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1 THE SHERIFF’S POSSE OF SUN CITY ARIZONA PUBLIC NEWS LETTER Updated: 2/15/2012 1:13 PM Old date? Scroll down to always refresh, Stop viewing old web pages with this great and simple tip: Page 8. Phone: 623-972-2555 Posse Commander: Ritchie Miller Captain Ritchie Miller Passing a School Bus can ruin your day: * E-mail the Commander: email@example.com We serve you! Sun City Posse provides requested assistance to MCSO but is not a Law Enforcement Agency and is not supported by taxes or any level of Government. We depend on personal, business, church and organization donations for everything we need to purchase. The Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City thanks all of you for your welcome support and friendly waves as we drive by. A special “thank you” to all of you, who have also sent the Sun City Posse a kind donation. Even the modest contributions are accepted with gratitude. We then carefully manage and budget these funds, making these welcome gifts significant as we carry out our day to day service to this great retirement community. Sun City Posse Open House soon: March 11 from 2 PM to 4 PM. Here is your chance to see and speak with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Check out the Sun City Posse Headquarters, meet numerous Posse members and voice your suggestions how we can serve Sun City even better. Scroll down to see how thieves are breaking into garages using just a coat hanger. (PAGE 4) Be ready for an emergency, Fire Department Lock Boxes. (PAGE 14) 1 2 Please read this about the Arizona School Bus Laws: * Passing a School Bus can. . . One of our armed Posse members was recently assisting a Deputy making a traffic stop. The Deputy Sheriff was issuing a citation to a person who had passed a School Bus with flashing red lights. Passing a School bus that has flashing red lights along with the stop sign shown at left is a Misdemeanor in Arizona. It is a $500.00 fine and a person can be either cited and released or arrested and booked in jail. This is a very serious violation. Most violations of the Traffic Law manual are considered civil violations and can be resolved with a citation from a law enforcement officer. A violation of the school bus law in our state is a criminal offense. This means that the driver of the vehicle could be placed under arrest and face costly penalties in court. The section of the Traffic Law manual for the State of Arizona that deals with school bus law is ARS 28-857. • This law says that when meeting or overtaking, from either direction, a school bus that is stopped on the highway, the driver of a vehicle on the highway shall stop their vehicle before reaching the school bus if a red octagon with the words "STOP" printed on both sides and the alternating flashing lights are in use by the school bus. This system is used to alert other drivers on the road to the actions being taken by a school bus. • Yellow Flashing Lights - This indicates that the bus is preparing to stop to load or unload children. Motorists should slow down and prepare to stop their vehicles. • • Red Flashing Lights - This indicates that the school bus is in the process of loading or unloading children. The red octagon "STOP" sign will also be extended at this time. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red lights stop flashing, the extended "STOP" sign is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they can start driving again. Watch for School Busses! 2 3 A Reminder of Danger--Auto versus Train-- 3 Accidents in the area: We all see others do it. We may have stopped on the train tracks ourselves or stopped just past the tracks, which this person did but did not move forward enough. The driver suffered only minor injuries and was given a traffic citation at the hospital by the Deputy. This occurred on December 23 with the driver injured, the THIRD auto vs. train accident in 4 weeks in the area. DO NOT RISK YOUR LIFE! Stop at the limit line and do NOT STOP ON THE RAILROAD TRACKS. This person could have been killed. Pay attention and do not gamble with your lives or persons with you in your vehicle! ! Please revisit your mailed invitation to donate to the Sun City Posse. We need your help to continue our services to the residents of Sun City. Even a modest donation will greatly assist the Posse. Thank you! Our 501C3# is: 51-0178773. Save this number for tax purposes. Click here for more information: www.http://suncityposse.org/donate.htm 3 4 Caution: Do not leave a purse or wallet in your car. Two recent car break-ins at the Bell Recreation Center swimming pool parking lot. The thieves ran up over $2,000.00 on three credit cards within an hour after one theft. Lock your car and take valuables with you no matter where you park. The photo below shows how thieves are successfully breaking into garages with automatic door openers. Since the law requires a safety release there is an easy way for a crook to defeat your locked garage door and then open it by hand. The miscreant can then steal valuables from the garage, even the