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Morning Lineup – May 28

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Wednesday – It’s a Crazy World

Stranger things have happened, but this one concerning an Air Force firefighter is unusual.  Unfortunately, it is also becoming uncomfortably more common lately.

The other day I came across this month-old story about Airman 1st Class Sterling Douglas who is a firefighter at Beale Air Force Base in Northern California near Yuba City/Marysville.  One evening Douglas, 20, strolled through the neighborhood where he lives and started setting some parked cars of fire.  At one of the homes the residents looked outside and saw Douglas inside their van committing the act.  But that’s not all that he did.

Air Force Times reported:

Residents of the 300 block of River Oaks Drive discovered that their Chevy G30 van and GMC Suburban were set on fire after they heard dogs barking and a car alarm going off, Pavey said.

The 13-year-old son of one of the residents noticed a man hiding behind another vehicle and chased after him with his father, Pavey said. When the boy caught up to Douglas, Douglas allegedly stabbed him in the chest.

“The boy recoiled back when [Douglas] stabbed him, so it wasn’t a very deep wound,” Pavey said. The boy’s father reportedly pinned Douglas down until police arrived. Medical personnel treated the boy at the scene and released him.

KOVR-TV Ch. 13 filed a video report:

Douglas was charged with attempted murder, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of arson, willful harm to a minor, receiving stolen property, loitering on private property, and breaking vehicle parts.

sterling douglas mug

That’s a real head-shaker and I don’t know how to respond to that.  It is just so out-of-place and bizarre, but in these weird times it isn’t surprising anymore.  And that’s a real shame.

Let’s keep our pride though and get this equipment checked out.  After I get the coffee started we’ll meet back in the day room for street drill.  See you there.

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  • B.Morgan

    Perhaps a good background investigation might reveal a interesting history leading up to all this. No doubt he has some loose screws. I see a long stay in a state owned facility.
    Years ago a married couple working for our agency held a copier hostage because, according to them, it was possessed by satanic demons and producing images of the devil direct from hell. They forcefully kept other employees away with large scissors. They had called a friend to bring holy water to cleanse it, but police arrived first and they left restrained under the Baker Act. About the only thing bad from it I could find was a occasional blurry line.