Former detective's wife is a smuggler Sat, Jan 24 2015 12:00 PM

Earlier in 2014 my wife suggested we get a dog. It was a good idea. We went to a shelter where a friend works. They brought out Ryder, a beagle-daschund mix. He took to me and me to him.
You start out by “fostering” the dog. After a ba [..]

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Part of the job is finding money and putting it to good use

Basinski is away. This column was first published Jan. 15, 2010.

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Good cop’s retirement puts the good and the bad behind him

You are walking on treacherous ground when you ask a retiring police officer what was the worst thing that happened to him in his career. Throwing caution to the wind I asked that very question to Capt. Gary Ficacci who retired from the Chula Vista P [..]

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Once wrestling got a hold of him he couldn’t let go

When my grandpa, Vic Basinski, became a police officer, most cops had second jobs on their days off. Some were electricians, plumbers, or handymen. Grandpa’s side job was different than most: He was a professional wrestler. By “wrestle [..]

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Life in the ring trained him for life patrolling the streets

In 1921 Flint, Michigan, a short, stocky barber plied his trade at the downtown Capitol barbershop. Chief of Police James P. Cole would often stop by for a shave on his way to headquarters. His favorite barber was Victor Casmir Basinski a 30-year [..]

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