Skip to comments.WWII Vet Jailed for Not Being Able to Afford Repairs to His Business
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 Knudsons 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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Well, you know, a jewel thief could get hurt in a
store like that.
My America. I’m soooooooooo proud.
Doesn't he have a brother in Lake Wobegon?
“As of the census of 2010, there were 1,776 people, 732 households, and 453 families residing in the city.”
Kansas needs a SERIOUS conservative intervention. What the heck happened to Kansas?!!!
Government schools happened to the whole country.
Sounds like someone wants to acquire the property on the cheap. And their buddies at city hall are happy to help.
What purpose does putting a 88 year old man in jail serve?
Teach him a damn lesson.
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.
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?
Because they can. A show of power.
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?
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
They all are pictured in front of an American Flag yet. Just a bunch of FFs!
His awning is in better shape than the Hairport next door.
Kathleen Sebelius happened to Kansas. She was the Governor before she headed HHS.
Not to worry. On the corner used to be a medical clinic. Knudsens are cool people
“They all are pictured in front of an American Flag yet. Just a bunch of FFs!”
Bunch of Rambo wannabes.
“What purpose does putting a 88 year old man in jail serve?”
Drop The City of Horton an e-mail, I just did!
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.
Yes, I noticed that AFTER I hit the Post button! *blush*
Happens to me all the time! ;)
It is a time honored FR tradition.
Fire Hydrant fails to comply with fire codes. Fine the city government.
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?
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"
The City of Horton, rightfully dubbed the Electric City, operates its own local distributing company (LDC), having a 5 megawatt generating facility"
“...someone wants to acquire the property on the cheap.”
Turn to “Attorneys” in the yellow pages. Their names will most likely be listed there.
Uh, that is his wife’s shop (I think). You’re not helping the old fella.
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.
“...see what passes for a police departmenf in Horton”
Are the goatees issued as part of the uniform?
Meanwhile, an illegal alien just got the go ahead to practice law....
So tell us what tossing an 88 year old guy in jail accomplishes?
We are talking code violations, not a criminal offence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Well, I hope that Judge Michale Riley feels real good about himself.
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?
Actually I don’t. We are all victims of this tyranny.
But it will only apply to the productive, not to the leeches...
These old godgers have fallen afoul of a Kansas code cop.
Let’s hope they don’t end up
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!!!