UPDATED: Police recommend charges against woman in Angela Street house fire Crimes & Incidents, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Nov 30, 2009 at 5:48 pm
Pleasanton police have recommended to the Alameda County District Attorney's office that they press charges against a woman involved in a house explosion last December on East Angela Street, the Pleasanton Weekly has learned.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, November 30, 2009, 2:55 PM
Posted by Palmer, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2009 at 6:10 pm
Well I didnt know the zuffa's well but did share occasion conversations with them while out walking. Both seemed very pleasant and Mrs. Zuffa never appeared to be abused and they often walked together. In the occaional conversation they appeared to do many things as a family and always seemed to be smiling; none of the afforementioned low spirits were ever detected. Seems as though there is some very disoriented information being put out about Mr. Zuffa
Posted by LeVictoria, a resident of the Castlewood Heights neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm
Did it matter to anyone that she had 3 layers of clothes on when this happened? Did anyone notice that she packed her car with her belongings and parked it across the street at the church? And conveniently the dogs are taken to the groomers on a Monday? How convenient! With someone that has to work? I know I take my dogs to the groomer on Saturday like most working folks do. Maybe she didn't do her homework when it came to flammables. I am guessing she did not know that gasoline gives off fumes that explode when you ignite them.
It is just disgusting what she did to this family. And I just can't believe that she would forge documents and do all the vile things she did to Keith. He gave her so much! How about we give him and his kids a little more support instead of "feeling sorry for her"
Posted by Bad practice, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2009 at 8:52 pm
And *once again*, the Pleasanton Weekly editorial staff has done this, despite my complaining about this *regrettable practice* before:
the article contained the reference/quote from neighbors regarding abuse towards Mrs. Zuffa by her husband at 4:45 or so pm. The reference was removed, at some point after the first commenter commented on that quote, and at the point when the commenter's comment was "(Comment removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts.)" I read the article and was absolutely floored that the PW would remove the commenter's comment for "innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts" when, IN FACT, their article did just exactly the same!
And now, of course, the article has been changed to removed that "innuendo, hearsay or specific accusatory information unsupported by facts" (possibly to stave off a lawsuit?) but the modification timestamp HAS NOT CHANGED to reflect that the editorial staff removed this inflammatory statement.
Tsk tsk. Again, this is against ALL lessons even the most cub of freshman reporters learns in journalism class. If you modify an article to remove information or change a statement, you acknowledge that modification and don't bury it, assuming that your reader isn't smart enough to notice this.
Posted by USCGRet, a resident of the Castlewood Heights neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2009 at 9:02 pm
Thank you Bad Practice for noticing that little "BLIP"... However, I too noticed that right away but I printed the original article with the what do they call it "SLANDER" against Keith.
It is a shame that the PW is so quick to judge, write and publish without knowing all the facts first. If in fact they knew Deonna, which we do very well, they would have written a COMPLETELY different article! Those statements I wrote the first time are hard facts. I truly wish we had some responsible journalism these days!
Posted by Janet Pelletier, Managing Editor, on Nov 30, 2009 at 9:03 pm Janet Pelletier is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
The story has been updated, and the newest time stamp now reflects that. We will continue to renew the time stamp as we update the story as we hope to get further details on this breaking news and bring that information to you.
Posted by Bad practice, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 30, 2009 at 9:46 pm
Thanks UCSGRet for corroborating the timeline and helping to keep the facts straight. And thank you, Janet Pelletier, for realizing that this *is* an important aspect of journalistic integrity. I'm not sure if the management of the Pleasanton Weekly/parental entity is reinforcing the notion that reporters and editors are responsible for their stories, their impact, and the good or bad effects that ripple out into the community, but I, for one, feel that this is VERY important.
I may not have ultimately pursued a career in journalism, but I studied it and practiced it for a number of years, and my solid training is still at the forefront of my mind whenever I read ANY newspaper, in print or online.
Posted by cholo, a resident of Livermore, on Nov 30, 2009 at 10:12 pm
Hey folks, cholo here! Sorry you missed my commentary and I do appreciate your interest, but at this time I will reserve all judgement on the family in question ... of course until further details on this breaking news is available :D