Man angers neighbors by shining 'alien' fighting spotlights

By Ben Hooper  |  Sept. 11, 2015 at 10:21 AM
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HERMITAGE, Pa., Sept. 11 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania city is trying to force a man to tone down the spotlights that neighbors say he uses at all hours to protect his home from "aliens."

Neighbors in the Virginia Road area of Hermitage said Arthur Brown, 78, shines the spotlights outside his foil-wrapped house at all hours of the day and night because he is afraid of extra-terrestrial attacks.

"Over the years he's become a real problem. He has a lot of issues fearing aliens," Nancy Raich, Brown's across the street neighbor, told WKBN-TV.

Raich, 72, said she wants to sell her house and buy a condo, but she can't get anyone interested in her property because of the spectacle across the street.

"Who wants to buy my house? A nice decent house, garages, acreage in Hermitage, a nice place to live, when this yahoo across the street decides he wants to shine lights on me?" Raich said.

"I've had a lot of nice couples come and look at my house," she told The Herald newspaper of Sharon, Pa. "You can't get a second look until that's cleaned up."

A judge ordered Brown to take down the lights earlier this year, imposing a $500-per-day fine if he continued to shine his spotlights late into the night. Officials said he has not complied and now owes more than $20,000.

The city said it has now filed a petition to get an injunction to have Brown's lights removed.

"It's a violation of the city's zoning ordinance to have excess lighting that adversely affects neighboring properties," Hermitage City Manager Gary Hinkson said.

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