In days gone by, I joked with Mary Lucia of the Current that all the world's strange things happen in Oklahoma. These days, it's Ohio.
Dateline: Blue Ash, Ohio. (Begin sound of Dragnet theme here). The cops surrounded -- I might be embellishing this a bit -- the home of Edna Jester.
"Give the football back," a cop on a loudspeaker says as the simultaneous sound of rifles being cocked (are rifles cocked? I don't know, I don't own a gun.) pierces the calm Ohio air.
"You'll never take me alive, coppers" the old biddy shouts as she knocks the stained glass portrait of Boomer Esiason out to get a more tactical look at the situation.
In suburban Cincinnati, where they've had 8 property crimes all year, Edna -- did I mention she's 89 years old -- is Public Enemy #1.
Some kids kept kicking a football into her yard, she kept it, and the police arrested her.
"It's the only way to get through to these kids," she said.
Film at 11.
The thing that you neglected to include in your summary is that after arresting the woman, the police kept the football as evidence. It's a roundabout way of getting there, but the kids can't throw their football onto her lawn, at least until the trial...
I'm guessing from the story that the kids aren't the only ones with lots of time on their hands in Blue Ash.
So, according to the Blue Ash cops, I can leave my stuff in anyone's yard any time I like & if they don't return my property, they are theives? I can't believe there's a judge anywhere that wouldn't throw this out as frivolous.
Lighten Up Edna, the kids are playing football, not cooking meth, at least not at your house...