Stay Off My Lawn!
Senior Citizen Who Paid Price for Purloined Pigskin Lays Lawsuit on Nettlesome Neighbors
Posted Apr 1, 2009 4:40 PM CST
By Brian Sullivan
For someone who “just wants to be left alone,” as her attorney puts it, Edna Jester might be going about it the wrong way.
The 88-year-old resident of Blue Ash, Ohio, first gained notoriety in October by refusing to return a neighbor boy’s football that landed in her yard. Police were called, and Jester was arrested, then taken to the station and charged with petty theft. The charge was later dropped.
In December, Jester filed a lawsuit in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court against neighbors Paul and Kelly Tanis, alleging intentional infliction of emotional distress because of the number of objects thrown into her yard since October.
“It’s our belief that some of it is deliberate,” says Jester’s attorney, H. Louis Sirkin of Cincinnati. “It’s certainly preventable.”
Sirkin says the October incident was preceded by other occurrences of trespassing, even though Jester has a “No Trespassing” sign posted.
“The area has state-of-the-art recreational facilities,” he says. “It’s a problem of disrespect.”
Kelly Tanis was quoted as calling the lawsuit “very silly,” but the mother of five said she worries that she and her husband cannot afford a lawyer. Sirkin says the couple is considering relocating.
The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.
Update: The Associated Press reported March 11 that Jester dropped her lawsuit.