Monday, April 12, 2010

Not in the stamp kit

The stamp kit is the collection of ink stamps old-school cops used  for the diagrams on traffic crash report.  This was the way it was done way before AutoCAD, Easy Street Draw, and for that matter before the PC came into existence.  There were basically two kinds of officers: those who relied upon their stamp pad, and others who had attended the Northwestern University Traffic School, and swore by the template that came along with the class.  I was the former. If you were really into it, you didn’t want to use the worn-out and gummed-up collection in the report room. Rather, you went down to Latsch’s Office Supply, placed an order, and a couple weeks later you had your own pristine stamp kit. 

Even if you had sprung for the big kit (which included stamps for things like busses, motorcycles, and overturned cars), every now and then you would have something involved in a crash that just wasn’t represented in your collection:  a semi tractor-trailer rig on its side, a boat trailer, or some such.  In such instances, you would need to improvise.  That’s what tickled me so much about this traffic crash report last week, by Officer Nate Flood.

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24 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or has there been an increase in turkey incidents lately? Many of my friends and family have seen them around town, and now this is the second (third?) incident involving a turkey. Anyone know what is going on?

Anonymous said...

Just like deer, so many of them, yet so few places one can get permission to hunt them. An unlimited number of turkey permits are available, that's how thick we are with turkeys around here. I saw one over by the sunken gardens a while back, and did a double-take, thinking it was some weird kind of peacock zoo escapee at first. Nope, it was a turkey.

Archery spring turkey seasons are currently running for both youth and adult, youth shotgun starts on 4/10, adult shotgun on 4/17. Youth permits are only five bucks! Adult permits are $24. Take your son or daughter out for a two-fer, bring home two turkeys for 29 bucks.

They're extremely tasty. Roasted, fried, smoked, BBQed, any way you prepare them. Turkey jerky makes a great dog treat.

Anonymous said...

This is the mating season for wild turkeys, so they are more active and probably a bit manic. Think South Padre beach during spring break.

Anonymous said...

It took me a minute to determine the symbol until I saw Officer Flood's legend.

I'd be curious as to the sketch of when the deer ran into the old K-Mart down on 56th & Hwy 2!

(speaking of that area - be careful of the TURKEYS on the North side of Hwy 2, right by Lowe's!) - Maybe officer Flood can come "draw" them out!

Anonymous said...

Wild Turkeys were seen gathering in large groups outside the city limits looking for food. I saw several hundred just West of Denton, NE. Being unable to find any food or having depleted their resources, they started heading into more populated areas where the elements aren't as bad and they are able to find food- North 27th street. Drivers need to continue to be on the lookout, they are out there.

Anonymous said...

I am waiting for the first incident report of a Wild Turkey chowing down on one of the endangered Tiger Beetles. When that happens Lincoln will be on the nightly news for days. You might see about getting grant funding to assign extra officers to a special BUG FORCE DETAIL chief.

Gun Nut

Anonymous said...

Poor little turkey committed suicide "cause he doesn't have a tail. ;D

Anonymous said...

"I am waiting for the first incident report of a Wild Turkey chowing down on one of the endangered Tiger Beetles. "

I can see it now, a poor turkey in shackles and wing chains, being led away by federal agents.

JIM J said...

We have a turkey. Well it is not a pet but he/she (how do you tell sex?) comes every April (along with the annoying owl) with all the gobbles and owl noise, toss in the dog yelps and barks and you have a full furnished INSANE ASYLUM.
As for the accidents, I have quite a collection of odd accidents posted on my blog. I do not wish an accident on anyone, except maybe the owner of that barking dog. But I invite the readers to stop by at
http://jimjsway.blogspot.com/
The two most recent posts are far the best.
I read the reports so I can become a better and safer driver. I post all reports with no names of those involved. Enjoy!
Thats all.

Anonymous said...

To April 12, 2010 8:23 AM:
I should have read all the post prior to my post. I would include that the turkey that returns each april is not interested. I am married.
jim j

Anonymous said...

The're obviously coming closer to town to search for food.

Just last night I saw one on North 27th in front of Walmart. It was holding a sign that said "Will work for millet".

Anonymous said...

The driver of vehicle 1 was in the left lane at the time of impact indicating he was probably traveling at a speed higher than the posted limit. I think if I get out my Northwestern University Traffic School notes, I could reconstruct this deal and issue a citation of some sort. Or maybe the turkey was texting while walking and just didn't notice the car.

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Anonymous said...

Maybe that wild turkey had been consuming some Wild Turkey.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:32: I, too, have seen several groups of wild turkeys in the area you mention by Lowes. We've had them in our neighborhood -- Bishop Heights. We've also had deer, which I guess come up the ped/bike path. Easter weekend, I saw about 30 turkeys on Havelock between 70th and 84th in those fields on the north side of the road. The margins between the city and the country provide interesting habitat for animals.

Jason said...

That's classic...

Great job Ofc. Flood...

:)

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that any fatal likely accident requires the most investigative time, but how much time does it take to investigate and write up an accident like B0-032511? The 6-pager (mostly property damaged) That one probably involved some knocking on doors and whatnot. Reckless is right! I feel so sorry for the woman who had her car totaled by the drunk guy in the truck.

Anonymous said...

Chief-I've come up with three possibles for this turkey accident.

1. Driver of vehicle 1 probably going too fast while texting/cellphone use in left lane.

2. Turkey walking too slow while texting/cellphone use.

3. Les Nessman dropped bird from WKRP news chopper. Thought it could fly.

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Grundle King said...

Dang you, Chief Casady!!! I almost wet myself when I saw that. Loved the legend portion.

How soon until we start seeing "Turkey Crossing" signs popping up next to the Deer Crossing signs?

Then how long will it be before the deer and turkeys figure out that that's where they're supposed to cross?

ARRRRG!!!! said...

I need some stamps like these.

Chris said...

Kudos to Officer Beasley on the six page report he had to make the other night on Southwest 14th Street.

Anonymous said...

my mom lost an eye two years ago because a wild turkey went through her windshield just as a semi truck was approaching her. luckily she was able to pull over despite agonizing pain and not have a collision with the semi.

Zen said...

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly......."

Anonymous said...

April 14, 2010 10:08 PM
Pehaps you should check lost and found at LPD. They get a bunch of stuff in the storage room.

stumble-tripping feet said...

That is absolutely hilarious...Way to go Flood!