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October 20, 2014, 12:58 pm
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City Looking At ''Ghetto Tree'' Display For Possible Ordinance Violations

A north-end Springfield resident who gained notoriety for a junk-filled front-yard display that he calls the “Ghetto Tree” says he’s being harassed by neighbors, and even police, for trying to draw attention to the problems of his neighborhood. 


Earl Reese drew attention to himself at Christmastime when he went before the Springfield City Council to sing about crime and trash in his neighborhood, changing “O Christmas Tree” to “Ghetto Tree.” 


Several squad cars arrived at Reese’s residence Sunday after a neighbor’s complaint, but Reese was not arrested.  Mayoral spokesman Nathan Mihelich says the city’s zoning department is reviewing the situation to see if the tires, broken toys and other junk hanging from Reese’s tree violates city ordinance.

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