Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Wing-nut Watch!

Some of B-town's more eccentric residents.

A.S.t.v. happened across this week's "wing-nut" when doing research for local news stories when an article turned up about a man who was jailed for hitting a small child who wouldn't take candy from him after he had allegedly told the child that he was Santa Claus. That man turned out to be David R Grubb Mr. Grubb (a.k.a. "The Indiana Outlaw") is a longtime Monroe County resident, former fireman and eccentric political activist. Most of all he is a 100% certified "wing-nut"!
With out any further delay let's watch as this "true American patriot" informs the Monroe County Commissioners of his ever strengthening concerns for the kids, environment and the shady politics within B-town. Shot by Community Access Television Services and bravely brought to by Anti-Society t.v. on this week's "Wing-nutz Watch".

David Grubb wasn't always this way, but gradually got worse as the years rolled on. Obviously, he has mental problems. He seemed to be better when he stayed on his medications. He would often stop taking his medications however, and that's when he'd "go off" and act like you see him here and often much worse.
In 2005 his Anti-Social behavior landed him in jail for slapping a kid. He was convicted of felony battery of a child for hitting a 5-year-old boy in the head in September 2005 in the 900 block of North Summit Street. The boy and a friend had refused to accept candy from Grubb.
The story was in the June 8, 2006 edition of Bloomington's 'Herald-Times'. I can't link to it, because you have to be a subscriber, so I will just share some excerpts in a manner I hope is consistent with 'fair use'.
"David Grubb, who got 212 votes in the 1998 GOP primary and who is a fixture of public comment periods at local government meetings, is charged with felony battery of a 5-year-old boy by hitting him on Sept. 23, 2005, after he and another boy refused to take candy from Grubb."
"The afternoon's testimony was anticlimactic, with a 7-year-old boy, two 14-year-old girls from across the street and two mothers who got involved testifying about the incident. The 5-year-old victim, now 6, was deemed too young to testify.
The boys said Grubb offered them candy. When they refused, he said it was OK because he was Santa Claus, but they still refused. According to testimony, Grubb then took a swing at the 7-year-old. The boy ducked, and Grubb then hit the 5-year-old in the forehead, causing a bruise over his left eye.
The two girls across the street plus adult witness Michelle Ricardez said they saw Grubb swing at the boys. Ricardez, the girls and the 7-year-old boy all said they never heard anyone tease Grubb before or during the incident.
Baggerly said that Grubb never hit the boys but that they had been taunting him, and that the witnesses got together later to "close ranks" in their accounts. "
For his part, Grubb evoked Roger Miller and borrowed a favorite tactic of his idol 'Pres Bush' in his comments:
"The nation is at war and everything is in chaos," he told Harris outside the jury's presence. "I'm not sitting in front of a bunch of women. They're going to hang me, dang me ... I can be innocent and they will find me guilty."
The article elaborates:
David Grubb hadn't even been convicted Thursday of felony battery of a 5-year-old child when his own remarks started police on paperwork for a second felony charge.
Grubb, in jail after being convicted of the battery, may face an intimidation charge for saying in court of prosecutor Lynda Robison, "I'd like to cut her throat."
Grubb rambled at length about his life, jobs, feuds with public officials and problems with the law over the decades. Grubb is 67.
"I get run out of this county a lot because I see wrong, and I raise hell," he said. "I'm a little scattered, radical because I've had to fight for my life all my life."
One after another, he made allegations against people in the community, alive and dead, by name. He blamed many of his life's woes on "Democrats, idiots and queers."
"I love kids. I don't hit kids," he said. Except for one case, he began recounting, to Baggerly's dismay.
It was in 1962, and two boys were throwing hay out of his barn loft. Their dad was drunk at home, so he cut a maple branch, called them out and switched them. He said it got him hauled into court for battery, and "it cost me money," so he didn't hit kids after that.
As for whether he struck the 5-year-old boy on the forehead on Sept. 23, 2005, after the boy and a 6-year-old had refused to accept candy from him, even when he told them he was Santa Claus, he denied hitting the boy.
"I'm Santa Claus, damn it!" he said.
"Take me out behind a building and shoot me," Baggerly moaned during the jury break that followed.
Grubb was sentenced to three years in prison. Two years were suspended, meaning he was to serve one year. Grubb also was ordered to stay on his medication and not approach any children while on probation.
"Yes, he is an institution... or should be in one. Nonetheless, most people that know him say he's harmless. You gotta admit, public meetings were always juiced up when he was there!"
"I remember a photo several years back of Grubb riding a mule down Kirkwood Avenue with a Big Gulp in one hand and a cigarette in his mouth."
Great Grubb quote- "You gotta have kids before you can have adults."

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