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South Carolina Woman Jailed For Having Messy Yard

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File photo of possessions on front yard. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

File photo of possessions on front yard. (credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

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MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) — A Mount Pleasant woman is serving 10 days in jail after failing to pay a $480 fine for having a messy yard.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports 53-year-old Linda Ruggles has sold blood and even volunteered for medical experiments to get money to keep her home from foreclosure.

Ruggles is a photographer whose business tanked during the recession. She was fined in 2010 after neighbors complained.

The town says it tried to work with her and the police chief offered to round up some young people to help her clean up.

A municipal judge ordered Ruggles to pay the fine or go to jail for 10 days. Officials say she didn’t pay the fine within 90 days and then ignored court appearances and warnings from the town.

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