• Report: #949494

Complaint Review: The Ave Maria Herald

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  • Submitted: Mon, October 01, 2012
  • Updated: Thu, October 04, 2012

  • Reported By: Gabriel — Naples Florida United States of America
The Ave Maria Herald
Ave Maria, Florida United States of America

The Ave Maria Herald The Ave Herald Propaganda Paper for the community of Ave Maria, Florida that would make Joseph Goebbels proud. Ave Maria, Florida

*General Comment: Ave Herald and community really trashed this young man

*Author of original report: NOT GUILTY!

*Author of original report: Ave Heralds reaction to Ripoff Report speaks for itself.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: Another false accusation from "Gabriel"

*Author of original report: Incident Report/NARRATIVE, not the actual Police Report.

*REBUTTAL Owner of company: This Accusation is Completely False

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The Ave Maria Herald did a disservice to the community by printing an outright lie about the alleged incident that occurred Friday, Sept. 14, at the swimming pool at the Ave Maria town center. The story was revised on Friday, Sept. 21 with this lie, "According to the police report, the girl had sent a text message to her father saying, "Help me," which prompted her parents and others to begin searching for her." There is no such statement about a text message contained in the police report, or anything even remotely close to it in nature. This outright lie propagates a false narrative of the events that allegedly occurred on Sept. 14, at the swimming pool at the Ave Maria town center. The Ave Herald and the Propaganda Ministry at Ave Maria, Florida are hereby put on notice that lies and abuses of this nature will be called out and exposed in the public forum.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 10/01/2012 09:57 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/The-Ave-Maria-Herald/Ave-Maria-Florida-34142/The-Ave-Maria-Herald-The-Ave-Herald-Propaganda-Paper-for-the-community-of-Ave-Maria-Flor-949494. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 General Comment

Ave Herald and community really trashed this young man

AUTHOR: mrtacrzy - ()

This entire news article was slanted! The accused boy did nothing wrong at all, all charges were dropped by state of Florida, and as a matter of fact, the girl who accused him is in a mental institution. 

Why not do a follow up story on what really happened? Because the girls family is wealthy? what about the boy who was kicked out of highschool, sent to a juvenile detention center, lost the trust and respect of his friends and family, and will forever be humiliated by this totaly unprovoked and twisted attack from the ave herald and community? 

The ave herald aided a mentaly unstable, sick and hateful family in attacking an innocent teenager. 

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#2 Author of original report

NOT GUILTY!

AUTHOR: Gabriel - ()

The Inquisition is over, charges were dropped by the State. 

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#3 Author of original report

Ave Heralds reaction to Ripoff Report speaks for itself.

AUTHOR: Gabriel - (United States of America)

It's interesting that the Ave Herald fails to mention that the suspect is presumed innocent and instead threatens to publish a police report envolving minors. The Ave Herald is a disgrace to the community and it's response to the Ripoff Report speaks for itself.
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#4 REBUTTAL Owner of company

Another false accusation from "Gabriel"

AUTHOR: David Shnaider - (United States of America)

The police incident report quoted in The Ave Herald, an excerpt of which was provided as part of the rebuttal, is, despite whatever "Gabriel" wants to believe, the actual police incident report released by the Collier County Sheriff's Office. It is signed by the sheriff's deputy who responded to the scene, Cpl. Michael Varaly.

The Ave Herald refrained from publishing the entire report so as not to unnecessarily disclose the names of witnesses or even the suspect, although we had - and still have - the legal right to publish that information. (Even though the suspect is a minor, because he is charged with a felony, his name may be reported by the media.) If it the full report were published, people could see that it is divided into several parts -- Witness Statements, Suspect Behavior, Narrative, etc., with each describing different aspects of what the responding officer did and observed at the scene.

"Gabriel" refers to Det. Scott Peterson, who is with the Major Crimes/Special Victims Unit of the Collier County Sheriff's Office. He followed up the investigation, but did not write the initial incident report. Since "Gabriel" mentioned Det. Peterson by name, anyone is free to call him and ask about the veracity of the police incident report cited by The Ave Herald. But please, do it yourself, and don't take the word of "Gabriel."

With respect to the question "Gabriel" asks about why The Ave Herald revised the story a day later to include information from the police report, the answer is simple. The report was not available when the original story was written, and when it was provided to us by the Sheriff's Office, the story was updated.
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#5 Author of original report

Incident Report/NARRATIVE, not the actual Police Report.

AUTHOR: Gabriel - (United States of America)

This is not the actual Police Report. If you look on the top left corner you will see the words "Incident Report", and the word "NARRATIVE" to the far right. I will say it again, there is no such statement about a text for help in the official police report signed by Detective Scott Peterson.  Why was the original story published without the "Help me" text paragraph on Thursday, September 20, and then revised with it on Friday, September 21? It seems that the spin machine at the Ave Herald is hard at work trying to "Help" somebody out with this one, maybe a golf buddy? Keep up the bad work and you'll be called out again. 
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#6 REBUTTAL Owner of company

This Accusation is Completely False

AUTHOR: David Shnaider - (United States of America)

"Gabriel" erroneously and maliciously asserts that "There is no such statement about a text message contained in the police report, or anything even remotely close to it in nature."

The Ave Herald report was completely accurate, and the police report does, indeed, contain exactly that statement.

For further information, please see The Ave Herald response here and the page of the police incident report from the Collier County (FL) Sheriff's Office is available here in PDF format.

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