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Rialto's Eisenhower High School basketball coach Steve Johnson shot in San Bernardino
san bernardino sun ^ | 1-2013 | Valenzuela, et al

Posted on 01/22/2013 9:15:13 PM PST by doug from upland

SAN BERNARDINO - Steve Johnson, Eisenhower High School's popular award-winning boy's basketball coach, remained in a Loma Linda hospital Tuesday night, recovering from gunshot wounds that he said were the result of a robbery at a local park.

Johnson, 47, of Yucaipa, was shot several times in his upper torso, after stopping at Seccombe Lake Park on Fifth Street in San Bernardino Monday night before 8 p.m. to use the bathroom on his way to get gasoline, San Bernardino police said.

Johnson said he was approached by three unidentified black men, Sgt. Gary Robertson said.

The men demanded his wallet then shot Johnson with a handgun, striking him several times in his upper body, police said. Friends of Johnson's said he was struck four times, including once in the abdomen and once in the arm.

The men fled on foot having taken no property, police said. Johnson drove himself to a nearby police station where he was taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The wounds were not life-threatening, police said, but news of the incident has rippled through the Rialto community, where school district officials, students and parents expressed shock over how the well-liked athletic director and former math teacher would end up the victim of gun violence, which in San Bernardino last year resulted in 47 homicides.

"We are shocked and saddened at this horrific news," said Syeda Jafri, spokeswoman for the Rialto Unified School District.

Harry Stenzhorn, a friend of Johnson's who visited the Eagles coach in the hospital, said Johnson was alert but in a lot of pain.

"This certainly shouldn't happen to a person like this," Stenzhorn said. "He would always go the extra mile for you and not just those he knew, anyone."

Johnson was inducted into the Rialto Sports Hall of Fame in 2011 and was chosen as the The Sun's and Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Coach of the Year in 2009 and 2010.

Eisenhower won California's Division II state title in 2009 with a record of 32-3 - the first San Bernardino County boys basketball team to ever reach a state title game.

"The outpouring of love and support from not only the Rialto education community but all over the Inland Empire for this championship human being has been tremendously overwhelming," Jafri said.

"Steve Johnson's selflessness and unyielding dedication to the children of Rialto is matched by his kind spirit. Our hearts at this time are with coach Johnson's family."

The Eagles played their regularly scheduled Citrus Belt League game Tuesday night, where they routed Redlands High School, 62-33.

Those in the park Tuesday afternoon said the site has fallen apart in recent years.

Indeed, piles of trash have collected in the parking lots. The restrooms are locked, plastered with graffiti and smell of the soiled diapers and human feces laying near the outside walls.

"It used to be a really, really nice place," said Michael Patton, 65. "Families came. This used to be a beautiful place. You could walk through it at night. This place is destitute."

Patton said he likes to relax at the park in the afternoon. But he always leaves by sundown.

"If you're here after 8 o'clock, you're either homeless or looking for something," Patton said. "I wouldn't show up here after 8 o'clock."

A 40-year-old homeless man named "Kevin" said one takes chances by spending time in the park.

"I don't think this town is safe for me period," he said. "I'm homeless. I'm white. You're probably safer walking the streets. It's dangerous (in the park)."

Danny Fowler, 41, summed up what the park's reputation among locals.

"People get robbed, killed, everything like that, know what I mean?" he said.

Anyone with information on this case should contact the San Bernardino Police Department at 909-384-5742, or the Hot Line at 909-384-5656.

Read more: http://www.sbsun.com/breakingnews/ci_22425153/rialto-high-school-basketball-coach-shot#ixzz2IlvxnMjX


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animals; guns
If you are an honest and good citizen, you must be armed in that hellhole called San Bernardino. Instead of taking the guns from the good guys, take them from these gang banger animals. Here's a new theory: more prisons, less crime. PUT THE ANIMALS AWAY!
1 posted on 01/22/2013 9:15:23 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

Yup, we need more criminal control, not more gun control.


2 posted on 01/22/2013 9:20:48 PM PST by umgud
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To: All

I’ll bet a clip that held 15 or so rounds would have come in handy for the coach.


3 posted on 01/22/2013 9:22:27 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: doug from upland

Sounds lie a bad place to stop to take a leek. If that is the reason for his stop. If you know what I mean.


4 posted on 01/22/2013 9:22:52 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: doug from upland
Johnson said he was approached by three unidentified black men, Sgt. Gary Robertson said.

I'm surprised this phrasing was allowed by the standards of Free Republic. As I understand things, the only acceptable term is now "Amish" for such descriptions.

5 posted on 01/22/2013 9:22:52 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: doug from upland

What the hell was he doing going to a park at night to use restrooms?

Never a good idea.

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6 posted on 01/22/2013 9:25:48 PM PST by Mears
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To: re_nortex

Someone used the “Amish” term on a response to me the other day. Duh! Now I get it.

Dang good thing they have all those strict gun control laws on the books in kali huh? Things could have been a lot worse had they not been so superior and smart. Of course now nu yuk has one-upped them so watch out kali. No one but no one does that to us and gets away with it. Looks like S&W better start tooling up for those 2 shot revolvers.

