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1/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
TIMES EDITORIAL: Mug shots in the paper are a sign of good police work

There seems to be a lot of people out there who think Blythe is full of nothing but crooks and criminals because so often the front page of the Times is filled with - crooks and criminals.

While our town and valley does have its share of undesirables pining for an appearance on page one, we don't believe Blythe is populated with bad guys any more than any other town. In fact, we believe this is one of the safest and more desirable places to live due to the overwhelming number of law enforcement officers who make it home and the strictness and expectations of those who reside here.

With a large Border Patrol presence, the California Highway Patrol having a station here, the Riverside County Sheriff's Department and the Blythe Police Department, not to mention a pair of prisons stocked with correctional officers, Blythe is probably more orderly than any of the larger cities to the east or west of us. Almost everyone has someone on their block who is involved in law enforcement.

While the many mug shots that appear in the paper may leave the perception that crime is out of control here, the truth is, crime is very much under control in Blythe, and those mug shots prove it.

The threshold for making it into the newspaper is much lower here than in most other communities and many small crimes that wouldn't garner even a brief in the larger cities, make front page news here... primarily because there isn't a lot of crime here in comparison to other cities.

Therefore, if you're arrested for a felony in Blythe, the situation is likely to be amplified due to the limited number of felony arrests that occur within the valley.

Also, as residents of Blythe and the surrounding area, we at the Times wish to do our part in notifying the public as to who is dealing drugs in their neighborhood, who is burglarizing homes and who is assaulting others. We think that's fair.

It is our sincere hope that when someone's picture appears on the front page of the newspaper, that it acts as a deterrent to others who may be contemplating the commitment of a similar crime.

More so, the negative publicity oftentimes brings pressure on the miscreant from family and friends - and that kind of pressure is something unique to a small community like Blythe, where denigrating the family name can be a worse punishment than a stint behind bars.

So while it may appear to some that crime is out of control in the metropolis of Blythe, rest assured that the exhibition of arrestees in the paper is not a sign of the deterioration of our community but rather an endorsement of the efforts of law enforcement.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ To tell the end. I agree with you 110%. You are right we should know what was the out come of all people that are reported here. Plus it would generate more debate. Also the person that were put here can then tell their side of the story. The one that the Police left out. You like in other cities the reporter go's out and interviews the person that has been charged. He could the counteracted the police report or dig himself in a bigger hole. Maybe then if there are any witness out there they could then testified on behalf of the accused. Yes I know, that I'm just dreaming. But it could be a real money maker. Win Win for all. Headlines sell space on the ad pages.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Walt Sleptke

Re Blythe's Entertainer, of course the PVVT has their own agenda. When I tried several times to post how the Gov't would try to take away legally owned guns they just refused to publish it. They just don't want the people to know what is happening.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: Eddy McGillicutty

What would YOU rather have? A paper who reports the crimes (as told by the police) or a paper that the local police suppress the information about crimes committed so as not to bring bad publicity on the town? The later is happening in big and small cities across the nation to 1) try to convince the people that crime has gone down and 2) try to show that violent crimes are not happening. Many of the mayors have given clear instructions to the local chief of police NOT to openly report crimes to the media and to only respond vaguely when asked for details.

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Article comment by: tell the ending

If you are going to put in the arrest photo, you have an obligation to also report on the outcome. If the arrest is public knowledge, then the verdict, sentence, or whatever resolution (plea bargain, dismissal of charges, etc) should also be made public. I have known people to be exonerated, yet never saw that publicly acknowledged.

Posted: Monday, January 21, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

@ Concerned teacher thank you for the word (Toniest) of the day. Comparing Blythe to a large city is like comparing apples to oranges. In a big city you have a very large population that is made up of different ethnicities in which each has his own way of dealing with differences and crimes. So when you have large diversity of people there seems to be more violence and along with more crime, as I said population to crime ratio. As things get worst in their own counties many will come here to America, again bringing the crime and violence. They will blend in with the local criminals here. So when the authorities start to crack down on them. They will bleed off to the pass of less resistance which is here due to the lack of enforcement and minimal time served in jail, just by word of mouth. It will get worst here, you will see.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: concerned teacher

@el pica buyas

My point was that crime happens everywhere even in the toniest neighborhoods.

My secondary point was that the crime in other, larger burgs is often more violent and deadly.

Posted: Sunday, January 20, 2013
Article comment by: Blythe's Entertainer U2Canbeeeeeeeeeeeee

I have seen in some towns across America, that inside the newspaper, there is a list/Section of the newspaper with names/pictures of town residents that were issued WARRANTS, as well as a list of CONVICTIONS/Sentence & Commitment offense, with a picture. The PALO VERDE VALLEY TIMES does not seem a bit intersted in publishing that info, but rather in sensationalizing arrests! These people are INNOCENT, but yet their picture gets published! Simply WRONG HEADED!!! I think RON PERKINS said it best. Also, DALE DOORMAN had a wondderful point that has been the buzz around town for a long time! WHAT IS THE PALO VERDE VALLEY TIMES AGENDA

Posted: Saturday, January 19, 2013
Article comment by: Ron Perkins

After reading this article, I was inclined to post a comment regarding those who are arrested and not only subsequently found 'not guilty', but also those who, after a short investigation of all of the facts, are released without ever being 'charged' with a crime due to a totality of the circumstances.
After reading the post by 'Fair Trial??', I thought the flip-side of the coin had been pretty well represented. Those whose pics are plastered in the paper are automatically convicted in the 'court of public opinion', leaving them with an undeserved stigma which can take years to erase, if ever.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Times Reader

Can we just not put them on the front page? Anyone who comes into this town, whether to live or bring a business or anything, will take one look at the front page and run as fast as they can in the other direction.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Dennis Brown

What, what about the haaaaaaaaaaaaaalf that's NEVER been told ooooo yea. Whaaaaaat about the haaaaaaaalf that has never been told?

Look how long it's been kept a big secret
Look how long it's been hided away

The half, the half, the half that's never been told
What is hidden from the wise and good
It shall reveal to babe and suckling
The half, the half, the half that's never been told

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Rosie Villa

I'm not the biggest fan of mugshots , they don't work only serves for those that cate to know. What should be in the front page is an awsome article about awsome people who care and do for this community. Sometimes I think all those horor stories we hear in the news are due to wanting attention, lets remember that like its been said begore " If you can't get positove attention you will get negative". Lets praise those that give good and try hard to make a change, maybe more will want the same attention and do positive things , just to get attention .I'm sure thetes good in pur little town thats worth writting about.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: I'm just saying

This hospital problem is a joke! Sam Burton is the (deleted). Just wait he will resign when the going gets tougher. That's his pattern. If he resigns Trina and Sandy will have big problems getting votes to pass whatever is on there agenda. That leave Carney back in the thick on things. Good Luck it just might happen.Carney knows Benoit real well. hahaha

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Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2013
Article comment by: Sam, Sam, Sam

Dear Bishop Burton, What is going on at the hospital? Dont let us down. We need to bes able to have babys and I cant afford to leaves this town.


Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: Needs new meds for sure

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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

It's regrettable that these things happen to these persons and their families. What you left out was the population of these cities. Hemet has about 80,000+ people with San Jacinto as it's sister city next to it with about 45,000+ people. Temecula has about 100,000+ people. Crime is committed every where. But, that in itself is in, no way a comparison to Blythe, in a population to crime ratio. Just Hemet in High Schools? Compare to Blythe. Student ratio? Look it up.

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