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Just pass the wine

By Kern Valley Sun / September 29, 2020

While working for a large police department, I had a possible homicide. The body was lying up against the wall of a building, on the sidewalk. The building was one of those old apartment buildings renovated for homeless people. There were visible heel drag marks from the body indicating the direction from where he was […]

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Who was that unmasked man?

By Kern Valley Sun / September 29, 2020

By George Stahl The signs are everywhere: “Mask Required to Enter,” “Face Coverings Required” and “Either Mask or Face shield Required for Entry.” Do you think that maybe the key word there is ‘Required’? According to the Cambridge English Dictionary, that word means “necessary according to the rules, or for a particular purpose.” Pretty clear? […]

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Know the timeline for Medicare

By Kern Valley Sun / September 29, 2020

People seem to be getting very confused over when they are to do what. The answer is basically what is needed by the consumer. MEDICARE ENROLLMENT: Most people are eligible to enroll in Medicare when they turn 65. If you’re receiving Social Security benefits, your Medicare card is mailed to you by Social Security three […]

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A game of Checkers

By Kern Valley Sun / September 23, 2020

By George Stahl Checkers. What just went flying through your mind? For one, Checkers was the name of Richard Nixon’s daughter’s dog, and he used him in a speech he made while he was vice president under President Eisenhower. Well, I am not writing about that. Checker is the name of a taxi cab manufacturing […]

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I’m going to jail — will you marry me?

By Kern Valley Sun / September 23, 2020

While I was sitting in a Highway Patrol briefing, the sergeant entered and advised that a man at the front counter wanted to propose to his girlfriend, but he wanted a highway patrolman to stop him and play a joke on her. I volunteered for the task. I went to the front counter and spoke […]

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Medicare and the shingles shot

By Kern Valley Sun / September 23, 2020

I have had three inquiries from clients and readers this past week regarding the shingles shot.  If you can think back to your childhood, you may recall how painful the chicken pox was. Apparently, it’s much less than those people getting the shingles. Medicare Part A (hospital) and Part B (medical) do not cover the […]

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Just two little words

By Kern Valley Sun / September 16, 2020

By George Stahl According to President Ronald Reagan in a speech he gave in 1986, the nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” But there are two other words that can scare people maybe more than even those. They are the words ‘why’ and […]

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Letters to the Editor

By Kern Valley Sun / September 16, 2020

Scholarship Fund After two large articles in the paper, and two letters to the editor by me over the past several weeks regarding buying things from me and the money would go to the local high school scholarship fund, I have received only 10 calls out of thousands of people. Dick BlomgrenSquirrel Valley760-417-0411 Fraud in […]

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Alleged thief doesn’t want his shoes stolen

By Kern Valley Sun / September 16, 2020

While working with another deputy as a two-man unit, we got a call of a purse-snatching at a nearby market. When we got there, we talked to the victim and a witness. The victim was able to tell us how much cash and what denominations were in her wallet. The witness described the getaway car […]

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