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Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 8:16 am, Thu Jul 14, 2011.

I find it inappropriate that the police calls are treated frivolously in the print form of this paper with silly (funny?) captions evidently to entertain its readers. Burglaries and violence are not funny — especially to the victims. Score a MISS (as opposed to a HIT for the uninitiated) for the LNS.

Robert Marconi


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  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:17 am on Sat, Jul 16, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Ms. Samone - I do apologize - I believe I confused a big back-and-forth between K. Lee and The Boys Club a few weeks ago. You are right - it was not you and I owe you an apology.

    I believe the poster "Lodian" and "Leonard" were very vocal opponents of not using real names because Lodian had been "allegedly" stalked by a current poster. I have never been comfortable with it myself.

    I know exactly who the person is, but do not want to name names in accordance with the LNS rules. They are not a frequent poster. Hopefully, this person, who is from Lodi, but does not currently live here, has gotten the message.

  • Jay Samone posted at 3:25 pm on Fri, Jul 15, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    Joanne, you need to find this posting of mine about a comedian and the Boys Club because I have NO CLUE what you are talking about - I think you may have me mixed up with someone else. My understanding is that the LNS has a scanner and gets their information directly from the "listening in" of said scanner. If, in fact, they get their info from the LPD, then they are to blame for providing misinformation.

    Also - I really hope that poster you are referring to is not the person that looked you and your child up. How scary is that? I seem to recall you were one of the very vocals ones about not using your real name - specifically because of the potential of something like this happening. At the very least, the LNS could use formats that allow you to use your first name only, like linking to your Yahoo or Facebook accounts.

  • Gary Musto posted at 1:14 pm on Fri, Jul 15, 2011.

    Gary Musto Posts: 506

    Joanne, whoever on this site is doing that to you is the lowest form of life and gutless as well, I hope you find out and have them arrested.

    Having blogged elsewhere, but using a phony name, it surprised me that LNS demands that you use your real one, something like this was bound to happen, but this is way over the top.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:53 am on Fri, Jul 15, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Given the non-response to an issue I had earlier this week with a "blogger" who didn't like my comment and then decided to look me up (they found my address, phone number (thankfully an old cell number) and email address) I seriously do not think that this newspaper gives a care about its readers.

    I myself ended up making a police report after receiving threatening emails telling me they knew where I lived and had all of my information. They claimed to have "connections" in Lodi that could "deal with me." They even contacted my daughter on Facebook and told her I was threatening this person and their family and I had better "shut the F up."

    The final straw was being notified by Yahoo that someone had tried to hack into my email. You just never know what kind of nut will be reading these blogs.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 11:44 am on Fri, Jul 15, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Ms. Samone: I agree that if the LNS is taking serious liberties with their descriptions of the actual CRIMES that are reported, then making light of these situations is definitely uncalled for.

    I don't know how much information the LPD actually gives the LNS - is it just the "one liners" that appear in the paper? I doubt that they are given the entire police report for each incident because if they were, many of these Logbook items would probably be quite different.

    If the case is that they are only given a sentence with the caller's initial description of the incident, then they should not be published with the consideration that the incident may have escalated to something entirely serious.

    That said, I do not agree with your comment: "poking fun at the ridiculous calls - what exactly does that say about the citizens of this town?"
    I seem to recall Ms. Samone recently took great exception to the members of the Boys Club criticizing certain professional comedians. Does that mean you find it humorous only if it's not in your backyard?

  • Jay Samone posted at 8:54 am on Fri, Jul 15, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    My reply for those who feel that the Logbook poking fun at the ridiculous calls - what exactly does that say about the citizens of this town? Really look at what you are saying. Laughing at the stupidity, mental illness, transience and drunkennes of others is really sad and shows the mentality of our town. And do any of you truly believe that these people even READ the Logbook? Do you really think it's going to stop these calls from coming in?

    If any of you have actually listened to the poice scanners for any length of time past 11pm in this town, you would see how serious many of these calls actually are. It's not about having or getting a "sense of humor", it's about reporting the facts - isn't that what a newspaper is supposed to do?

  • Jay Samone posted at 8:50 am on Fri, Jul 15, 2011.

    Jay Samone Posts: 359

    First off, we ALL know the Logbook is merely intended to be funny and the LNS doesn't report on any ACTUAL crime in this town. Some feel it's to keep everyone in the dark about what's really going on, and others truly believe there isn't any major crime here.

    Knowing what REALLY goes on in this town, I have never really taken the Logbook seriously and I actually used to enjoy reading the logbook - It was worth a few laughs - especially since the call about Mr. Pickles' mascot made the Letterman show. That was, HOWEVER, until a crime reported by my father made the logbook several months ago. To my family it was very serious and the "writer" poked fun at the report. Because of that I started taking a different look at certain entries and realizing that people's lives may have been in jeopardy - and that is certainly no laughing matter.

    Joanne, you won't know a crime is serious if it's in the Logbook, unless it's happened to you and it's been made light of. Think about how many people have reported break-ins with someone IN their home, they are scared out of their minds, and it's been reported as someone drinking an unauthorized soda in someone else's home. Ha-ha. Funny..........

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 4:29 pm on Thu, Jul 14, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Even though I'm pretty ticked at the LNS right now, I agree that the Logbook entries and the fairly benign little intros fashioned by Mr. Guinn are amusing and often pretty clever.

    I don't think I've read a single one that made light of a serious situation or police call.

    I vote for LNS and against Mr. Marconi who seems to need to get a sense of humor.

  • Jullee Eszlinger posted at 2:29 pm on Thu, Jul 14, 2011.

    Jullee Eszlinger Posts: 22

    i think they do a great job on the police log,why not put in the funny jokes, look what the people of lodi are doing to get on the police log,live alittle bit, and laugh with the rest of us reading the police log,im sure the lodi police are not laughing because they have to put up with this stupid crap people do, and the people who call 911 for non life threating reasons.

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:53 am on Thu, Jul 14, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I agree with Mr. Marconi. If the Sentinel wishes to ridicule those hand picked mostly minor incidences, why don't they ridicule those by name who are arrested at the dui/license checkpoints? The Record lists theirs every week, why is the Sentinel afraid to? The full page ad claiming the Sentinel is better than the Record, which is quite seemingly a preposterous statement to me, claims to be local news items, so if they're so much better than the Record, why can't they at least publish the names of the real criminals that citizens should be made aware of that are a danger to Lodi, rather than some drunk sleeping in a dumpster?

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:03 am on Thu, Jul 14, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2106

    I'm with the LNS on this one. I read the logbook section occasionally and maybe, just maybe if more people knew some of the silly things that the cops are called on then they will think twice before calling because someone is singing too loud as they walk down Elm (just making one up there).

    Maybe there should be a countdown, like the top three dumbest things the cops were called on each week. We the readers could vote on them.


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