Brianna Kupfer stabbing suspect arrested in Pasadena - Los Angeles Times

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  4 months ago  •  46 comments

By:   Nathan SolisStaff Writer (Los Angeles Times)

Brianna Kupfer stabbing suspect arrested in Pasadena - Los Angeles Times
Brianna Kupfer was fatally stabbed last week while working alone in a Hancock Park furniture store.

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A man suspected of stabbing to death a 24-year-old woman working at a furniture store in Hancock Park last week was arrested Wednesday in Pasadena, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Shawn Laval Smith, 31, was arrested after an extensive manhunt across the region.

The LAPD confirmed Smith's arrest on Twitter. He was recognized as he was waiting for a bus near Fair Oaks Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, according to a law enforcement source.

Brianna Kupfer was killed Thursday while working alone at the Croft House furniture store on North La Brea Avenue.

Kupfer, who was from Pacific Palisades, texted a friend about 1:36 p.m. to say she felt uncomfortable about a person who was in the store. The friend did not immediately respond, according to investigators with the LAPD.

About 20 minutes later, a customer who walked into the store found Kupfer on the floor covered in blood. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

The LAPD said surveillance video showed Smith entering multiple businesses in the hours leading up to Kupfer's killing. On Tuesday, the department released video showing a man inside a nearby 7-Eleven store about 30 minutes after the killing. He was described as a tall, thin Black man with braided hair, who was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, dark pants, black tennis shoes, a white mask and a large, black backpack.

Before his arrest, Smith had been seen in Pasadena, Santa Monica, West Hollywood and other locations around Southern California, police said. Authorities believe he is unhoused and used public transportation to get around the area.

Smith was previously arrested in October 2020 on a misdemeanor in Covina. In 2016, he was arrested in Charleston County, S.C., where he pleaded guilty in 2018 to resisting or assaulting a police officer and was sentenced to time served, according to court records. Smith was marked for extradition in North Carolina on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon and other crimes.

Smith was also arrested in November 2019 on suspicion of firing a weapon inside an occupied vehicle, according to court records from South Carolina, where he was released on a $50,000 bond. The weapon was a flare gun, an LAPD source said. On Wednesday, a motion was made in court to revoke his bond.

Kupfer's death has "shaken and shocked our community to its core," Councilman Paul Koretz said this week. Koretz made a motion for the city to offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the woman's killer. The amount was increased to $250,000 by contributions from the community on Tuesday.

Efforts to reach Kupfer's family on Wednesday were not immediately successful, but her father, Todd Kupfer, told The Times on Tuesday that his daughter's death was "heart-wrenching."

"It's torn us apart," he said. "We really don't know what to do and what steps to take. We just want her life to have more meaning."

Kupfer was one of four children, all of whom grew up in Los Angeles, her father said. She ran track and was on the dance team at Brentwood High School before she went to the University of Miami.

She was taking online courses for a degree in architecture and design at UCLA, her father told The Times, adding that she loved geometrical patterns, design and drawing.

Kupfer started working at Croft House because it was a sustainable furniture company and she was passionate about such causes, her father said.

The family plans to create a foundation to honor her memory but doesn't know yet what shape that will take.

"Her candle got snuffed out way too young," Todd Kupfer said.


Times staff writers Richard Winton and Gregory Yee contributed to this report.


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    4 months ago

Yet some want the homeless, the insane, the perverted and other human derelicts to be able to walk among us.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 months ago

You have a lot of fears in you. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1    4 months ago

Don't you venture out?  What is government's main duty?

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    4 months ago
Don't you venture out? 

I live in a 60% black neighborhood.  I have never been afraid of being out and about in the neighborhood. Probably because I am very street smart. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.1.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @1.1.2    4 months ago
Probably because I am very street smart. 

Or maybe it's because you seldom leave your computer. I think many on the left would never live in an urban area.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 months ago

Have you ever lived in a big city? 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.2.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  JohnRussell @1.2    4 months ago

Yes I have and the police were able to do their jobs, criminals were prosecuted and we felt secure.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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1.2.2  Jasper2529  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.2.1    4 months ago
the police were able to do their jobs, criminals were prosecuted and we felt secure.

The big problems today are the "woke" left-wing prosecutors who are funded by the Soros Machine. Gascon is one of them, and what he does with this case will determine his future as the Los Angeles DA. So far, he's failed the people of LA County and the police department because he lets criminals walk free instead of setting them up for jail. 

