Dinius case shows corruption in Lake County

I have been a resident for a little over 2 years and I have been following the Dinius case the entire time. Full Story
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Kid Rock

United States

#1 Nov 21, 2008
You bet it does. The person who is behind this is Jon Hopkins, the DA of Lake County. Time for a recall and let's get someone in there who is not headline hungry like Headline Hungry Hopkins. Let him go back to wherever he was before he brought his stuck-up, piggy-self here to spend all our taxpayer money seeking fame for himself.
Wow

Prairie Du Chien, WI

#2 Nov 21, 2008
Ummm, I really don't know where to beging with this so I'll just say it's a good thing ignorance isn't a crime or this letter writer would be 3 striker.

Strike 1: Perdock wasn't drunk

Strike 2: Dinius wasn't just out sailing with friends he was proven to be legally intoxicated.

Strike 3: It wasn't Perdock's boat with the lights off, it was the vessel Dinius was driving.

Kinda reminds me of that old saying....Better to remain silent and be thought of as a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

I'll give you creds though at least you put your name to it, so we can all laugh at you.

Thumbs down to the Record-Bee for not at least editorializing the obvious untruths in this letter. I suspect that might be grounds for another lawsuit.
MOM

Columbia, MO

#3 Nov 21, 2008
Strike 1: Perdock wasn't drunk
The claim is the hospital worker wrote am instead of pm on the sample, which is a good try except hospitals dont use am/pm they use military time. Perdock may have been drunk for all we know.

Strike 2: Dinius wasn't just out sailing with friends he was proven to be legally intoxicated.
So they both were, your point is?

Strike 3: It wasn't Perdock's boat with the lights off, it was the vessel Dinius was driving.
Or if you listen to the other expert the sail boat had it's lights on.

I'll give you creds though at least you put your name to it, so we can all laugh at you.
Translation - WOW (ie LCSO officer) uis threatening you.

Thumbs down to the Record-Bee for not at least editorializing the obvious untruths in this letter. I suspect that might be grounds for another lawsuit.
WOW - this is the best part, your a sheriffs officer and you think someone writing their opinion to a newspaper is ground for civil litigation. Cops who don't understand law, no wonder LCSO is a joke.
Tami Turner

Lakeport, CA

#4 Nov 21, 2008
Here here, Wow,
I just sent this letter to the editor, myself. Let's see if they actually print it.

"Dear Editor,
First of all, in response to Ms. Hogin’s letter to the editor:
I am completely frustrated with people like this who claim to be “following the Dinius case the entire time” and then have the facts completely mixed up. First of all, the “COP” was proven WAY beyond a reasonable doubt to be completely sober. I am not sure where she got her information, other than some of the media seeming to purposely mislead, but the preliminary hearing documentation has proven that Mr. Perdock was sober. It was also proven in the preliminary hearing that Mr. Perdock’s lights were on. There were eye witnesses to the crash who saw them on, including the people on the sailboat. This information is also in the depositions that were given. The part that some of the public and the media do not seem to care about is the information given that Weber, the sailboat owner, and Dinius were the ones intoxicated. Since when is driving or boating under the influence considered okay? Much less boating while intoxicated AND having no navigation lights. The judge also had eye witness testimony stating that there were no navigation lights on the sailboat illuminated.
I also question the editor of this papers judgment. Why would you include this letter in the paper and subject Mr. Perdock to more verbal abuse? As the editor, I am quite sure you know the things I have stated to be true. Tiffany Revelle was in the courtroom and has previously reported on these issues. I feel this is defamation of character.
I am tired of Mr. Perdock being hammered in the media. He does not deserve the treatment he has been given and its time for people who know and care for him to speak up with the truth.
The Russ Perdock I know is a wonderful, caring father, son and friend. He is an excellent, dedicated officer of the law. Truth and honesty are extremely important to him. He is very involved in his community, always giving his time and talents to help others. I would trust him with my life and the lives of my children.
Sincerely,
Tami Turner"
Wow wrote:
Ummm, I really don't know where to beging with this so I'll just say it's a good thing ignorance isn't a crime or this letter writer would be 3 striker.
Strike 1: Perdock wasn't drunk
Strike 2: Dinius wasn't just out sailing with friends he was proven to be legally intoxicated.
Strike 3: It wasn't Perdock's boat with the lights off, it was the vessel Dinius was driving.
Kinda reminds me of that old saying....Better to remain silent and be thought of as a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.
I'll give you creds though at least you put your name to it, so we can all laugh at you.
Thumbs down to the Record-Bee for not at least editorializing the obvious untruths in this letter. I suspect that might be grounds for another lawsuit.
Yellow Trike

Clearlake, CA

#5 Nov 21, 2008
Obviously the people who continue writing letters vilifying Lake County feel the need to muddy the waters rather than rely on facts.

