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Continued: Cities have power to put people in jail for zoning violations

  • Article by: JAMES ELI SHIFFER , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 3, 2014 - 11:41 AM

Last week, Barth was back in his truck driving up to Toronto. And Togo Road is safe from the menace of scrap lumber and exposed ladders.

 

Contact James Eli Shiffer at james.shiffer@startribune.com or 612-673-4116. Read his blog at startribune.com/fulldisclosure.

 

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  • The above photos were offered as evidence at a June court hearing by the city of Orono that James Barth was violating city ordinance 78-1577, which governs exterior storage in residential zones. Barth, who lives on Togo Road, told a Hennepin County District judge that he had cleaned up his scrap wood, ladders and other odds and ends, but the photos — showing ladders and junk on the property — told a different story. A judge ordered Barth to serve five days in the workhouse.

  • Another photo, showing junk on the Barth property, that was offered as evidence by the city of Orono that James Barth was violating a city ordinance. A judge ordered him to serve five days in the workhouse.

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