Benicia stands with Parkland, Florida following tragic school shooting
Benicia High School students took to the streets and City Park on Saturday night – and to Twitter, Instagram and Youtube with heartfelt sorrow and calls for change following the mass shooting at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. (Scroll down for video.)
Benicia High students planned an evening vigil for Saturday, Feb. 24. Students gathered at Benicia High before dark and walked to City Park. At the Gazebo, they lit candles and honored those who were killed in Parkland.
Planners included Carson Rendell, Enaiya Judkins, Grace French, Meghan Barrett , Chloe Bonini, Karah Fisher, Morgan Bundy, Valentina Quintana, and with media & footage, Chris Weldon & Anders Knutstad.
After the vigil, Chris Weldon wrote:
We had a good turn out with 90% being students. We wore name tags of those who we lost and that are no longer with us. We’ve lost so many in events like Parkland that we ran out of name tags to write names.
We walked from the high school to the gazebo holding signs saying “never again” and wore black. We read stories and such of those who were heros in the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas, we read about each of the victims’ lives and what their plans were, we lost many amazing students and staff in Parkland. All will be missed and were honored. We held candles and had a moment of silence in remembrance of those 17 lives and all lives lost in other mass shootings at schools.
Benicia Students read statements they wrote about the change they would like to see in our country and the steps we as a country need to take. We came together and honored those that we lost and we will continue in the never again movement.
Weldon and Anders Knutstad posted video footage on YouTube:
And more on Instagram:northbayneveragain“North Bay Never Again – Students from North Bay, California working towards ending gun violence. We stand in solidarity with the survivors of MSD. #NeverAgain“
From your Benicia Independent Editor: Never in Benicia, Never Again! It’s time for our elected leaders to take long overdue action to limit the senseless slaughter. See more on the BenIndy here. – R.S.
February 21, 2018 [Editor: UPDATE: See how Thompson’s views have changed: He now says that “military grade automatic and semi-automatic assault weapons “do not belong in the hands of citizens.” – RS]
PREVIOUSLY POSTED MATERIAL from a Facebook page has been removed at the request of a member of the PRIVATE Facebook group, Benicia Indivisible For Justice. Material removed showed a lengthy debate on Rep. Thompson’s views on assault weapons. Contact Mike here.
[Apologies for the belated posting of this October, 2017 page. – RS]
This page is dedicated to those who have suffered gun violence in the United States. Our guns are out of control. Senseless, that we cry out only after mass shootings. Below you will find most recent postings at top, followed by an archive going back several years.
By Roger Straw, October 8, 2017
UPDATE – following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, NV
By Roger Straw, June 12, 2016
UPDATE – mass shooting in Orlando FL
This Michael Moore tweet says it all:
I have nothing 2 say that hasn’t already been said on this the 163rd day of a yr in which there’ve already been 173 mass shootings in the US
Here is the latest sad mass shooting statistic fromThe Guardian (6/14/2016):
Previously (October 7, 2015):
I will take a brief time out … again … from my reporting on crude by rail to raise the awful issue of gun control and the almost daily occurrence of mass shootings in the United States. (Mass shooting is defined as four or more people shot in an event, or related series of events, likely without a cooling off period). See below.
The Guardian article is based on statistics gathered byMass Shooting Tracker. The current page on Mass Shooting Tracker shows three more mass shootings on the day after the college campus shooting in Roseburg, Oregon:
10/2/2015 – 1 dead, 4 wounded in Baltimore, MD
10/2/2015 – 3 dead, 1 wounded in Inglis, FL
10/2/2015 – 1 dead, 4 wounded, again in Baltimore, MD
Your news media simply CAN’T KEEP UP with the flood of mass shootings. So far in 2015, (on October 7, the 280th day of the year) 379 have been killed in mass shootings, and 1094 have been shot and survived. Who knew, you might ask? Well, survivors, for sure. Their lives will never be the same. Nor will those of families, friends and neighbors of those who are killed or injured in these mass shootings.
FROM BENINDY ARCHIVES… For a short time in May 2013, not long after theSandyhook Elementary shootingin Newtown, Massachusetts, the Benicia Independent’s “single-issue focus” was on gun control. At that time, I linked to a series of stories showing that the issue extends to our small town of Benicia. (See archive copy below.)
Gun Violence is a problem in Benicia
By Roger Straw May 16, 2013, 2:30 PM
Gun violence is in fact a BENICIA problem … it is time to take action in EVERY city and town. Here are 21 links to Benicia Herald reports of gun violations in Benicia April, 2010 to May 16, 2013.
