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For second day in a row, cops chase away panhandler



This news story was published on June 27, 2014.
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Mason City police headquarters, across the street from Mohawk Sqaure

Mason City police headquarters, across the street from Mohawk Sqaure

MASON CITY – Is there a homeless problem in Mason City? Are the poor and poverty-stricken becoming more desperate?

For the second day in a row, Mason City police reported that they were called to deal with an assertive person asking for help.

On Thursday morning, police responded to the area of the Mohawk Square, 22 North Georgia Avenue, and the police headquarters across the street. According to police, “there was a male subject there who was being followed and harrassed by another male subject who was wanting money since he was homeless.”

Police did not elaborate on any interaction they may have had with the supposedly homeless individual.

On Wednesday, police were called to Mercy Hospital and the Mason City Fire Department to deal with a man asking for money and food. Both the hospital and the fire department wanted the man to leave.

Recently, NIT received a tip that a woman was living in a storage shed in town. Police could not confirm that tip.  NIT is investigating.

Also recently observed were several instances of persons with signs asking for food or money on busy street corners. Last week, a man in tattered clothes, without a shirt on, sat on a park bench in Central Park as volunteers pulled weeds, edged sidewalks and planted flowers. The volunteers ignored the man, who eventually got up, put on a dirty shirt, and wandered away.

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8 Responses to For second day in a row, cops chase away panhandler

  1. badpontiac Reply Report comment

    June 28, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Shame Shame Shame – won’t take care of our own but welcome illegals with open pocket books – for votes of course.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      June 28, 2014 at 8:38 am

      @badpontaic-Good point.

    • ONIT Reply Report comment

      June 28, 2014 at 2:55 pm

      Republican “job creators” need them to work for low wages. People who work to make companies rich is who illegals are. illegals cannot get welfare.

      • LVS Reply Report comment

        June 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

        @onit-you need to get your facts straight. Illegals can and do get welfare and food stamps as well as free education and meals for their kids. They get medical care and all kinds of stuff the taxpayers have a hard time getting.

        • Full of your self Reply Report comment

          June 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm

          Not true. Work in medical field and have never taken care of an illegal they support themselves. Don’t be a hater.

          • LVS

            June 28, 2014 at 5:51 pm

            Not a hater at all. Just a realist. Try it, you might enjoy it.

  2. LVS Reply Report comment

    June 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Times are tough for people who are out of work and for those who can’t work. The social elite in this town have no idea on how most people live today. They are to damn busy with their country club and airplanes and trying to figure out how to screw the tax payers some more.