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Lodi hires Mark Helms as new chief of police

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Mark Helms

Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:56 am, Fri Jul 8, 2011.

Stockton Police Capt. Mark Helms will serve as Lodi’s next police chief.

In a 3 to 1 vote, the Lodi City Council approved a contract with Helms, a Tokay High School graduate, on Wednesday night.

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  • Robert Chapman posted at 3:45 pm on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

    Bob Chapman Posts: 997

    Mr. Chaney, your obsession with Mr. Baxter is getting downright laughable. Haven't you figured it out he apparently doesn't want to be your "buddy". Looks like Mr. Cook has your affliction pegged.

    I would dearly love to be the cop who lawfully pulled over the anyone that who calls the LPD racists, bigots and profiling pill heads on a regular basis. I would probably have to send for back up to bring me more ticket books.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 3:18 pm on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Here's the correct one.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 3:15 pm on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Maybe you naysayers should read this article again?

  • Doug Chaney posted at 2:56 pm on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Raymond, what are you taking for your well described disease you just thoroughly explained?

  • Raymond Cook posted at 2:20 pm on Fri, Jul 8, 2011.

    Raymond Cook Posts: 125

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    Anyone who thinks I an referring to them in any way, shape ot manner regarding what they post in LNS Blogs, is just being paranoid.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:28 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...Mr. Baumbach - clueless as ever...

    Maybe so Ms Bobin.... I was trying to be polite

  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:59 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Baxter, again hiding behind mommy's skirt? Answer my question: are you joe baxter or some cowardly punk hiding behind an anonymous name? Perhaps Chief Helms should be concerned about a braggart like yourself? Boasting you have a permit to carry a concealed weapon and seemingly threatening or intimidating others on these blogs with your braggadocio about your ccw. You threaten to stalk me and find my past criminal record to broadcast the "news" to the world? You, sir, need to man up and use your real name and go in for a review, psycholigically at least, to determine whether you should be revoked or not. Baxter, I think you've gotten yourself in over your head a lot deeper than you think. If I were you, I'd introduce yourself to me and show me who joe baxter really is. Do you work for the Lodi newspaper, by any chance? Maybe I should do like Marty Weybret did when an anonymous blogger supposedly posted some apparently truthful information about him that was not so complimentary that he didn't like and hired a computer geek, possibly someone from the city of Lodi, to "stalk" down this anonymous blogger to get his"revenge" on this do gooder for outing some hurtful information. No name was mentioned, but it turns out the computer that was guilty of sending this information was, lo and behold, right from one of the Lodi News-Sentinel offices. Needless to say, it seems revenge is sweet for Marty, as the employee is no longer with the Sentinel. baxter, are you still stalking my criminal record to satisfy your fetish? Who are you? And just who is telling Chief Helms how to do his job? It seems your fear of someone like myself and my "conspiracy theories", as you call everything I seemingly refer to, is taking its toll on you psychologically Mr. whoever you are.

  • Dennis Duffy posted at 8:13 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Dennis Duffy Posts: 2

    Congratulations Mark! I am sure you will do a great job for the City of Lodi.

  • Emmanuel Castaneda posted at 7:47 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    guitar4090 Posts: 5

    Is this how a town falls apart? I mean seriously the amount of denial that must be in the heads of these people. Just go over to the east side of town at night, roll your window down and listen..what the heck is preventing the clean up of this obvious problem?

    What are we waiting for? I see it every day when I am forced to cross Cherokee lane in order to get to work. The tagging that is constantly being replaced when painted over, the groups of (I'm sorry to say it) Hispanic males in walking around with their pants hanging to the knees at corners with absolutely nothing to do, they are not afraid nor intimidated by the spotty police presence.

    Are we really that unfamiliar with what "gang" activity looks like. This guy is from stockton so perhaps he can educate our city officials as to what we are dealing with here.

  • Honey Mars posted at 7:24 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Honey Mars Posts: 20

    Isn't crime actually UP in the Stockton/San Joaquin County area? I think burglaries committed are up. So where will the change be?

    As long as there is denial about the extent of the drugs, gangs, and illegals, and this person continues the same agenda from where he came from, "the song remains the same".