By Donna Beth Weilenman
Benicia police arrested a 17-year-old Liberty High School student they said made threats Wednesday to kill a classmate, and Thursday brought a gun to campus, Lt. Frank Hartig said. The youth’s identity was not disclosed, but he was accused of felony counts of terrorist threats and possessing a firearm on school grounds, as well as misdemeanor accusations of possessing a firearm with an obliterated serial number; of being a minor in possession of ammunition; possession of an assault weapon; and being a minor in possession of a concealed firearm, Hartig said.
May 16, 2013
Solano County has been ranked sixth among California counties in youth and young adult homicides, said Marty Langley, policy analyst for the the Violence Policy Center, Washington, D.C. San Joaquin County topped the list that is based on 2011 statistics, and several counties reported no homicides among those 10 to 24, the age range that is the focus of the center’s report.
March 7, 2013 at 11:01 am
Benicia police arrested a Benicia man early Monday in the Solano County Square parking lot after a police dog detected drugs in the vicinity of the man’s car. A search turned up drugs, weapons and a suspected incendiary device, Lt. Frank Hartig said Tuesday afternoon.
December 11, 2012 at 3:39 pm
A man sought by Benicia police in the Thanksgiving Day armed robbery of one woman and theft of another women’s car died early Tuesday of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot after a lengthy standoff on Treasure Island, San Francisco police said. Duncan Phillips, 29, had been the subject of a Benicia police search after he was suspected of attacking and robbing a 52-year-old woman at her apartment on the 900 block of Southampton Road, Lt. Frank Hartig said.
November 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm
Fast and Easy Mart, 1500 East Fifth Street, was held up Thursday night by armed robbers, police said. The lone clerk described the four assailants as African-American men in the 20s or 30s, wearing dark-colored bandanas over their mouths, police said.
August 17, 2012 at 10:57 am
The 22-year-old American Canyon man identified as the suspect who exchanged gunfire with a Benicia police officer Saturday afternoon remained in Solano County Jail, Fairfield, after his arrest Sunday morning in Vallejo, authorities said Monday. Robert Flores Folster was arrested by Benicia police with help from Vallejo police at 1324 Lincoln Road East in Vallejo on Sunday morning, according to Lt. Mike Greene and Solano County Jail records. Folster has been booked on charges of burglary, endangerment of a child that could result in injury or death, attempted murder, carjacking, receiving stolen property and vehicle theft, according to jail records. All are felony charges. While bail of $1,050,000 was set for the first three charges, Folster is being held without bail on the latter three.
July 17, 2012 at 8:08 am
By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter
A 17-year-old Benicia driver who ran a stop sign late Thursday was arrested on weapons and drug charges and was taken to Solano County Juvenile Hall in Fairfield, Lt. Frank Hartig said Friday.Read the rest of this entry »
July 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm
with 2 comments By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter
A convenience store clerk was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday, and the suspect not only demanded money from the register’ but the clerk’s wallet as well, Benicia police Lt. Frank Hartig said.
The robber escaped on foot, and the clerk was not harmed, he said.Read the rest of this entry »
June 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm
with 2 comments By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter
A Rio Vista man has been jailed after Benicia police accused him of two firearms violations following a traffic stop in a residential area.Read the rest of this entry »
May 25, 2012 at 5:54 am
with one comment By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter
Benicia Police arrested a 20-year-old Napa man early Wednesday and accused him of endangering a child when he negligently fired a revolver from his car while he on the 1300 block of Southampton Road, Lt. Frank Hartig said.Read the rest of this entry »
May 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm
with 43 comments Staff Report
Benicia police said an armed robber entered a Southampton business Thursday afternoon and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.
No one was injured in the holdup at Check Into Cash, 806 Southampton Road, police said.Read the rest of this entry »
SOME of the 59 guns police confiscated from a Benicia resident Thursday, including a 9mm UZI. Courtesy BPD By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter
A 49-year-old Benicia man has been arrested and a cache of guns, including an illegal 9 mm UZI assault weapon, were confiscated after Benicia police looked into reports Thursday that the man had been harassing a 20-year-old Martinez woman, Lt. Mike Daley said.Read the rest of this entry »
October 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm
Benicia police on Friday arrested a Magalia, Calif., man after finding a handgun and tools commonly used for car theft in his possession. Police Sgt. John Daley stopped a 1994 Acura on the 900 block of Cambridge Drive at about 6:24 a.m. for an expired registration. After the stop police determined that the passenger, Brad Stancliff, 23, had a felony warrant for his arrest from the California Department of Corrections, according to a Benicia Police Department news release.
