Police receive report of nails strewn about at Racine TEA Party rally

2012-10-29T10:20:00Z 2013-12-18T13:32:10Z Police receive report of nails strewn about at Racine TEA Party rallySTEPHANIE JONES stephanie.jones@journaltimes.com Journal Times

RACINE — Police received a report of roofing nails strewn about the parking lot where the Racine TEA Party held a rally Saturday.

The nails caused damage to two vehicles, puncturing tires, said Sgt. Martin Pavilonis of the Racine Police Department. Pavilonis said as of Monday afternoon they didn’t have any suspects.

Nancy Milholland, an organizer with the Racine TEA Party, said she made the report to police in the early afternoon Saturday after volunteers showed her handfuls of nails they had collected from the parking lot. She and other organizers had been to the location several times before the rally and never noticed any nails, she said.

The day of the rally “these were piles all over the parking lot,” Milholland said. “It was not just a few nails, it was a ton of nails.”

The TEA Party rally started Saturday afternoon at about 2:30 p.m. at the old Sam’s Club at 6200 Regency West Drive. Featured speakers included former Gov. Tommy Thompson, who is running for U.S. Senate, along with many other Republican candidates.

Milholland doesn’t know who scattered the nails, but she said earlier Saturday morning a volunteer saw a white van with Obama stickers parked across the street and around 10:30 a.m. a pickup truck drove into the parking lot and sat there a while and then drove out. Both seemed suspicious, she said.

Keith Holst, 53, from Mayville, which is about 10 minutes west of West Bend, was one of the two drivers who ended up with a punctured tire.

He and his wife drove a little over an hour to go to the TEA Party rally and after hearing the report of nails during the rally he checked his tires before leaving. That is when he found a nail puncturing one of his tires. He was able to patch it up before driving home, but he said a flat tire can be a serious matter because they can cause accidents.

“It’s not just a prank,” he said.

He doesn’t know exactly who scattered the nails, but he suspects it was Democrats.

“I’ve been hearing all kinds of things like this going on,” said Holst, who drives a cement mixer. “It’s a close race and there are some very angry people.”

Jane Witt, chairwoman of the Racine County Democratic Party, said if someone did this, “This is definitely not something we condone … We can have political disagreements but that shouldn’t extend to endangering each other’s safety.”

Milholland said the entire incident makes her mad.

“We all (need) to remember we are Americans,” Milholland said. “Hate the policy not the person …We still have to live together after the election.”

Throughout the past several years the TEA Party has held several large rallies locally, but Milholland said this was the first time anything like this happened.

Besides reports of nails scattered about at the TEA Party event, both Republicans and Democrats have reported political signs taken from their yards. Also an Obama sign was allegedly set on fire earlier this month in Caledonia, according to police reports.

Anyone with additional information about the event can call the Racine Police Department’s investigations unit at (262) 635-7756.

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(34) Comments

  1. Zigmond
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    Zigmond - October 31, 2012 9:31 pm
    Good news! Tomorrow is the launch of a Tea Party news network.

  2. Jeff Warg
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    Jeff Warg - October 30, 2012 9:57 pm
    The Drudge Report thought this was an important story and provided a link to the Mt Pleasant Patch story about the nails. The Journal Times style of reporting might work in North Korea, but the internet allows other outlets to tell us what is really happening in Racine. I noticed your number of subscribers is down, I wonder why?
  3. jrunny
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    jrunny - October 30, 2012 7:40 pm
    So tell me how does feel being behind in the polls. As as always the libfools will act like morons and attack my freedom of free speech.

    Makes you small like obamy and walnuts bidme
  4. jrunny
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    jrunny - October 30, 2012 7:30 pm
    Guess we only now about out small world of union grove then.
  5. Mean Jean
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    Mean Jean - October 30, 2012 4:28 pm
    I think their are a lot of younger voters making these comments, This is nothing new, I've been voting since 1952 and it happens at every election, the side that behind in the polls claims the the party is knocking down their signs, or stealing them. Polls don't mean a thing most people will lie on a poll because its nobody's business how their going to vote, how do you think Truman won in 48, polls, they had Dewey so far ahead people didn't bother to vote. regardless who ever losses will be complaining that the other party did something to make their party lose.
    But one Party is so hard up their wasting money that could be going for other things like feeding the hungry and helping the homeless thats the party I would vote for..
  6. JJracineRES
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    JJracineRES - October 30, 2012 8:42 am
    You are very true... nails left out to pop tires is a classic old union trick. I remember when Jacobsen went on strike (resulting in the company pulling anchor and moving south by the way) the union members were using nails and screws stuck through cigarette butts to pop the tires of the office workers who still had to go to their jobs everyday and had no control over what the company was doing with the union workers. I actually had felt sympathetic towards those on strike up til the point where I needed to get a tire fixed and then had to drive my car around for years with keyed marks in it, also from some nice fellow worker. I wouldn't doubt for a minute it was some union thugs.
  7. Bucky
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    Bucky - October 30, 2012 8:39 am
    It appears to be just another DEM action to me. That is the way they operate.
  8. CharlesK
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    CharlesK - October 30, 2012 6:17 am
    Shiny new roofing nails to be exact. See the photos that are everywhere...
  9. CharlesK
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    CharlesK - October 30, 2012 6:16 am
    Sad American - there are always a sliver in any movement, group, organization etc...that are on the fringes, radical, lone thinkers etc... Same is true here. Get over yourself and your angry, hateful and un-willing to accept those you don't agree with.
  10. please
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    please - October 30, 2012 6:02 am
    Are Tea Partiers Racist ? Are Black Panthers Racist? Are Liberal Racist?
    The answer to this question is yes their are racist in every group. and if you like tojust
    point too one group you are the problem. for in your fanasty world only one group is.
    Here is an ideal how about cleaning up your side before you worry about the other side.
  11. please
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    please - October 30, 2012 5:52 am
    Still watching you Mr.Hate and just laughing at all of the stupid S**t that you spew.
  12. Bottom Line
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    Bottom Line - October 30, 2012 1:19 am
    All conjecture aside ... citizens should start reviewing the real news on the Mt. Pleasant-Sturtevant Patch ... and the Caledonia Patch. The individuals running the only news in this area are beating the JT constantly.