car, and have the owner’s hand tools to break into the house. This could happen while you are away, or while you are sleeping at night. The fix: Contact your Alarm Company or a reputable garage door company. The Sun City Posse does not recommend defeating the door release security feature. Garage Door Opener Security Release: Note the coat hanger snagging the release rope: Thieves also snag the lever by the sliding track. Please note this information on Golf Car operation in Arizona: (Print it out if you like) Golf Car Traffic Questions Answered: There are a lot of Golf Cars in Sun City and most are also used for casual transportation to the market, etc. (See page 5) 4 5 Some recent changes in the Arizona Traffic Laws have confused many drivers of these vehicles. Many Golf Car drivers have questions: Here are some answers, right to the point: Golf Car Traffic Questions Answered; \ 1. Golf cars cannot drive in the shoulder of the road or in the area to the right of the solid white line. To do so, is a traffic violation. 2. Since golf cars have to drive in traffic now, what to do when there is faster traffic behind the driver? a. Pull over to the right, stop and let vehicles pass. b. Arizona Law allows slow vehicles to pull over and let traffic by. That’s it! Drive in the traffic lane and pull over briefly to the right to let faster vehicles pass. The right of the white line is NOT a traffic lane. 3. Are drivers of Golf Cars required to completely stop for stop signs? If making a right turn on RED do they have to STOP? a. YES! All vehicles must fully stop at red lights and stop signs! b. A right turn is allowed on a red signal, but there is a requirement that the vehicle fully stops, and then proceeds when safe. A so-called rolling right turn on red is a violation. Also, drivers remember that when leaving any driveway to enter a public road, you must come to a complete stop, and then proceed when it is safe. This stop is required even though there is no stop sign. To drive directly into a roadway from a driveway without stopping is a violation and law enforcement can issue a citation which will place points on your driver license. It will cost money for the fine and your auto insurance premium can also be affected. Also, a heads up warning: Maricopa Sheriff Deputies are using a traffic car in the Sun City area. Speeders and stop sign violations are being targeted. Yes, even the small residential streets are being staked out. Do not be careless and end up with a traffic ticket. (Continued) 5 6 Interesting thought: Many Arizona cities have Bicycle Lanes. Perhaps someone could look into this. Ask any friendly Posse Member or Deputy, if you have questions. Kindly tell your friends about www.SunCityPosse.ORG Arizona traffic laws may be different from your home state. Also, consider stopping by a Motor Vehicle Office to pick up a copy of the Arizona Driver Rules. Another traffic law answered: In Arizona, can you make a left turn on a red signal arrow? See page 6 to see the rumors and the facts: Always drive safely, watch out for other drivers who may be distracted by conversation, cell phones etc. 6 7 Operating any motor vehicle in Sun City: The word going around on the Internet is that in Arizona, a person CAN make a left turn on a red arrow unless a sign is posted that states “Left Turn on Green Arrow Only” (On 99th Ave. and Bell Road the Posse sees a number of these illegal left turns.) MCSO Deputies and DPS are now aware of the violations. FALSE! Making a left turn against the red arrow will be grounds for a very expensive Police traffic citation with bad points on your driver’s license. Please, do NOT try making a left turn on a RED arrow! ALSO; LOOK before you turn left for oncoming traffic. (A very serious wreck on 99th Ave & Olive Ave recently) DANGER RAILROAD CROSSING Do NOT stop on tracks! Watch for Crossing Gate Drop Zone The gate can hit your vehicle! Too many drivers pay little or no attention to the Railroad Crossings. That could lead to tragedy. The Sun City Posse is aware and is concerned of a few areas that have small but wild packs of dogs. We are working with Animal Control and have successfully resolved most problem areas. It appears that persons unknown have dumped their pets in these areas. In the meantime, please do not feed these animals. These dogs have become vicious. Running in packs they become wild and WILL attack if no longer fearful of humans! This occurred recently. The same advice is regarding Coyotes, and Javelinas which are also wild and potentially dangerous animals. Call the Sun City Posse at 623-972-2555 if you have any concerns. Coyotes are not picked up by Maricopa Animal Control. WATCH YOUR PETS which are walking meals! 