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Dispute over littering leads to lesson learned for kids

This news story was published on April 15, 2011.
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Story by Jody Spear and Kelly Meyer –

MASON CITY – This morning in Mason City, two children learned a life lesson on littering.

A witness reported the following information to

At 9:43 this morning, a report was made of a green truck trespassing at 823 N. Jefferson. At the residence house there was a police car sitting on N. Jefferson and the green truck sitting on 9th St. I asked the man in the green truck what was going on. He said the man at the above address reported him for trespassing.

This was his story: “While coming to Mason city, we observed people picking up trash by Walmart. My kids asked why. Later at McDonalds we watched a man throw trash in the parking lot. My kids asked why. I said I don’t know. We followed him to his house and I asked him why. He told me I was trespassing. I said here is your trash and put it in his car. Then left to get in my truck. He called the police. I’m getting a trespassing ticket. He gets a littering ticket.”

This was the statement that Jacob Jackson, from Hanlontown gave. He is on the City Council and a Fireman. He told me all he wanted was for the gentleman to apologize to his children.

“I informed him that today was Earth Day, that is why people are picking up trash and what a good lesson to be teaching his kids.”

At this moment the police officer and the resident of 823 N. Jefferson approach the truck and the man apologized to the children. Saying he would have done the same thing. Neither one received a ticket. confirmed with police later Friday that a Mason City police officer was dispatched to 823 N. Jefferson Ave. for a complaint by Robert Dale Coates, of that address, and Jacob Jay Jackson of Hanlontown. The police officer reported that he was “dispatched to talk with subjects about littering and trespassing. I spoke with both subjects and they worked their problem out.”

Robert Dale Coates, of Mason City, and Jacob Jay Jackson, of Hanlontown, work out their differences as a police officer looks on:

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