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Neighbor speaks out on fireworks and baseball bat incident

Friday, July 16, 2004



After reading an article in The Brazil Times about Tuesday night's Common Council meeting, Margie Westfall felt that she and her family had been unfairly represented.

The story stated, "During audience comments, (Carl) MacDonald described a major confrontation he had with his neighbors involving fireworks and a baseball bat."

Westfall said she is MacDonald's neighbor and she acknowledged that there had been an altercation on the Fourth of July, but hoped to clarify that MacDonald was the one with the bat. According to Westfall, her children were shooting off fireworks when one tipped over and hit MacDonald's house. Then he "immediately came out with a baseball bat," threatening them, said Westfall.

MacDonald told the Council that the kids had purposely shot fireworks at his house and that he had "defied" them, using a bat. He said he would get justice, even if it has to be "baseball bat justice."

Police were called during the incident and Officer Dennis Archer responded to the scene. Police Chief Mark Loudermilk said at the Council meeting that a report was being filed.

Westfall said the situation could have been avoided if they had just talked about it. "We're good people," she added.

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