7 8 * Call 911 to report a hit and run that just occurred, give the vehicle license number, so that these persons can visit our Tent City. How to view NEW pages not OLD ones: THIS IS A REAL PROBLEM FOR SOME; EASY TO RESOLVE: How to fix the problem of legacy pages coming up instead of current pages: After three reports of the old Newsletter pages coming up, there is an easy fix for our members. This also applies to our Newsletter readers. Microsoft Internet Explorer--and other Browsers--sets as a default; a cache of old web pages to be reloaded if the page is summoned again. This makes the web appear to load faster, but at the expense of seeing old pages. One person advised he has a copy of the Newsletter months old. By default, the Web Browsers are always set to “Automatic.” See the example below how to fix the loading of old, dead, web pages: If you have an old Microsoft browser you should upgrade to at least Version 8. Menus will be similar. (XP cannot upgrade above Version 8) In Web Browser, click on [Tools] then [Internet Options] to view the screen below: Vista and XP screens are similar. Please see page 9 8 9 Windows 7 screen shown with Internet Explorer Version 9: SCAM WARNINGS, LOTS OF THEM! Senior Abuse Line: 602-542-2124 Or the AZ Attorney General on the Web at http://www.azag.gov/seniors/ (Please visit this Website) ===================== 9 10 Other Scams are running rampant. Watch out for the “You won the Pub Clearing house millions, just send $20 (up to) $100 for handling.” Banks advising: lots of people are “winning” the Australia Lottery, just wire $1,000.00 cash to another country for “handling.” Some people are so convinced they “won” that one person sent total of $12,000.00 and is still waiting. They are convinced they won the big prize! “Granny Scam” is a phone call in the middle of the night. He or she will say either “Grandma or Grandpa” depending who answers. The grand parent will say “Bill is that you?” and now they know that there is a grandchild by name. Next will be request for WIRED money, along with “Please do not tell anybody”. It gets worse, the grand parent is called back, “I did not get the money, there was a spelling error” Grand parent sends MORE money. Per the Attorney General’s Office, this is happening A LOT! Call the Grandchild, they may be sleeping in bed…….. Another Recent SCAM Attempt: DO NOT RESPOND, NOTICE MISSPELLING: Public Relations Service Computer Club of Sun City E-mail message: [Dear Internal Revenue Service customer, after the last annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax refund of $120.50. Please submit the tax refund form and allow us 3-5 business days in order to process it. To access the form for your tax refund, please Click Here. (ICON) Thank you, Tax Refund Deparment Internal Revenue Service.] Please do not fall for this scam! ####################### 10 11 Please e-mail the Sun City Posse if you hear about any new ways that criminals are trying to steal from our citizens. Click on this link to send information to the Commander: firstname.lastname@example.org See next page: This Newsletter is updated frequently to provide the residents and visitors of Sun City with updates on Posse activities. Please Bookmark this URL so that you can go directly to the Newsletter in the future. The Sun City Posse Command Staff carefully monitors the crime rate, which is much lower than surrounding cities. Should problems occur, Commander Dyer is ready to dispatch additional patrol units. SCAM ALERT: (click blue) Roofing Scam, Sheriff’s Office has photograph: http://suncityposse.org/letters/roofscam.pdf SCAM ALERT: Watch for “contractors” that wish to clean and “paint” your Heater/Air Conditioning ducts for $150. Do not let them in your home. Yes, more Scam Alerts: SCAM ALERT: If you receive a call stating that you “missed a jury duty summons” HANG UP! The scammer will ask for your name, social security number, etc. Maricopa County contacts only by MAIL. This scam is being worked in all states in the country. Tell your friends please. SCAM ALERT: If you receive a letter stating you need to pay $150 for a Deed to your home, it is a SCAM disguised as an official document. If you really want a copy of a deed to your home, the fee is $10. Want Crime Reports or Block Watch information? Fraud Alerts? Scam Alerts? Amber Alerts? Just click below: You can be included on our crime info mailing list. email@example.com?subject=Report-Request 11 12 CONTRACTORS AND YOU: DON'T BE A VICTIM: FOLLOW THE RULES BELOW DON'T respond to scare tactic door to door salesmen who were just driving by and noticed a problem with your roof or driveway or want to install attic insulation. DON'T make major or full payments to the contractor for purchase of materials. DON'T supply telephone solicitors with credit card information. DON'T accept the first bid that comes along. DON'T assume that if a contractor is licensed you will get what you pay for. DON'T allow solicitors or contractors to have access to your home or property without a prior appointment. Verify the contractor's name, license number, and name of the person coming to your home. DON'T judge a book by its cover. Many con men are friendly and appear professional. ALWAYS CALL THE ARIZONA REGISTRAR OF CONTRACTORS WWW.AZROC.GOV 602-542-1525 Thanks to Douglas Aleshire, www.allprohomeservices.com for the above information. Posse Sgt. Dale Brandser Crime Prevention/Block Watch 12 13 CRIME ALERTS INFO AT END OF NEWSLETTER: Block Watch Information below, please scroll down: We have discontinued Pay Pal as a way to donate to the Posse. Please click here for current donation info: www.suncityposse.org/donate.htm The Sun City Posse always can use new members. Sun City residents: Prior Police experience is not necessary. Click below for info: http://suncityposse.org/qualifications.htm and then…..CALL 623-972-2555 and ask for Sonia Bell for a free test drive in a Sun City Posse patrol car! The Sun City Posse has added another patrol division. This means that more cars patrolling your streets. More presence means more perceived security for the residents of Sun City. Your donations have made this possible! 