Sentences too lenient in Dunstable sh...

Sentences too lenient in Dunstable shooting case

There are 21 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Apr 14, 2008, titled Sentences too lenient in Dunstable shooting case. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

I am writing in response to the article written on March 28 by Sun reporter, Jack Minch.

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Barney Fife

Hollis, NH

#1 Apr 15, 2008
There was a lot more going on here than the court manipulation. The officers did not charge them with half the counts they should have and the prosecutors office dropped half the charges the police had on them. None of this would have happened like this if it was anyone else. Shame on all officials involved here.
Ned Shimelfinney

Londonderry, NH

#2 Apr 15, 2008
Barney Fife wrote:
There was a lot more going on here than the court manipulation. The officers did not charge them with half the counts they should have and the prosecutors office dropped half the charges the police had on them. None of this would have happened like this if it was anyone else. Shame on all officials involved here.
Barney, I agree but to say shame on you to those who have no concept of shame is impotent. The only word they understand is indictment, but that won't happen because the Sheriff has too much influence and doesn't want one of his little pets to face the music.
Truth Teller

Lowell, MA

#3 Apr 15, 2008
Mr. Townsend- You must know something about the court system. What is really "laughable" is that your uncle, Paul Sheehy, must have written you off and no longer provides free legal services! Go back to the crack house.
Barney Fifes Girlfriend

Lowell, MA

#4 Apr 15, 2008
Mr. Townsend's uncle, Paul Sheehy, has written him off and no longer bails him out or provides free legal services. The Lowell Sun ought to do its homework and verify facts before it publishes personal attacks upon Mr. Sheehy by a disgruntled (and mentally ill) family member who has a lengthy record of violent and criminal behavior.
brian the dog

Manchester Center, VT

#5 Apr 15, 2008
jimma thinks he's steve mcgarrett but he's really more like otis campbell.
tricky slick MH

Wilmington, MA

#6 Apr 15, 2008
we know who really wrote this!!

Good job Mike ...you must be bored with retirement!!
Ned Shimelfinney

Londonderry, NH

#7 Apr 16, 2008
brian the dog wrote:
jimma thinks he's steve mcgarrett but he's really more like otis campbell.
Brian, I respectfully disagree with your comparison of Jimma the Hut to Otis Campbell. Otis, one of the finest Americans in history, had at least a rudimentary knowledge of the workings of a jail, was only legless drunk half of the day, would turn himself in to the proper authorities when he had inbibed a bit too much and to my knowledge never beat his wife. I present these facts with all due respect to you sir. Have a pleasant day.
Slap on the Wrist

United States

#8 Apr 18, 2008
It does not matter who wrote the article. He still hit the nail on the head. Winkowski got off because he's Dipaola's pet. Winkowski and Wilson should both have been fired and had their gun permits revoked. If it had not been a law enforcement officer, you could bet that person would be in jail by now. I can't wait till Dipaola is out of that position. Maybe the next sheriff will spend the taxpayers money responsibly and not just spend to make their position seem more important than it is.
lowering the bar

Haverhill, MA

#9 Apr 18, 2008
Brian,
You know Otis' last name! Great piece of trivia!

Ned,
Great character analysis
brian the dog

Manchester Center, VT

#10 Apr 18, 2008
ned you are absolutely correct. comparing jimma to otis was wrong.
also the locals pulled jimma over for driving on the wrong side of the road.he told them he thought he was in england. the locals let jimma go with a very stern warning.
Ned Shimelfinney

Londonderry, NH

#11 Apr 18, 2008
brian the dog wrote:
ned you are absolutely correct. comparing jimma to otis was wrong.
also the locals pulled jimma over for driving on the wrong side of the road.he told them he thought he was in england. the locals let jimma go with a very stern warning.
Brian, to attribute thought to the Jimma is giving him far too much credit. I am certain that the "locals" just did their best to decipher his drunkese and thought it best to let that one go because he was over the weight limit of half a metric ton and they feared being frozen in liquid carbonite. The warning they gave him was most likely "do this again and we'll pour salt on you"', a very frightening prospect to a slug like Jimmanouch. Sbmitted this day respectfully, Ned "The Human Coke Machine" Shimelfinney.
Ned Shimelfinney

