Trash or Treasure?
Yesterday, KTVB's Edgar Linares reported on a 75 year old man who was thrown in JAIL for 10 days for having too much JUNK in his yard.
"I like to collect old stuff. Just like everybody else." - Loren Gray.
The neighbors are fed up - but Loren Gray says it's not junk, in fact he has big plans for all of the "stuff" on his 1.5 acre property.
Here's a list of some of it:
*12 cars (Including some old classics)
*Lots of old appliances, parts
*Piles of wood
*A bus frame
*A few boats
*Hospital beds (He has them to move things around, he says)
Gray says he is working on all this random "stuff", little repair projects of his that he hopes to get to one day. He sees it as recycling, turning what some people would call trash into treasure. But Boise Zoning Administrator Scott Spjute says officers have warned Gray about his yard for years. Just recently - a judge put him in JAIL for 10 whole days! He says his jailmates couldn't believe it:
"They just shook their head. They couldn't believe they'd take a 75-year-old man and throw him in jail." - Loren Gray.
Gray will go in front of a judge again in July to see how much progress he's made cleaning up his property. If he doesn't clean it up, he may have to serve MORE jail time.
What do you think?
(Watch Edgar's full story on our homepage - and then sound off)
*Should Loren Gray be able to have all his "stuff" on his property?
*Does he deserve to go to jail for it?
*What's your solution?
PS: By the way, we found out Gray also spent two days in jail LAST year. He was jailed both times for a probation violation for - you guessed it - failing to clean up his yard.