13 14 A broken front door can be expensive in an emergency or fire: DO YOU HAVE A SUN CITY “LOCK BOX”? One time installation fee: $60. Call SCFD: 623-974-2321 Are the keys in your Fire Department lock box CURRENT? (Will they work?) Call the Sun City Fire Department to exchange keys if locks changed! If you cannot afford a lock box, call anyway for special programs. Please click this link about the Maricopa Posses: http://www.lincsmag.com/USA_Lincolnshire/007_Call_Out_The_Posse.html An Important Announcement: An efficient and free program to ensure Sun City and Sun City West single occupant residents are O.K. The R.U.O.K. program is featured below. This is a great free alternative for persons who want the freedom of living alone in Sun City and Sun City West communities. Relatives please check it out! PLEASE READ ABOUT THIS LIFE SAVING SERVICE: This is a free service See below: 14 15 “Quick access by Fire Department in an Emergency” Mentioned below in this R.U.O.K brochure is “How does the Fire Department get in?” (A forced entry can result in costly repairs.) A SUN CITY Fire Department Lock Box costs only $50 including installation. (Sun City & SS West only) Call Sun City Fire Dept at 623-974-2321 Please, consider an Emergency Lockbox! 15 16 JOINING THE PROGRAM IS FREE AND EASY! Call the Posse that covers your area during business hours and a message will be left with the R.U.O.K. Coordinator. The Coordinator will call you and set up an appointment to fill out an application. The application consists of the necessary information for the program to work: Your Name, Phone Number, Emergency Contacts, Doctor, Clergy Contacts and Physical impairments. This information is not given out to anyone and is used for the express purpose of the R.U.O.K. Program. 16 17 A Warm Welcome to our News Letter The Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City welcomes you to our new public information service. You will see underlined links to often requested forms to fill out and Web pages of interest. The forms are a convenience that you can print out at home and mail to the Posse. Adobe Reader 10 (X) is best for you to just click below and see the forms. In the future, it is possible that a 404 error will come up while trying to access this Newsletter. This means that the Newsletter is updating, which takes one minute. So, just try again, and you will access the Sun City Posse Newsletter. You may have a question as to the version of your Adobe Reader: (See a hand only when you touch an underlined link with your cursor? OK to click.) If the hand is constant, you have an older version of this PDF file viewer. No problem, the Adobe Reader update is just below: Hover the hand over the link and click. Please allow some time for the PDF file to download and open in your computer. Rest assured, the files are safe and will not harm your computer. Some Anti-virus programs may issue a warning when you click the Adobe Link. There is no chance of danger to your computer. If not wanted; uncheck the free toolbar offer... http://get.adobe.com/reader/?promoid=DINRS If you do not wish to type in or cannot copy the above, go to www.GOOGLE.COM Search for ADOBE READER X (10) See the home page for the e-mail link directly to the Commander. Click on: http://www.suncityposse.org 17 18 Please help the Posse! Safeway E-Scrip form is on page 19: For our Winter Vacationers, do not forget to bookmark: http://WWW.SunCityPosse.ORG You can view this News Letter from anywhere on the Planet where WWW is available! Click on the link below to see ABC film on Vacation Watches http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_west_valley/sun_city/sun-city-posse-protecting-homes Neighborhood Watch Program Also Known as Block Watch The Block Watch Program is as always, The number to call is 623-972-2555. a high priority for the Sheriff’s Posse of Please ask for our Block Watch Sergeant Sun City and meetings between Posse Dale Brandser, in charge of the program. members and concerned residents of Sun City continue. To schedule a meeting with your Block Watch residents or Condo Members, just call our offices during our business hours. As we are volunteers our business hours are weekdays, between 9 AM and 1 PM. 18 19 While you are reading this, you might have some suggestions as to what useful information should be included in this News Letter. Emergency phone numbers may come to mind. You may need to call and report an emergency. 