State, County and City treasuries could ever afford collecting growing legions of ex public officials living in the lap of luxury.

While those that pay their bills --the taxpayers-- get tossed out of their homes by thoughtless bankers. So the Police and Firmen's unions continue to hold all forms of California government financial hostage to perhaps overly grateful taxpayers and their elected representatives.

Here's why it's so disconcerting:

  • Amid suspicions and recriminations, Sonoma County Fire Chief Mark Aston --who ruled the Sonoma County Fire Department from 2008 through 2012-- proceeded to thank the public that is bankrolling his comfortable retirement by double dipping out all of the doe that he could before he walked out the door. 
  • Witness the fleecing of the Sonoma County Fire Department and the citizens whose task it is to protect by rewarding such little accomplishment with such a big golden parachute. 
  • There has been ongoing concern over funding issues 

During a tenure marked by controversy, Aston championed an aggressive campaign to consolidate a perceived mish-mash of local fire departments and way stations under one banner. Some worried over his moves to consolidate the districts and to centralize their command.

Board Chairman David Rabbitt acknowledged the unsettled feelings. "There's a lot of anxiety."Aston was paid $181,312 in 2012. He leaves that unfinished work to an out of town successor for a barely earned cushy government pension plan.

Cadillac Benefit Package for a Nissan Versa's Worth of Work at Best

Backing into a benefit package designed for the heroic firefighters who daily risk their lives to protect their community from a host of threats. Not those that hide behind medical loopholes and doctors notes.

Mark Aston retires amid allegations- Poster child for overly generous government pension plans that daily suck California's treasuries dry. 

Aston's agressive funding pushes for more discretionary cash for fire services alledgedly led to clashes with Sonoma County elected officials and with the local government administration --to name a few-- over his creative financing methods and potential saute'ing of Sonoma County Fire Department books. When asked for clarification by local media, Aston stated that he didn't want to say anything.

Aston, is it any wonder that California's cities are so beholden to the powerful Policemen and Fireman's unions? Who collectively have bilked (and continue to bilk) the state of billions in benefits that --while the recipients may mostly deserve them for protecting the public-- a grateful citizenry, and the taxpayers' representatives,

Former chief Mark Aston retired after taking medical leave in July 2012

Sonoma County Fire Chief Mark Aston stepped down from his post while on medical leave and remained off-duty until he retired at the end of 2012. Aston, who led the county fire department since 2008, was out on medical leave from mid-July for an injured foot and never returned before his retirement, in December 2012. When cleared by a friendly doctor to return to work before his retirement, he used accrued vacation and administrative leave to remain off-duty. Aston was paid $181,312 in 2012.

Aston, who retired to his home in Coarsegold, north of Fresno, denied any tension with county administrators, saying "I really don't want to say anything."

He announced his retirement on a date that perfectly extended his Sonoma County service to five years and thus made him eligible for a nice fat county pension. Courtesy of dumbfounded taxpayers.

Oh the last full measure!

LA County Sheriff Succumbs to Prison Abuse Affair

Posted by Sherlock Pwahrow on January 1, 2015 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca's brutal management of prisoners under his supervision represents yet another black eye for law enforcement. It is of great harm to society when public officials such as Sheriff Baca become part of the problem. 

Instead of being part of the solution, Sheriff Baca, become the problem, did if not the honorable thing, at least the prudent thing in stepping down from his position.

Yet to be answered is, was this prison abuse simply a one-man operation? Is Sheriff Baca's resignation the end of this abuse or will it continue as before except for a bureaucratic shuffling of papers?