CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS ACTIVITY REPORTS
|CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS ACTIVITIES 7-1-06 THRU 12-31-06
Written By: Editor7-1-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON and CRIMEFIGHTER GIRL reported to the theater around 1:00pm and began their volunteer restoration work. The Captain installed the inside half of the brass mail slot, new aisle #1 EXIT sign and began painting the front basement door while his young side kick helped Ron Hiveley on one of the auditorium domes which hade flaking paint. Fellow volunteer Phil Dye arrived shortly afterward and took over Ron`s work. During the restoration work, both crime fighters took turns patrolling their district.
After the work was complete for the day CRIMEFIGHTER GIRL and Phil Dye had some lunch in Bucky Harris park while the Captain patrolled the area. During his patrol he met with three people from the Pontiac, Michigan area who where in town for a scavenger hunt in which they needed pictures of themselves in front of area businesses. After helping them out he made his way to the amphitheater where BRUNOFEST `06, an annual live concert, was taking place. During his visit he was asked to get on stage and announce the winner of the 50/50 contest. From there the Captain make a quick loop of the downtown district and took a short break at Belle Notte.
7-3-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
7-5-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CRIMEFIGHTER GIRL was on hand to patrol her district as well as volunteer at The Michigan Theatre for the kid`s summer movie series.
7-6-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE, BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CRIMEFIGHTER GIRL began her day volunteering at the theater for the kid`s summer movie series. Later in the afternoon she was joined by CAPTAIN JACKSON who was there to install a restored "Historic Building" plaque and a restored door plate and handle.
Once their work was complete and the theater was closed the duo headed to Cascades Falls Park. It was the first Business after Hours event for CRIMEFIGHTER GIRL. And while there were few young people for her to spent time with, she enjoyed meeting many of the regular attendees as well as getting wet as she walked around the falls and was sprayed by the fountains. After the event, she returned home and the Captain headed downtown for his regular evening patrol.
Once downtown, the Captain began checking doors. Early in his patrol he came across Jackson City Police Officer Marty Herr to whom he reported a group of youths who were riding their bicycles on the sidewalks.
Shortly afterward the Captain ran into a gentleman from Orlando, Florida who was in town with his family visiting relatives. This family makes regular visits to Jackson and for the past few years has met members of The CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS at Bucky Harris Park during the EVE ON THE AVE event for group pictures. This evening the Captain was asked to join him and his family at Daryl`s Downtown for another photo shoot.
From there the Captain continued his door checks. While checking The Michigan Theatre`s stage door he set off the alarm. He secured the door and called 911. Soon after, Theater Manager George Davies arrived. He and the Captain did a quick "walk through" and re-set the alarm. The Captain then called 911 to report this. Moments later, a city police officer arrived on scene and the Captain gave him a full report of what had happened.
The Captain finished his patrol route, and on his way home, was again asked to join a couple in Daryl`s for another photo shoot.
7-7-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON was on hand downtown for his evening patrol. During which he did occasional volunteer work at The Michigan Theatre as well as patrol his district. During one of his patrols he visited the amphitheater where the American 1 Federal Credit Union Teen Idol competition was taking place. With a few hundred people in the audience, the event seemed like a success. After speaking to officials and a few fans, the Captain continued his patrols.
7-8-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON attended the regular Michigan Theatre volunteer day to work on both door plates as well as the plaster gold "shield" which is to hang just across from the men`s restroom on the second floor. Working late, he had to stop as patrons began to come in the theater to view the movie. As no volunteers arrived to cover the concession stand, the Captain stayed to help in that capacity.
After a quick lunch at The Office Bar the Captain returned to the theater to continue his work.
During breaks in both his volunteer/restoration activities, he patrolled his district.
7-11-08 MICHIGAN THEATRE, DOWNTOWN PATROLS AND BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING
CRIMEFIGHTER GIRL began her day volunteering at the theater for another Kid`s Summer Movie Series presentation. During her "off time", she patrolled her downtown district.
Later she was joined by CAPTAIN JACKSON who first had an appointment at the Chamber of Commerce office. At that time the Captain relieved her of her patrol duty.
Shortly afterward the Captain attended the monthly Building Committee Meeting. After the meeting the Captain applied several coats of paint to three aisle doors at the theater. While the separate paint coats dried he performed his regular patrols downtown.
7-14-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON both patrolled his district as well as volunteered at the Michigan. During his time there he worked on the broken box office door which needed restoration.
