Once wrestling got a hold of him he couldn’t let go Sat, Dec 20 2014 12:00 PM

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.
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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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Is it a courtroom crush, compassion or just plain stupidity?

You may recall "Los Palillos" (The Toothpicks) case involving the lengthy trial of multiple defendants for Mexican Drug Cartel murders. A couple of those killings even happened in Bonita. Prosecutor Mark Amador put these killers on trial and obt [..]

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That family feeling seems like it’s fading away

When I started my police career in Flint, Michigan the cops received free coffee at every donut shop and drive-thru establishment in town. We had no time allotted for meals, usually eating on the run between calls. There was no “I’ll be o [..]

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Working the system from bed

While it is true I am basically a conservative sort, my heart is not made of stone. I realize for various reasons—birth, health, luck, or other factors, people do not end up equal. There are some really unfortunate folks out there who are force [..]

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