City doesn't want help with potholes

May 27, 2009 5:46:49 AM PDT
The city doesn't want your help when it comes to potholes.

An elderly man in Akron, Ohio, says he thought he was helping when he chipped away loose material around a pothole near his house.

Instead, he's been charged with breaking the law.

An undercover police officer spotted 81-year-old James Stacy in the street with a pickax and a broom last week.

Stacy says he cleared the 3-foot-wide hole because he expected a crew to patch it.

And, he wanted the patch to last longer.

But, the city says clearing away material from the hole created a greater safety hazard until the hole was patched.

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