7-15-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
Even though temperatures in the 90`s kept most people off the streets, CAPTAIN JACKSON was downtown to perform his afternoon patrols. During one such patrol he encountered a panhandler who was accosting wedding party guests in the area of Bella Notte. Besides explaining the law to the scofflaw, he reported his illegal behavior to 911.
While not on patrol the Captain volunteered at the theater as well as worked on the restoration of the box office door.
7-16-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
With the temperatures still in the 90`s, the downtown district was a virtual ghost town, which gave CAPTAIN JACKSON time to continue his work at the theater on the box office door.
During one of his patrols he ran into a photographer named Mike from the Ann Arbor area who was in town to photograph some of Jackson`s unique sites---including the Captain.
After his work and patrols, the Captain retired early to the air-conditioned Crimefighter lair.
7-18-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON spent the early evening patrolling his district. Around 7:00pm he went to the Michigan where he joined fellow volunteers Carroll Bush and John Guidinger. During his time with the two, he painted the aisle doors as well as the box office door.
After his restoration work, the Captain continued his patrols.
7-20-06 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON was downtown in the early afternoon to patrol his district as well as stop by the Michigan Theatre for some quick restoration work.
As the Chamber of Commerce Schmoosing party was taking place at Bella Notte, the Captain attended and was able to keep an eye on his district as well.
During one of his patrols, three local business persons reported the same panhandler he had reported to 911 on 7-15-06. He then reported the details to the Jackson City Police what the local business people had told him.
From that time on, the Captain patrolled his district.
7-21-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON was on hand to patrol his district. During his patrols he checked out the free concert at the Amphitheater and was later asked to attend a concern at The Thunderbird Coffee House. While there, the upcoming rock band Ivy League presented him, and scores of others, with their version of a Captain Jackson song. The Captain was very much impressed, but had to continue his patrols.
As there were many visitors downtown for two large wedding parties, the Captain also made himself available for several photo shoots.
7-22-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL AND MICHIGAN THEATRE
CAPTAIN JACKSON made it to the theater just in time to do some restoration work before everyone "called it a day".
From there he patrolled his downtown district, during which time he stopped at Bella Notte for a quick "soda break". Afterward he continued his patrol.
7-25-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
After a long, hot day at his "regular" job, CAPTAIN JACKSON made it downtown to the theater to continue his volunteer restoration work. Also in attendance were Carroll Bush and John Guidinger.
After his volunteer work, the Captain patrolled his district. During one of his later patrols he encountered a Jackson City Police Officer who was also performing "foot duty". The two patrolled Michigan Avenue together as they discussed both personal opinions as well as the few remaining problems in the downtown district.
7-28-06 CRUISE NIGHT/RACE WEEK STREET PARTY
Occasionally the July CRUISE NIGHT falls on the same Friday as the RACE WEEK street party. This was one such year. And while RACE WEEK consists of a number of events which occur throughout the county and culminate at Michigan International Speedway for the annual IRL Firestone 400 on Sunday, this year the combined event drew a larger than average crowd with thousands of people and hundreds of antique and hot rods, as well as actual Indy racing cars to the downtown area. It also started earlier than the usual 5:00pm CRUISE NIGHT and ran until well after 10:00pm, ending with a fireworks show. As usual, The CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS were on hand to work with the police to make certain it was a safe family event for all.
During their patrols, members of the crime fighting team met with many fans, and over a hundred photos were taken of the trio. They also enjoyed the entertainment, which included The Pat Travis Band. Once the event was over, the team continued their patrols until the majority of attendees had left.
7-31-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
8-3-06 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON attended the Chamber of Commerce event, this time held at Air Master in Leoni Township. During the event he was asked to "shake his thing" (or dance) with a few of the attending ladies to the music of the Jackson French Quarter Dixieland Band.
After the get together, the Captain went downtown to patrol his district.
8-4-05 DOWNTOWN PATROL AND MICHIGAN THEATRE
CAPTAIN JACKSON began his day downtown by patrolling his district. During his patrol he checked out the amphitheater where the performing band The LASH make announcements about him as well as took time for a photo shoot with him.
From there the Captain continued his patrol and ended up at the theater where he spent some time painting one of the doors.
8-5--06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON arrived at the theater early in the afternoon to continue restoration work. During breaks in his work he patrolled his district.
8-7-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
8-8-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
8-11-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
While patrolling his district, the Captain made a point of stopping by the amphitheater to enjoy the music of Blue Stone Project, a tribal folk rock band.
8-12-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL, MICHIGAN THEATRE AND BACHELORETTE PARTY
CAPTAIN JACKSON split his time downtown between regular patrols and restoration work at the theater.
