Woman takes anger with ruling to streets

Thousands of drivers headed to work and school or to grab a bite to eat along a major Center Grove area road saw the sign — it was hard to miss.

Big letters spray-painted across the top of the roughly 20-foot, homemade sign told Christine Hogue’s message: Vote no to Clark. That sign was propped up next to Hogue as she sat in a lawn chair at the northeast corner of State Road 135 and Stones Crossing Road for most of Wednesday. The location was her second choice that day, since she already had been asked to leave another property at an intersection farther south on State Road 135.

The property where Hogue set up with her sign is owned by the Indiana Department of Transportation, and she’s not legally allowed to trespass on property owned by someone. But the Greenwood Police Department did not receive any complaints from a property owner, and police do not have the ability to kick her off private property, nor would they want to infringe on her right to freedom of speech, assistant police chief Matt Fillenwarth said.

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