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Boy Charged For Meowing At Neighbor Lady
ClickonDetroit ^ | August 23, 2006 | AP

Posted on 08/23/2006 11:49:41 AM PDT by ShadowDancer

Boy Charged For Meowing At Neighbor Lady

Family Gave Cat Away After Neighbor's Complaints

POSTED: 2:26 pm EDT August 23, 2006

JEANNETTE, Pa. -- Meow. A Pennsylvania judge is being asked to decide whether that word is a harmless taunt or grounds for misdemeanor harassment.

Police have charged a 14-year-old boy with that crime. Michael Loughner is accused of meowing whenever he sees his 78-year-old neighbor, Alexandria Carasia.

The boy's family got rid of their cat after Carasia complained that it was using her flower garden as a litter box. Now, she said, the boy makes meowing sounds every time he sees her.

He said he's only meowed at her twice.

"I've had to put up with this for three years," Carasia said. "As I walk by, I see Michael and his mother. He got on the porch and hid behind the bamboo screen and starts meowing. If I don't make this stop now, they're going to keep doing this to me. I shouldn't have to worry about walking out of the house and being harassed by this young kid."

Loughner said that on July 23 he went out to hold his dog so it wouldn't leave the yard as Carasia walked by.

"She was walking through and she kept looking at us," he testified. "I grabbed the dog so it wouldn't leave the yard. When I put my head down, I meowed."

He said that was one of the two times he's ever meowed at the woman, the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported.

"As she walked in front of the house, nothing was said," the boy's mother, Sally Loughner, told the court. "He stepped off the porch to make sure the dog didn't get out. As he reached down and got the dog, he said, 'Meow.' ... She said, 'Do you want me to call the cops again?' I said, 'Go ahead, he hasn't done anything wrong.'"

There is a history of disputes between the neighbor, saccording to the paper.

Sally Loughner told the court that she ended up sending her cat to live with family members so that she could "keep peace in the neighborhood."

Defense attorney David Martin Jr. asked that the case be dropped.

"This should never have been filed," Martin said. "This is not something that police should be wasting their time with or wasting the court's time."

The judge heard from both parties Tuesday. He decided to wait 90 days before ruling, saying he'll decide what to do after seeing how the boy and his neighbor get along in the meantime.


TOPICS: Local News
KEYWORDS: battycattywoman; catfight; cattywoman; generalcatroom; generalchatroom; lawsuitabuse; loserpays; meow; nannystate; tortreform
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1 posted on 08/23/2006 11:49:42 AM PDT by ShadowDancer
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To: ShadowDancer

This is funny. Does he crap in her flower garden too?


2 posted on 08/23/2006 11:51:17 AM PDT by pissant
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To: ShadowDancer

Oh, to be a judge just for one day.


3 posted on 08/23/2006 11:51:25 AM PDT by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings...Modesty hides my thighs in her wings...)
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To: ShadowDancer

I think this prosecution is a little thin. They should try hitting the kid with RICO charges- that always works.


4 posted on 08/23/2006 11:51:25 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: ShadowDancer

I think this prosecution is a little thin. They should try hitting the kid with RICO charges- that always works.


5 posted on 08/23/2006 11:51:35 AM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: Slings and Arrows

Ping...


6 posted on 08/23/2006 11:52:28 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: ShadowDancer

That woman is such a............well, catty is another word........


7 posted on 08/23/2006 11:53:24 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: ShadowDancer

Hang him now!

Nip it in the bud, nip it I say.


8 posted on 08/23/2006 11:53:36 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Remember and pray for SSgt. Matt Maupin - MIA/POW- Iraq since 04/09/04)
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To: The_Victor

But did he say "Ni" at her?


9 posted on 08/23/2006 11:53:39 AM PDT by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: ShadowDancer

Meow twice? Not even close to the record.

( "Super Troopers" reference )


10 posted on 08/23/2006 11:53:41 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: ShadowDancer
Maybe he should leave some cookies on her porch to make it up to her.
11 posted on 08/23/2006 11:53:56 AM PDT by Sloth ('It Takes A Village' is problematic when you're raising your child in Sodom.)
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To: Red Badger

Our country is going to hell...
And the lawyers laugh on the way to the bank.


