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Thonie Hevron; bringing you the stories behind the badge

The Call Box: The Strange Case of the Poisoned Mushrooms

What follows can only be described as an act committed by me in a moment of weakness. Not done in a mean-spirited manner but only because I had lost control so to speak, and, well, “the devil made me do it.”

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October 8, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Call Box: A Burglar’s Burglar

So, this is not a lecture but a tale, The Tale of the Master Burglar, or the burglar’s burglar.

September 10, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Call Box: “I Outdrew Marshall Matt Dillon”

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD In the mid 1950’s, L.A.P.D. patrol officers carried .38 caliber, 6” barreled revolvers. The choices were either a Colt Officer’s model, or a Smith and … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Call Box: The Remorseful Rapist

In the early 1960’s Los Angeles held the title “bank robbery capitol” of America.  At the time, one in every 10 bank robberies in the USA occurred in the LA area.                                                                                                                                                               

July 16, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Call Box: An Adventure in the Rose Garden

As we clear the station, there is still some daylight left when we receive a call. “Unknown trouble” at the Coliseum rose garden. This type call can mean anything and usually does.

June 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: The King and I

It is about 1960 and I am a policeman working Metro, the division that seems to do a little of everything. This day, I have been assigned uniformed security for the King of Cambodia.

June 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

The Call Box: Daydreaming in Copland

By Ed Meckle, Retired  LAPD What follows is a collection of random thoughts, of people, places and things. No rhyme or reason, just remembering… River Dwellers I am a policeman … Continue reading

June 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Call Box: Working Robbery

In early 1965, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse. Not from Don Corleone but from Captain Ed Jokisch. I had been at Metro for five years, the last two as a sergeant—an absolute jewel of an assignment and one highly sought after.

June 7, 2017 · 7 Comments

The Call Box: A Rose is a Rose

Our hope for some quiet goes out the window early when we are notified of the armed robbery of a payroll messenger carrying just under 100K, in cash. Why cash? I don’t remember, but it was destined for a publishing house on Wilshire Boulevard.

May 31, 2017 · 7 Comments

The Call Box: Motor Cop Stories

I was present for the first two of these tales, as to the third the officer who told the story to a group claims it happened to him. Knowing him, I find it very easy to believe.

May 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Cop Talk

For all things about cop culture-the work, the family, the days off.

The purpose of this page is to educate writers of all genres to be accurate in their portrayal of law enforcement professionals. This includes meter maids (I was a "lovely Rita" many years ago), dispatcher, patrol officers, detectives, and administrators.

I have many resources in my 35 year career in California law enforcement. I index and explain common errors that found in all media. Guests will also post about police professionalism today and tomorrow as well as historical articles about the way things used to be, "back in the day".

Examples of police media myths: missing persons cannot be reported by anyone but the family; missing persons reports can't be taken until the subject has been missing 24 hours; all cops eat donuts.

You get my drift.

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Just the Facts, Ma'am posts Sundays and Fridays. Sundays scheduled writers Hal Collier, Ed Meckle, Mikey, and John Schick take us through the days and nights of those who protect and serve.
Friday postings feature authors sharing their thoughts about this journey we call authorship.
Extra postings will include California 'Officer Down' notices or something special. I will update progress of my current literary project as they develop.
--Thonie Hevron

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