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WWII Vet Jailed for Not Being Able to Afford Repairs to His Business
Fox News ^ | January 4, 2013 | Fox News Insider

Posted on 01/04/2014 2:56:18 PM PST by Timber Rattler

An 88-year-old World War II veteran was thrown in jail for not being able to afford repairs to his business. Kenneth Knudson’s jewelry store was deemed a public hazard zone and in need up updates.

The city of Horton, Kansas offered to do the repair work for $10,000 dollars and apply it to his taxes. Knudson, whose jewelry store business is already struggling, said that was too expensive.

On December 23, he appeared in court and told a judge he did not have the money. The judge then fined Knudson $100 dollars and put him in jail for one night.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; US: Kansas
KEYWORDS: horton; jail; kansas; kennethknudson; policestate; vet; worldwareleven
So this is what petty government tyranny has come to...
1 posted on 01/04/2014 2:56:18 PM PST by Timber Rattler
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To: Timber Rattler

Well, you know, a jewel thief could get hurt in a
store like that.


2 posted on 01/04/2014 2:58:04 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Timber Rattler

My America. I’m soooooooooo proud.


3 posted on 01/04/2014 2:59:46 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Timber Rattler
Debtors Prison returns
4 posted on 01/04/2014 3:00:23 PM PST by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Timber Rattler
"Knudson"?

Doesn't he have a brother in Lake Wobegon?

5 posted on 01/04/2014 3:00:41 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Timber Rattler

“As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 1,776 people, 732 households, and 453 families residing in the city.”


6 posted on 01/04/2014 3:02:01 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Timber Rattler

Kansas needs a SERIOUS conservative intervention. What the heck happened to Kansas?!!!


7 posted on 01/04/2014 3:02:48 PM PST by austinaero
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To: austinaero

Government schools happened to the whole country.


8 posted on 01/04/2014 3:04:57 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: Timber Rattler

Sounds like someone wants to acquire the property on the cheap. And their buddies at city hall are happy to help.


9 posted on 01/04/2014 3:09:24 PM PST by PAR35
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To: Timber Rattler

What purpose does putting a 88 year old man in jail serve?


10 posted on 01/04/2014 3:12:26 PM PST by plainshame
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To: plainshame

Teach him a damn lesson.

(/s)


11 posted on 01/04/2014 3:14:26 PM PST by JohnnyP
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To: PAR35

Honestly, it just makes you realize how deep the corruption goes these days. Gov’t corruption, cronyism goes all the way down to the dog catcher level.


12 posted on 01/04/2014 3:16:09 PM PST by Valpal1 (If the police can t solve a problem with brute force, they ll find a way to fix it with brute force)
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To: Timber Rattler

What is the name of this “Judge” who thought it was appropriate to put an 88 year old WW2 Vet (= national treasure!) into a jail cell because of $100. This when dope dealers and serial stalkers are getting probation, This when that 16 year old wealthy idiot drunk driver in Texas who killed four people is also getting probation? Who, Who said the Owl?


13 posted on 01/04/2014 3:21:02 PM PST by lee martell
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To: Timber Rattler
Since word got out of Knudson’s troubles, contractors have offered to do the repairs for little or no charge.
14 posted on 01/04/2014 3:37:00 PM PST by rawhide
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To: plainshame

Because they can. A show of power.


15 posted on 01/04/2014 3:40:29 PM PST by carriage_hill (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading.)
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To: lee martell

Being a judge is a big responsibility, so why do we make it a job for life in many ways (even if they have to be re-elected, it’s often a rubber-stamp with no opposition).

Here’s an idea: Judges get a three strike rule. Screw up like this two more times and you hand up your robe, permanently.

Based on what? How about the Court of Common Sense?


16 posted on 01/04/2014 3:41:55 PM PST by bigbob (The best way to get a bad law repealed is to enforce it strictly. Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Timber Rattler
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17 posted on 01/04/2014 3:54:21 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Timber Rattler

Horton Police Chief John Calhoon told Hiawatha World, “There are crumbling bricks and a large crack – that could pose a hazard. […] If we ignore the laws, then that creates a liability.”

Go here to see what passes for a “police departmenf” in Horton

http://www.hortonkansas.net/government/police/Horton%20Police%20Department%20Officers

They all are pictured in front of an American Flag yet. Just a bunch of FFs!


18 posted on 01/04/2014 3:55:29 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Paladin2

His awning is in better shape than the Hairport next door.


19 posted on 01/04/2014 3:57:04 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: austinaero

Kathleen Sebelius happened to Kansas. She was the Governor before she headed HHS.


20 posted on 01/04/2014 3:59:41 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Timber Rattler

Not to worry. On the corner used to be a medical clinic. Knudsens are cool people


21 posted on 01/04/2014 3:59:54 PM PST by aviator (Armored Pest Control)
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To: vette6387

“They all are pictured in front of an American Flag yet. Just a bunch of FFs!”

Bunch of Rambo wannabes.


22 posted on 01/04/2014 4:01:30 PM PST by FAA
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To: plainshame

“What purpose does putting a 88 year old man in jail serve?”

Drop The City of Horton an e-mail, I just did!

cityofhorton@hortonkansas.net


23 posted on 01/04/2014 4:02:45 PM PST by vette6387
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To: afraidfortherepublic

From the article, it appears he owns the beauty shop as well:

“The beauty salon he owns next door is barely keeping him and his wife of 66 years afloat.”

I hope there are good folk in Horton and its environs who can help this guy. He is providing a service to the small community and working at age 88, paying property taxes in a town that has obviously seen better days.


24 posted on 01/04/2014 4:02:54 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: exit82

Yes, I noticed that AFTER I hit the Post button! *blush*


25 posted on 01/04/2014 4:06:49 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Happens to me all the time! ;)

It is a time honored FR tradition.