Molon labe.


7 posted on 01/22/2013 9:32:13 PM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: Mears

See #4

I you know what I mean.


8 posted on 01/22/2013 9:33:05 PM PST by super7man
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To: doug from upland
Even being in a public park restroom after dark is bad for your reputation.

Just take a leak in the woods, like a heterosexual.

9 posted on 01/22/2013 9:34:01 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Many years a guy named Patrick Knowlton had to stop in a park to tinkle. That was Ft. Marcy Park. He was there when they dumped Vince’s body. Memoralized in song -

Skip to comments.(reprise) DFU SONG: Battle of New Orleans (the Vince Foster body moving anniversary song)
DFU SONGS | 7-2006 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland

Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2006 4:07:29 PM by doug from upland

I met Patrick Knowlton. He was one of the keys to the case. How Vince got to the park has still never been solved. Trooper Roger Perry was on duty at the Governor’s Mansion in Arkansas when he received the phone call from Helen Dickey (Chelsea’s nanny). That call was at about the time the body was found. Clinton claims he found out a couple hours later when he was on Larry King. Dickey lied in her testimony to D’Amato’s committee and claimed she learned about the death hours later. Perry and Larry Patterson wanted to testify but D’Amato refused to call them. Had they testified, that would have ended the Clinton presidency.

MIDI - BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS
http://www.karaokeplayer.net/songlist2.html

I’m stuck in traffic and really had to pee
And can’t believe this kind of thing is happenin’ to me
I’m lookin’ for a restroom but there isn’t one to find
So I know that trouble’s brewin’ and I’m really in a bind

I tensed all up but I knew I wouldn’t make it
That mean old Mother Nature is the one I’ve often cursed
I’d hold my breath but knew I couldn’t fake it
If I’m not pullin’ over soon my bladder’s gonna burst

A mile down the road I think I might a seen a sign
And I think it said McDonalds and to me that’s mighty fine
I’m shakin’ all over, people thought it was a dance
But there’s no way in Hades that I wanna mess my pants

I tensed all up but I knew I wouldn’t make it
That mean old Mother Nature is the one I’ve often cursed
I’d hold my breath but knew I couldn’t fake it
If I’m not pullin’ over soon my bladder’s gonna burst

The pain was growin’ so I’m pullin’ over quick
I just gotta find a place because I think I’m gettin’ sick
I saw “Ft. Marcy” and I started yelling “hark!”
There will be a tree and I will just go tinkle in the park

I tensed all up but I knew I wouldn’t make it
That mean old Mother Nature is the one I’ve often cursed
I’d hold my breath but knew I couldn’t fake it
If I’m not pullin’ over soon my bladder’s gonna burst

Well, I jump from my car but there’s some fella watchin’
He’s glarin’, I know that he’s as mean as he could be
I quickly walk to a tree by a cannon
I didn’t want no trouble I just had to take a pee

I’m zippin’ my zipper and I’m getting’ in my car
But the thug is there, I’m wonderin’ if I’ll be gettin’ far
I saw two cars that later I was able to describe
I’d tell the truth, I’d tell it straight and never take a bribe

I tensed all up but I knew I wouldn’t make it
And mean old Mother Nature is the one I’ve often cursed
I’d hold my breath but knew I couldn’t fake it
If I’m not pullin’ over soon my bladder’s gonna burst

Then harassment was startin’ by some guys a packin’
They were watchin’, they’re bumpin’ me wherever I would go
‘Cause that’s the time that they dumped poor ol’ Foster
Those guys had done him in that day, I didn’t even know


10 posted on 01/22/2013 9:35:46 PM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: doug from upland

When I was eight years old, in 1960, my parents moved from a California beach to South Gate, California.

The neighborhood was mostly populated by elderly, retired whites of middle income. The homes were modest, neat and clean. We lived behind the South Gate Library, just down the street from the Police Station.

My parents had both been born in Los Angeles and thought it perfectly safe for me to walk the few blocks to elementary school.

Then there was South Gate Municipal Park, which had olympic-sized swimming pools located amidst beautiful lawns and large deciduous trees.

It was heart-breaking to discover just ten years ago that the City of South Gate had become Tijuana North, with a corrupt city government dominated by Hispanic immigrant families practising nepotism and only God knows what else. I’ve been told that it isn’t safe for whites to go there.

San Bernardino sounds like the same.


11 posted on 01/22/2013 9:39:52 PM PST by SatinDoll (NATURAL BORN CITZEN: BORN IN THE USA OF CITIZEN PARENTS.)
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To: doug from upland

I can not imagine using the restroom in a park that is in a high crime area. He is lucky to be alive.


12 posted on 01/22/2013 9:40:04 PM PST by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: super7man

I certainly do know what you mean.

There are several areas I know of that a guy would be NUTS to use the restrooms,and they’ve been that way for years.

.


13 posted on 01/22/2013 9:40:12 PM PST by Mears
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To: rktman
Someone used the “Amish” term on a response to me the other day. Duh! Now I get it.