Let us all wait for this to be decided in the courts.

Don't drink and operate any type of vehicle.
phil murphy

United States

#6 Nov 21, 2008
Tami, anyone who speeds across the lake at 40 mph + at night with a child on board is NOT a good parent, role model or sailor-this is NOT debateable!
We CAN debate wheter or not Perdock had significant amounts of alcohol that night as there ARE major questions about the evidence chain-of-custody that HAVE NOT been answered-so let's NOT make claims about Perdock's sobriety untill they have been PROVEN .
My gripe is mainly with Hopkins, he made a tradgedy even worse with his bungling, and has brought international disgrace to lake County. You can't get around the fact that Hopkins is a primping fool who needs to go, I think we can all agree on that one, unless you're related or friends with him too!
Tami Turner

Lakeport, CA

#7 Nov 21, 2008
Phil,
I won't debate with you. What I will say is that he is not only a good parent, he is an excellent parent. His children, and my children would agree. And for that matter, I bet if you asked his ex-wife, she would agree.
And, the issue of his sobriety was in fact proven, as I said, WAY beyond a reasonable doubt. I was in the courtroom myself and heard the testimony and evidence. It was all addressed, including the chain of custody information.
I did not write this letter to start another blog topic. I wrote it to show my support of Russ Perdock as I see many people, such as yourself stating information about his character which is completely untrue. The facts, and Dinius' fate will be decided by a jury of peers. Russ Perdock's character, as far as I am concerned, is not up for debate.
I do not intend to continue discussion with anyone and I am aware that there will be people with negative comments about myself and Mr. Perdock. While you can be sure I am reading them I feel very little need to respond.
phil murphy wrote:
Tami, anyone who speeds across the lake at 40 mph + at night with a child on board is NOT a good parent, role model or sailor-this is NOT debateable!
We CAN debate wheter or not Perdock had significant amounts of alcohol that night as there ARE major questions about the evidence chain-of-custody that HAVE NOT been answered-so let's NOT make claims about Perdock's sobriety untill they have been PROVEN .
My gripe is mainly with Hopkins, he made a tradgedy even worse with his bungling, and has brought international disgrace to lake County. You can't get around the fact that Hopkins is a primping fool who needs to go, I think we can all agree on that one, unless you're related or friends with him too!
Lakeport resident

Grass Valley, CA

#8 Nov 21, 2008
Rumors all rumors, only the two parties involved will know the real truth and they will have to live with that. Both parties are in the wrong. Drinking and driving is illegal on land and on water. Driving at night is dangerous, can you really see those tiny little lights bouncing up and down on a boat that is moving or sitting still? Especially when your boat is doing the same thing. It is not easy. I feel for the families this affects, until it is over it is difficult to move forward.
Courtney

United States

#9 Nov 21, 2008
I completely agree with Mr. Hogin. This is just giving more people the leverage they need to prove corruption in our local justice systems in order to get out of charges when they are really guilty. It paints a bad picture for the entire Sheriff's Department, considering they are covering for him. I think its just ridiculous.
Wendy

Lincoln, NE

#10 Nov 21, 2008
In my opinion, whomoever was drinking or not drinking, a woman is dead. It doesnt matter how wonderful a father you are or a great friend, someone is dead. The person I would place the blame on is Perdock, but knowing good old Lake County, he will not be held responsible for his actions.
Wow

Prairie Du Chien, WI

#11 Nov 21, 2008
MOM wrote:
Strike 1: Perdock wasn't drunk
The claim is the hospital worker wrote am instead of pm on the sample, which is a good try except hospitals dont use am/pm they use military time. Perdock may have been drunk for all we know.
Strike 2: Dinius wasn't just out sailing with friends he was proven to be legally intoxicated.
So they both were, your point is?
Strike 3: It wasn't Perdock's boat with the lights off, it was the vessel Dinius was driving.
Or if you listen to the other expert the sail boat had it's lights on.
I'll give you creds though at least you put your name to it, so we can all laugh at you.
Translation - WOW (ie LCSO officer) uis threatening you.
Thumbs down to the Record-Bee for not at least editorializing the obvious untruths in this letter. I suspect that might be grounds for another lawsuit.
WOW - this is the best part, your a sheriffs officer and you think someone writing their opinion to a newspaper is ground for civil litigation. Cops who don't understand law, no wonder LCSO is a joke.
Clearly a confused person so you have my sympathy. I am not a member of the LCSO, nor do I think any reasonable person could construe laughing at someone as a threat.