Londonderry, NH

#12 Apr 18, 2008
lowering the bar wrote:
Brian,
You know Otis' last name! Great piece of trivia!
Ned,
Great character analysis
Daer Lowering,
You know not to whom you speak. Brian, if I may speak on his behalf, is the authority on all things Mayberry Bedrock and any other locale in which reside the charecters we know and love. Next time use a bit of reverence in you praise. Forgive him Brian for he knows not what he does.
Ned Shimelfinney

Londonderry, NH

#13 Apr 18, 2008
Slap on the Wrist wrote:
It does not matter who wrote the article. He still hit the nail on the head. Winkowski got off because he's Dipaola's pet. Winkowski and Wilson should both have been fired and had their gun permits revoked. If it had not been a law enforcement officer, you could bet that person would be in jail by now. I can't wait till Dipaola is out of that position. Maybe the next sheriff will spend the taxpayers money responsibly and not just spend to make their position seem more important than it is.
Dear Slap,
To which of the Sheriff's positions do you refer? Bent over with his pants and Cambridge Jail emprinted boxers at mid thigh so his sniveling minions can plant a wet kiss on his ample ass or face down in a puddle of his own sick?
brian the dog

Manchester Center, VT

#14 Apr 21, 2008
barney fife's steady girlfriend was thelma lu. fife was also a known frequent customer of juanita a waitress at the mayberry diner.according to fife juanita was "everybody's girl". it is safe to say that juanita was serving more than hash at the diner.
lowering the bar

United States

#15 Apr 21, 2008
I'm waiting for a scathing expose on Floyd the barber. There's something not right about him.
brian the dog

Manchester Center, VT

#16 Apr 22, 2008
floyd was known for wearing pink shirts.yes floyd lawson at times was the original "pink floyd".
RockCandy

Greenfield, NH

#17 Apr 24, 2008
Most of these comments are juvenile and seem personal. These officers were put through the court system, probably had administrative reprocussions that the public is not aware about, not to mention effects on thier reputation.
The reason they were not fired, in my opinion, is because they do contribute to the mission for where they work. For example, Winkowski was commended for relief efforts in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, just to mention one example. Another obvious example is that they chose a career that promotes public good, is often unthanked,(and underpaid in my opinion).
This was an isolated unintentional incident. The victim was clearly shaken, and also compassionate- take that cue. This involves a learning experience for these off-duty officers that may have indulged a bit too much, again off duty.
Let's get the REAL "bad cops" off the street that do a lot worse, intentionally, on duty, completely sober.
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. Getting hit by rocks hurts, but it might as well be by Jesus if it is warrented. So all you haters go check yourself and see if you're so pure.

Ned Shimelfinney

Londonderry, NH

#18 Apr 26, 2008
RockCandy wrote:
Most of these comments are juvenile and seem personal. These officers were put through the court system, probably had administrative reprocussions that the public is not aware about, not to mention effects on thier reputation.
The reason they were not fired, in my opinion, is because they do contribute to the mission for where they work. For example, Winkowski was commended for relief efforts in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, just to mention one example. Another obvious example is that they chose a career that promotes public good, is often unthanked,(and underpaid in my opinion).
This was an isolated unintentional incident. The victim was clearly shaken, and also compassionate- take that cue. This involves a learning experience for these off-duty officers that may have indulged a bit too much, again off duty.
Let's get the REAL "bad cops" off the street that do a lot worse, intentionally, on duty, completely sober.
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone. Getting hit by rocks hurts, but it might as well be by Jesus if it is warrented. So all you haters go check yourself and see if you're so pure.
Rockcandy,
You are woefully ignorant about how things work at the MSO. There will be no administrative "reprocussions" for those officers. If you read the original article you'd know that there was a third officer there that night, a captain in the Sheriff's internal affairs division. He wrote a report ratting on the others and claiming he had tried to stop them, trying to save his own skin. It worked too. No charges were filed against him. And Winkowski was commended for his efforts in Louisiana? Thousands of non law enforcement people went down to help. Should we let them all get drunk and crack off a few deer slugs at their elderly neighbors? Smarten up. Go to Church today and pray for wisdom. Let he who knows what he is talking about cast well informed comments.
brian the dog

Manchester Center, VT

#19 Apr 26, 2008
booze + badges = buffoonery
Ned Shimelfinney

Londonderry, NH

#20 Apr 27, 2008
Brian:
You are correct; but it is not fair. All officers at the MSO will now be painted with that broad brush. It is a shame that two drunks in the Sheriff's Office have given a bad name to the sober one. She'll probably need drink to cope with it. See you at the Cinco De Mayo celebration? The first payoff's on me.

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