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Parking ticket protest leads to man's arrest

February 11, 2005|by ANDREW SCHOTZ

andrews@herald-mail.com

WILLIAMSPORT - A protest over a $5 parking ticket on Thursday led to a Falling Waters, W.Va., man's arrest, police said.

Scott McKinley Powell, 44, of 332 Cool Hollow Drive, went to Williamsport Town Hall to complain about the ticket, Deputy Jason Willison of the Washington County Sheriff's Department said.

Powell "became increasingly upset" and stormed out, Willison said.

As he left, he slammed a door, shattering a decorative lead glass window in the door, then drove away, Willison said.

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Willison said a witness saw the van Powell was driving and the name of the company printed on the side. Police went to the business and found out he was an employee, then found the job site where Powell was working, according to Willison.

Powell was charged with one count of malicious destruction of property worth more than $500.

Charging documents say the glass was worth about $600.

He was released on his own recognizance.

A message left Thursday evening at a phone number listed in charging documents as Powell's was not returned.

Williamsport Clerk/Treasurer Bonnie J. Errico said Powell had parked his car on Salisbury Street near Vermont Street as a sweeper was cleaning that side of the road.

Once the sweeper passes a car illegally parked, the car is ticketed, she said.

Errico said Powell went to Town Hall at about 9:30 a.m. after getting the ticket. She said he didn't yell at her, but he angrily refused to pay.

The town's parking meter and ticket program has been a topic of discussion in recent months.

In November, resident James T. Jewell made a written request for a breakdown of expenses and revenues.

In January, the town released the parking information, which showed that the town took in about $35,000 and spent about $39,000, for a net loss of about $4,000.

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