Later, at the request of Marci Stanley, the Captain ventured to The Ground Round to be a guest at her daughter Katie`s bachelorette party. Katie is to be married in September and her fiancée is in the marines. The Captain spent some time with the group answering questions and posing for photos.
8-15-06 BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON attended the monthly meeting at The Michigan Theater as well as patrolled his district.
After the meeting the Captain split his time with continual restoration of the theater`s box office door as well as patrolling his district while the paint dried. He also met many of the young actors who were in rehearsal for the upcoming production of FOOTLOOSE which will be performed at the Michigan.
8-17-06 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
The second Chamber of Commerce schmooze of the month was held in conjunction with the Jackson District Library Carnegie Building Centennial, which celebrated the building`s 100th anniversary. CAPTAIN JACKSON was among the attendees and had the opportunity to meet with new Library Director Iswar Laxminarayan.
After the party, the Captain headed to the Michigan Theater where he finished his restoration work on the book office door. He also spent time patrolling his district.
8-22-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON spent the evening volunteering at the theater and patrolling his district.
8-25-06 CRUISE NIGHT
CAPTAIN JACKSON was on hand for the last major downtown event of the season. During his patrols he spent time with Jackson City Police Sgt. Jeff Mazur and Jackson County Circuit Judge John McBain.
During the crime free family event, the Captain also visited the Michigan Theater and several other local businesses.
8-29-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON spent the evening volunteering at the theater and patrolling his district.
During one of his patrols he encountered State Senator Mark Schauer who was at Daryl`s Downtown for a party with Governor Jennifer Granholm. During his visit with the Senator, the Captain was introduced to representatives from Marshall, Michigan.
8-30-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
9-1-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL AND MICHIGAN THEATRE
CAPTAIN JACKSON was on hand to both volunteer at the theater as well as patrol his district.
9-2-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL
The Captain spent most of the afternoon working with local business owners regarding the problems with panhandlers. After lunch at Veach`s Office Bar, he went to the Michigan Theatre for volunteer work.
Later while paroling the downtown district he encountered Katie Stanley (the young lady he met at her bachelorette party 8-12-06) along with her new husband Corporal Ronald Dodge at their wedding reception at Bella Notte`. He is in the Marines and stationed in North Carolina where he has 9 months of active duty.
After the encounter, the Captain continued his patrols.
9-4-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL AND MDA TELETHON
CAPTAIN JACKSON and The QUEEN of HEARTS were on hand for their fourth year to volunteer at the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon at Belle Notte. Unfortunately, because the Lansing Program Coordinator took over the proceedings, and without prior notice, the crime fighting duo was told they were no longer welcome to participate in the fund raising (Program director Debbie Conlin stated to the two, "What we want you to do is raise at least $1000 so we can have you on television").
At that point, the crime fighting duo said "goodbye" to their many fans who had attended the fund raising event to meet with them and contribute to the cause, and headed to The Michigan Theatre where they contributed to the restoration effort. While at the theater The QUEEN of HEARTS helped paint the Back Stage Door while The Captain patrolled the district.
Later, while passing the Belle Notte, the Crime Fighters were asked by a local MDA volunteer, "what happened to all the people?". CAPTAIN JACKSON responded by stating, "Those people came here to see us, too bad we are no longer welcome", and they continued on his way.
9-5-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
9-7-06 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON attended the first Chamber of Commerce party of the month, held at Eye Services on Brown Street.
After the party, The Captain went downtown to patrol his district.
9-9-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
With crime rates in the downtown district to a minimum, CAPTAIN JACKSON decided to spend most of the afternoon and early evening volunteering at the Michigan. During that time he painted many exterior areas that needed attention.
During his occasional patrols he made certain his district was secure.
9-12-06 ARMY SEND-OFF PARADE, MICHIGAN THEATRE AND PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON was downtown to attend the send off parade for the 303rd Military Police Company. The 170 plus Army Reserve soldiers were headed to Fort Dix, New Jersey and then to Iraq.
After the crowd dispersed, The Captain headed to the Michigan where he spent some time working on restoration. Once he was finished, he patrolled his district.
9-15-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON worked the downtown district as well as at the theater to perform restoration work.
During one of his patrols he made a stop at Nomad Bookstore where he checked out a copy of WEIRD MICHIGAN, a book by Linda S. Godfrey in which the Captain and The CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS has mention, as well as a couple of pictures (to purchase a copy of this fascinating book contact the Nomad Bookstore on Mechanic street in downtown Jackson).
