SISD invests $500,000 in security…
EL PASO, Texas – This week a Maryland student’s mass shooting plot at her high school was stopped after her father tipped off police. It is part of a disturbing trend. An ABC news investigation found in the last 17 years there have been at least 79 thwarted school massacre plots.
Just a few years ago Socorro ISD didn’t even have security cameras at schools. That has since changed. SISD Chief Technology Officer Hector Reyna said they can’t predict when an emergency might happen but they can make sure they are ready.
“We are being proactive. We don’t know when it might happen. This is just to make sure that we are doing everything that is possible,” Reyna said. The district is investing half a million dollars in new security cameras at schools.
“We are investing all these funds in the cameras, but we also built a great area where they can be viewed 365 days out of the year. They are monitored 24 hours a day. We have a security officer at the police department. In that area we spent over a million dollars to make sure that they are monitored every single day at every single campus,” Reyna said.
There will now be 25 security cameras at the high schools, 15 at middle schools and 15 at elementary schools. Reyna made a presentation to board members about the additions. The district now has 1,000 security cameras with 3,000 views. School officials say there is no immediate threat, but with stories like the one in Maryland of a teenage girl plotting to attack her own school, gathering explosive materials and detailing the plan in her diary, Reyna wants parents to know SISD working to keep their children safe.
“We’ve also placed a security officer at the high schools and also at the middle schools and at the elementarys, they alternate. But we just want to make sure we do everything possible,” Reyna said.
For 40 years, Dr. Russ Randall’s patients have received more than an alignment at their office visits. The Grass Valley chiropractor’s visitors will likely get a story, a joke, maybe even a song. One way or another, he’s going to get them smiling.
“I really believe you have to have confidence in your doctor,” said Randall, who at 66 still works six days a week. “That’s the most important part. But laughter and fun and smiling are so important, I think. People come in with all the trauma and stress of life, it’s so nice to make people feel good not only with music but with treatment.”
It was April 1, 1977 when the 26-year-old chiropractor who had spent four years as an associate with a practice in Roseville after graduating at 21 from Palmer College in Davenport, Iowa first hung his shingle on Hughes Road. He’s been in his current offices at the corner of Colfax Avenue and Clark Street since November, 1990.
“I put in the The Union newspaper a month before, a little 2-by-2 ad saying I was going to open,” he said. “The first month I was here I had 200 office visits, because there were only about six chiropractors in town. Now there’s like 30 or 40.”
Randall has no immediate plans to retire. He said he’d like to keep his practice active until 2022, when he’ll celebrate 50 years in chiropractic medicine. MODEST BEGINNING
Those 200 visits weren’t enough to get him out of the office around the clock. When Randall opened his practice, he couldn’t afford both the office space and an apartment. So he slept on one of his adjustment tables before marrying his wife of nearly 40 years, Char, in June, 1977.
“I’d set the alarm so I was awake in time for patients,” he said. “I had the straightest back in town.”
During his four decades in Grass Valley, Randall has expanded his practice with more specialized degrees. In 1982, he started driving to the Bay Area on weekends. He spent two-and-a-half years earning his Diplomate in Chiropractic Orthopedics from the Los Angeles Chiropractic College. He later took a course on disability evaluation so he could work with workers compensation patients, something he still does occasionally.
“I just love people and I don’t like to play judge and jury, so I cut back on that,” he said. “But the extra credentials really opened a lot of doors, because the more you have, the more people acknowledge you.”
TURN UP THE MUSIC
When talking to Randall, it’s difficult to get him to stay on chiropractic medicine. His passion is music, and that’s where the conversation always leads. He’s from Rockford, Illinois, birthplace of Cheap Trick. Guitarist Rick Nielsen, two years Randall’s senior, went to a rival high school. In ninth grade Randall watched Nielsen perform in a basement.
He’s been playing guitar for 50 years and currently plays in Rewind Press Play, a local rock group that features primarily 50s and 60s hits.
“People will come in and say, ‘I’m having a bad day,’ or, ‘It’s my birthday,’ and I’ll say, ‘What would you like to hear?’ and they’ll say, ‘How about some Zeppelin?”
Dr. Randall then retrieved a guitar from a storage area adjacent to his main exam room and started strumming the opening of “Stairway to Heaven” before a segue into singing and playing some of Cheap Trick’s “Heaven Tonight.” He wrapped up his impromptu set with a quick sample of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic “Sweet Home Alabama.”
Randall’s multitasking doesn’t end there. He moonlights for Gold Country Security at the fairgrounds, weddings and other events. It’s a little side gig that pays for his expensive music collection, which features almost 30 guitars and 10 Marshall amplifiers.
“I left here last night at 6 p.m. and I got home at 3 a.m. They call me the Terminator. Do I look tired to you? I’ve been doing this for 45 years. It’s because I like people. I like diversity. I like challenges. And the thing is, if you have different hats throughout the day, it makes life fun.”
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A manhunt was launched after two men jumped a G4S security guard outside Barclays Bank in Ferriby Road at 1.20pm yesterday. The two men were still on the run last night after racing away from the area in a red Renault Clio. G4S have said the guard was “badly shaken” by the attack. Those living and working nearby have described the dramatic moment police descended on the scene.
Stephen Hartley, 40, lives right next door to the bank. He said: “We were not here when the robbery happened but we returned at 2pm and there were police everywhere.
“It was quite a surprise to come back to something like this and I was a bit worried. I joked that there must have been a robbery and then shortly after I found out that is exactly what happened.
“I was told it was an armed robbery and you don’t expect something like that round here. I have lived here all my life and nothing like this has ever happened before.”
HU13 Kitchen is just a couple of doors down from the bank and was serving customers at the time. Co-owner Ashley Curtis said: “We didn’t actually see what happened as it is just round the corner but suddenly lots of police arrived.
“One of our customers told us what was going on and it was a big shock. There were at least four police cars at one point.
“It did affect trade as people didn’t want to come where there were lots of police but we did serve quite a few officers cups of tea.”
Bluefin Insurance is situated right next to the bank but staff didn’t realise what was happening.
One staff member said: “We didn’t have a clue what was happening until more and more police arrived and then we realised something serious had happened.
“We saw a forensic team searching the area and the police were here for a good couple of hours. This is normally a really quiet area so it was a real shock to hear there had been a robbery.”
Police have now confirmed they are looking for a red Renault Clio which raced from the scene at 1.20pm. GS4 say they are working closely with police to help bring the robbers to justice. Head of Operational Risk for G4S Cash Solutions, Gareth Skinner said: “On Tuesday one of our cash crew members was attacked during a routine service at Barclays Bank on Ferriby Street, Hessle. Unfortunately our colleague was badly shaken by the incident.
“We are working closely with Humberside Police and I would urge anyone who may have been nearby and seen this attack to get in touch with the police or dial 101 so that those behind it can be brought to justice.”
Barclays Bank closed for the rest of the day after the robbery.
But a spokeswoman said: “We closed the bank for the day following the robbery and we apologise to customers for any inconvenience. But we should be open again as normal on Wednesday.
“Our staff helped the security guard and brought him into the bank and gave him a cup of tea. He was clearly shaken.”
Police say inquiries are underway and anyone with information should call 101 quoting log 277 of March 28.