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Ohio police say an 89-year-old woman is facing a petty theft charge because neighborhood children accuse her of refusing to give back their football. Edna Jester was arrested last week in Cincinnati after one child's father complained that Jester kept the kid's ball after it
landed in her yard. Police say there has been an ongoing dispute in the neighborhood over kids' balls landing in the woman's yard. Jester said Monday she has received many calls and didn't have time to discuss the matter any more, however she will appear in court next month. The maximum penalty for a petty theft conviction in Ohio is six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.

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Gloria October 21, 2008, 4:30 PM

I think the neighbor is at fault. His children have been warned numerous times and continue to trespass and interfere with Mrs. Jester’s quiet enjoyment of her home. She should counter sue acordingly and file trespass charges.
The father is teaching his soon a poor lesson - to call the police on an old woman who just wants to be left in peace is unconscionable. It is not like she stole the football as “theft” implies, rather the football entered her property. It sounds like she gave it back several times before and this was the last straw. Obviously the kids refused to respect her privacy so this time they lost their ball - it sounds fair to me. This should have been a lesson for the kid. Bad parenting in my opinion.

Mother of two respectful teens October 21, 2008, 11:56 PM

How come we cannot afford to keep rapist and murderers locked up BUT we can afford to lock up an 89 yr old for keeping a football of a spoiled teen next door who is too lazy to go the local park to play football. Instead of teaching her brat to be respectful of other people’s property and go to the park, the mother of that teen brat calls the cops on the elderly neighbor. Shame on that brat’s mother and on a society that arrests an 89 yr old for simply wanting to live in peace in her own home.

Jonathan October 22, 2008, 3:46 AM

I used to live across the street from Edna. She was a nice lady that kept to herself. Paul Tanis mowed her lawn every week, rain or shine. Last year he stopped mowing her lawn, when she started to complain about the neighborhood kids, including his, getting on her lawn. He tried to reason with her, but she would not budge. So she asked him to stay off her lawn too.

As to the Blue Ash Police Department, they are busy during the day writing tickets for speeders on the highways and at night when the city shrinks from 30,000 to 3,000 they turn into Barney Fife. I think at night their protocol is to go back to the station to get their bullet if they get a call.

That neighborhood is nice, but there are enough busy bodies there to kill a moose.

The kids in the neighborhood are good kids. It’s too bad. How many neighborhoods in America do you actually see kids outside playing? Not many.

I think living out here in Oregon has mellowed me from all of the drama.

Tina October 24, 2008, 12:30 PM

Johnathon, What a coincidence. I used to live on Prospect (a few streets over from Myrtle) and my son used to play with Meghan’s son (which lived next to you). He claimed you had a garage full of these kids balls that you kept when you lived there. Just saying.


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