Three cheers for Riverside! (Ohio, that is.)
I just had, yet again, the opportunity to see my town featured on the news.
This time it was because the Chief of Police's wife was picked up at the local mall for shoplifting. (On camera -- always good to get the whole visual!)
The last time was when the Mayor threatened, over the phone, to kill someone.
The time before that was when the City Manager used his city credit card to pay for lap dances at a local strip club.
But my very favorite, a few years back, involved the local SWAT team.
They'd been told a fugitive was hiding in a certain house, so they surrounded it. Inside, someone yelled out defiantly. They shouted back through bullhorns, ordering him to stand down. The suspect screamed back a refusal. They lobbed in tear gas canisters, breaking the windows. The suspect continued to screech rebellion.
It wasn't till the 70-something homeowner got home that they found out that their fugitive had wings and sat on a perch.
Yes, my police force, Riverside's finest, held an 18-hour standoff with a parrot.
Can I interest you in some property?