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11 June 2015

“Good morning, Chuck. “How are you feeling today?”

“Better than yesterday, although I didn’t sleep much last night. I went to bed around 9:30 and woke up at about 12:30. I don’t think I slept for more than five or ten minutes after that.

“A friend is taking me out to lunch. I’m looking forward to that. I’ll stick around here until about 4:00, talk to her a while before she takes her bus home. That’s my day.”

“You’ve seen that black guy with no legs, rides around in an electric wheelchair? The guy is nuts. I usually don’t spend much time listening to him. Today he was talking about starting a union for panhandlers. Can you imagine that? What are we going to do — go on strike?  Who’d notice? If they did they’d probably be pleased.”

A woman stopped to pet Goldie. “How is she feeling now?” the woman asked.

“A little better. She gets the bandages off today. Tomorrow I’ll take her in for a haircut. I do that once a year. She’s nine years old and doesn’t have any teeth left, so she has trouble eating. That causes her to have trouble going to the bathroom. She’s getting more active she jumped up on my chair yesterday. That’s a good sign.”

To me Chuck said, “I told you I live in a rough neighborhood. Did you hear about the shooting last night? It was just up the hill and around the corner from me.”

A 23-year-old man faces charges after a gun was fired into a wooded area after it was pointed at a man’s head during a dust-up.

Police guns and gangs said a verbal altercation took place between two men on June 1.

A man pulled a handgun out and pointed at the victim who swiftly knocked the gun away.

After threatening the victim, police allege a round was fired into the woods nearby.

At the time, police were unable to locate any shell casings or any other evidence of a shooting.

But guns and gangs officers along with Direct Action Response Team (DART) further investigated and confirmed that at least one round had been discharged.

The victim and suspect did not know each other prior to this incident taking place.

The handgun has still not been recovered and the investigation is continuing.

An unnamed man charged with several firearms related offences including assault with a weapon and uttering death threats.

He was arrested Friday at his home without incident.

He will appear in court Saturday morning.

“That area used to be a hobo village of sorts. The guy who ran it just got out of jail. To get in you needed to contribute some food to the pot, an onion, potatoes, a can of tuna, anything you could bring. It didn’t have to taste good. It was whatever was available. Anyway, shortly after he was released from jail a cop stopped him and asked, ‘What are you up to , Lou?’ He said, ‘I just found this wallet and was returning to the Police station to turn it in.’  Actually, he had lifted it from the seat of the cruiser that dropped him off.

“This afternoon I need to get some groceries. I was hoping that my son could give me a ride, but he has to work. There’s a guy I know who sells chicken to some of the restaurants. He can sell me a package of twenty pieces for less than I’d play at the grocery store. He said, ‘Chuck, I can guarantee you that this chicken was eating lunch yesterday afternoon — that’s how fresh it is.’ You can’t beat that.

“I need a can of gravy. I’ve got some chicken that I cook in my toaster oven — twenty minutes one side,  turn it, twenty minutes on the other side, turn it again, then twenty minutes to finish it off. The only problem is that my place is so crowded, my toaster oven is in the bedroom. Anyway, I’ll slice some potatoes, fry them. Put some frozen vegetables in the microwave for about ten minutes, mix everything together and that’s my supper.”


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