    This city is a salad bowl of illegal aliens that American tax payers are flipping the bill for. We need E-Verify in Lodi. Give our kids a chance to get a starter job and learn to manage money.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 6:02 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Baumbach - clueless as ever. Enjoy that cup of coffee. Say hello to Tillie for me!

  • Richard Turner posted at 5:53 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    The comment section of this whole site has become a personal argument forum for the same few people!! There is no room for civil debate it always turns to the same old crud...LNS should really do something !! This just makes no sense as to why it should be let to continue in this fashion!! It just shows that Lodi is full of hate mongers !!! Is this what LNS wants to represent? Sad ...very sad ! I used to join in until I realized just how foolish it made me look...and it did not make me feel good putting someone down !! We need to agree to disagree without all of the hate!!!

  • Joe Baxter posted at 2:20 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1913

    YEE HAW, here we go, the poor Chief hasn't even at his new desk and already we have "genius" citizens that are chomping at the bit to tell him how to do his job. Unbelievable.

  • Raymond Cook posted at 12:53 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Raymond Cook Posts: 125

    Thank you for making me smile this afternoon Scott!

  • Raymond Cook posted at 12:52 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Raymond Cook Posts: 125

    Hi Doug:

    You shared a great post in this blog.

    Nice to see the positive and optimistic side of you for a change.

  • Jackson Scott posted at 12:47 pm on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 392

    There you go Doug! Talk up all of your gang prevention stuff on the eastside, drop a few names, reference a group or two, make it seem like you're some big wig GOB type of guy. All Chief Helms needs to do is to scan some of your posts. You know... if you can get in good with Helms maybe he'll help you take down the Three Ayemeegos.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 11:37 am on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Congratulations, Chief Helms. I'm looking forward to meeting you and hopefully discuss going forward once again with a gang intervention/prevention program that we think will be beneficial to the Lodi/Stockton area and law enforcement. With the economy in decline and personnel problems at LPD, we're hoping a new outside police chief will allow our groups to move forward in cooperation with the city of Lodi and LPD. You come with a very stellar reputation from the city of Stockton and present a welcome, experienced law enforcement such as yourself that's experienced in the gang enforcement problems and routine in Stockton. Operation Peacekeepers, under the direction of Mr. Ralph Womack, has been our inspiration and mentor regarding our mission statement, purposes and long term goals, and we hope to establish a system along the same guidelines and principles as Operation Peacekeepers. Two of the counselors were present and spoke at the gang intervention forum I chaired, and a close acquaintance of mine, and best friend who was the major factor in organizing our program, has since become a counselor for Operation Peacekeepers himself. Good luck, Chief Helms, we are looking forward to establishing a working relationship with LPD on not only the gang issues, but any issue that we can contribute to.

  • Raymond Cook posted at 10:52 am on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Raymond Cook Posts: 125

    Ms. Mounce said; "she was impressed with his experience in Stockton and roots in Lodi."

    Speaking for myself I feel there is nothing wrong with giving anyone in a new position, a chance to establish themselves and hopefully have a positive impact on the community. It is a disappointment to see that for whatever her reasons, Ms. Bobin carries a "Chip on her shoulder."

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:31 am on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...Nice to know that he has made himself the self-appointed judge of the new chief's performance, also.

    Mr Cook stated...I will reserve my judgment of his accomplishments until the 12th month in office

    Darrell states... Mr Cook states he does not wish to judge and wants to give time to the new chief to perform and demonstrate results... Ms Bobin concludes... Mr Cook has declared that he is a self appointed judge....

    I conclude.... I need a cup of coffee to clear my mind... french roast... no cream...

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:38 am on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Cook's comment in his last paragraph indicate that he is, indeed, clueless as to reasons for past comments about local law enforcement.

    Nice to know that he has made himself the self-appointed judge of the new chief's performance, also.

  • Raymond Cook posted at 8:17 am on Thu, Jul 7, 2011.

    Raymond Cook Posts: 125

    I welcome Chief Helms to Lodi and am more than willing to sit back and let him do his best to help Lodi be a safer place to live. I will reserve my judgment of his accomplishments until the 12th month in office.

    A pity there are other bloggers who will CONDEM the new chief before he has even had a chance to implement any changes in the LPD.



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