Residents of major cities that have DAs like Gascon (NYC, Chicago, San Fran, Baltimore, Philadelphia, etc) are terrified because of all of the deadly crime in their neighborhoods.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.2.3  Tessylo  replied to  Jasper2529 @1.2.2    4 months ago

What is the 'Soros machine'?

I see you blaming (like certain other posters) all deadly crime on the Democrats, as usual, where any big inner city has problems with deadly crime in their neighborhoods - due to the never ending cycle of poverty and inequality.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.2.4  Texan1211  replied to  Jasper2529 @1.2.2    4 months ago

And apparently. some residents of some of these cities have awoken to the fact that their elected DA's are soft on crime.

Might be why more than one will face recalls.

 
 
 
bugsy
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1.2.5  bugsy  replied to  Tessylo @1.2.3    4 months ago
due to the never ending cycle of poverty and inequality.  

Nobody's fault but those that prescribe to perpetual victim status.

If someone wants to get out of that cycle, they sure as hell can do it...IF THEY TRIED.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
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1.2.6  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  bugsy @1.2.5    4 months ago

Damned right!!!

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Texan1211
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1.2.7  Texan1211  replied to  bugsy @1.2.5    4 months ago

You forgot the disclaimer!

* Some personal effort is required

 
 
 
bugsy
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1.2.8  bugsy  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @1.2.6    4 months ago

What most of these folks don't realize, or don't want to realize, is that they have been getting played by democrats for decades.

Every 2 and 4 years democrats run to black communities, black churches, HBCs and claim they will do everything to help them if they vote for them. Unfortunately, many of them follow like sheep, but thankfully, many are seeing the light.

After these idiots get voted in, they act like the black community does not exist...until the next election.

This is even most true of black democrat politicians. They got theirs.

 
 
 
bugsy
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1.2.9  bugsy  replied to  Texan1211 @1.2.7    4 months ago
Some personal effort is required

That is true. Many lack that quality.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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1.2.10  Jasper2529  replied to  Texan1211 @1.2.4    4 months ago

Exactly.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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1.3  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    4 months ago

Agree with you 110%. Some people confuse fears with caution and common sense.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @1.3    4 months ago

I once knew a guy from Brazil. He told me one of the reasons he came was because of the safety & security of life in the US. The left wants to make this country more like the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

 
 
 
Jasper2529
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1.3.2  Jasper2529  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.3.1    4 months ago
The left wants to make this country more like the streets of Rio de Janeiro.

We have family and friends in Brazil. They're all middle to upper middle class. Those who live in private homes all have 24/7 armed guards. Those who've chosen apartment buildings only choose those which have armed private security. Sao Paulo and Rio have been dangerous for decades.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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1.3.3  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Jasper2529 @1.3.2    4 months ago

That's exactly what I've heard. We have a huge Brazilian community in MA. Every one I have met is hard working and decent folk.

 
 
 
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2  Snuffy    4 months ago
Smith’s aunt told Fox News Digital that Smith suffered from unspecified mental health issues.

"He was a good boy," said Velma Washington, who identified herself as his aunt and confirmed that the 31-year-old murder suspect had grown up "here and there" in South Carolina.

She said he had a history of mental illness but that she didn't know much about it.

"I have to call my sister and let her know what's going on," Washington told Fox News Digital Wednesday, hanging up without elaborating.

It's such a shame that we as a people continue to allow those who need help to just run on their own, as if we expect them to help themselves.  While the mental institutions that were shut down by the law suit from the ACLU and the law signed by President Reagan was a long time ago, there really hasn't been any movement to create a new environment / institution that can help these people. Just taking this one individual, if we would go back thru all of his court cases and legal issues how many times would we find 'mental health' mentioned. Yet nothing was done and he was allowed to go out on his own without help.  How many more people will die because this is a situation that is allowed to continue, sometimes as a political partisan means.

I believe we as a people will have a lot to answer for when we stand before our Lord. How we treat those among us who need help is an accounting that we are failing, both in the world around us and for our future.

 
 
 
Jeremy Retired in NC
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2.1  Jeremy Retired in NC  replied to  Snuffy @2    4 months ago
Smith’s aunt told

That seems to be the go to excuse lately.  If they knew he had issues then why didn't the family step in to do something.  Instead they wait until a tragedy like this happens to throw up that flag as if it's an excuse for their behavior.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Snuffy @2    4 months ago

Of course we can now see how much mayhem the ACLU has caused. We do need to find a place for these people. I'm less concerned about their welfare than I am for public safety. One must have priorities.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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2.2.1  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Vic Eldred @2.2    4 months ago

I gave up on the ACLU aka American Civil Leftist Union a long time ago.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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2.2.2  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @2.2.1    4 months ago

So did one of it's founders

 
 
 
Nowhere Man
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2.3  Nowhere Man  replied to  Snuffy @2    4 months ago
While the mental institutions that were shut down by the law suit from the ACLU and the law signed by President Reagan was a long time ago, there really hasn't been any movement to create a new environment / institution that can help these people.

