My local newspaper published an article about petty larceny/shoplifting that a women with the same name as mine plead quilty of before the local magistrate. The only difference in our names is a different middle initial and the last letter in her first name is an "i" where mine is a "y". Her age was published at 41 and my age is 49. However, the paper did not give the address and we both live in the same city.
I am concerned that people who know me casually, but not enough to know my middle initial or the last letter in my first name, might not know this other women, and may mistake me as the women in this article.
What should I do? and why are newspapers allowed to print such articles without giving the address so a possible mistaken identity could not happen?