Possible Hate Crime Solved

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Wednesday, December 18, 2002 - 04:01 PM
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The Muskingum county sheriff’s office says its solved the case of the possible hate crime involving a pig head. Ohio Civil Rights Commission officials announced that they were going to investigate an incident here after a coal run road resident found a severed pig’s head on her property. The victim, who is black, asked that her name not be used in the story. She is part of a group of residents who say they were denied water service for years because they are black. Today, chief deputy Wes Elson said that a relative and neighbor has stepped forward to say they think the pig head came from a pig roast they had earlier this month. The neighbor, Barbara Howe, told deputies she disposed of the pig head in a wooded area behind their property and an animal must have moved it to her relative’s property. Elson says it apparently wasn't done on purpose.

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