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Posted: Monday, May 9, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:19 am, Mon May 9, 2011.

I just rescued my 30-pound dog from the traffic of Century Boulevard. Though rather large, she was able to squeeze between the fence post and the gate and frantically run from Beckman Park as a man was shooting off rockets.

After he shot the first one, I asked him to warn people so that both I and my dog would not be startled again, but to no avail.

At the second shot, she broke my hold and ran.

As he was preparing a third shot, I told him that this park allows dogs off leash and he was scaring the dogs. He laughed and said, "It's a public park, not my problem." I told him that rockets and fireworks are illegal in Lodi without a permit. He said I was wrong as he "looked up the regulations and rockets are legal." He lied.

I am not writing this for him. I really doubt that he reads the paper. I am writing this for all the dog lovers who come to the parks: Be on the lookout for him, if he dares come again to any park and claims his right to shoot rockets, as he is breaking the law (Code No. 9.12.010), and call the police.

I was lucky as my dog survived crossing Century Boulevard with heavy traffic. The next dog and owner may not be that lucky.

Marilyn Hughes

Lodi

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28 comments:

  • Ryan Jameson posted at 6:47 am on Wed, May 11, 2011.

    Ryan Jameson Posts: 195

    Unfortunately, police are compelled to respond to such calls as "man with a laptop" these days because of the terrorism threat. Why a terrorist would target the Woodbridge Post Office of all places is beyond me. But hey, it could happen...

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 11:38 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1399

    Just kidding Darrell. Why someone would be suspicious of someone with a laptop escapes me. Of course it is Woodbridge. Maybe they don't have them yet. But you can see how close you could come to a hassell while you're out minding your own business.

    I will say a heavy police prescences 24 hours a day (24 hours in a row), day after day gets un-nerving even if your not the target. Several years ago when the FBI was in town, we had the misfortune to be a block from one of their subjects. The G men liked parking under our big shade tree, cuz it was cooler. Believe me, you could not pick them up and determine who they were or what they were doing so people called the polilce who had to go out on every single report and ID them as FBI. The two airplanes circling over your house for 20 hours a day was incredibly annoying. I had a scanner and could hear FBI talking to the plane and each other on the ground but couldn't get air to ground transmissions.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:03 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Richard... so sorry... was thinking of your name and typed another... thank you!!!

    by the way... is it the Turner Road Turners??? if so, nice image for a family name!

    If not... Lodi still gains.

     
  • Richard Turner posted at 8:56 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    Turner Darrell, My name is Turner not Nelson. You know one of those Lodi Turners. LOL Have a great day!!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:38 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Actually... I felt bad for the police officers... If I were trained to do police work, and I wanted to protect and defend the citizens of Lodi, I would not look forward to responding to a call that said a man was showing his lap top to everyone... Mr Nelson made a good comment that I originally responded to..."Being annoyed is not a crime and people call the police for any reason they can think of now days.".. after my experience, I learned a good lesson from my perspective... I will not call the police or encourage others to do that until it is a situation that a policeman's skill should be utilized. I respect their time and will not waste it.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 8:17 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Obviously, Darrell is not a terrorist but, if someone were casing a local post office, wouldn't we want the local PD to have their eyes open?

     
  • Mike Adams posted at 6:55 am on Tue, May 10, 2011.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1399

    Darrell,
    Now you know why so many of us object to being detained, interigated, and harrassed by the local constables. Yes, they should check it out when called by a concerned local citizen, but my guess is you narrowly escaped possibly being arrested (although the charges would have been dropped), had YOUR car impounded, and probably publicly embarrassed by the LNS. We would all be responding to the story of YOUR arrest (but not later when the charges would be dropped).

    Welcome to Amerika.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:27 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    JOE STATED...Darrell, admit it, you were "casing" the Woodbridge post office as a future target. I mean if you were to destroy that place, thousands pieces of junk mail would be destroyed forever...

    Joe... Im still trying to visualize the guy/girl who called it in... I also am trying to imagine the police officer who took the call where he/she was told someone was showing his lap top to everyone... I wonder if all crank calls have to be responded to... I was tempted to see if I called and reported someone was showing everyone their I-pad... if they would respond... Its really odd to me...

    Ms Bobin... good question... I do not know why LPD... It was not the sheriff department though I have seen them in the Woodbridge area.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 5:19 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1847

    Darrell, admit it, you were "casing" the Woodbridge post office as a future target. I mean if you were to destroy that place, thousands pieces of junk mail would be destroyed forever.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 2:03 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Bob, I think the letter is pretty straight forward. If, however, the facts are something other than what they appear, Ms Hughes is absolutely free post here and clarify.

    In fact, if that were the case, I would think that she would have already done so.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 2:02 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Darrell, I absolutely agree. In the course of my work, I have occasional contact with the LPD and I always find them to be absolute professionals.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:38 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Steve stated...You know Darrell, being a Schmidt, a Baumbach or a Mettler doesn't carry the same weight in Lodi that it once did.

    Yah... after I told them i was a Baumbach, not to throw weight or anything like that...but just to signal that I was a local , they gave me that look like... your one of them are you... I thought I was a dead man walking.

