Probe: October 25, 2001

October 25, 2001

QUESTION: I am the friend of a 70-year-old widow. When her grandson was paroled from prison two years ago, he moved in with her. About six months later, he broke parole and skipped town. Now he's on the run.

He no longer lives with his grandmother. However, about once a month, the state parole agents come to the grandmother's house looking for him. When they show up in their black sweat suits, guns drawn, it scares her.

They came today with the Holtville police and kicked in her back door. They offered her $50 at first but then hammered the door back together.

This is getting close to harassment. Why can't the cops just watch the house instead of breaking the door and getting her upset? What can she do about it? — Concerned Friend, Holtville.


Holtville Police Chief Charles Simpson said the parole office called Wednesday to request a Holtville police officer accompany them to the widow's home.

"I haven't heard anything about a broken door," Simpson said. "If they broke the back door, she should file a small claims suit to make them fix it."

But if the parole officers keep coming back, they must believe the fugitive is either living with grandma or stopping by to see her. Maybe he is. A grandmother can have a very soft spot for a grandson.

JUVENILE DIABETES — Our son, Rodney, is 2-years-old and he has juvenile diabetes. He was diagnosed when he was 9-months-old.

We have been looking for a support group for parents of diabetic children. He's doing very well but we feel it would help to talk to others dealing with the same thing. We've heard about support groups for other things, but there is nothing for parents of diabetic children.

There is a certified diabetes educator in the Valley who is willing to work with us if there is enough interest. If anybody would like to be part of a group, please call us at 356-2556. — Parents, Holtville

OK, parents, if you're coping with keeping a diabetic child out of the candy dish, call Rod and Melanie Gaddis at the above number.

A REVENGE ATTACK — Standing in a long line at the El Centro Post Office Monday, It occurred to me that the anthrax mailings had nothing to do with Osama bin Laden or terrorism.

It's just someone seeking revenge for the bad service and lack of attention we get from the U.S. Postal Service. Now they want to raise the rates. I don't think people object so much to paying more for a stamp as they do for the lack of service. — Avenger, El Centro

You get mad when you have to stand in line, don't you? That's like saying the hijackers flew the planes into the World Trade Center because falling stock prices wiped out their 401k investments.

Bite your tongue. Postal employees, like police and firefighters, are another army of unsung heroes. When the president went to China, the vice president to a "secure place" and Congress went home, the postal workers went to work.

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