TURTLECREEK TOWNSHIP (WLWT) – A couple of days after manure was dumped in front of the Democratic Party headquarters in Warren County, a man has admitted he did it.
He said he’s fed up with how government officials, Democrats in particular, have not been working for the people. He said he hopes his message was heard.
“It was the world’s cheapest advertising,” said James Pinell.
Pinell, 47, of Lebanon, said horse manure he’s usually paid to deliver got him the world’s ear.
“We’re sick of politics. We’re sick of Washington, and you know, it’s a bunch of horse crap they’re putting us through. So I just, more or less, did what I felt,” he said.
Pinell, who said he’s a Republican and voting for Trump, said he piled about six-yards worth of manure outside the Warren County Democratic Party headquarters over the weekend.
He said it was one of his last loads of the day and he was paid $30 to haul it off. Pinell said he chose to dump it at the headquarters.
He said he did the same thing in 2012.
“There’s as every bit of reason as the pile itself. It’s all of it. It’s the emails. It’s NAFTA. It’s, you know, Obamacare’s going to, look what it’s done to the premiums in the second year,” Pinell said.
Investigators said a suspect in the 2012 manure dumping was never found and it’s too late for Pinell to be charged in that case.
But this time around, Warren County deputies found the white dump truck involved on his property and cited Pinell. They don’t believe anyone else is involved.
“Unfortunately for him, what he chose to do is a criminal act. So we had to handle it as such, which we did. That’s why he was charged the way he was,” said Lt. John Faine, with the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.
Warren County Sheriff’s deputies said it doesn’t appear Pinell has a criminal history in the county.
Pinell describes himself as an Army veteran.
He also told WLWT that he was involved in a standoff with police outside the area more than 20 years ago, involving an exploding grenade, and he miraculously survived.
Democratic Party leaders hope Pinell won’t dump anything at their office again.
“I was relieved. I was glad. I was glad to see this come to closure because we’re definitely focused on moving on,” said Bethe Goldenfield, the chairwoman of the Warren County Democratic Party.
Pinell’s dumping days at the headquarters may be over, but he hopes his statement was clear.
“I just really want to come out you know, smart, and right, and everybody look at me, scratch your head and say, ’Yeah, he’s right. He’s right,’” he said.
Pinell said since the dumping, his phone number has been posted online and he’s receiving nasty answering machine messages at home.
On the flip side, investigators and leaders at the Democratic Party headquarters said they’ve been receiving calls from people around the area willing to donate to pay any of Pinell’s fines.
Warren County Republican Party leaders said they’re also glad Pinell was found and cited.
Chairman Jeff Monroe said he doesn’t know Pinell and Pinell doesn’t represent the party.
He said about 70 percent of people in Warren County vote Republican.
Monroe told WLWT after the dumping, he offered to help Democratic Party leaders clean up the mess.
Both parties said they’re focused on rallying votes and generating a big win on Election Day.
Pinell is charged with criminal mischief and is expected to appear in court later this week.
Sheriff’s investigators said Pinell could face up to 60 days in jail, a $500 fine and possible restitution.
Democratic Party leaders said they had to pay someone to remove all the manure, but said they haven’t received a bill yet.
Goldenfield said she will send the bill to the Warren County Sheriff’s Office as part of the investigation.