    But in all seriousness...One reason that I think Lodi PD is a good police force is that generally, they do not seem to play favorites... at least that has been my experience.

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 1:34 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    So Steve, you are absolutely sure that the writer of this letter did not refer to a bottle rocket as a "rocket"? You are going to be so obtuse that you can't accept that anything other than an Estes-type model rocket can be called a "rocket"?
    I agree that it very well was a model rocket, but by the wording of the letter you don't have the facts to justify your remarks.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:31 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Question - What was LPD doing responding to a call in Woodbridge? Isn't that Sheriff's territory? Just curious....

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:30 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Lodi has three parks with designated dog areas where dogs are allowed off-leash - Beckman is one of them. In Ms. Hughes case, if she was not in the dog area, she should have been. If the man with the "rockets" was in the dog area, he should not have been.

    Vinewood Park used to have a huge problem with families parading through the dog area to get to the ball fields. They would leave the gates open behind them without regard to the dogs off-leash. If dog owners asked them to please close the gates, they would give them a few choice words.

    Parks are not areas where anyone can do anything. There are rules and just being courteous to fellow park goers goes a long way.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 1:21 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    You know Darrell, being a Schmidt, a Baumbach or a Mettler doesn't carry the same weight in Lodi that it once did.

    Perhaps if you were a Snyder.....

    The place is going to hell, I tell you.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:10 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Steve... I thought the same thing...I told them I was one of the Lodi Baumbach's... but that made it worse... maybe I should have said I was a Schmidt...

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:06 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    but... if it was a rocket, did it have a directional stabilization device... they have got to have that if we want safety you know.

    Maybe it was just an extra large pencil that looked like a rocket... an exploding pencil.... hummm

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 12:57 pm on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Darrell, with your Thailand tan, they probably thought you were a terrorist.

    Slow day at the PD, I suppose.

    :)

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 11:28 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    Ms Hughes wrote:"I told him that ROCKETS and FIREWORKS are illegal in Lodi without a permit."

    Bob, Ms Hughes, in the above sentence, drew a clear distinction between rockets and fireworks. In her words, these were "rockets".

    I would hope that it would be safe to take her at her word.

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 11:13 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    Nowhere in the letter does it state that these were model rockets. For all we know they could have been illegal fireworks.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 10:55 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    LOL!

    I too wish there was an edit function here.

    I didn't get the feeling that Ms Hughes was very knowledgeable about the model rocketry hobby.

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 9:26 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 533

    Just realized I got the wrong Marilyn.......sorry about that. I'd withdraw my comment if I could.

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 9:25 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 533

    I've known Marilyn Fields for years and believe me, she can take care of herself. I'm quite curious about what type of "rocket" was being set off. Was this a bottle rocket, or a model rocket. There's quite a difference and I don't think it is clear in her letter. Marilyn is a wonderful individual and she wouldn't write a letter to the editor without giving it a lot of thought.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 8:46 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Mr Turner stated...Being annoyed is not a crime and people call the police for any reason they can think of now days.

    I can attest to this statement... I was at the Woodbridge post office to retrieve mail. I was in the parking area and decided to call my office using skype on my lap top. As I was talking, the person I was talking to wanted to see something of the postal area where I was at , so I got out of my car and took my lap top … pointed my cam to the post office and slowly did a 360 degree turn to show the area... got back in my car to read my mail and finished my skype call ... a few minutes later, a police car was blocking my path so I could not attempt to leave. The officers approached my car and proceeded to grill me with question after question as to who I was, why was I there and many other concerns. I asked what I did wrong... and they informed me that I was reported to have been showing my lap top to everyone at the Post Office... I immediately looked for cameras and video equipment as I thought I was on the “punked” TV show... why in the world would the police spend their time to investigate a call that said” a man is showing everyone his lap top”
    I thought it was bizarre and developed an appreciation of just what Mr Turner stated... Now, if I have an antique watch in my hand, I am sure to hide it from view as someone might call the police and say I am showing everyone my watch... in my view, that was not time well spent by the police... but according to them, it is procedure to respond to a call. Hummm

     
  • daniel hutchins posted at 8:27 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1338

    Marilyn Hughes: Get over it. Your dog was not in any danger, excepting you allowed him into the street.

     
  • Richard Turner posted at 8:19 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Richard Turner Posts: 80

    That park is not just for dogs, if you could not control your dog maybe you should not have it in a public park . Model rockets are not illegal and I might guess that once you knew this gentleman was going to launch another one you should have secured your dog or left. Being annoyed is not a crime and people call the police for any reason they can think of now days.

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 7:38 am on Mon, May 9, 2011.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2459

    I checked the code mentioned above and, as far as I can tell, it refers to"dangerous missiles", not model rockets. I haven't built an essex kit in years but rocketry was a great part of my youth and I hope it will be a part of my son's experience as well, when he is old enough.

    Of course, there is no excuse for rudeness of unsafe behavior but I believe that Ms. Hughes is mischaracterizing the law.

     

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