Here are your top five news stories of the day that give you Your Daily DOSE of Statism Run Amuck on March 29th, 2016:
Don’t Take the Mayor’s Rock!
Harbor View Mayor Rick Brink and his neighbor Jon King don’t see eye to eye.
What has come between the two Harbor View residents was a granite rock, about twice as large as a basketball.
Except it’s not there anymore.
The “decorative landscaping (rock)” was stolen March 14 from the corner of an East Harbor View Drive property where Mayor Brink lives, according to a theft report he filed two days later with the Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. That corner is on the side of the house where Mr. King, 19, lives, with the property line half a foot from the house…
A sheriff deputy who took the incident report wrote in it that he told the mayor “not to go there anymore” and “if there is a problem to call police.”
“There is no proof at this time that the neighbor took the rock,” the report said.
Mayor Brink, who was elected mayor earlier this year, agreed but said he had a village marshal talk to Mr. King about replacing the rock…
Gnome Homes Gots ta Goes
NEWPORT, Pa. (AP) — Some tiny gnome homes that were evicted from a Pennsylvania park are making magic elsewhere.
Little Buffalo State Park managers gave permission for Steve Hoke to create the mini houses in December but then decided they could affect wildlife habitat.
Hoke had made about 40 gnome houses in tree roots, in hollow logs and on stumps around the forest near Newport. He says children loved the houses but he removed them last month.
Millerstown and Duncannon offered to keep the gnome homes in local parks.
Fake State Senator? You da Man!
SYCAMORE, Ohio (AP) — A teenager who toured an Ohio high school while posing as a state senator has pleaded guilty to impersonating a peace officer.
Prosecutors say they’ll recommend probation for Marion resident Izaha Akins. The 18-year-old pleaded guilty Monday to the felony charge.
Authorities say Akins spoke to a government class at Mohawk High Schoolin Sycamore for an hour last December. Officials didn’t realize they’d been duped until Republican Sen. David Burke showed up weeks later for a scheduled appearance.
Burke calls what Akins did an extremely elaborate scheme. The impersonating a peace officer charge includes anyone who poses as a state employee.
His attorney said Monday that Akins is sorry for the negative attention he brought to the school, but he’s glad it pushed schools to improve their security procedures.
All Hat and No Budget for County Sheriff
The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office spent more than $26,000 on two kinds of cowboy hats for deputies.
“I wore one just about every day of my life so it feels kind of natural to wear it,” said Deputy Elza Kirkwood, who smiles as he wears his white, straw cowboy hat.
Sheriff Doc Holladay said over the past few months, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office purchased about 140 white, straw Resistol hats at $42.50 apiece and 120 black Stetson hats the sheriff called “a classy look” at $155 apiece.
Holladay said the hat is optional for deputies on patrol, except for events like funerals and awards banquets. He said the hats look “professional,” they offer protection from the sun, and it sets them apart from other law enforcement agencies.
“We do it because we’re trying to catch up. Every law enforcement agency in the area has a hat and we don’t. Now we have a hat,” said Sheriff Holladay.
“It improves the overall look of the sheriff’s office and maybe makes us look more people friendly,” said Deputy Kirkwood.
No Easter Egg Hunts without a Police Escort
Police in a Connecticut town say they’d want to be present at future Easter egg hunts at candy company Pez’s visitor center after a hunt over the weekend turned into a mess.
Police Assistant Chief Anthony Cuozzo told the New Haven Register on Monday organizers of the event in Orange should’ve notified police once they saw how large the crowds were.
Saturday’s event at the Pez visitor center drew hundreds of people, some of whom ignored the event’s starting time.
Pez general manager Shawn Peterson says people rushed the fields where the eggs were hidden and “took everything.” He compares the crowd to locusts.
PEZ Candy Inc. officials have apologized, saying the event turned into “a mess.”
The hunt ended early. No injuries were reported.