The only remotely accurate part of your comment is that there are differing opinions as to whether the lights on Dinius' craft were illuminated or not.
Wow

Prairie Du Chien, WI

#12 Nov 21, 2008
phil murphy wrote:
Tami, anyone who speeds across the lake at 40 mph + at night with a child on board is NOT a good parent, role model or sailor-this is NOT debateable!
We CAN debate wheter or not Perdock had significant amounts of alcohol that night as there ARE major questions about the evidence chain-of-custody that HAVE NOT been answered-so let's NOT make claims about Perdock's sobriety untill they have been PROVEN .
My gripe is mainly with Hopkins, he made a tradgedy even worse with his bungling, and has brought international disgrace to lake County. You can't get around the fact that Hopkins is a primping fool who needs to go, I think we can all agree on that one, unless you're related or friends with him too!
Right Phil, so clearly one incident makes a person a bad parent...I guess you've never sped with children in your vehicle, or made an usafe turn. If we used your standard there would be no good parents in the entire world.
Hmmmmm

Columbia, MO

#13 Nov 21, 2008
Isn't tami turner his girlfriend or recent x?
Tami Turner wrote:
Phil,
I won't debate with you. What I will say is that he is not only a good parent, he is an excellent parent. His children, and my children would agree. And for that matter, I bet if you asked his ex-wife, she would agree.
And, the issue of his sobriety was in fact proven, as I said, WAY beyond a reasonable doubt. I was in the courtroom myself and heard the testimony and evidence. It was all addressed, including the chain of custody information.
I did not write this letter to start another blog topic. I wrote it to show my support of Russ Perdock as I see many people, such as yourself stating information about his character which is completely untrue. The facts, and Dinius' fate will be decided by a jury of peers. Russ Perdock's character, as far as I am concerned, is not up for debate.
I do not intend to continue discussion with anyone and I am aware that there will be people with negative comments about myself and Mr. Perdock. While you can be sure I am reading them I feel very little need to respond.
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Squirly man

Columbia, MO

#14 Nov 21, 2008
OK girly man, put up or shut up:
Name:
Age:
Employer:

(i didn't think so, coward)
Wow wrote:
<quoted text>
Clearly a confused person so you have my sympathy. I am not a member of the LCSO, nor do I think any reasonable person could construe laughing at someone as a threat.
The only remotely accurate part of your comment is that there are differing opinions as to whether the lights on Dinius' craft were illuminated or not.
Actually

Columbia, MO

#15 Nov 21, 2008
You can do whatever you want, but a public officials character is always up for debate especially when he is (was) likely to become the next sheriff.
Tami Turner wrote:
Russ Perdock's character, as far as I am concerned, is not up for debate.
<quoted text>
Tami Turner

Lakeport, CA

#16 Nov 21, 2008
Hmmmmm wrote:
Isn't tami turner his girlfriend or recent x?
<quoted text>
Yep, I'm his girlfriend and proud of it. Your point???
Wow

Prairie Du Chien, WI

#17 Nov 21, 2008
Squirly man wrote:
OK girly man, put up or shut up:
Name:
Age:
Employer:
(i didn't think so, coward)
<quoted text>
Again with the name calling...This time from a person called "Squirly man". I suppose that's your real name. What does that make you?
Get Real

Clearlake, CA

#18 Nov 21, 2008
no evidence the cop was drunk, aside from that, you've got it right
Wow

Prairie Du Chien, WI

#19 Nov 21, 2008
Get Real wrote:
no evidence the cop was drunk, aside from that, you've got it right
You left off that there's evidence both the operator (dinius) and the owner of the sailboat (Weber) were intoxicated, and evidence that Perdock had his nav lights illuminated, but not the other vessel. Aside from those "minor" discrepancies, I'd agree the author got it right...Uhhh, well, at least I suspect the author got their name right anyway, but who knows anymore.
hmmm

Sunol, CA

#20 Nov 21, 2008
the truth to the whole matter is no doubt they were both drunk and both should be punished..

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