12 posted on 08/23/2006 11:53:59 AM PDT by Idaho Whacko
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To: ShadowDancer

The neighbor lady sounds like a bit of a harridan.


13 posted on 08/23/2006 11:54:00 AM PDT by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the RINOs in terror before me.)
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To: ShadowDancer

maybe the neighbor looks like a female mouse

Doogle

14 posted on 08/23/2006 11:54:07 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF...68-73,,..."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: pissant

Yeah, he does, but he doesn't cover it....


15 posted on 08/23/2006 11:54:30 AM PDT by alloysteel (When in doubt, forge ahead anyway. To outsiders, it looks the same as boldness. Or plain crazy.)
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To: ShadowDancer

You tax dollars hard at work.


16 posted on 08/23/2006 11:54:37 AM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: Red Badger

She's having a hissy fit.


17 posted on 08/23/2006 11:54:39 AM PDT by sine_nomine (American is a great country: 20 million illegals can't be wrong. So build that wall, Mr. Bush.)
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To: ShadowDancer

Impersonating a cat? Yep that's a series crime but not hugh.


18 posted on 08/23/2006 11:54:41 AM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: ShadowDancer

So do Freedom of Speech rights stop with the human language?


19 posted on 08/23/2006 11:54:48 AM PDT by Blogger (http://www.propheteuon.com)
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To: ShadowDancer

Before the internet, stories like these were just small town gossip.


20 posted on 08/23/2006 11:54:48 AM PDT by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: Skooz

yep


21 posted on 08/23/2006 11:55:14 AM PDT by Homer1
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To: ShadowDancer

Free speech. He's on his property.

Tough cookies, old lady. Certainly you've felt "offended" before.

You forced the kid to give up his cat. He complied. Now what? Cat got your tongue?


22 posted on 08/23/2006 11:55:40 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Blogger

No. Burning things is free speech unless you are burning a cross on your own property.


23 posted on 08/23/2006 11:56:13 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: ShadowDancer

Should have just kept his mouth shut. At 78 years old the cranky old neighbor lady probably would not be around longer than the average housecat.


24 posted on 08/23/2006 11:56:19 AM PDT by Bogtrotter52 (Reading DU daily so you won't hafta)
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To: Red Badger

What a bitter mean old lady. Most people PAY to put crap in a flower garden. It's called FERTILIZER. It is the natural cycle of things for goodness sakes!
I hope the cat got a good home. The poor family had to relocate their pet to please this old woman? I say she's the criminal here.


25 posted on 08/23/2006 11:56:31 AM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: pissant
This is funny. Does he crap in her flower garden too?

I am outraged!

My client just has a speech impediment, that's all.

Where is the sensitivity and cultural understanding?

And I'm sure it's merely a reaction by his digestive system that causes the flower garden to be full of wilted flowers...

26 posted on 08/23/2006 11:56:38 AM PDT by Experiment 6-2-6 (Admn Mods: tiny, malicious things that glare and gibber from dark corners.They have pins and dolls..)
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To: ShadowDancer
Here's his photo.

Only meowed at her twice.
27 posted on 08/23/2006 11:56:39 AM PDT by Blogger (http://www.propheteuon.com)
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To: ShadowDancer
why is this even in court?

sounds like free speech to me ... heck flag burning is speech, then so is saying "meow"

28 posted on 08/23/2006 11:57:03 AM PDT by GeronL (flogerloon.blogspot.com -------------> Rise of the Hate Party)
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To: ShadowDancer

I think the kid should file charges becauses she "looked at him".


29 posted on 08/23/2006 11:57:10 AM PDT by CindyDawg
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To: ShadowDancer

What a pussy!


30 posted on 08/23/2006 11:57:25 AM PDT by RushCrush (I like pit bulls better than Democrats.)
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To: Blogger

Awwwwwww.


