Ohio man arrested for mowing unkempt grass at park

(AP) – An Ohio man arrested for mowing unkempt grass at a public park said he just wanted to make his city look nice. John Hamilton said he took control of the situation because the grass in Sandusky’s Central Park was about a foot high. According to a police report, a witness said Hamilton was blowing grass onto the sidewalk and shredding trash in the park that had not been picked up.



Police said they arrested 48-year-old Hamilton after he refused to stop mowing and charged him with obstructing official business and disorderly conduct.

City Manager Matt Kline called the arrest unfortunate and said he understands Hamilton’s frustration. Kline said budget cuts have left Sandusky understaffed for seasonal maintenance work.

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13 Responses to Ohio man arrested for mowing unkempt grass at park

  • Let’s think about this….

    City is forced to cut the budget, citizen helps out by cutting grass and gets ticketed..

    Could it be that other city employees (police) would like the city to look as bad as possible so the citizens are FORCED to pay more and hire people to cut the grass when some will do it for free ?

  • Can you say “Police State” – Jackasses at City Hall, bigger Jackasses at the police station.

  • Those people are insane. Police are insane. The only way to resolve the insanity is through revolution. Thomas Jefferson would be proud if we mowed the f’n lawn.

  • I guess if we look at it from Gore’s point of view, he was emitting green house gasses, destroying grass lands (which absorb CO2), and endangering what wildlife that had been living in the area. Plus, he probably didn’t pay the carbon tax for the fuel used nor the Co2 that was released from it’s vessel as he opened his soft drink to quench his overheating body (that was contributing to the heat-island effect.
    WHAT A BAD MAN THIS WAS! (nudge nudge, wink wink)
    Depressed looking neighborhoods breed depressed people. Depressed people are mentally unsound. Mentally unsound people get medicated. Medicated people are controlled and pharma makes a killing in the markets.
    I bet from now on many people stop poking fun at Mexico being the poor country. They aren’t catching up with us, we are coming to them (economically).

    My belief is that I’d be irritated and cut the damn grass in my park if it were a foot high. that attracts all sorts of disease laden insects and rodents like mosquitoes, ticks and mice. It’s a public health issue to me.

    Final note:
    America, the beautiful… From sea to …uhhh..how does it go …Home of the fre…
    Cra* I just can’t get the image any longer.

    Well,you get the picture.

  • Ridiculous… budget cuts have left Sandusky understaffed for seasonal maintenance work, but there’s enough in the budget to arrest a man trying to beautify his neighborhood. And what’s with the witless “witness”… didn’t like grass blowing around? Or did this “witness” prefer the unshredded trash? Never enough money for good things, always enough money for prisons.

  • These are not just casual incidents; there is a pattern here. The bankers are trying to get us accustomed, gradually, imperceptibly, to life in a police state. The only solution: fight back not against the cops, but against the few architects of the New World Order–the Rockefellers, Kissingers, other bankers, the Bushes. They are few; we’re many, and well-armed. Once we make up our minds to do it, it should be child’s play to give them a lethal dose of their own intrusive medicine.

  • In the mid 1980’s it became known in San Francisco’s park maintenance staff that a certain man was widely vandalising lawns with an extrodinarily invasive horticultural ground cover plant native to South Africa known as “freeway daisy” because it was often used in highway landscaping. The plant was so agressive it would kill lawns and was nearly impossible to get rid of. A city employee finally made a citizen’s arrest, but the police promptly turned the perp loose for “lack of evidence” even though he’d been seen doing it dozens of times. There was some newspaper coverage of the arrest, and a few days later the man came forward and gave an interview to a reporter in which he gave all the reasons he was angry enough to commit the vandalism, but denied doing it……..

    A couple of years later a National Park Service maintenance employee in Golden Gate National Recreation Area was asked by a volunteer why this same plant was showing up along all the trails. The NPS employee remembered the newspaper coverage from a couple of years before and realized they’d been had, too. When the NPS employee told me about it, I began mapping the infestation in virtually all public land, federal, state, city, county, and water district, in five Bay Area counties. And I began a regular program of surveillance on the perp that lasted three years during which I watched him planting not just the original invasive species, but a whole laundry list of the most invasive weeds he could get his hands on. He lived frugally on stock market investments, had lots of time on his hands, and used most of that time to f**k the public by vandalising parks with weeds.

    This is the most expensive case of park vandalism in US history, easily into millions of dollars especially if a dollar value is placed on the volunteer labor to remove the weeds. Yet no police jurisdiction ever arrested and prosecuted him, to this day. The District Ranger in GGNRA said that a federal judge would “laugh the case out of court” because it was “just an old man planting flowers”.

    So…….. Cops arrest whoever they feel like, and they don’t arrest known criminals if they don’t feel like it.

  • Arresting a man for contributing to the public good seems unnecessarily beaurocratic. Didn’t Obama encourage the citizenry to volunteer for the public good? I hope the city reconsiders their ‘pissyness’.

  • The only good cop is a DEAD cop.

  • Perhaps the cops could mow the lawn. They’re not doing anything but clean up work anyhow. How many crimes do the cops actually prevent? None?
    Look at them. A bunch of fat boys with bald heads. Intimidating looking, until they fall down and can’t get up. Hired enforcers for our gangster government.
    Everyone either hates or fears these clowns.

  • Maybe the police can mow the grass. If it’s not beneath them.

  • Let no good deed go unpunished.

  • Our government has made so many laws(from bribes). We the people can’t breath.

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