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Code Enforcement Crackdown of CrossFitters on Their Own Property

Posted November 13th, 2012 by csmith71
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A man was cited by city code enforcement for doing CrossFit in his driveway with his wife. He ended up with 2 fines at $250 each, plus $1,000 in attorney fees.

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Michigan Woman Faces 93 Days in Jail for Planting a Vegetable Garden

Posted July 8th, 2011 by Deslock Darkstar
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It just doesn't get more ridiculous than this. Julie Bass of Oak Park, Michigan -- a mother of 6, law-abiding citizen, and gardener -- is facing 93 days in jail after being charged with a misdemeanor. Her crime? Planting a vegetable garden in the front yard.

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Woman in Oak Park Mi Faces Misdemeanor Charge for Vegetable Garden

"That's not what we want to see in a front yard," said Oak Park City Planner Kevin Rulkowski.

Why? The city is pointing to a code that says a front yard has to have suitable, live, plant material. The big question is what's "suitable?"

"If you look at the definition of what suitable is in Webster's dictionary, it will say common. So, if you look around and you look in any other community, what's common to a front yard is a nice, grass yard with beautiful trees and bushes and flowers," the city bureaucrat said.

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Man Gets SWAT Visit For Illegal Basement

Posted May 11th, 2010 by celestrion
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Jose Del Rio, a Vietnam War veteran, built a “multi-level” underground structure about 20 to 25 feet below the home, resulting in the City of Austin executing a warrant to have the police SWAT team, police bomb squad and Austin Fire’s search and rescue operations team, do a full sweep of the home.

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Cathedral of Junk owner harassed by Austin, TX code officials

Posted March 25th, 2010 by Emulation
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The Cathedral of Junk goes far beyond the "sofa in the lawn" code violation with a massive 3-story 60-ton building made entirely of discarded and donated items. The city is giving the owner two weeks to clean-up, get architectural permits and otherwise make a structure made entirely of junk up-to-code or have the whole lot bull-dozed.

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