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Nov
05
2007

OZZY EXPRESSES OUTRAGE OVER STING OPERATION USING HIS NAME

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.

“This Sheriff should be ashamed of himself for using my celebrity to arrest these criminals” says Osbourne. “Surely with some good police work and a little bit of time he could have accomplished this without bringing my name into it. 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. It’s obvious to me that Laney has an agenda and is just trying to make a name for himself on my back. Next time try some policing skills.”

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.

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He should have been informed and in an agreement before it happened. His show was for his fans not for a sting opperation. People get mischarged all the time. Maybe Ozzy does not want the credit for that??

I do not listen to much of your music but I can totally agree that it was wrong to use your show as an excuse to apprehend criminals without your permission. I agree with an above comment that if the sherriff already had the addresses, why did he need to use your show? I think it is horrible that you might be caught in the middle and you were in no way involved. I wonder if that sherriff thought things through and considered the impact it may have on you in the future. It seems people do not think through much any more and I am getting sick of the inconsiderate world this is becoming.

Oh come on...what a bunch of winers and complainers. The idiots who were invited to the "party" were losers who had committed crimes and had been formally charged, but made the stupid decision to not show up for court when ordered by a judge. They were evading the law. The sheriff saved his county hundreds of dollars in time and gasoline by simply putting a 41cent stamp on an invitation to a bunch of losers who were stupid enough ( or high enough) to show up to a "free" party. The sheriff deserves nothing but praise for his creative idea and his reputation has been greatly enhanced.

Ozzy...your reputation has not been changed one bit. Your on and off stage antics over the years has set your reputation in stone forever!

i suck at putting up anything political!!

i suck at putting up anything political!!

i cant believe the pigs(fuzz) actually buy this b.s. of ozzy doing anything wrong. i mean everybody knows that his been clean for awhile and he wouldnt do anything to ruin it for himself. the sheriffs probably not much of an ozzman fan. U RULE OZZY.

I agree with Ozzy the law inforcement here in Fargo does sound LAZY. Hell they knew where to mail the letters why not just go and pick them up. They never should be allowed to use a public fiqure without there consent. and i belive the sheriff owes Ozzy an appoligy however i read in the paper that he is not gonna give one and i quote from the paper "If Mr. Osbourne has a desire and a need to speak to me, he can contact me at the Cass County sheriff's office," Sheriff Paul Laney said,.
I'm sorry and sad to admit i live in Fargo. Ozzy Keep rocking and please dont let this jerk keep you from comming back here it was a great show ty .

I attended this show...and heard about what the sheriff did the next day at work...I think what the sheriff did was wrong...he says it's like a "football game or a baseball game"...but I don't see the comparison...ozzy could be targeted by any one of these criminals...and who would be responsible...Sheriff Laney...must I bring up the tragety and passing of Dimebag Darrell...who was shot and killed by a deranged lunatic...I think the sheriff should have did his homework and got permission from the ozzy camp 1st...there is a certain way to acheive justice...I just don't think this is the right way to go...if I was ozzy I would sue...to teach sheriff Laney a lesson in ethics...from what I heard this ain't the 1st time they did such a thing...

...it's not if the criminals deserved it...its how they went about capturing them...

LANEY PROABLY GOT THE IDEA FROM ANOTHER CELEB,AL PACINO DID A MOVIE WERE HE PLAYED A NYPD DETECTIVE THAT THREW A PARTY TO MEET SOME OF THE YANKEES.EVERYBODY GOT AN INVITE BY MAIL AND SHOWED UP AND GOT CUFFED AFTER THEY ALL WERE THERE.BUT PACINOS
CHARACTER HAD A HEART WHEN A GUY SHOWED UP LATE WITH HIS YOUNG SON EXCITED ABOUT SEEING HIS HEROS.ALS CHARACTER HAD A HEART AND LET THE FATHER GO WITH HIS CHILDS BROKEN HEART.CLEARLY THIS SHERRIF CANT THINK FOR HIM SELF,GOT HTE IDEA FROM A MOVIE AND USED OZZYS NAME TO LURE THEM IN.I HAVE SEVERAL FAMILY MEMBERS THAT ARE IN LAW ENFORCEMANT AND MOST OF THEM HAVE INFLATED EGOS.

I apologize for the stupidity of some of us Americans...I hope you don't see us all in the same light. You still rock! Zack is a legend on guitar too!!