My friend that was a looong time ago and the collective memory is fading, (or are the democrat lies finally taking hold)

The dumping of the mentally ill into the streets started in California during the Governuer Moonbeam administration (the one before Reagan) they were supposed to have set up and fully funded community mental health offices to handle the patients now on the streets... Congress never funded them...

Three years later along comes Reagan, brand new governor looking for ways to save every penney he could trying to pay for all the gimmies of the moonbeam administration... And he had a system of 15 mental health facilities across the state.. Fully Funded and staffed, they were operating at 15% capacity.. There a way to save billions of dollars... So he ordered the closure of 2/3rds of them consolidating the patients in the fewer hospitals.. Of course the media has a field day with this one cause the public was already feeling the effect of thousands of mental patients being out on the street without any followup care at all thank you Goveruer Moonbeam... They raked RAKED over the coals blaming him for the mentally ill being amongst the population and disturbing their california dreaming...

But all Reagan did was finish the part Gov. Moonbeam failed to do and realize all the cost savings from booting out the mentally ill... But of course you tell a lie often enough it becomes the story...

Federally, this happened during the Carter years in office... and yes the democrat congress in passing their assistance legislation protecting the rights of the mentally ill failed to fully fund the community mental health clinics that the experts said were needed to make this turnout work...

And then Reagan gets elected to the presidency,, right, just in time to be held responsible for NOT funding the clinics for all those mentally ill HE threw out in the street....

Reagan had absolutely nothing to do with the ACLU getting all the mentally ill patients throw into the streets, and he didn't order it either... The previous democrats in the offices he held did that... (both offices)

He just got to clean their mess up and still got blamed for it...

I haven't forgotten....

 
 
 
charger 383
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3  charger 383    4 months ago

Overpopulation is a major cause of this problem

 
 
 
Sparty On
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4  Sparty On    4 months ago

This is an outrage.    Time to protest and riot.    

Visit the hood, break some shit, throw some bricks, burn some cars, loot a few liquor stores, shut down a locally owned business or twelve.

Time for Brianna Kupfer murals everywhere.   We demand satisfaction.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
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4.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Sparty On @4    4 months ago

We can't do that.

First the FBI scans social media for average Americans planning to meet somewhere. 

Second comes the arrest and detention and the long wait to be charged and given a trial.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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5  Hal A. Lujah    4 months ago

Did your newstalkers alert do the trick?  Which NT member collared this criminal?  I know I’ve been on the lookout.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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5.1  Tessylo  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5    4 months ago

I was wondering that myself and why nothing has been posted about the Asian woman who was shoved onto the tracks.

Michelle Go's subway death amid record rise in anti-Asian attacks leaves community reeling

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Michelle Go's subway death amid record rise in anti-Asian attacks leaves community reeling
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Wed, January 19, 2022, 9:47 PM

The death of Michelle Go, who was fatally shoved in front of a New York subway car on Saturday, has left the Asian American community feeling a sense of tragic loss, groups say. 

Go, who was attacked by a homeless man, Simon Martial, had been waiting for a train at the Times Square station when she was pushed from behind. Though the incident is not being investigated as a hate crime, the community is reeling, mourning and on edge against a backdrop of increased hate crimes and attacks, Asian American advocacy organizations say.

“Whether it was a hate crime or not, the reality is, Asian Americans, especially Asian American women, every time we see an incident like this, our anxiety goes up,” Sung Yeon Choimorrow, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, told NBC Asian America. “Regardless of what the correlation is, we see ourselves in these pictures.” 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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5.1.1  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Tessylo @5.1    4 months ago

The reality is that for every murder victim that gets media attention, there are a hundred that don’t.  It is just plain opportunistic to focus on one, and makes one’s motivations obvious.  Some people just want a perpetual police state and unlimited capacity in the prisons of what is already the most highly incarcerated population in the developed world.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5.1.2  JohnRussell  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5.1.1    4 months ago

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Joe Friday caught him

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Sean Treacy
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5.1.3  Sean Treacy  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5.1.1    4 months ago
It is just plain opportunistic to focus on one, and makes one’s motivations obvious

Lol...

