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93-year-old war hero says he would spank teens who burglarized, trashed his home
KHOU ^ | Sher-Min Chow & Jeff McShan

Posted on 01/22/2013 11:46:54 AM PST by Morgana

HOUSTON -- Ninety-three-year-old Elbert Wood came home from a doctor’s appointment Monday morning to find his home burglarized and vandalized with spray paint.

The World War II hero pointed to the furniture, walls, windows, paintings and TV, now tagged with graffiti.

“I never heard of anything like this before," Wood said.

If he’d been home when the crooks broke in, Wood said, “I’d have tried to kill ‘em.”

Two of the suspects were caught just down the street with red paint on their hands, spray can caps in their pockets and stuff stolen from Wood’s home. One teen admitted to breaking into the house, but claims he didn’t vandalize it.

“What can I say? I didn’t spray paint his house," he said.

Turns out the suspects in custody are just 13 and 16 years old. We can’t release their names because they are juveniles.

One of them started crying when Wood’s son and daughter-in-law showed up at the scene.  

Wood’s daughter-in-law, Diane Wood, said, “They just wanted to apologize. They were very upset.”

Wood was wounded twice in the war and still has shrapnel in one leg. The first time, he was shot and hospitalized for a year. The extent of his injuries earned him a Purple Heart, but that didn't stop the Marine from serving another tour of duty overseas.

(Excerpt) Read more at khou.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: crime; eldery; youts

1 posted on 01/22/2013 11:47:03 AM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana

The writer’s kneejerk impulse to apologize for these punks comes through loud and clear. Makes me wonder what they left out of their report.


2 posted on 01/22/2013 11:52:35 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Morgana

Make the useless POS’s remove and repaint the man entire house.And if they do a crappy job make em redoe it


3 posted on 01/22/2013 11:53:37 AM PST by CGASMIA68
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To: skeeter

Calling the man’s stolen items “stuff” shows a disregard on behalf of the writer.


4 posted on 01/22/2013 11:56:10 AM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Morgana

Kids with MartinLutherKingDay Assault Time on their hands.

We need to ban MLK Day. It’s causing too much law breaking.


5 posted on 01/22/2013 11:56:42 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Before we argue, are you approved to speak by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Speech?)
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To: a fool in paradise

Read the comments. Apparently one of the posters is the man’s daughter - says he’s been trying to hang on to his independence after his wife died last year, and this seriously impairs it. She also said the punks destroyed some ‘stuff’ that was very important to him.


6 posted on 01/22/2013 12:00:40 PM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter

I agree that the writer portrays these thugs as sympathetic characters. If you read the comments, the vet’s daughter in law is very angry about this and the death of his wife was very recent...in December.


7 posted on 01/22/2013 12:04:22 PM PST by IdratherbeatPemberley
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To: t1b8zs

Thet should be given the choice: compensate the gentleman for the damage they inflicted and either 1) enlist in the United States Marine Corps upon graduation from high school or 2) serve the recommended jail time for burglary.


8 posted on 01/22/2013 12:05:14 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Morgana

A badly written story because a reader is left completely baffled about the perps’ motives. Did they just pick this house at random or is there history involved. Is this the first time they did this or is it a habit.

The writer got the who, what, where, when but forgot the why.


9 posted on 01/22/2013 12:19:27 PM PST by DManA
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To: Mr. Lucky

Perhaps it’s way past time to include the older folks who are supposed to be responsible for these in any jail sentence. A hefty fine, mandatory help in cleaning up the mess crated and some jail time for a while for any of them who have teens who commit crimes during the next 6 months or so at least might wake some people up.


10 posted on 01/22/2013 12:21:04 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Mr. Lucky

Why would the Marines want these losers?


11 posted on 01/22/2013 12:23:09 PM PST by frizzled
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To: Morgana

Don’t you detest those little dirtbags? Time to chlorinate the gene pool.


12 posted on 01/22/2013 12:24:01 PM PST by Silentgypsy (If you love your freedom, thank a vet.)
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To: frizzled
You make a good point; I was just trying to think of a practical way for these punks to get a clue about how insignificant their short, miserable little lives are compared to that of this giant of a man whose house they burglarized.

Besides, once their squad mates discovered what they had done, their Marine Corps careers would draw to a brief, intensely painful, conclusion.

13 posted on 01/22/2013 12:35:29 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: Morgana

This is a pretty big story here in the Houston area. On the morning news they were reporting that people were volunteering their time to help him clean up and businesses were donating paint and painters to help him with repairs.
The tweets that they aired were pretty much in favor of the punks having to do the work themselves - under heavy supervision.


