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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:21 am, Thu Jan 27, 2011.

Lodi police are asking for help from the community to curb a recent string of gang-related crimes, which have only escalated as January has progressed.

“We’re running low on leads right now,” said Lodi police Detective Larry Fluty, with the Special Investigations Unit. “When you get a gang-related crime, everyone wants to keep quiet.”

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  • Doug Chaney posted at 4:55 pm on Thu, Jan 27, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Jay, here are the most recent numbers that were presented by now retired Chief Main:
    300 documented
    150 undocumented
    300 parolees living in Lodi
    102 sex offenders in Lodi
    When I moderated the gang intervention forum back in October 2009, the numbers given to us were between 300-400 documented and 150-200 undocumented. The gang problem could be better addressed if the Lodi News-Sentinel would have the guts to actually print these gang related crimes instead of some stupid police log with captions that, apparently are meant to be humorous titles for the petty crimes listed in the log. The city rollers don't want the wine sipping tourists to see those gang related articles of the real crimes that should be in the police log or local news for fear that Lodi will be revealed as the gang ridden town it is, with LPD either in denial or afraid of gang retaliation if they start harrassing or busting the wrong individuals. Galt seems to have reduced their gang related crimes by over 36% in just the last year, so why is LPD lacking in making any progress? I'm surprised the Sentinel even printed the information showing that the gangs are very prominent here and getting worse. Thank you Mr. Gallo for a good take on what's really happening here on the crime scene in livable, lovable Lodi.

  • Craig Cawelti posted at 12:27 pm on Thu, Jan 27, 2011.

    Craig Cawelti Posts: 36

    Ummm, here's an idea. Round up all of these gang banging scum and hold them for the inevitable parole, weapons, domestic violence, drug violations that they are currently guilty of. Suspend their civil rights since they don't have a problem suspending others' civil rights. Since I would assume that a large number of these criminals are also in this country illegally,they shouldn't have any civil rights anyway. Ship their law breaking rears back across the border. Their illegal familia also. No more slapping of hands, Hard time! Since I figure that the lefties are gonna rip me for my "suspend their civil rights" stance, I ask for their better solution. I have open ears and mind. But dealing with criminals in a civilized manner eventually doesn't work. Time for coddling of these vermin is long past.

  • Jay Samone posted at 11:44 am on Thu, Jan 27, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Lodi is comprised mostly of Nortenos. The Surenos are limited in numbers here in town and there is a grid that the LPD has showing their territories. There are small factions of other gangs, but the Nortes make up the majority of the gang members here in town. I believe that approximate 500 is a composite of all, but the numbers are definitely NOT 50-60 in total for Nortes. And no - I do not have proof in my own hands, but I attended a meeting in the recent past and was given and read through a paper identifying the numbers in Lodi (LPD document) and I know it still exists. Ask any officer that works in the East side and they will tell you the numbers stated in this article are incorrect. Unless, of course, there was a mass exodus of gang members recently......

  • Bob Smith posted at 9:26 am on Thu, Jan 27, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    Jay, are all of those 500 gang members just in Nortenos or Surenos? This article didn't specify totals, just numbers for those two gangs. Do you have proof of the numbers, or are you just estimating?

  • Jay Samone posted at 8:08 am on Thu, Jan 27, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    "Police estimate there are 50 to 60 documented Norteno gang members in Lodi, and around 40 documented Surenos." THIS IS A LIE. There are more than 500 DOCUMENTED gang members residing in Lodi at this very second. Many more are undocumented. Why can't the LPD be honest with the paper and with the citizens and provide REAL facts, instead of downplaying the numbers? Yet another attempt to make it seem like Lodi is crime free.



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