It is newsworthy anytime a reporter has trouble with law enforcement, especially when their article contains pictures, a timeline and features a local authority that many of us know and respect. I expect the matter between Officer Goodale and yourself to get straightened out over time, as the Journal and the EPD work together reviewing the facts.
Having acknowledged that, I feel a responsibility to point out that Officer Goodale is a damn good cop. My brothers and I own and work in Mantova's Two Street Music, Old Town's music store. There we receive the brunt of Old Town's ills: life-defeated bums, drug-riddled hobos, the mentally vacant and all the culture that comes with it. I've worked with Goodale on many occasions and have encountered nothing but professionalism and results. Eureka's homeless epidemic isn't going away anytime soon, but at least when I put in a call to Officer Goodale, I know that "the problem of the day" will get solved.
Officer Goodale has been great for Old Town Eureka, and it would be a pity to lose him.
Anthony Mantova, Eureka