KETTERING, Ohio (WDTN) - Original Story
Annick Richardson doesn't fit the profile of someone who could be facing jail time, and if you ask her, she'll tell you her only crime is caring too much.
"It's very dishonest to make me the villain or make me look like the monster," Richardson says.
But Richardson found out in Kettering Municipal Court Friday that she could serve up to 60 days in jail and be forced to pay a hefty fine for turning her neighborhood into a squirrel buffet.
"It is excessive that is true," Richardson told 2 News about her feedings. "I'm am trying to refrain myself."
Richardson's actual charges are two counts of criminal trespassing for going on other people's properties to pass out the peanuts.
When 2 News talked to neighbors they told us she's been doing it for years and that it's gotten out of hand to the point where the squirrels are ruining gardens, clogging air conditioners with peanuts and even chewing through car wiring.
"She won't stop," says neighbor Don DuBon. "She won't listen to police. She won't listen to the animal control officer."
One woman even told us of how she had to move, in part, because of her grandson's severe peanut allergy.
Richardson says she felt bad about that situation and relocated one of her feeders.
"It's the parents or guardians responsibility to make sure the child is not going to pick up anything and it's my responsibility not to put any on her side," Richardson says.
Richardson showed 2 News letters from six neighbors who think the charges are overblown.
Most neighbors have told us they would be okay if she just fed squirrels in her yard.
So 2 News asked her if she would consider packing away some of her peanuts.
"What I will do is reduce dramatically in the springtime and feed them mainly on my property but I will have a few exceptions," Richardson says.
At Friday's hearing Richardson was appointed a public defender.
She'll be in court for a pre-trail hearing in December.
Forget the slippery roads and inches of snow on the ground, it's the perfect time to propose marriage. At least that is how Levi Minor felt Friday night.
Snowfall reports vary across the Miami Valley as the storm continues to produce heavy snow, making it hard for drivers to see in some cases.
The National Weather Service canceled the Winter Storm Warning and Winter Weather Advisory just after 9:30 pm.
Sinclair Community College is closing all campus locations for the day due to the inclement weather.