Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Beginning Revisited

During the month of February of 2010 I started up Mad Jack's Shack with an essay about Main Lady's neighbor, noted horticulturist and seasonal entrepreneur, Clay Hausenfleck.  You can read about Clay and his exploits here - Who Knew That This Would Be The Start Of Something.  The short of it is that Clay and his family moved into their new house on November 30, 2005, but times were tough and they were about to get a whole lot tougher.

Clay decided to grow a cash crop in his basement, then he told some friends what he was up to.  Along about harvest time a crew of four showed up at Clay's back door intent on separating Clay from some of his product and all of his profit.  They were armed, but so was Clay.  When the smoke cleared there was one dead body on the floor.  Clay called the Sylvania Police who nosed around and discovered over 200 cannabis sativa plants in the basement.  The justice system slowly kept moving and the rest is history:

Julie Britton - six months plus four years probation
Clay Hausenfleck - three years
David A. Irving - four years
Louis Mason - DRT
Billy D. Wilkinson - 4 years

Clay got out in March of this year (2012).  Sylvania man guilty in drug case released
Clay Hausenfleck, 48, served two years of a three-year sentence ordered in February, 2010. Judge Stacy Cook granted his motion for judicial release, ordering that he be placed on community control, including spending the first six months in the Correctional Treatment Facility.
I have no idea about the others, but the fun just never stops for old Clay.  I found this on the Internet the other day:

Matthew Joseph Feeney , Attorney
In the Court of Common Pleas of Lucas County, Ohio. Case No. CI201004169
By virtue of an order of sale issued from said court in the above entitled cause, I will, at the door of the Court House, in Toledo, in Lucas County, Ohio, on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. of said day, offer for sale at public auction the following described lands and tenements, to-wit:
Parcel No. 82-23701
Terms of sale: $5,000.00 Deposit Required.
Matthew Joseph Feeney , Attorney
Lerner Sampson & Rothfuss
120 E. 4th Street, 8th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 241-3100
JAMES A. TELB, Sheriff
By Susan Levitt, Lieutenant,
Jun 22, 2012 - Jul 6, 2012, 03 Friday

I'm a little sorry for Clay, but only a little.  I don't object to anyone smoking some pot in the privacy of their own home, and seeing as how that pot has to sprout up somewhere I don't have much of an objection to the pot growers.  I have no objection to anyone defending themselves, their home and family from intruders by use of deadly force.  People object because Louis Mason got shot in the back - but so what?  He was armed and he shouldn't have been in there in the first place.  Back, front or side, it makes no difference to me.

What I object to is that Clay Hausenfleck turned his basement into a grow room and then talked about it, thus inviting violent crime (armed burglary) into an otherwise peaceful neighborhood.  If Clay wanted to grow pot, why didn't he get a trailer or an old barn out in the sticks somewhere?  He didn't, and as a result his pot buddies failed to pull off an armed robbery, and that is crime that I don't want in my back yard.  Or my neighbor's back yard.

I hope that whoever buys the house is a better neighbor.

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