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The elephant in the garden visual with Walker's crime report

2018-03-04 - Columbia, KY - Photo from JIM -- with many thanks for the gift of the old newspaper copy! .
The late Pete Walker, partner, developer, fearless guide at Waggener-Walker Newspapers, Inc., contributed an article as 'Statesman Newspapers Crime Reporter-at-large' that chronicled the Columbia City Police solving a baffling crime where they captured the largest criminal to date in 1970. Looking back, it may be the largest criminal caught by the CPD to date, even now in 2018. The culprit was a two-ton elephant that had escaped from the Clark and Walter Circus at the fairgrounds. The elephant's crime was eating up and trampling down Marvin Downey's garden. To add insult to injury, he turned on the water, took an elephant bath, and then wallowed on the rest of the garden. During the night, Mr. and Mrs. Downey reported having heard water running and what they thought was a cow bellowing. Clicking 'read more' goes to the full story. (The accompanying pretty poor art was mine, done at Pete's and my husband Ed's insistence that there should be a visual. - LW)

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