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RSM's Top Cop When It Comes to DUI Arrests

Mothers Against Drunk Driving honor Richard Oates for keeping the streets safe.

It usually goes without saying, so Tiffany Townson said it. The representative for Mothers Against Drunk Driving made a presentation at the Wednesday night City Council meeting for Rancho Santa Margarita and said what is commonly taken for granted.

She was there to honor Deputy Richard Oates, who is the top cop in RSM when it comes to arresting drunk drivers. He made 28 arrests last year, and joked when addressing the crowd after receiving his commendation, "I hope we've never met before."

The line drew laughs, but Townson's line put Oates' work into perspective: "On behalf of those who've been saved, who don't know that they were saved, who don't know that you exist—MADD thanks you."

See the short presentation in the video.

Lawrence (Larry) McCook February 14, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Congratulations to Officer Oates for his outstanding service to the RSM community. We truly have an outstanding law enforcement organization in Rancho Santa Margarita! Kudos to Chief Smultz and all of the RSM Officers!
Michael Vaughn February 14, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Larry, please kindly give Lt. Schmutz the respect of correctly spelling his name, I believe he's deserved it.
Mike Whiting February 14, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Good point Michael. For a guy who is always writing on here and showing the world what a fool he happens to be, you would think that Mcmoron could correctly spell the name of the officer in charge. I'm pleased to be living in a city patrolled by Officer Oates.
Lawrence (Larry) McCook February 14, 2013 at 09:37 PM
My apology to Lt, Schmutz. It was an unintended typo and I have spelled his name correctly many times. I seem to be making a lot of typos on my new laptop and will try to proof read more carefully. Thanks for the heads up Michael. I see that you have now entered the political arena. I suspect that you and April Josephson are Tony Beall's choices for City Council in the election 2 years from now? Mike's verbiage has shown his lack of proper demeanor, inadequate vocabulary and also lack of sophistication. It speaks for itself.
Michael Vaughn February 14, 2013 at 10:21 PM
Larry, I'm exceptionally proud to have been appointed, together with April, Mark McQuaid and Commissioners Whittingham and Hayden, to serve our City as a Planning Commissioner. If I do run in 2014 and happen to have the support of our Mayor, I will have earned it. It would be an honor to work WITH him and the rest of the City Council for our City. But let's be clear - our residents of RSM make the choices. We recognize leadership and constructive qualities of the candidates who earn our votes. We did so overwhelmingly in November 2012 and will again in November 2014. In the meantime, we have work to do.
Michael Vaughn February 14, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Returning to the point - congratulations, Deputy Oates, keep up the great work!
LeAna Bui February 14, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Mike Whiting: Actually, the correct title is Deputy Oates. I normally wouldn't presume to correct someone on a forum like this, but your post was unneccesarily rude and uncalled for and brought out my inner child. You may not agree with Mr. McCook's politics or positions, but that does not warrant the name-calling.
Lawrence (Larry) McCook February 16, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Michael Vaughn, I have spent considerable time yesterday and today online trying trying to solve the typo error situation . There is a major problem/glitz with my new HP with Windows 8. Almost every two or three words has a letter omitted even though I am definitely hitting the right letter on the keyboard. Spell Check is also automatically involved with unsolicited changing of spelling (including adding letters). So far, I am very disappointed with many features of Windows 8. I have always known how to spell Lt. Schmutz and it appears that you owe me an apology.
Michael Vaughn February 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Seriously, Larry? None of your other recent Patch posts seem to have been affected by the problem you describe. In any event, I doubt very many Patch readers are interested in the background and circumstances of your typing mistakes or your opinions about Windows 8. Do you really want to debate this?
Lawrence (Larry) McCook February 17, 2013 at 02:14 AM
You are probably right. Probably no interest in my Windows 8 problems since opening the computer box Thursday morning. I bet there might be some local interest in how much printing money Applied Medical spent on behalf of the Beall Gamble and McGirr Campaign.
Michael Vaughn February 17, 2013 at 05:43 PM
That's right, Larry, and thanks for the clarification. Because the message you wrote on another story just minutes before you opened your new computer box Thursday morning, as well as the other one you posted on the other story just minutes after the one we're debating, seem to have been free of the major "glitz" you've described. Did your version of Windows 8 understand you were trying to use the term "glitch" or was that another instance of an unsolicited change? Glitz, you see, means something completely different. Whatever your point is about printing services - I believe our residents understand that local businesses generally support, and are interested in, local office candidates who are strong civic leaders and actually do reach out to help the local business community.
RSM5kids February 17, 2013 at 08:42 PM
McCook, why are you constantly knocking the city and it's elected leaders? I know four out of the five members of the council and they are wonderful, caring individuals. I was even proud to help campaign for Mr. McGirr in the past election. The city is in excellent hands, but you still whine away. I have to assume that you are a terrible loser who now chooses to blame his computer keyboard for every dumb thing that you happen to say. Mr. Vaughn is correct, but he didn't go far enough. Try actually doing something for the city rather than constantly complaining. Then you might have a basis to offer your silly opinions. Until then, try proof reading your comments before pushing "submit."
Lawrence (Larry) McCook February 17, 2013 at 09:00 PM
Michael, I have had, and continue to have, some serious typing problems with my new laptop. Microsoft Direct Support Service and I continue to work on these glitches. Perhaps I corrected earlier emails and failed to proper proof read the latter one in question. Anyway, when I casually and light heartedly asked if Applied Medical would donate a few dollars to my campaign at KFC one day? You repiled, "Applied Medical will not be donating to anyone's campaign"? Now the mayor has caused you to be appointed to the RSM Planning Commision. Additionally, Suzanne Singh held pre election Meet The Mayor C of C Parties and now she is awarded with a $70,000.+ RSM Business Development Contract. April Henderson campaigned for the mayor et al and perhaps represented him as an attorney in court? I have also been told that she has a business relationship with the City? She has also been appointed to The RSM Planning Commission. There is more but, this is enough for now. I think that all three of you have good attributes but, there needs to be more public transparency with the City of RSM for the edification of the taxpayers. Few people read the City of RSM site. Hopefully, I have caught all of the typos in this comment. There were many! Have a great Sunday!
Michael Vaughn February 17, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Larry, you didn't get them all. And I'm sure April would prefer use of her last name (Josephson) rather than Henderson. Our encounter at KFC that one day was a classic. I told you Applied was not making cash contributions. And you casually and light heartedly asked for cash only after (a) you shared a false rumor about Applied business activity and (b) I brought to your attention that I do work for Applied. This coming after you'd introduced yourself to me several times. My Sunday has been pretty amusing, so far.
RSM5kids February 17, 2013 at 09:29 PM
Wait a minute. McCook, you asked for campaign money from a local business? Aren't you the guy who is always saying that it is wrong to accept contributions from businesses? What a hypocrite!!!
Lawrence (Larry) McCook February 17, 2013 at 10:17 PM
RSM5KIds (hide behind an alias) & Michael, I find considerable levity in some of these comments also. This discourse is a lot of fun! Keep it coming! Michael, I thought you were employed as legal counsel for Applied Medical? If not, please accept my apology. And, excuse me Mrs. Josephson no slight intended. And I still think Suzanne Singh is a nice lady. I would have taken donations from any company if assured there were "no strings attached". I have never said that I did not want contributions from businesses to anyone. No favors or rewards expected would be the condition for acceptance. Anyway, my comments about RSM political appointments still stands.

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