911 will contact all the emergency help needed within Sun City. Welfare Checks on Family: Please observe for your neighbor’s safety. This Neighborhood Watch Many persons moved from another part Program really makes us all safer. of the country and relocated in Sun City. As time passes and people age, there are substantiated concerns about the well being of family members. Vacation Watch Patrols: For those reading this News Letter that The Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City quietly are out of state, we have a solution, checks homes where the residents are should there be concerns about the away on vacation. This service must be welfare of a loved one. Call the Sun City requested. You may pick up a Vacation Posse at 623-972-2555 or the Maricopa Watch Card at our Base Headquarters or County Sheriff’s Office at 602-876-1011. obtain information by calling us during business hours at 623-972-2555. We all view a personal welfare issue as very important. See above about the The link to a Vacation Watch form has RUOK program that is administered by been removed. You may also contact Maricopa County at no charge to any patrol for a blank Vacation Watch members of this program. form. Call the Posse Base Headquarters for Please do NOT send an abbreviated or more information. incomplete Vacation Watch Card to us, as we will be unable to service such a request. Please Assist The Sun City Posse: It needs to be stated once again; that Click on the underlined link below for absolutely no funds are received from more information: County Government, and that the sole source of our operations is from www.http://suncityposse.org/donate.htm donations. *SAFEWAY E-SCRIP PROGRAM* Please Click this Link for Information: http://suncityposse.org/donate.htm You may also wish to consider joining our Safeway Market e- It is a fact that Posse members Scrip program. Click the personally donate thousands of hours of their time and receive absolutely no underlined link below for an compensation. application. You can print it out, send it to the Posse or give it Your Positive Remarks Requested: personally to a posse member. As 19 20 you shop and purchase, Safeway Old American Flag Disposal: donates funds to our Posse. This does not cost you a Please stop by and drop off your worn American flags. We will see that the flag cent. is retired properly. You can give your flag to a Posse patrol member also. Download an application file by clicking on the underlined link below and printing it out: We do it right the first time: www.suncityposse.org/letters/escrip.pdf Someone aptly stated: Do any task properly, as if you are being watched, We also have an Albertson Market even if no one is watching. program that donates to the Sun City Posse based on your purchases. The Having observed fellow Sun City Posse donation is by the Albertson Markets and members doing their appointed missions does not impact your total at the cash in patrol and many other functions, it can register. Stop by the Base HQ during our be stated that the Sun City Posse business hours—before 3:00 PM on -- members are conscientious and weekdays—or contact any of our patrol dedicated to do the right thing in every units in the field for a bar code card. situation. The Sun City Posse collects used Cell The Sheriff’s Posse of Sun City Phones and passes the phones on to be provides additional personal service to used as 911 phones. The recipients may the Sun City community and is only a be battered women and other needy phone call away. persons. We assist challenged senior citizens in If you have an old pistol, rifle, or shotgun many ways and every day. If you are that you no longer want, just bring it to living in the Sun City Community and us or call the dispatcher at 972-2555 and have any serious problems and concerns our Duty Officer will pick the firearms up. about your health and safety, please give We can safely dispose of old ammunition us a call during business hours. as well. CRIME ALERTS SUN CITY From Sgt Dale Brandser: Greetings all Crime Watchers, I am happy to report that we have partnered with SPOT CRIME and are now able to provide you with more timely crime reports. Instead of a monthly report as you have received in the past you may now get daily reports on crime in Sun City or anywhere you are interested in. 20 21 You will need to sign up with SPOT CRIME to get their daily emails. To do this go to www.spotcrime.com Click on the Sign Up tab at the top of the screen. You will be asked for your email address, a password, and your home address. It will then give you a list of the crimes in your area. I thank you for your interest and I will still provide the SCAM ALERTS as they occur. Click on the link below to join the Crime Prevention mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Report-Request Regards, Sgt. Dale Brandser Crime Prevention/Block Watch Sun City Posse Jules Staats Webmaster Sun City Posse Suggestions: SCposse@cox.net END OF NEWSLETTER Thank you for visiting us. 21
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