9-16-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON spent most of the afternoon painting the outside doors at the theater. During breaks in the restoration work he patrolled his district.
During one of his patrols he met a number of young men from a Battle Creek area band who were in town to perform at a concert at The Rocket.
Later, he met a number of out of town people who were in town for a wedding reception at Daryl`s Downtown who were interested in the Captain`s mission downtown.
9-17-06 MAGAZINE INTERVIEW AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON made a special point of patrolling his district and meeting with WIRED MAGAZINE writer James Lee, who was visiting from San Francisco. The pair, along with his friend Sam, stopped at The Office Bar for a soda and to interview the Captain. Afterward, the Captain took them on a typical patrol of his district.
9-19-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON and other members of the theater`s Building Committee met at the theater to continue restoration work. As the Captain finished his "door plate" restoration, he patrolled his district and did door and bar checks downtown.
9-21-06 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON began his evening by attending the the Chamber of Commerce event held at the new Seymour Ford. After the festivities, he headed downtown.
During his patrol, Daryl Hoskins of Daryl`s Downtown called the Captain to the front of his restaurant where there was a woman who had been threatened. The Captain called 911 and waited with her until the police arrived to make a report. He then continued his patrol.
9-23-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL AND MICHIGAN THEATRE
CAPTAIN JACKSON spent most of the afternoon painting interior doors at the theater as part of the restoration work. During breaks, he patrolled his district.
Later in the evening the Captain met with a number of out of town people at Belle Notte who were there for a wedding and had many questions about his mission downtown.
9-26-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL AND MICHIGAN THEATRE
It was around noon when CAPTAIN JACKSON made his first appearance downtown. During his patrol he stopped at the Post Office where he picked up his copy of Weird Michigan, which was sent and personally autographed by author Linda S. Godfrey. A story about The CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS appears in the "Local Notables" section. After a complete daytime patrol of his district, the Captain retired until the early evening.
Returning downtown, the Captain split his time doing paint restoration work at the theater and patrolling the downtown district.
9-29-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL AND MICHIGAN THEATRE
CAPTAIN JACKSON was back on duty in the downtown district late in the afternoon. Once checking on the area, he headed to the theater where a band was practicing for a Saturday evening event. The Captain took advantage of the activities and began working on painting the theater`s concession stand. After the first coats were applied, he returned to patrolling his district.
9-30-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL AND MICHIGAN THEATRE
CAPTAIN JACKSON made it downtown early in the day to make it to the theater so he could finish the paint work on the concession stand in time for the evening concert. After several hours, the Captain had the project completed for the concert, which unfortunately, turned out to be a flop.
The Captain left the theater and finished his patrol of the downtown area.
10-1-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON spent the afternoon patrolling his district. During a break he stopped in at The Michigan Theatre were it turned out they were short on volunteers.
After helping out, he continued his patrols and was stopped by a local photographer who took some pictures of him in front of the clock tower.
10-4-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
10-7-06 HOME DEPOT SAFETY FAIR
CAPTAIN JACKSON was one the invited guests at The HOME DEPOT`S first safety fair. Running in conjunction with their monthly "Kid`s Workshop" program, other invited celebrities included Jackson Fire Chief Larry Bosell, Jackson City Police Officer Charles Brant, The SAFETY BUG and many representitives from various county Fire Departments. Approximately 130 children attended with their parents to work on wood building projects and recieve information from all departments about staying safe.
After the event, the Captain patrolled his downtown district.
10-8-06 30th ANNUAL GREATER JACKSON CROP WALK
For the third year in a row, CAPTAIN JACKSON was was asked to help promote this multi-denominational church event which raises money for the world`s hungry (25% of the money remains in the Jackson community and goes to food banks). Though most of the Captain`s work happened before the event, he was on hand to greet participants and lead the walkers through the downtown area where he directed traffic when neccesary.
From there, the Captain patrolled his district. Before he went off duty, he checked back at the CROP WALK headquarters where he discovered the tatol amount of money collected for the fund was only $12,697---far short of the $18,000 goal.
EDITORS NOTE: A Tax Deductable Donation for the GREATER JACKSON AREA CROP WALK food bank can be made throughout the year. To contribute, send your check to: Marcia Whitehead, 1865 Van Horn Road, Jackson, MI 49201 and make your check out to: CWS/Jackson. If you would like a tax deduction receipt please ask for one and provide a return mailing address.
10-10-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
10-12-06 JAXPO AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON attended the Executive V.I.P. premiere of the annual Chamber of Commerce business exhibition. While there, he "schmoozed" with many business reps as well as collected a number of business "free-bees" which included coffee mugs, note pads and a wide collection of writing tools.
