For almost 60 years, Jack and Helen Allen have lived in the same home in Glasgow, West Virginia. Jack taking pride in his lawn, mowing it regularly, trimming the shrubbery, as Helen planted flowers yearly.
On June 28th, Jack explained he was getting ready to break out the lawn mower and cut the grass as he has done for many years, all to find a citation placed on his front porch. He told 13 News that at first he thought it was junk mail or a flyer, but to his surprise, a $50 town citation for having too high of grass.
Jack said that later that day, two Glasgow police officers drove by his residence again where Jack approached them asking if they were the ones who issued the citation. The officers told Jack that it was them who wrote the citation. The situation quickly turning sour, the two officers arrested and charged Jack Allen (85) with disorderly conduct.
13 News requested a copy of the criminal complaint, filed through Kanawha County Magistrate Court. According to the complaint, Mr. Allen approached the driver-side door, asking if they wrote the ticket. The officers informed him they did. The complaint goes on to explain that Jack Allen “became irate and started cussing” at the two officers.
One officer asked him to step away several times, Allen refusing to do so. The officer then exited the vehicle when Jack’s wife Helen stepped between the two. Jack then stated, according to the complaint, he would “love to bash [the officer’s] f***ing head in,” for which the officer informed Mr. Allen he threatened an officer and could be arrested for it.
While speaking to Jack earlier today, 13 News read the criminal complaint to Mr. Allen who said the complaint was nothing but lies, and that he simply just spoke how he felt that day. He also said that he never uses that kind of vulgarity.
Glasgow Mayor Peggy Fischer reached out to 13 News for a quick comment over the phone to explain that the lawn care ordinance has been in affect with the Town of Glasgow for over 30 years and her mission as mayor, to “clean up the town.” She explained she is happy with the Glasgow Police Department enforcing the law.
Fischer did not know what the lawn care ordinance states off the top of her head and a copy of the ordinance is not readily available online for public access.
Jack Allen was one of roughly 21 other residents to receive recent lawn care citations.
“I’m sure everybody who knows us…knows that we’re not here to make a trash out of the place and we try to keep our clean,” said Jack.
Upset residents plan to attend the town hall meeting set for tomorrow, July 16th, 2018 at 6 pm to express their frustrations with the law in place.