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Ozzy Osbourne Speaks On North Dakota Party Sting

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Since when does the lure of an OZZY OSBOURNE concert become the impetus for a sting operation by one local sheriff?

That's what an outraged Osbourne would like to know after the events that transpired Monday, October 29 before his show at the Fargodome in Fargo, ND.

As masterminded by Paul D. Laney, a local county sheriff — under the name of PDL Productions — this is how the sting was set up, all without Osbourne's knowledge:

Sheriff Laney took the liberty of planning an Ozzy Osbourne pre-show concert party by offering the very same perks included in Ozzy's "official" VIP tour packages including two tickets to 40 unsuspecting citizens who received the PDL invites by mail.

When the "winners" showed up at the bash, they were promptly handcuffed and arrested on various outstanding warrants. Sheriff Laney quickly held a televised press conference to congratulate himself on the successful sting operation.

"Instead of holding a press conference to pat himself on the back," says Osbourne, "Sheriff Laney should be apologizing to me for using my name in connection with these arrests. It's insulting to me and to my audience and it shows how lazy this particular sheriff is when it comes to doing his job."

Adds Ozzy, "Sheriff Laney went out of his way to tarnish my reputation by implying that I somehow attract a criminal element, which is certainly not true. My audiences are good hard-working people who have been hugely supportive of my music for nearly four decades. They have also been very supportive of my wife Sharon's colon cancer charity by raising over a million dollars (partly through VIP ticket sales) at my shows. It's obvious to me that this sheriff has an agenda and is just trying to make a name for himself on my back."

Despite his comments about Sheriff Laney's sting operation, Ozzy harbors no ill will to the people of Fargo and hopes to return there under more favorable circumstances.

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. Wicked_Killer writes:

This is by far the dumbest thing i've heard of a cop doing....ppl pay good money to go see concerts...some idiot has to go screw it up..GG Law Enforcemnt..

# Nov 2, 2007 @ 3:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. ...Just Another Number... writes:

That HAS to be illegal on some grounds. That is almost as bad as when they (I think it was in ND as well) the cops offered a $100 cash reward or something for any pizza delivery drivers who reported seeign minors drinking or use of "illegal substances" at the parties they delivered to. Lazy police work and a straight pissing on the Bill or Rights. THANKS FOR THE "PATRIOT" ACT GEORGE! Things like this make me embarrased to live in the US and I hate the US government more than I hate the welfare bums they support. Keeping its citizens fat and stupid to make sure they have no opposition to stupid actions like this.

# Nov 2, 2007 @ 6:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Timothy Alexander Dotson writes:

Yeah man! It HAS TO be illegal on some f***in' level!
I mean you can't just f***in' set people up like that and arrest for basically no goddamn reason!!!
That's total bullsh**!
I, myself, am a North Dakota resident and was actually planning on attending this concert. I didn't attend because of money issues and ride problems.
But anyways, hearing this actually makes me even more ashamed of the f***in' Fargo Police.
And that sheriff needs to f***in' burn! TWICE!!!
And I think that's it pretty cool of Ozzy to defend his fans like that, especially the ones here in Fargo. And it is true, his fans(myself included) are good, f***in' very hard workers and don't deserve that kinda bullsh**!
I'm also glad that Ozzy is also not holding anything against the people or Fargo. I'm glad for that. Because the people in Fargo ARE Very Good People. I know several people from that city!
I'm also glad that he's actually considering coming back one day.
I just really hope that he does. Or at least is around to do it again. Hopefully he will return before he retires.


Much Respect To Ozzy (Forever)!

Keep It Hard And Rock On!

# Nov 2, 2007 @ 6:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. billbudd writes:

More proof that most cops are a-holes, and more proof that most criminals are stupid.

# Nov 5, 2007 @ 2:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. ...Just Another Number... writes:

I am willing to bet most of them are not "criminals", in my eyes at least. A few months ago I got a warrent for my arrest over not paying fines for being pulled over by a cop who said my car "matches a description to a stolen car" which in fact was a black car and mine is a light silvery one. I have a suspended licence and told them that all my money goes to medical bills, tuition, livign costs, etc and they put he warrent out for me not paying almost $500 in a month (Because every working class person has $500 just laying around). Does that make me a criminal? Only to you bureaucracratical crust cutters who don't know what life is really like because everyone lives it for you.

# Nov 5, 2007 @ 6:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Cops are ok.... writes:

Using Ozzy's name was a bad move. They're were more avenues they could have taken to get the same result. The Sheriff just hopped on an opportunity. There was a situation where a police department used a strategy similiar to this. I believe they sent out a letter to people with warrants saying they had won a dvd player or somethinglike that. They could have duplicated that process, but instead dragged Ozzy's name and fan base through the mud.

Post 2, what you are criticizing is a community policing effort. The cops aren't being lazy, they're just establishing a communty driven poilice force. It goes off of one of Sir Robert Peels principles, "the police are the people and the people are the police". The police can't be everywhere all of the time. That isn't due to laziness. Cops respond to more than criminal calls. They respond to accidents, animal control calls, fires, and pretty much anything you would ever need to call 911 for cops respond to. So when they establish Crime Stoppers programs, and reward programs for information. They aren't putting their duties on the citizens and neglecting their jobs. They are instead forming partnerships and deligating responsibilities to better help the community.

Post 5. driving on a suspended license is a crime. You got caught doing so, yes that makes you a criminal.

# Nov 5, 2007 @ 9:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. wombstretcher writes:

lol, i dont care what anyone says, i think its funny as all hell. i think its cool that he got his warrants cleared up, but using ozzy's name without his permission probably wasn't the smartest thing to do. people dont realize how overworked and underpayed the law enforcement community is in their town/city. if they can use a tactic like this to clear up 40 warrants, more power to them. post #5, quit your complaining and get a damn drivers license if you want to drive a car. yes, you broke the law. i'm sure you'll have your day in court, do your complaining in front of a judge if you feel you were treated wrong.

# Nov 6, 2007 @ 12:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. dark_crystal writes:


Here's the youtube link to the news story about this police bust.

It's crazy, but kind of funny in my opinion. Funny that people would actually attend this knowingly. The part that's crazy is that some people that received invites to this "party" were unaware that they had warrents out, and turned themselves in after this story got so much publicity...

# Nov 7, 2007 @ 10:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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