Afterward, he patrolled the downtown district.
10-16-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
10-18-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
10-19-06 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON attended the bi-monthly Chamber event which was held at The GROUND ROUND restaurant in the Jackson Crossing Mall complex. In addition to speaking with many of his friends and local business leaders, the Captain also won one of the evenings prize packages.
After the event, the Captain headed downtown to patrol his district.
10-21-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON spent the late afternoon and early evening hours patrolling his district as well as helping at the theater when needed.
During one of his visits at the theater, a citizen entered and reported "a man standing on the (Mechanic Street) railroad bridge acting strangely". As the Captain headed to investigate, he heard the horn of an approaching Amtrak passenger train. Quickening his pace, he noticed the man headed on the rail towards the Jackson Street bridge. Upon arrival, he saw three teenage girls pointing and saying, "...there`s a man up there on the track!" A moment later he noticed the Amtrak engine creep to a stop and heard the engineer yell something out the window.
With his view of the man obstructed by trees, he interviewed the three teenage girls and called 911. Noticing the man heading south of the track, the Captain was able to report a description. He then headed back towards the Mechanic Street bridge where Jackson City Police Officer Marty Herr was conducting a search. The Captain gave him a full report and returned to the Michigan.
By coincidence, Jackson City Police Deputy Chief Matt Heins was just leaving the theater when the Captain arrived. He was there with his family to see a movie. The Captain filled him in on the incident.
Later, the Captain continued his patrols.
10-24-06 JAXPO COMMITTEE MEETING
CAPTAIN JACKSON attended the "wrap up" meeting for this year`s business event at the Chamber of Commerce office. Co-Chair Nancy Bushong of Accounting Systems Alternatives, Inc. invited the Captain to join the board.
After the meeting, the Captain patrolled his district.
10-24-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE BUILDING COMMITTEE
CAPTAIN JACKSON attended the monthly meeting at the theater which covered many topics, including the restoration work the Captain recently accomplished.
After the meeting, the Captain again patrolled his district, which included door checks.
10-26-06 PARTY POLITICS
Although members of The CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS don`t become involved in politics, CAPTAIN JACKSON attended the political get together held at Bella Notte.
As the purpose of the event was for politicians to meet with local citizens, the Captain found himself being embraced by many of the candidates, as well as local fans. Though this event was primarily for those involved in local elections, Governor candidate Dick Devos made an appearance and met with the Captain, who welcomed him to the community.
After the event, the Captain made his usual rounds downtown, which included stopping in at the Michigan Theatre.
10-28-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
11-2-06 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON attended the schmooze held at Orthopaedic Rehab Center. In addition to spending time with many of the regular attendees, the Captain had the opportunity to spend time with Thomas Dewey Wilson, a candidate for Jackson Circuit Court Judge in the 11-7-06 election. The two discussed a number of topics, including the problem the Captain and police have had with juvenile vandalism downtown.
After the party, the Captain headed downtown to patrol his district and pay a visit to The Michigan Theatre.
11-4-06 REGULAR DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON spent the early evening hours patrolling the downtown district. During his patrols, he stopped in at the Michigan Theatre where he did some maintenance work in the north basement.
11-7-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON began his evening working on restoration at the theater. While there, he continued paint work on the concession stand as well painting the door for the new "BUILDING COMMITTEE ROOM", which is located in the stage basement. While waiting for "paint to dry", he make occasional patrols of his district. As it was election night, he met with many visiting people, as well as television station personnel.
Once he was finished his volunteer work at the theater, he continued his patrols. During this time he stopped by the different candidates` party locations downtown and met with many of the candidates, including Sharon Renier, James Fleming and Mark Walberg. And while the Captain and his group doesn`t take sides politically, he wished all of them "good luck".
With the weather being exceptionally nice for the time of year, as well as the number of visiting people downtown, the Captain extended his patrol time until late into the evening.
11-9-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON began his evening painting a door in the basement of The Michigan Theatre. "While paint dried", he patrolled parts of his district.
During his first patrol he encountered an unlocked door next to Veach`s Office Bar. His investigation revealed that the building belonged to bar owner Jeff Veach, who thanked the Captain for letting him know about the error and secured the property.
Later in the evening, he came upon another business with an unlocked door and the lights turned off. As the door had a security company sticker on it, the Captain assumed he had set off a silent alarm. Under such circumstances, he first calls the alarm company, then 911 and waits for the police to arrive. In this case, the alarm company stated the business did not have an account with them. Therefore, he called 911 to report the unlocked door and then the City Police in hopes that the owners had registered their home phone number with them so they could be contacted. In this case, they had not.
