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No place for old men or legendary alley cats

By NEIL O. NELSON | Posted: Friday, May 22, 2020 6:18 am

Over the years I’ve been involved in law enforcement in some way, shape or form.

Much of the contact is through my work with newspapers.

That’s not to say I haven’t been warned, ticketed and charged along the way.

Judges, I’ve known. Along with prosecutors, defenders and clerks of court, even the custodians of the courthouses.

But it’s the lawmen who have provided me with the more colorful stories, starting with Cop Strand, a small-town police chief whom everyone liked and respected, who knew which people to ticket, which people to watch, which people to trust, and which people to throw in the slammer.

Cop Strand’s police station was next door to my newspaper office and home to my cat, a legend in his own right, who was nothing but a mangy, rangy black alley cat who staggered in the office long enough to eat and catch up on his sleep.