April 8, 2011 at 9:41 pm
A 28-year-old Benicia man who police said pointed a handgun at his roommate’s forehead Tuesday evening was arrested and charged with a felony.
Lt. Mike Daley said the 34-year-old roommate called police and said the man had pointed the gun at him about 6:46 p.m. after they had been arguing.Read the rest of this entry »
March 17, 2011 at 5:31 am
The occupants of a Ford Thunderbird missing its rear license plate were arrested Tuesday night and charged with weapons and drug violations, Benicia police Lt. Mike Daley said Wednesday. Benicia K-9 Officer Damiean Sylvester noticed the Thunderbird was missing its plate and stopped the vehicle on East Fifth Street at the eastbound Interstate 780 on-ramp, Daley said. Sylvester spoke with the driver and passenger and discovered each had some prescription medicine but no prescriptions, Daley said. The passenger also had a substance police believe is methamphetamine, he said.
March 10, 2011 at 1:32 am
By Marc Ethier Editor
“Friday the 13th” it was not, but a lone gunman wearing a mask popularized by the horror film series was deadly serious Wednesday when he entered a Southampton Shopping Center store.
The gunman entered GameStop, 821 Southampton Road, at 9:54 p.m. wearing a white hockey mask, according to a Benicia police report. He brandished but did not point a black, semi-automatic-type handgun and demanded cash, then escaped with an undisclosed amount, police said.Read the rest of this entry »
December 30, 2010 at 10:20 pm
By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter
A Benicia man was taken to an area hospital early Monday after police found him wounded by a gun he may have fired himself.
The man was listed in critical but stable condition at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek later that day, Lt. Bob Oettinger said.Read the rest of this entry »
December 20, 2010 at 10:23 pm
with 3 comments “One suspect pulled a black, semiautomatic gun and stuck it into the stomach of one of the victims.” — Benicia police Sgt. Scott Przekurat By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter
Two 14-year-old Benicia High School students were robbed at gunpoint by four teenagers Friday night after the school’s homecoming game, Benicia police said Monday.
A school administrator appeared shortly after the four robbed the two boys of their wallets, cell phones and a small amount of money, prompting the robbers to scatter, said Sgt. Scott C. Przekurat of the department’s investigations unit.
The victims were walking through the campus after the game and had entered an outside hallway along the school’s A Wing at about 11 p.m. when they were approached by the four robbers, all described as wearing dark sweaters or jackets, dark pants, and flat-billed ball caps, Przekurat said.Read the rest of this entry »
October 18, 2010 at 11:26 pm
❒ None hurt; police arrest 4 in drive-by By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter
Robert Semple Elementary School was placed on lockdown about 2:30 p.m. Thursday while authorities searched the area for gunmen who apparently were stalking a Benicia man and his girlfriend.
Vincent Winnie, a 22-year-old Vallejo man, and three others were arrested by Benicia police at the Interstate 780-Interstate 80 interchange, Lt. Mike Daley said. They were still being processed by police at press time.
The incident started before 1 p.m. when police received multiple calls of a possible drive-by shooting at the first block of La Prenda Avenue, Daley said.Read the rest of this entry »
October 1, 2010 at 12:32 am
BENICIA POLICE Lt. Mike Daley. Herald file photo ❒ None injured in 2 incidents last week By Donna Beth Weilenman Staff Reporter
Benicia police are asking residents to help them solve two incidents involving gunfire that occurred four days apart, Lt. Mike Daley said Wednesday.
The first report was of shots fired on the 400 block of East L Street about 8:10 p.m. on June 29, Daley said.Read the rest of this entry »
July 7, 2010 at 11:50 pm
Autopsies performed Wednesday on the two Benicia residents who died in an apparent murder-suicide confirmed that Walter Little, 48, and his girlfriend, Julie Strack, 49, both died of gunshot wounds, Solano County Deputy Sheriff Corey McLean said.
Little, of 69 Vista Grande, died of an intraoral gunshot wound while Strack, of the same address, died of two wounds, one to the head and one to the neck, McLean said.Read the rest of this entry »
April 17, 2010 at 12:11 am