Being that this was not a "priority" call, it took about 45 minutes for the police to arrive. During that time, the Captain continued his patrols, checking back at the business every few minutes until their arrival. At that time, he made his report and waited as they searched the building and looked for evidence of the owners names so contact could be made.
At that point the Captain continued his patrol.
11-11-06 CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS ANNIVERSARY
It was seven years ago on this date that The CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS was born when CAPTAIN JACKSON made his first call to The Bart Hawley Show on WJKN radio, proclaiming he "had just arrived...to fight crime".
To celebrate the beginning of the teams`s eighth year, the Captain spent the evening patrolling the district he and his crew helped make the safest in the entire city of Jackson.
11-14-06 BUILDING COMMITTEE MEETING AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON began his evening by attending the monthly committee meeting at the theater. Afterwards he split his time doing some paint work, as well as patrolling his district.
Early on his first patrol, the Captain spotted a teenager who was "checking out" cars in the parking lot next to the post office on Michigan Avenue. He made his presence known and contacted police.
After checking doors, he called it a night.
11-16-06 BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON and The QUEEN of HEARTS attended the schmooze held at Ella Sharp Museum. During the party, Penny Wilkinson arrived to join the duo. She traveled from Australia to do a documentary about real life "Super Heroes".
After the get together, Penny retired to her motel and the crime fighting duo headed downtown to patrol their district. As it was raining, they were able to conclude their patrol early.
11-17-06 VIDEO INTERVIEW AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON met up with visiting videographer Penny Wilkinson while she was interviewing local citizens for her documentary. During their time together, the Captain took her on a short tour of the downtown district.
During the tour, the two stopped for a soda at Veach`s Office Bar where she had a chance to meet owner Jeff.
11-17-06 CHRISTMAS PARADE
CAPTAIN JACKSON and The QUEEN of HEARTS were on hand to participate in the annual downtown event. With over 20,000 people in attendance, the streets were packed with people.
Meeting up with Penny Wilkinson, the crime fighting duo took her along as they worked the crowd on both sides of the street. At that point she had the opportunity to videotape the pair as they walked the parade route directly in front of Santa Claus and were greeted by thousands of their fans.
After the parade, the three went to First United Methodist Church to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.
Later, the crime fighting duo did a quick patrol of their district which included checking doors.
11-18-06 DOCUMENTARY VIDEOTAPING
CAPTAIN JACKSON began his day meeting videographer Penny Wilkinson at The Michigan Theatre. She began by videotaping the Captain as he performed "touch up" paint work on the concession stand. Shortly afterward, The QUEEN of HEARTS arrived. At that point the Captain and the Queen gave Penny a complete tour of the theater, including the stage basement. During the tour Penny mentioned that "...this would be a great location for a Super Hero movie." Then she interviewed some of the volunteers at the theater. From there, the crime fighting duo took Penny to the location behind City Hall where they first met in July, 2000.
As the Captain had some personal business to attend to, The QUEEN of HEARTS and Penny headed to Veach`s Office Bar so she could interview owner Jeff, and the two ladies could spent some time together.
Returning to the Michigan, the pair met up with the Captain, and the Queen retired for the evening. As it was getting late in the evening, Penny accompanied the Captain as he make his "door check" rounds. During this time they ran into the owner of one of the businesses who left their door unlocked the previous week (see 11-9-06 entry). The owner thanked CAPTAIN JACKSON for his hard work downtown and allowed Penny to videotape it.
At that time Penny retired for the evening and the Captain finished his "door check" patrol.
11-19-06 DOCUMENTARY VIDEOTAPING
The QUEEN of HEARTS was up early to meet with Penny Wilkinson downtown for an interview. The two went to Steve`s Ranch House. Owner Fay Odeh made them feel welcome as Penny interviewed the Queen and they both enjoyed the restaurant`s herbal tea. After a couple of hours of conversation, they traveled to the City Police Department to set up an interview with an officer or two. From there they went to The Michigan Theatre where they met with CAPTAIN JACKSON.
It continued to be a very long and busy afternoon for Penny as she had to set up for an in-depth interview with the Captain. Choosing the theater`s upstairs apartment as a location, the videographer worked hard on sound and lighting in preparation for the interview which ended up taking over two hours.
After the interview, she was off with The QUEEN of HEARTS to shoot "stock" footage along Michigan Avenue.
