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on Aug 28, 2009
Why do you guys bother with this drivel? You provide NO details so the info listed is totally useless. Want to drive traffic to your website or perhaps give your readers something interesting to read then actually spend two minutes on this section. There's a paper in Northwest Florida that has driven traffic to its website by having a little fun with the police blotter section. Its police blotter section has a regular readership and loyal following. In this tough newspaper industry, the paper has worked hard to write local stories since those stories tend to interest local people. You're a local paper for heaven's sake. Have a little fun. Use your journalistic abilities and write something that will interest local people. I've attached an example below. There were 141 comments to the story below. Outside of your idiot former mayor's stance on Prop 8, when has a story on your website generated 141 comments? Compare it to your drivel and you tell me which one is more interesting, informative, and likely to encourage readership.
NICEVILLE A woman was pulled over in her 1987 Chevrolet truck after a police officer noticed she didn't have tag lights.
According to her arrest report, Rahkia Marie Anderson, 18, of Fort Walton Beach, told the officer she knew one of her passengers had marijuana on him because she had smoked with him earlier.
The officer found a cut green straw in Anderson's purse that is consistent with what a person might use to snort cocaine. Anderson told the officer the straw wouldn't test positive for cocaine, but it would for Xanax, the report said.
Anderson was placed under arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia. Her arrest report noted she had identifying tattoos. Anderson has a butterfly on her left ear, five stars on her left hand and "Keith" on her crotch area.
While Anderson was in the Niceville Police Department holding cell, she was overheard talking to one of the passengers who had been in her truck. Anderson said she "had cocaine" in her "coochy," the report said. When officers questioned her about her statement, Anderson removed a clear plastic baggy from inside her underwear.
The baggy contained a white powdery substance that field tested positive for the presence of cocaine. Anderson said her intention was to sell the drug.
Anderson was arrested on July 30 for felony possession of narcotics and possession of drug equipment.
Here's another example. (Background info - Sammy's is a strip club.) This story generated 65 comments. Again, when has your paper had this level of commenting? Research the information behind the police log. You might find something interesting that your readers would get a kick out of and actually come here to read. There's nothing wrong with a little schadenfreude.
FORT WALTON BEACH -- A woman who went into Sammy's Aug. 23 and found her husband licking another woman's face punched him and then dragged him out into the parking lot by his hair and shirt, according to her Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office arrest report.
The 34-year-old woman continued to strike him in the parking lot.
Witnesses saw him licking the other woman's face.
They also told the deputy they saw his wife dragging him by his clothing and hitting him.
The couple has been married four years.
She was charged with misdemeanor battery.
Ok. Here's my last one. This one generated 33 comments. I know y'all take criticism like most third graders do so I imagine you'll be upset. But, your goal really ought to be to produce something that generates interest and readership. This police log section could do that if it you'd invest a little time in it.
Vending machine 'molested,' police called
Comments 33 | Recommend 0
August 26, 2009 8:46 AM
FORT WALTON BEACH -- The Coca-Cola man called police to the Comfort Inn Aug. 14 to report that a vending machine had been molested, according to the incident report
The coin and dollar changer were completely gone, though the machine did not appear to be entered, the officer noted.
A hotel clerk had reported that coins were falling out of the machine.
There were no latent prints and the video surveillance system was inoperative at that time.
The case is inactive.
Amusing is great, but also, posting names give more information & may discourage many of our youths from committing crimes. I guess I can say the same for some of our adults too, I'm sure they don't want to harm their precious Danville reputations.
The paper that I quoted has a policy that it includes names for those charged with a felony. If the charge is a misdemeanor then no names are provided.
More information is necessary for the township to better understand the crime that is taking place right in their own backyard. Most Danville residents seem oblivious to what is happening right in front of them, actually they seem pretty oblivious to everything around them but more detailed crime info might give them a better perspective as to the reality of this idyllic little town....should they read anything beyond the sport page.
I think they might read past the sports page if given something interesting to read. How are the tidbits above that the Danville Weekly lists each week interesting or informative?
What does "Vandalism on Presidio Ct. at 4:06 a.m." tell you? Now, the information behind said vandalism may be interesting and tell you something.
I'd rather read the sports page than the drivel this paper is listing for the police log. If they don't want to spend some time on this topic, then fine. But, then they should just leave the section out since it's not informative or entertaining.
The police log could use some additional detail! I'm still upset at finding out Danville has Group Homes... I moved out here - cause I wanted to sleep easy at night.
I wonder how many of these crimes are attributable to residents of group homes? I'm for a second chances - but this is too nice of an area, with relatively nice folks.
Maybe a little more embellishment would make it fun & interesting, possible explain the law, i.e what constitutes vandalism, soap in a fountain, stealing a street sign, letting the air out of tires, defacing someone's mailbox, toilet papering... you'd be surprised what the law says... maybe the police should give us an education.
The "Police Log" is to show that our police department has more to do than eat doughnuts and hassel the patrons of Danville businesses who are otherwise keeping their noses clean. If it wasn't for the odd toilet papering incident or youth driving a couple of miles per hour above the speed limit, what else would they have to do? It's all about justifying one's existence, which gets more and more difficult to do in a tough economy. The city must enhance its revenues somehow!
Hans, Perhaps you should check out some of the other posts on topics related to crime - some of those folks feel we live in a war zone and should arm ourselves to the hilt. Maybe if you get involved there would be someone on the other end of the "we live in a community run by 'gangbangers'" continuum.
Seriously, I think your perspective would be helpful and almost refreshing (sans for the dis on our men in uniform).
The devil makes work for idle hands....
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