Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Friday, December 03, 2004

Wiregrass Crime Report

Serial toilet tipper on loose in Dothan
Not funny, says cleanup crew; police seek culprits

News staff writer

Batten down the portable toilets.

Dothan, the self-proclaimed Peanut Capital of the World, has a serial potty tipper on the loose.

No building site appears safe, even in the upscale subdivisions of Spann Farms, Westbrook, Grove Park and Crestwood.

"It's not funny at all," said Kelly Powell, co-owner of Portable Toilet Services in Dothan, which has 400 rental potties and three people to service them. "It's pretty cut and dried: They turn them over and we have to go clean it up. It's very time-consuming."

"There are additional problems if it lands door-down," said Capt. John Givens of the Dothan Police. "If it leaks out, there is no ventilation. It gets really nasty in there."

Forty to 50 potties were knocked over in one weekend. Police immediately stepped up patrols around the sites, which seems to be helping. Just two tippings have been reported in the past week, both at a local park.

"It has to get to be frustrating to go service one of the things that's toppled over," said Givens, who conceded he chuckled when he first heard about the spree. "You have to admit, it is humorous, whether it's a nuisance or not."

After some research, Givens didn't think it was quite as funny. He estimates each damaged toilet costs $150 in time, energy and repairs, not to mention the drain on police resources. [...]

What's interesting is not that this has happened--according to the story, it's a problem nationwide. What's interesting is this:

[...] The potty-tipping has garnered some international publicity for the town. Fox News and CNN have picked up the story. [...]

Hmm, what was that quote? "Great jubilation about the importance of their own community"? When two of the big cable news networks spend time on stuff like this, it makes me understand just how important they are.


Dothan was the site of another head-shaking story in 1999. During a Dothan police prostitution sting, a man in a pickup truck offered an undercover female officer two freshly killed squirrels, a broken washing machine and $6 dollars in exchange for sex. She declined.

"Dothan hasn't had this much publicity since (then)," Givens said.

Poor fellow should've known if she turned down all that stuff, she must've been a cop.

Anyway, here's you a link to Dothan so you can learn all about it. (And by the way, it's pronounced with a long-O and accent on the first syllable--DOthn.)

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