Once back at the theater, the three went to the roof for some video footage. During the shoot, people on the street and in vehicles noticed the crime fighters and honked horns and waved at them to show their support of The CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS mission, which impressed the visiting videographer.
After taking a short break, the three were back to work shooting still pictures. Though the sun had gone down by this time, the entrance of The Michigan Theatre made a great backdrop for the shoot. Exhausted, Penny returned to her motel room to get some rest before her late night meeting at the City Police Department for the interview with officers she had set up earlier. Around the same time, the crime fighting duo retired for the day.
11-20-06 DOCUMENTARY VIDEOTAPING
The QUEEN of HEARTS was awake well before dawn to visit Penny Wilkinson at her motel room for a video interview. Afterward, Penny headed to Metro Airport to get her flight back to New York, and eventually Australia.
11-21-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE
CAPTAIN JACKSON arrived early in the evening to help with restoration work at the theater. Unfortunately, because he suffered a back injury at his "daytime" job, he was only able to help with a couple of projects, as well as do a limited patrol of his district.
11-28-06 JAXPO COMMITTEE MEETING
CAPTAIN JACKSON was downtown before noon to attend the Chamber of Commerce meeting. During the meeting he suggested a "book of exhibitors", which seemed a good idea by all on the committee.
After the meeting, the Captain visited one of the medical units in the building. Then he did a quick patrol around town.
11-28-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE, CITY COUNCIL MEETING AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON began his evening duties at the theater where he worked on re-installing two lobby sconce light ornaments he had restored. While other volunteers where working on other projects, the Captain went to city hall to attend the city council meeting where he addressed the council about Penny Wilkinson and the publicity her documentary could bring to the community.
Afterward, the Captain split his time between volunteering at the theater and patrolling the streets of the downtown district.
11-30-06 CROP WALK MEETING AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON joined other members of the food fund raising project at Immanuel Lutheran Church for the "de-briefing" meeting. They had raised a total of $15,267, 25% of which went to local food banks.
After the meeting, the Captain traveled downtown where he dropped off four more restored sconce light ornaments at The Michigan Theatre and patrolled the downtown district.
12-5-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON was the first to arrive at the theater for the regular weekly evening of restoration work. By the time he had the lights turned on and his project materials ready, fellow restoration volunteers Carroll Bush and John Lane arrived. While they started on their tasks, the Captain made his first patrol around the downtown district.
Upon returning, the Captain began his work by installing the remaining four sconce light ornaments he had restored. From there he headed to the stage basement where he removed the unwanted debris the new Building Committee Storage Room, as Carroll and John worked on shelving. The trio had the room cleaned and outfitted in very little time. As the primary purpose of the room is for the Captain to do restoration work on theater property without worrying about it being violated, Carroll jokingly suggested it be called The CAPTAIN JACKSON Room. As there was little else that could be accomplished, Carroll and John headed home while the Captain hit the streets to finish his patrol. While on Michigan Avenue a local couple thanked him for his work and stated, "...it`s really nice to know we`re safe walking the downtown streets".
12-7-06 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE GRAND OPENING, DOWNTOWN PATROL AND MICHIGAN THEATRE
CAPTAIN JACKSON arrived downtown shortly after 4:00pm to conduct some business and perform a quick "daytime" patrol before attending the Grand Opening of the Chamber of Commerce`s new location on Jackson Street. During his initial patrol, the Captain had the opportunity to spend some time with Jackson County Sheriff Dan Heynes, who was also on the street.
With his business completed, he headed to the Chamber`s new headquarters at 141 South Jackson Street, where like other supporters, he donated office supplies. In his case it was a number of CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS ink pens and a package of staples.
During the party the Captain spent time with many people, including Michigan Theatre board members Al Spiess, Susan Milhoan and Jim Jansen with whom he explained the current steam heating "blower" problems at the theater and explained how the Building Committee members were working to correct the problem.
After the party, the Captain continued his downtown patrols as well as visited the new video gaming facility on the corner of Michigan and Jackson. From there he went to the Michigan where he spent some time working on his "office/shop" in the stage basement. With that completed, he did a final patrol of his district.
12-12-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL AND MICHIGAN THEATRE
CAPTAIN JACKSON began his afternoon by visiting the Chamber of Commerce. He was there to pick up the new "Down to Earth People * Reaching New Heights" logo stickers which he passed out to local businesses downtown. One such business was Bead Culture where the Captain also dropped off a CRIMEFIGHTER CORPS souvenir for the owner.