31 posted on 08/23/2006 11:57:40 AM PDT by 300magnum (We know that if evil is not confronted, it gains in strength and audacity, and returns to strike us)
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To: mom4kittys

I don't blame the kid. If I had lost my pet cat for this old woman's flower beds, I'd do a lot more than MEOW........


32 posted on 08/23/2006 11:58:08 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: CindyDawg

Is the 'evil eye' protected speech?


33 posted on 08/23/2006 11:58:18 AM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: Blogger

no. human speech is not 'free speech'.... just think about saying "Dear Jesus" in school. Free Speech is only for burning flags


34 posted on 08/23/2006 11:58:53 AM PDT by GeronL (flogerloon.blogspot.com -------------> Rise of the Hate Party)
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To: ShadowDancer
The boy's family got rid of their cat after Carasia complained that it was using her flower garden as a litter box.

I don't suppose buying a real litter box and keeping their cat inside was an option? Or would that have been too much work?
35 posted on 08/23/2006 11:59:03 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: Red Badger

I don't blame the old lady. Kid should have kept the cat in his on yard. But instead of going to court... she should have got her grandson "Bruno" to take care of things :)


36 posted on 08/23/2006 11:59:29 AM PDT by kjam22
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To: massgopguy
But did he say "Ni" at her?

Oh, what sad times are these when passing ruffians can say "Ni" at will to old ladies. There is a pestilence upon this land! nothing is sacred.

37 posted on 08/23/2006 11:59:29 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: GeronL

What if he burned a flag that had the word "MEOW" on it?


38 posted on 08/23/2006 11:59:30 AM PDT by Blogger (http://www.propheteuon.com)
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

Fertilizer is good for flower beds


39 posted on 08/23/2006 11:59:53 AM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: ShadowDancer
Meow!


40 posted on 08/23/2006 11:59:54 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Bogtrotter52
Sounds like the judge is hoping she'll drop off in the next 3 months...

The judge heard from both parties Tuesday. He decided to wait 90 days before ruling, saying he'll decide what to do after seeing how the boy and his neighbor get along in the meantime.

41 posted on 08/23/2006 12:00:10 PM PDT by weegee (Remember "Remember the Maine"? Well in the current war "Remember the Baby Milk Factory")
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To: ShadowDancer

Next time throw a bucket of cold water on him and say you thought it was a cat.


42 posted on 08/23/2006 12:00:17 PM PDT by sgtbono2002 (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Looks like that Jocelyn Wildenstein woman.


43 posted on 08/23/2006 12:00:20 PM PDT by Blogger (http://www.propheteuon.com)
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To: ShadowDancer
Old Lady Carasia must be a LEO.

A "Lawn Enforcement Offcier."

44 posted on 08/23/2006 12:00:20 PM PDT by TankerKC (Step Back! Doors Closing.)
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To: ShadowDancer

The old lady is a whiner.


45 posted on 08/23/2006 12:00:31 PM PDT by NapkinUser (NAAMAGR)
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To: CindyDawg
I think the kid should file charges becauses she "looked at him".

Since it's Pennsylvania, there may be some old witchcraft laws still on the books from Colonial days. Maybe he can charge her with "over-looking" him.

46 posted on 08/23/2006 12:00:35 PM PDT by nina0113
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To: ShadowDancer

The oldest living member of the Society of the Easily Offended.

Lady, ignore the kid. Sheesh!


47 posted on 08/23/2006 12:00:40 PM PDT by Theresawithanh (Every time I hear the word "exercise", I wash my mouth out with chocolate.)
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To: ShadowDancer

Did they suspend the Constitution in Pennsylvania?


48 posted on 08/23/2006 12:00:51 PM PDT by claudiustg (Iran delenda est.)
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To: Red Badger

I know! People can be so mean.


49 posted on 08/23/2006 12:01:00 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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To: Red Badger

I know! People can be so mean.


50 posted on 08/23/2006 12:01:05 PM PDT by mom4kittys (If velvet could sing, it would sound like Josh Groban)
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