26 posted on 01/04/2014 4:08:12 PM PST by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: Paladin2

Fire Hydrant fails to comply with fire codes. Fine the city government.


27 posted on 01/04/2014 4:12:36 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Timber Rattler
Government is the greediest, most corrupt and murderous force on Earth.

Any questions?

28 posted on 01/04/2014 4:17:52 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Who knew that one day professional wrestling would be less fake than professional journalism?)
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To: Timber Rattler

How is this possible?

What kind of law allows this?

Wouldn’t the city deeming the property too dangerous to open be the normal solution?


29 posted on 01/04/2014 4:19:02 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: austinaero
Horton is North East Kansas; self explanatory.
30 posted on 01/04/2014 4:20:29 PM PST by Dust in the Wind (U S Troops Rock)
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To: Dust in the Wind
"To illustrate the community’s dedication and commitment to efficient, progressive government, please take this opportunity to review hortonkansas.net and please return frequently as this site is being updated daily.

The City of Horton, rightfully dubbed the Electric City, operates its own local distributing company (LDC), having a 5 Aerial View of Hortonmegawatt generating facility"

31 posted on 01/04/2014 4:47:02 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: Dust in the Wind
"To illustrate the community’s dedication and commitment to efficient, progressive government, please take this opportunity to review hortonkansas.net and please return frequently as this site is being updated daily.

The City of Horton, rightfully dubbed the Electric City, operates its own local distributing company (LDC), having a 5 megawatt generating facility"

32 posted on 01/04/2014 4:47:47 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: PAR35

“...someone wants to acquire the property on the cheap.”

Turn to “Attorneys” in the yellow pages. Their names will most likely be listed there.


33 posted on 01/04/2014 5:16:49 PM PST by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Uh, that is his wife’s shop (I think). You’re not helping the old fella.


34 posted on 01/04/2014 5:20:44 PM PST by healy61
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To: Timber Rattler

I fully appreciate vets, and the elderly. But I am not sure what his veteran staus 70 years ago has to do with his ability to meet a building statute. Are people suggesting that a fifty year old woman should be held to a different standard?

Either the statute is stupid or it isn’t.

There are times when their status gets them a pass or a hand up. This is not one of them.


35 posted on 01/04/2014 5:26:08 PM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: vette6387

“...see what passes for a “police departmenf” in Horton”

Are the goatees issued as part of the uniform?


36 posted on 01/04/2014 5:26:14 PM PST by beelzepug (if any alphabets are watchin', I'll be coming home right after the meetin')
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To: Vermont Lt
Throw the old codgers in jail, eh?

Meanwhile, an illegal alien just got the go ahead to practice law....

37 posted on 01/04/2014 5:36:53 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Vermont Lt

So tell us what tossing an 88 year old guy in jail accomplishes?

We are talking code violations, not a criminal offence.


38 posted on 01/04/2014 5:56:10 PM PST by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: Nik Naym

So tell us what tossing an 88 year old guy in jail accomplishes?


An excuse to get a new police chief for abusing Mr Knudsen.


39 posted on 01/04/2014 6:04:12 PM PST by aviator (Armored Pest Control)
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To: Timber Rattler

Just goes to show folks, there are swaths of this country that will side with tyranny when push comes to shove. A night in jail over a 100 bucks and some fixin-uppin? Get their names and locations and remember who needs dealt with when the time is right.


40 posted on 01/04/2014 7:13:59 PM PST by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: Timber Rattler; All

Okay folks, Brown County seat paper has a story on this with picture of the backside of the building which shows serious problems. Looks like the foundation has maybe sunk. 107 W 8th St.

Municipal Court Judge Michael Riley jailed Knudson and also an old woman for code violations.

Website
Hiawathaworldonline.com

Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx


41 posted on 01/04/2014 8:10:05 PM PST by Rockpile
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To: Nik Naym

Oh no...I agree with you guys.

I just don’t know what being a WWII vet has to do with this. It seems it’s always tossed in the headline as if it is either the reason he was put in jail...or the reason he should not be put in jail.


42 posted on 01/04/2014 8:46:44 PM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Rockpile

Well, I hope that Judge Michale Riley feels real good about himself.


43 posted on 01/05/2014 3:33:57 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Vermont Lt; All

The point is that the World War II (and vets from later wars) all risked their lives to fight for liberty and freedom from tyranny, only end up living in a police state in their twilight years. You don’t see the terrible irony in that?


44 posted on 01/05/2014 3:36:23 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Timber Rattler

Actually I don’t. We are all victims of this tyranny.


45 posted on 01/05/2014 5:18:02 AM PST by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: SandRat
Debtors Prison returns

But it will only apply to the productive, not to the leeches...

46 posted on 01/05/2014 5:20:37 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: Timber Rattler

These old godgers have fallen afoul of a Kansas code cop.
Let’s hope they don’t end up

Bound
Tortured
Killed


47 posted on 01/05/2014 8:40:42 AM PST by Rockpile
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To: PAR35
Sounds like someone wants to acquire the property on the cheap. And their buddies at city hall are happy to help.

I think you're onto it. Next step would be to condemn the property as a public hazard and the municipality could seize it.

Personally, I'm sitting here FUMING that any judge could throw an 88 year old in prison even for a day for something so innocuous.

The fact it's an 88 year old Vet has me completely boiling over. That man deserves far better than the country he fought for is doing to him......

I mean, he's 88. Even if he's as healthy as an 88 year old can be at that age we're all pretty fragile health-wise.

Anyone know where a donation to him can be sent? WE OWE THEM!!!

48 posted on 01/05/2014 8:47:17 AM PST by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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