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SMITH: Adams and the hurled sandwich

Bob Adams, a likeable and resourceful sort who became a Sonoma County deputy sheriff in 1974 and seven years later won a seat on the Board of Supervisors, has died in New Mexico.

An obituary is in the works for the 72-year-old Adams, who owned bicycle stores in Texas and New Mexico after he left Sonoma County 20-plus years ago. Already, former deputies are sharing old tales from his patrol days.

Retired deputy Jon Watson's favorite dates to the days of the infamous Sampson clan near Petaluma. Watson recalls going to the Sampson compound with Adams to serve a civil paper and being set upon at once by one of patriarch Howard Sampson's grown twin sons.

Watson can't recall which one it was. Regardless, the twin hurled unpleasantries at the deputies, then flung something at Adams: A partially eaten sandwich.

Adams cleaned off his uniform, then wrote a report. The DA subsequently filed charges and won a conviction.

And that, the story goes, is how one of the Sampson boys came to have a blot on his record for assault with a PB&J.

YOU AN EX-VIKING? If so, you may not want to be last to know that your alma mater, the 55-year-old Montgomery High, now has an alumni organization.

Despite Monty's savored rivalry with Santa Rosa High, the founders of the new MHS alumni group — Bob Parker, Dan Walker and Chuck Bauman — freely admit being inspired by the success of the SRHS Foundation. In its nearly 25 years the Santa Rosa group has contributed $1.8 million to the school.

The Montgomery Alumni Foundation's first big event is something the Santa Rosa Foundation has mastered — the polenta feed.

Monty's happens the night of March 9 at the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. Vikes can RSVP to Parker at robparker@att.net.


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