So you oppose any mention or recognition of say, Emmett Till? 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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5.1.4  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Sean Treacy @5.1.3    4 months ago

Emmitt Till is a historical figure, who belongs in historical textbooks as a reminder of what happens when racism is tolerated in society.  People get murdered every single day in our current reality, by deranged criminals for personal deranged reasons having nothing to do with some warped societal perception of social justice.  But you know this.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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5.1.5  Ronin2  replied to  Tessylo @5.1    4 months ago

No postings, right.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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5.1.6  Ronin2  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5.1.1    4 months ago

Some people don't give a shit about the victims, unless they are African American and the perps are white males. Then it becomes a race baiting leftist circle jerk; that receives coverage throughout the world.

Sad when victims are used as political tools. 

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5.1.7  JohnRussell  replied to  Ronin2 @5.1.6    4 months ago
Some people don't give a shit about the victims, unless they are African American and the perps are white males.

Show us some evidence of this besides your jaundiced opinion. 

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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5.1.8  Sean Treacy  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5.1.4    4 months ago
mmitt Till is a historical figure,

He was just one thousands of people murdered that year. He's a historical figure because that single murder was seized upon and given media attention in order to make a political point. 

Focusing on this murder is no more "opportunistic" than focusing attention on Till's murder, or George Floyds, or the supposed murder of Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin.  

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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5.1.9  JohnRussell  replied to  Ronin2 @5.1.6    4 months ago

No one said they dont give a shit about Brianna Kupfer. What was said is that this is one of many murders every single day in America. Generally murder is a local story unless there is something particularly unusual about it. 

What we got here was a photo of the suspect which seemed to highlight the fact that he is black and the victim was a white woman. 

You figure out the motive for posting the photo here. 

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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5.1.10  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Sean Treacy @5.1.8    4 months ago

Floyd, Brown, and Martin were murdered by individuals acting in a law enforcement or security guard capacity.  This unfortunate woman was murdered by a criminal thug.  There is an obvious difference that explains why one is of more societal import than the other.  There is an expectation that cops won’t murder citizens for minor offenses.  No such expectation exists for criminals.

 
 
 
Sean Treacy
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5.1.11  Sean Treacy  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5.1.10    4 months ago

Did you forget Till? 

Brown and Martin weren't murdered, and Zimmerman wasn't working as a cop or a  security guard.  Why do you imagine Daniel Shaver isn't a household name?

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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5.1.12  Hal A. Lujah  replied to  Sean Treacy @5.1.11    4 months ago

Zimmerman wasn't working as a cop or a  security guard.

Tell him that.  Till’s case was similar but much worse - a case of group vigilante justice, like Ahmaud Arbery.  Let’s not forget about him either.  None of these even remotely resembles the random criminality of a thug who wanders into a furniture store to murder an employee while nobody is looking.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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5.1.13  Sparty On  replied to  Hal A. Lujah @5.1.1    4 months ago
Some people just want a perpetual police state and unlimited capacity in the prisons of what is already the most highly incarcerated population in the developed world.

Not me, go ahead, get rid of the “police state”.   Won’t affect me.   I can walk down any street where I live at any time, with little to no fear of being mugged, assaulted, shot, etc.    plus we don’t have fascist gun laws here so it’s best not to mess with people here like you can in a big city that have such oppressive rules.

It’ll be sad watching the big population centers implode but you sound like you have all the answers so go for it, get rid of the police state.

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
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5.1.14  Ed-NavDoc  replied to  Sparty On @5.1.13    4 months ago

Just another reason I am so glad I live in rural SE Arizona on the Mexican border. Except in the major metropolitan centers like Phoenix, Tucson, and Flagstaff where bleeding heart liberals reign, we don't coddle criminals and or/turn them loose on the general public. A large portion of the adult population in my area carry either open or concealed as Arizona is a open carry state with zero carry permits required. In my case, as a retired disabled old sailor, I have zero fear walking around my town at night, courtesy of the skills taught me by USMC Force Recon friends I had. People in my town generally take care of each other as well. As you said about watching the big population explode, yes it will be sad, but I know my area of Arizona will pretty much survive.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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5.1.15  Sparty On  replied to  Ed-NavDoc @5.1.14    4 months ago

Yep, same with the area I live in.    Problem is the big city dwellers are starting to leak into our community to get away from the shitholes they helped create.    

Now we have to be ever vigilant to insure they aren’t allowed to turn our communities into shitholes as well.    Because they will if allowed.

 
 

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