From there the Captain headed to the Michigan. As it was raining quite hard outside, it was perfect timing for a few hours of restoration work. He began by painting the handicap restroom and emergency exit doors. Then he spent some time in his theater office doing fine paint work to one of the brass door plates. Once the rainfall slowed, the Captain began his evening patrols. After checking most of the business doors in his district, he returned to the theater for a break in his duties.
After conversations with Carroll Bush and then Lucas Metcalf at the theater, the Captain finished his restoration work for the evening. By that time, the rain had also stopped and the Captain continued his patrol.
As it was Martin Griffin`s last night as Jackson Mayor (he had been elected as State Representative), the Captain spend a moment at the Night Light bar on Pearl Street to wish the outgoing mayor good luck at his celebration party.
Back on the street, two ladies asked the Captain to visit their mutual girlfriend at Bella Notte. After the greeting, the Captain encountered County Commissioners Greg Wilson and Todd Brittain, who invited the Captain to join them for dinner. After enjoying delicious pizza and wonderful conversation, as well has having a photo taken with Todd, the Captain finished his evening patrol and called it an evening.
12-14-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON took advantage of a "dark night" at the theater to continue his restoration work. While there, theater board director Phil Curtis brought a friend into the building for a tour. The Captain had to opportunity to show off some of his restoration work to the visitor.
Between his different project tasks, the Captain secured the theater and did "partial" patrols of his district. During one of his such patrols he was asked to pose for pictures with two young fans. Once his work at the theater was complete, he did a full tour of his district before retiring for the evening.
12-16-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON spent some time at the theater putting a finishing touch of the handicapped restroom doors in addition to some work in the basement. Between tasks, he patrolled his district. During one such patrol, he ran into Earl Polaski at Bella Notte whom asked him to pose for some pictures with visiting relatives. Afterward, the Captain continued his patrols.
12-19-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
As CAPTAIN JACKSON spent most of the evening patrolling his district, he only had a slight amount of time to work with fellow Building Committee volunteer John Lane at the theater.
12-21-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
With a beautiful evening for patrol, the Captain enjoyed patrolling his district until late into the night. During breaks in his patrols, he spent some time at the theater working on small detail restoration work.
12-25-06 DOWNTOWN PATROL
The Captain spent a rainy Christmas evening patrolling the downtown district.
12-26-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
With his downtown district very quiet, CAPTAIN JACKSON was able to accomplish a great deal of restoration work at the theater, and was joined by many other volunteers.
12-28-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON and CRIMEFIGHTER GIRL were at the theater early in the evening to shoot an interview of her for Penny Wilkinson, the Documentary Videographer from Australia who visited in November. After the shoot, the duo patrolled their district and returned to the theater where the Captain did some restoration work.
After working at the theater, and with the temperatures still in the forties, the Captain spent extra time patrolling.
12-30-06 MICHIGAN THEATRE AND DOWNTOWN PATROL
CAPTAIN JACKSON arrived downtown early in the afternoon to begin his patrol duties and theater restoration work. Shortly after arriving, The Miss Edweena Show star Mike Ancrile showed up to meet with the Captain to discuss the possibility of producing the popular TV show for the local cable channels. They also looked around the stage basement for a possible shooting location. Once their business was completed, the Captain began his downtown patrols.
For the next several hours the Captain split his time between restoration work and downtown patrols.
12-31-06 EVE ON THE AVE
CAPTAIN JACKSON was downtown early in the evening to make certain the annual family event went smoothly. As the event was hours away, the Captain headed to The Michigan Theatre. It was open to the public as a warming spot and, with the occasional drizzle and rain, make a great "patrol base" for the Captain during the evening.
Though the Downtown Development Authority event didn`t officially begin until 11:00pm, the local drinking establishments were becoming busy. The Captain began making "bar checks" shortly after 9:00pm. During one of these "checks", DR. DON`S owner Don Webb invited the Captain to enjoy a great meal and conversation "on the house".
It was around 11:15pm when a heavy rain hit the downtown area. The Captain informed people that the theater was open and many sought refuge there. Even though the skies cleared in only a few minutes, many citizens where concerned about the midnight fireworks. The Captain contacted the authorities and informed people that the "fireworks were still on".
With a crowd of between 1500 and 2000, the Captain met up with local police police and make his rounds. Many locals asked for a chance to have their picture taken with him, and many others thanked him for his hard work to make the downtown district the safest in the city.
After the fireworks, the Captain continued his patrol. Once the crowd dispersed, he patrolled the "back areas" of his district. During this patrol he encountered local personality, and friend, Bart Hawley who was walking his dog Buddy. After their conversation, the Captain finished his patrol and retired for the night.
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