14 posted on 01/22/2013 12:51:08 PM PST by texaschick
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To: Morgana

There’s a reason for the word.

EM-BARE-ASSED

!!!!!!


15 posted on 01/22/2013 12:59:00 PM PST by djf (Conservative values help the poor. Liberal values help them STAY poor!!!)
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To: Morgana
Today's Michael Berry's show is helping out today go get the WWII Marine's house repaired. You gotta listen to Michael's today's padcast. This will bring tears to your eyes.

Here is the PODCAST gotta listen.

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

16 posted on 01/22/2013 1:03:39 PM PST by Varmint Al
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To: texaschick

Nope punish the bastards the real way for me they would not be welcome in my home


17 posted on 01/22/2013 1:04:49 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom)
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To: t1b8zs
Make the useless POS’s remove and repaint the man entire house

Nope, indentured servitude to Mr. Wood until they graduate from high school.....

18 posted on 01/22/2013 1:24:48 PM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: Morgana

Spank, hell! I’d tie ‘em to the garage door and bullwhip ‘em!


19 posted on 01/22/2013 1:58:23 PM PST by NRA1995 (I'd rather be a living "gun culture" member than a dead anti-gun candy-ass.)
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To: Morgana
Perhaps it's the former “hooliganisn” I did in my past(Some vandalism, fighting etc.. nothing like this)I hope their repentance is true and this will be something they will look back at and feel ashamed.

I know the things I did I would not willing admit on a job application...With proper guidance and explanation of whom they have wronged, they will become proper citizens...

Else throw their asses in jail!!

20 posted on 01/22/2013 2:17:27 PM PST by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: Morgana

We just found out that over the weekend an 84 year old relative and her 95 year old husband were the victims of a home invasion and robbery. He had his finger broken and she had her arm broken and was otherwise beaten up and is still in the hospital. If we are going to have “hate crimes” then the elderly should be included in those special interest groups if they are not already. Sometimes people act as if, “well they are just old people, so not really “people”. My 95 year old Dad who was a WWII Vet passed away this December, luckily in a peaceful way. But this is of concern because my 92 year old mother lives alone and it seems like these people are just targets these days.


21 posted on 01/22/2013 2:31:40 PM PST by Anima Mundi (Envy is just passive, lazy greed.)
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To: texaschick
"The tweets that they aired were pretty much in favor of the punks having to do the work themselves - under heavy supervision." I have just your man!!
22 posted on 01/22/2013 4:15:30 PM PST by Morgana
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To: NRA1995

My Grandmother would have said “Take them to the field and horse whip them”.


23 posted on 01/22/2013 4:17:34 PM PST by Morgana
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To: Varmint Al

I’m listening to KTRH on I heart radio about this today.

Lots of great folks donating whatever they can.

So far at least $50K in checks,

electrical contractors to provide a whole home generator and new service panel,

a new custom deck for the back yard,

a retirement home for as long as he needs to stay there while the house is remodeled,

a contractor to paint his home,

a contractor to rebuild his master bath that had a recent fire,

a limo service to take him wherever he needs to go,

food delivered and served to the contractors 3 times a day, and so much more!


24 posted on 01/22/2013 4:34:27 PM PST by NYTexan
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To: Varmint Al

Thanks for posting and for the warning - you are right!

If they post a video of the 2pm meeting, please post it and ping us. Thanks in advance.


25 posted on 01/22/2013 4:59:46 PM PST by credo 2
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To: Morgana

lol! Sarge will do nicely!


26 posted on 01/22/2013 7:43:05 PM PST by texaschick
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To: credo 2

Here are the Marines. They look after their own.

Here is the link to Michael Berry's post: Click HERE.

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

27 posted on 01/23/2013 1:26:24 PM PST by Varmint Al
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To: Morgana
Follow up info on help for ex-marine Mr. Wood. Download or Listen to Michael Berry's today's podcasts.

Here is a link to Michael Berry's PODCAST Page.

Conservative extremists have big hearts! Examples of good people contributing to help.

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

28 posted on 01/23/2013 3:18:31 PM PST by Varmint Al
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To: NYTexan
Update on the repair job for the WWII Marine.

Here is a link to the Video on Michael Berry's iHeart page: Click Here

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

29 posted on 01/25/2013 4:32:01 PM PST by Varmint Al
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To: credo 2
Most of the repair and renovation work has been completed. It is a loooong list. See the List Here.

Good Hunting... from Varmint Al

30 posted on 02/07/2013 1:24:44 PM PST by Varmint Al
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