Shippensburg University's first weeke...

Shippensburg University's first weekend 'sort of light' for police

There are 10 comments on the Public Opinion story from Aug 30, 2010, titled Shippensburg University's first weekend 'sort of light' for police. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Plainclothed police officers in Shippensburg were in the community to address underage drinking this weekend as university students returned to the community for the fall semester.

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CAV

Chambersburg, PA

#1 Aug 31, 2010
PO sounds like it's disappointed that not more students were in trouble!
funtard

Carlisle, PA

#2 Aug 31, 2010
I enjoyed the article.

"Common sense can't be taught, but for everything else there's Mastercard,"
Main Street

Greencastle, PA

#3 Aug 31, 2010
That's why the police had the time to deal with potato chip theft!
Shbg Resident

Geigertown, PA

#4 Aug 31, 2010
I am sure that the P O is not disappointed because more students were not in trouble. The media is the media and the public wants to know what is going on so that is what they put out there for you to read. The article was very well written and I am glad to know that in Shippensburg we have so many cops looking out for us. Yes you can always tell when the college kids get back into town, but it also brings a new day to our little town--New beginings for a lot of young people, so why would anyone want them to get into trouble??
Anon

Chambersburg, PA

#5 Sep 1, 2010
Thank you Shbg Resident for a nice positive, upbeat comment. You don't see very many. I agree with you!
Maggie

Clementon, NJ

#6 Sep 2, 2010
This story is absolutely horrendous. I was especially outraged to read about the way in which Richard Nicolai Jr. was arrested and the complete and total lack of fair and equal journalism in reporting on the cops comments in the citation. The story is written with a seal of approval on all of the cop's words and witty remarks in the citation. How is that fair journalism? I was especially outraged to read this part: "Common sense can't be taught, but for everything else there's Mastercard."

How someone involved with the law finds it funny to tie in a marketing campaign and make a joke out of a serious situation which Nicolai will be dealing with for some time to come, is not only beyond me but utterly heartless. This petty shoplifting citation is blown up into an attack on Nicolai through an egotistical officer who clearly gets a kick out of harrassing who he considers to be elite college students. There needs to be fair reporting including an assessment of whether or not law officers should be writing such comments in citations. Perhaps thats for another story.
Greg Brady

United States

#7 Sep 2, 2010
Maggie wrote:
This story is absolutely horrendous. I was especially outraged to read about the way in which Richard Nicolai Jr. was arrested and the complete and total lack of fair and equal journalism in reporting....
How is this unfair journalism? Have the Nicolai Jr. kid contact the newspaper and explain his side...why he did what he did, if he did it? If he did what he's accused of, he should be embarassed any way possible. That's what usually works, not the $50 fine or whatever. Maybe it's time Nicolai Jr. grows up? Ya think???
Jose

Newtown Square, PA

#8 Sep 2, 2010
Greg Brady wrote:
<quoted text>
If he did what he's accused of, he should be embarassed any way possible. That's what usually works, not the $50 fine or whatever.
If that is the case, then maybe it's time the police department decides which method of punishment to use. Only one is within their legal responsibility, or even right. The question isn't whether or not there should be a punishment, it was clearly a stupid thing to do, if he is in fact guilty of it.

Also, anyone who has spent more than two minutes in a Journalism 101 class can tell you that it is biased, amateur reporting. Nowhere does it say that Mr. Nicolai plead guilty to the charge, therefore he ALLEGEDLY stole a bag of chips. Show me where in the article it says that he allegedly stole the chips as it should. I don't care who witnessed it. Welcome to our legal system. It only states that he was "allegedly so drunk" because they probably never administered a test.

Great reporting. YA THINK??
Greg Brady

United States

#9 Sep 2, 2010
Jose wrote:
<quoted text>
If that is the case, then maybe it's time the police department decides which method of punishment to use. Only one is within their legal responsibility, or even right. The question isn't whether or not there should be a punishment, it was clearly a stupid thing to do, if he is in fact guilty of it.
Also, anyone who has spent more than two minutes in a Journalism 101 class can tell you that it is biased, amateur reporting. Nowhere does it say that Mr. Nicolai plead guilty to the charge, therefore he ALLEGEDLY stole a bag of chips. Show me where in the article it says that he allegedly stole the chips as it should. I don't care who witnessed it. Welcome to our legal system. It only states that he was "allegedly so drunk" because they probably never administered a test.
Great reporting. YA THINK??
Right, so if the police only have one method, they used it. The courts will determine the outcome. So, if he did it, and the charge is dismissed after he completes some silly community service, then the embarassment angle worked. The cops used the one that will NOT go away. Excellent job, even though I might disagree with the police ad-libbing a news release...but the P.O. decided to print it. Allegedly is a bull sh** word and you know it. For some reason it's put in there by the media, I suppose for the purpose of covering their ass-ets. But they can just attribute it to the police, "According to police...." which is used very often, Mr. Journalist. Who cares if they administered a breath test or not...those are really only relevant in other charges, not so much an underage drinking arrest. The observations of the officer is the evidence, i.e. smell, gait, etc. Maybe this kid will allegedly steal your wife, or maybe allegedly smash into your car with your family in it. Bet you'll be singing...er, writing...a different tune then. Ya Think?
Richard Belding

Trenton, NJ

#12 Oct 4, 2010
The saddest part is that if it were not for the tuition being paid by young Mr. Nicolai's parents to Shippensburg University, there would not even be a town, let alone a Sheet's at which undercover "officers" can frequent. Maybe they ought to try fighting crime in a real city or just respect college students whose tuition provides them with a place to live.

God bless

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