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Mug Shots – A Cup of Unique Within The County Seat

Allegan Michigan is a city that has a lot to offer. According to cityofallegan.org, the city is “a community with an unbeatable combination of historic small-town atmosphere and community minded approach.” The city is rich with small businesses and is also within the county seat. One such business is fairly new to the area. Mug Shots, a new coffeehouse in Allegan, offers a different outlook on the norm by way of design, color, and overall feel of the business. Both Corrina Mendell and Rob Read more [...]

Emergency Services Series – Dispatch

The field of emergency services has a big responsibility. They put themselves on the line every day in order to keep the public safe. When you call 9-1-1 for police, fire, or ems, you get to see them face-to-face. The ones you don’t see are the dispatchers on the other end. They are first in line when an emergency occurs and their role is vital to the safety of the public. Jabber Log recently sat down with Whitney Wilson, a 9-1-1 operator with Allegan County Central Dispatch, to see what she does Read more [...]

A brief audio story from the field of Emergency Services

I have experienced a lot in my life and being a 9-1-1 supervisor has allowed me to learn more about emergency services and those who work in the field. Today I got the chance to interview Joel Thompson, a Plainwell EMS paramedic. The audio story, which can be heard by following the link below, sheds light on what makes him tick, his educational background and what he enjoys most about his job. A big thanks goes out to Thompson, Plainwell EMS, and Allegan County Central Dispatch for assisting in this Read more [...]

Michigan Joins The Synthetic Bandwagon

June 19 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed four bills that would ban synthetic drugs. This would include Spice, K2, and Bath Salts. But what took so long for the powers-that-be in Michigan to finally decide that enough was enough? HuffPost Detroit states that, “after local protests and several tragedies linked to ‘synthetic marijuana,’ Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced he will sign into law a package that would ban K2, Spice and other synthetic drugs including "bath salts.” One said protest Read more [...]

Justifiable Homicide: Hero or Criminal

Imagine hearing your daughters scream. You run frantically to the barn and find an acquaintance molesting your daughter. You protect her by repeatedly punching him in the head. After several hits he dies. Was it justified or did you commit murder? In Shiner, Texas, this scenario occurred. The Christian Science Monitor states, “there’s little doubt among residents that a 23-year-old man who reportedly killed a man he found molesting his 5-year-old daughter in a horse barn should be hailed as a Read more [...]

The Influence Of Media On Children

More and more children are consuming large amounts of media each day. According to Mashable.com, The Kaiser Family Foundation conducted a study that showed children are consuming “11 hours’ worth of media content within a seven and half-hour span.” The American Academy of Pediatrics states that, “The average young person views more than 3000 ads per day on television (TV), on the Internet, on billboards, and in magazines. Increasingly, advertisers are targeting younger and younger children Read more [...]

Protest Sparks Interest In Legal High

Zeeland, MI – June 1, 2012 was a day for awareness. About 40 people, according to The Holland Sentinel, “showed up Friday afternoon to join two women in a picket line targeting synthetic marijuana sales at a Zeeland party store.” The women, Anita Cushman, and Lynn Prins, organized the picket line in what the City Clerk confirmed in a recent email to Jabber Log as being the first in Zeeland’s recent history. The picket line of concerned members of the community were set up in front Read more [...]

The Calm Within The Storm Of 9-1-1 Calls

Within Allegan County Central Dispatch sits one of several seasoned 9-1-1 operators. Her 20 years of experience have contributed to the safety of the public as well as her co-workers in public safety. During down time, she jokes with her co-workers in the room. Having a contagious laugh, the others can’t help but join in. The phones rings, the room goes silent. “9-1-1 where’s your emergency?” This is how Tammy Gane answers a 9-1-1 call. She’s calm and professional with a helping Read more [...]

Ravenous In Miami

******UPDATE***UPDATE****** New images have surfaced regarding this bizarre incident out of Miami, FL. I must warn you that the images are gruesome and NSFW (Not Safe For Work). Photo 1 Different angle of photo 1 Close-up It appears that other bizarre incidents have been going on in Florida as well. People coming down with mysterious rashes, violent rages, and lock downs with hazmat teams have been popping up according to buzzfeed.com. Make sure to check out their site for a complete Read more [...]

Killing Me Softly With This Desk Job

Office Space, “A comedic tale of company workers who hate their jobs and decide to rebel against their greedy boss,” says IMDb.com. The movie is a classic but let’s look at one portion of the synopsis, “company workers who hate their jobs.” The characters in the movie indeed hate their jobs but what if deep down they hated it because they knew that is was slowly killing them? Interesting is it not? The characters are portrayed as stressed out, crazed, and manic yet it’s done with a sense Read more [...]
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