The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on December 2, 1982 · Page 5
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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 5

Baytown, Texas
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Thursday, December 2, 1982
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Thursday, December 2, 1982 5-A Infatuation Leads Man To Impersonate A Police Officer ITHPT wr\TJT»r» k n ~i~_ > - , . . i .. JL FORT WORTH CAP) ~r A 20-year-old man's lifelong infatuation with police work, triggered by Hollywood police officers who always whipped the bad guys, led him to create his own starring role as a reserve officer, authorities said. Disregarding traditional channels, the man purchased a uniform, acquired a badge and a key to half the fleet of the Fort Worth Police Department so he could battle crime, investigators said. The man's month- long crusade ended Monday when investigators, after running lineups and talking with legitimate officers the phantom lawman .aided, arrested him. Officers tracked the man after hear- ing someone identify himself Saturday night over the police radio as "R-116," a code name concocted for a non-existent unit, police said. The man was being held today in the Fort Worth City Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond, authorities said. No formal charges had been filed. Lt. B. Ray Armand said the masquerade began after the man saw an episode of the popular television series "CHIPS" during which an officer was killed in the line of duty and his sons hunted down the killers. The man wanted to emulate his father, who resigned from the Fort Worth police force in 1976, Armand said. Armand said the man felt his actions were justified. "His mental idea of this is that he wanted to be a police officer, but he was too young and wanted to be a police officer quicker than the police department allows," Armand said. Armand said the man apparently was unaware the department had lowered its age requirement to 19, but added he was still short the 30 college semester credit hours needed to apply. A year ago, the man bought a police uniform, complete with appropriate insignias, a holster to carry a pellet pistol, and a nameplate to pin to his shirt, Armand said. Armand also said the man had bogus credentials that fooled his girlfriend — along with legitimate patrol officers. Investigators believe the man obtained a master key to patrol cars while working at an auto parts store, Armand said. The phony officer was fired from his job in early November, a c- cording to Armand. The man patrolled the streets on four occasions with patrol cars taken from the police motor pool, Armand said. He never arrested anyone or wrote a citation, according to the investigator. Police were not laughing about the impersonation. "It's scary to think this could happen, but it did," said Deputy Chief B.J. Kirkpatrick, head of the patrol division. "We have so many officers that it would be difficult to spot an intruder. This guy conducted himself in such a knowledgeble manner that the officers whom he contacted could not tell he was not a bonafide officer." Kirkpatrick said procedures will be established to prevent similar impersonations. Plastic Underwear Introduced THE BAYTOWN Service Center of the American Red Cross has received a $1,000 donation from Shell Oil Company's Shell Employees and Retired Volunteerism Effort program. Shell employee and Red Cross volunteer Cesar Trevino was instrumental in obtaining the grant for local training programs. The monies were used to purchase audiovisual equipment and a first-aid station kit. From left is Meredyth Worthington, first-aid and cardiovascular pulmonary resuscitation instructor; Trevino, and Nancy Borgfeldt, first-aid and CPR instructor. (Sun staff photo by Carrie Pryon ADRIENNE BRUMLEY Brumley Wins Honor In English Adrienne Brumley, who attended Cedar Bayou Junior School last year, has been named a 1982 United States National Award winner in English. The honor, given by the United States Achievement Academy, is awarded to less than 5 percent of all American high school students. Academic performance, interest and aptitude, leadership qualities, responsibility, enthusiasm, motivation to learn and improve, citizenship, attitude and cooperative spirit, dependability and a teacher's recommendation are criteria for selection for the award. Nancy Smith,' an English teacher at Cedar Bayou, recommended Adrienne, the daughter of Jesse and Carolyn Brumley of Baytown, for the award. feinv TIXAS nsu ASSOCIATION 1981 REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Plastic long underwear is softer than cotton and nearly as warm as wool, but don't put it in the dryer, says the manufacturer. Helly-Hansen (US) Inc., a Norwegian- based sportswear manufacturer, opened its first U.S. plant in Redmond, a Seattle suburb, just 22 Humans Also Use Echoes ROCHESTER, N . Y . ( A P ). — Although whales, bats, and dolphins are the real experts at using echoes to locate themselves in relation to nearby objects, human beings share this ability to some extent. Edward Titlebaum of the University of Rochester's Department of Electrical Engineering says the blind use "echo-location"' when they tap a cane to determine how far they are from objects. months ago. It expects to sell 300,000 pieces of its synthetic long underwear this year for gross sales of $6 million. The sales figure exceeded the company's five-year growth projections in less than two years. "It's the best- selling thing we have right now," said Susan Silletto, a pro- imrme CHET'S PIANO CO. PRE-CHRISTMAS INTRODUCTORY SALE HAMMOND ORGAN Only $0050* 32 per month Check these features: * Compose-A-Cord £ Automatic Rhythm i> I Finger Chords ir 6 Free lessons And Much More Bench Included Bank Financing Christmas Layaway USED CONN CHURCH ORGAN Excellent Condition *595 SUPER TCADE-B SPECIALS Tlmma Trtomit 606 W«.$i,MO $*u »2795 FANTASTIC CLOSE-OUT HewTfeomo* SAIE*845 MtwTfcMM* 2R1 SAVE '300 to '5000 ON ORGANS IN STOCK IMI H 995 ducts buyer for Recreational Equipment Inc., a sporting goods store. "It's a good product sold by word of mouth. For any kind of active sports, it keeps dry and warm. It works." Synthetic underwear, manufactured from a polypropylene fabric, is as soft as cotton and nearly as warm as wool. When wet, the material is superior to natural fibers. Its wicking action keeps moisture away from the body, making it ideal underwear for skiing, hiking and other active outdoor sports. Just don't put the underwear in the dryer, Helly-Hansen warns. 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