In the last couple of years, as I see it,
Queeg called a meeting of his officers at to get to the bottom of the missing strawberries. In an equally bizarre incident, early on Wednesday, May 4th, 2008, at the corner of Market and 4th Streets, Horner gathered a crack team consisting of himself, a half dozen police officers, the Chief of the Portsmouth Fire Department, someone from the Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco Agency, and two drug sniffing dogs. Horner had assembled this pit crew in an attempt to bust
According to an internal investigation report issued by two retired law enforcement officials, after assembling his crack team on
Market St., May 14, 2008: Horner's Final Botched Drug Bust
Horner had complained a few years earlier that websites were “crucifying” his family. What he was apparently referring to was Doug Deepe-John Welton’s report in The Sentinel that Horner’s son had been arrested for dealing drugs, and that a judge had later ordered all information related to the young Horner’s case expunged from court records. The Portsmouth Daily Times, typically, had not reported on Horner’s drug arrest, certainly not on the front page, which that newspaper reserves for important news, like the mayor’s daughter rescuing a duck from a drain, Portsmouth being mentioned in a nationally syndicated cartoon, and councilman Malone announcing a campaign to clean up Portsmouth’s streets, not of drug dealers and prostitutes but of litter. Hold the presses!
Horner had lost the war on drugs, and is it any wonder when his own son was on the other side? Because local websites focused on drug dealers and prostitutes and the chief’s failure to reduce their numbers, Horner became obsessed with those websites, including not just the pioneering Sentinel but the invaluable websites of Councilman Bob Mollette and his wife Teresa. It was obvious Horner was tracking the Mollettes’ websites compulsively, but he was also monitoring “Moe’s Forum,” and there were rumors he adopted a pseudonym and participated anonymously in the threads on that chatroom. I doubt that, but a lot of things I once couldn’t believe about
Being police chief in
It is clearer now, in retrospect, that for the sake of his mental health, Horner should have ignored local websites. Instead he provided them with lots of publicity and gained them readers they would not otherwise have had. I have no idea how many of the 127,000 hits River Vices has had can be attributed to Horner. But I do know that addiction to the internet has become a serious problem in