I'm not humor impaired and I really do get the irony intended by applying the term "Amish" to these feral thugs. But, as an older guy who doesn't mince words and avoids coded language (or euphemisms), I find the use of "Amish" in this context as misleading as the sodomites who call their filthy, deviant lifestyle "gay".

14 posted on 01/22/2013 9:41:22 PM PST by re_nortex (DP...that's what I like about Texas.)
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To: Mears

I’m sure he was lulled into a false sense of security due to the nature of his job. I think John Derbyshire had something to say about this once when he was at National Review. I wonder if the coach could share any of his “lessons learned” with us law abiding citizens...


15 posted on 01/22/2013 9:41:31 PM PST by Dr. Pritchett
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To: doug from upland

11/30/12

“City Attorney Tells San Bernardino Residents To ‘Lock Their Doors,’ ‘Load Their Guns’ Because Of Police Downsizing”

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/11/30/city-attorney-tells-san-bernardino-residents-to-lock-their-doors-load-their-guns-because-of-police-downsizing/


16 posted on 01/22/2013 9:41:37 PM PST by 444Flyer
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To: Mears

If I was on my way to get gas, I’d use the gas station rest room.


17 posted on 01/22/2013 9:42:09 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Red_Devil 232
San Berdoo is a bad place to take a leak anywhere after dark. Don't even stop for fast food and gas, even if it is just off the I-15.
18 posted on 01/22/2013 9:44:03 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: re_nortex

Roger that. Kind of like calling a............ Never mind. LOL! You know where I was going. No euphenisms needed. I remember when gay was happy and joyful.


19 posted on 01/22/2013 9:44:58 PM PST by rktman (Live the oath you took or get out of office!)
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To: doug from upland

BTW Prayers up for Coach Johnson. What a world!:(


20 posted on 01/22/2013 9:46:57 PM PST by 444Flyer
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To: doug from upland

I would speculate that this is another mind fried on drugs which has created a murderous zombie hard wired for crime.


21 posted on 01/22/2013 9:47:23 PM PST by jonrick46 (The opium of Communists: other people's money.)
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To: Mears

Exactly, especially in San berdoo. No person in their right mind would stop at a park restroom in San berdoo no matter how bad ya gotta go. Things that make ya say ummmmmm.


22 posted on 01/22/2013 9:55:54 PM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: doug from upland

doug....you and bunch us remember where all the bodies are buried so to speak don’t we?...all the dirt...starting back with the Clintoons.......and now bammey boy....can’t believe how corrupt our govt and politicians are....


23 posted on 01/22/2013 10:21:22 PM PST by cherry
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To: doug from upland

Living in the Rust Belt, there was a time when people from here would move to California for the good life. No more. It is a tragedy what has happened to that state.


24 posted on 01/22/2013 10:30:03 PM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: PghBaldy
California is such a beautiful state.....but it sounds to be increasingly antisocial......

very sad indeed....

26 posted on 01/22/2013 11:00:08 PM PST by cherry
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To: doug from upland

Disarm residents of democrat congressional districts and watch gun crime almost disappear.


27 posted on 01/23/2013 12:09:36 AM PST by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: doug from upland

He stopped to use the locked bathroom piled high with trash on his way to get gasoline?

This ain’t adding up.


28 posted on 01/23/2013 4:34:02 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: doug from upland

drug deal?


29 posted on 01/23/2013 4:34:36 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Mears
What the hell was he doing going to a park at night to use restrooms?

My question exactly, especially after reading this sentence:

The restrooms are locked, plastered with graffiti and smell of the soiled diapers and human feces laying near the outside walls.

As much as I hate to say it, I think the coach was in the park for other reasons.....sex? Drugs? Stranger things have happened to presumably good people.

30 posted on 01/23/2013 4:44:28 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: cherry

We are watching the greatest nation this planet has ever seen be disassembled before our very eyes. I never believed it possible because we had the “Constitution.” No, it can never happen here. It could happen in Germany, but it can never happen here. I was wrong.


31 posted on 01/23/2013 6:31:31 AM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: Hot Tabasco
I caught that too. Why would he stop to use the locked park bathroom rather than using the one at the gas station he was headed to?

That is the #1 problem we have in this country: No media.

Sure, we have the "media", but they stopped using their brains years ago. In this case, we have pertinent details right there in their own story but they can't even see them. No wonder we're going to hell in a hand basket...

32 posted on 01/23/2013 9:02:30 AM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: doug from upland

“...after stopping at Seccombe Lake Park on Fifth Street in San Bernardino Monday night before 8 p.m. to use the bathroom on his way to get gasoline...”

Really good odds are that he is gay and was looking for lust.

http://is.gd/2vue4Z

“...Seccombe Lake Park has fallen into disrepair... In recent years... the park (has become) an oasis for prostitution, drug dealing, assaults, and panhandling. Few local residents use the park, even in daylight hours.”


33 posted on 01/23/2013 9:52:41 AM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Best WoT news at rantburg.com)
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