WESTERN STATES AUTO THEFT
INVESTIGATORS ASSOCIATION
SOUTHERN CHAPTER
TRAINING MEETING / LUNCHEON

September 15, 2005 - The Old Spaghetti Factory Restaurant - Riverside


The Old Spaghetti Factory, WSATI's newest meeting venue

2005 WSATI Southern Chapter President Frank Graber (Fullerton Police [retired]) welcomed everyone to the Old Spaghetti Factory Restaurant, our newest meeting venue. 

Frank then introduced the 2005 Southern Chapter Officers who were in attendance:

Steve Torres, Vice President, DMV Investigations [retired]
Bud Hood, Secretary, Orange County Sheriffs / OCATT
Rick Greenwood, Treasurer, Riverside Police
Jim Williams, Sergeant-At-Arms, Long Beach Police / TRAP
Richard O. Knapp, Legal Counsel, Knapp & Spurlock, LLP

Frank then introduced the Southern Chapter Past Presidents in attendance: Skip Davidson (1991), Dave Dempsey (1998), Gary Labb (2000), and Phil Macklin (2004).

Frank then requested that Past President Dave Dempsey (AAA Southern California SIU) lead the members in the pledge of allegiance. 

Frank then had the members in attendance do self introductions.  It was great to see the great turnout of people who traveled in from Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties.  Welcome to several new Investigators joining us, Julian Rodriguez (Santa Ana Police), Phil Munoz (Orange Co Sheriffs), Timothy Coyle (San Diego Police/Dragnet), and Darren Parsons (CHP), as well as several people we had not seen in awhile, John McCarthy (Signal Hill Police) and Marcy Tieger (Berger Khan).

Frank then introduced the guest speaker, Accident Reconstructionist Ken Zion, Automotive Collision Consultants.  Ken gave the attendees a background in vehicle collisions and how to tell possible false claims when dealing with some of our street racing clientele and other insurance claims.  Ken had plenty of pictures in his Power Point presentation as well as handout material for the audience.  Besides the factual information supplied by Ken, he provided the audience with many laughs throughout the presentation.  Ken can be reached at the:

Following Ken's presentation, Frank explained the new method that was being used to conduct the meeting raffle.

Preceding lunch, Bud Hoodpresided over the raffle.

Frank announced that lunch was ready and invited those attending to go to find seats at available tables. 

Following lunch, Frank had members in attendance wish Bud Hood, the "birthday boy," a Happy Birthday as he Bud was about to leave early to get back home to his family.

Frank then spoke of the upcoming WSATI Training Seminar in Monterey being hosted by the Central Chapter on September 25-27, 2005.  Frank made sure that the audience understood that it was still not too late to go.  Additional information on the seminar can be located at http://www.wsati.org/2005conference.html

Frank also said that if anyone was interested in assisting with the 2007 WSATI Training Seminar to be hosted by the Southern Chapter to please contact any of the Southern Chapter Officers.

Frank said if anyone was interested, or wished to nominated someone, the Southern Chapter Officers were seeking nominations for the position of Sergeant-At-Arms for the 2006 calendar year.  Once again Frank requested that nay of the Southern Chapter Officers be contacted with nominations.

Frank then asked if any of the attendees wished to speak about cases or items of importance. 

Earl Gunnerson, Executive Director of the Crime Prevention Program for the Construction Industry (800 432-7257 X823 http://www.crimepreventionprogram.com/), spoke about the upcoming "Hooters Hummer" Award that will be presented to the outstanding law enforcement officer or team for Construction related investigations.  The award will be presented at the November 17, 2005 WSATI Training Meeting/Luncheon. For more information on the award and an application form, go to http://www.wsati.org/hooter.html.

Dave Dempsey, AAA of Southern California SIU, spoke about a cloned vehicle case he was currently working on.  Dave can be reached at ddempsey@wsati.org if you have any questions.

Frank announced that the next meeting would be on November 17th, 2005.  

The meeting was adjourned.

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