Hotheads, take heed. This planet has had just about enough of your bullying, intolerance and violent responses to personality and ideology conflicts.

Either seek counseling, find more peaceful means to resolve conflicts or find another planet on which to reside.

If all of you abusers go to that other planet, within a very short time you will cancel each other out — and what a joyful world this will be. Trust me on this. Those of us who are able and willing to find amicable ways and means to settle disputes will not miss you.

Does it appear that people, particularly family members, are fighting more these days? No, I’m not referring to international conflicts and the war on terror, although terroristic elements often permeate family violence. I’m addressing the intolerant, egotistical lame-brain who thinks the only means of settling an argument is a violent verbal or physical response.

As long as people occupy common space, conflicts will inevitably occur. The trick is to manage conflicting emotions and prevent them from becoming violent. Learning to amicably resolve conflicts is inherent to the formation and long-term maintenance of relationships of all description, particularly by the younger population.

It is imperative that parents of preteens and adolescents not only teach and preach tolerance, but set a shining example as well. It is the only way our younger generation will learn to practice anger management and tolerance and become well-adjusted parents in the future.

It is a tested narrative that adults who become abusers and bullies were themselves abused or bullied as children. This cycle of violence can only be reversed by the positive action and example of parents of today.

As a positive function, conflict — properly addressed — can be monumental in providing people a means to grow as they learn and accept that other people are not only different, but willing to stand up for themselves and their ideas and beliefs. And that they merit consideration. As individuals, we are not the dot around which the sun orbits.

From a health standpoint, improperly managed interpersonal conflicts can have adverse, even catastrophic, results.

I’m talking about stress. Living in a stressful environment can lead to the production of the stress hormone cortisol, which contributes to hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure. These factors can lead to an increased risk of heart attack.

So, if not for the sake of family members health, for your own sake — put the ego in storage and chill out.

Assaults

Nine assaults blackened the eye of Copperas Cove this week, more than half of them committed against family members.

  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported Dec. 27 in the 1400 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • An assault by contact/sexual contact was reported Dec. 27. Location is omitted to protect the identity of the victim.
  • An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was reported Dec. 27 in the 100 block of South Drive.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported Dec. 27, together with the reported theft of shoes and video games.
  • An assault with bodily injury was reported Dec. 28 in the 2000 block of Griffin Drive.
  • An assault with bodily injury was reported Dec. 28 in the 100 block of East Avenue F.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported Dec. 29 in the 300 block of Judy Lane.
  • A sexual assault was reported Dec. 31 on East Avenue E.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported Jan. 2 in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.

Thefts/burglaries

Someone opened the hatch and let the thieves out of their slimy habitat this week. Nineteen crimes in this category were reported. Experience tells me there are more that have yet to be discovered.

  • A burglary of a building was reported Dec. 27 in the 900 block of Mueller Street.
  • A theft of currency was reported Dec. 28 in the 300 block of Bonnie Lane.
  • A theft over $30,000 but under $550,000 was reported Dec. 28 in the 2100 block of Wayne Street. This is a felony crime.
  • A theft of currency was reported Dec. 28 in the 900 block of South 17th Street.
  • A theft of currency and household items was reported Dec. 29 in the 600 block of Shady Lane.
  • The theft of electronics from a residence was reported Dec. 29 in the 1300 block of Brown Drive.
  • A theft of clothing from a residence was reported Dec. 30 in the 2200 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • The theft of wood blinds and a stereo was reported Dec. 30 in the 2300 block of Darwin Circle.
  • An attempted burglary of a residence was reported Dec. 30 in the 1500 block of Indian Camp Road.
  • A theft of clothing and a television set was reported Dec. 30 in the 100 block of January Street.
  • The theft of clothing and electronics was reported Dec. 30 from a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • A theft of under $100 was reported Jan. 1 in the 2000 block of Urbantke Lane
  • A theft under $100 was reported Jan. 1 from a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • A burglary of a habitation was reported Dec. 30 in the 2200 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • A burglary of a habitation was reported Dec. 30 in the 2300 block of Darwin Circle.
  • A theft under $2,500 was reported Dec. 30 in the 100 block of January Street.
  • A theft of $200 was reported Jan. 2 in the 100 block of North Drive.
  • The theft of a cellphone valued at $200 was reported Jan. 2 in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue.
  • A theft of electronics valued at $54 was reported Jan. 2 in the 2900 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.

Other crimes

  • Possession of drug paraphernalia was reported Dec. 27 in the 800 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • Possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia were reported Dec. 29 in the 400 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190. An arrest was made.
  • Possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and possession of drug paraphernalia was reported Dec. 31 in the 100 block of Atkinson Avenue. An arrest was made.
  • Forgery of money was reported Dec. 30 at a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • Criminal mischief was reported Dec. 30 in the 500 block of Lincoln Avenue.
  • Criminal mischief was reported Dec. 29 in the 600 block of Cedar Drive.
  • Criminal mischief was reported Jan. 1 in the 4200 block of Primrose Drive.
  • Fraudulent use/possession of identifying information was reported Dec. 28 at a retailer in the 2900 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • Publish/threat to publish intimate visual material was reported Dec. 28.
  • Cruelty to animals was reported Dec. 30 in the 500 block of Robertstown Road. Shame on this criminal.
  • Duty upon striking an unattended vehicle (hit and run) was reported Dec. 31 in the 200 block of Cove Terrace.
  • A wallet and contents were found Jan. 1 in the 600 block of Amthor Street.

Arrests

  • An arrest was made for unauthorized use of a vehicle Dec. 31.
  • An arrest was made Dec. 31 on an arrest affidavit, surety to surrender principal, theft over $750 and two municipal court capias pro fines for speeding greater than 10 percent above posted speed limit and driving while license invalid. This one-person crime wave will keep the courts occupied.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement, with a decade in city and county law enforcement and 20 years with state police.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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