    Furthermore, they are more accurate ... the JT ... with former and current Liberal bias are not interested in reporting accurately ... between the Randolph Brandt equivocations, and the fixated liberal "journalists" (as if they truly do any journalistic reporting), the citizens cannot realize true information.

    Just take the simple gathering at the former Sam's Club ... if you only read the JT ... a mere 750 people gathered, and they ( the JT ) were a day late and a dollar short on the vandalism. Review the real reporting on the Mt. Pleasant- Sturtevant Patch ... pleaty of pictures, and in depth analysis of the reality the liberals at the JT ignore ... over 2500 attendants ... and the actual reporting of crime that continues to result from liberal miscreants.

    This paper is devoid information because it is situated to promote the bias that promotes the condition that ensures Racine cannot recover a foundation.

    .... Truly pathetic.
  13. DEO
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    DEO - October 29, 2012 10:52 pm
    Un American - HOW PATHETIC! Quoting a news source that is NO LONGER in business because of their BLANT BIAS! You sir are the only who spews bigoted remarks about other bloggers. All the while BOASTING what a good Catholic you are! When in FACT you are a complete hypocrite, for no man CAN BE A CATHOLIC AND A DEMOCRAT or don't you even know the teachings of the Catholic church. Your support for Obummer the BABY KILLER shows you do not OBEY Gods word as put forth by YOUR church.

    Try reading someone that actually has a brain!

    Congressional Black Caucus: Racist and immoral

  14. kevinsmom68
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    kevinsmom68 - October 29, 2012 9:35 pm
    it probably was 'an american'. he has no life and no job so he has time to do this.
  15. 2brnt2b
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    2brnt2b - October 29, 2012 9:17 pm
    Didn't anyone from the Tea Party recognize an obvious Left wing plant? Everyone from the local Tea Party must have seen each other at previous rallies?

    Didn't anyone notice and phone snap a pic?
  16. 2brnt2b
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    2brnt2b - October 29, 2012 9:14 pm
    Zig, shun the JT. Insult them with your absence.
  17. 2brnt2b
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    2brnt2b - October 29, 2012 9:12 pm
    Where is Mayville?
  18. Lionhear
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    Lionhear - October 29, 2012 8:47 pm
    Yes, the left likes to destroy things, like the country.
  19. Lionhear
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    Lionhear - October 29, 2012 8:45 pm
    "Planted"....That's such a tired lefty line.
  20. mt_pleasantly
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    mt_pleasantly - October 29, 2012 8:08 pm
    Seems there is a whole lotta speculation going on.

    Until you have proof, you can only assume, regardless of who or when the story is reported. At this point it could be just as likely that a tea party member manufactured the incident. Or possibly a local business owner who sells tires trying to drum up business. Who knows?

    All you have is a handful of nails and an approximate time it could have happened. We're they galvanized, aluminum, rusty or bent? Did they have a note attached to them? We're they monogrammed with a blue fist? Hmmm, probably not. I'm not saying a left winger commuting the act is out if the realm of possibility but your very quick to point a convenient finger.
    I've met a good number of roofers over the years and it's not uncommon for some of the less savory ones to spill 2/3 of their nails on a job site. Maybe you should go with the simple, logical solution.
  21. CharlesK
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    CharlesK - October 29, 2012 7:04 pm
    Ahhh wrong. People were in and out of there for weeks leading up to rally. Lots of cars parked there days before for overflow on other business. There were NO nails. These nails were found in handfuls all around the lot.
  22. CharlesK
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    CharlesK - October 29, 2012 7:02 pm
    One of the owners are from Mayville. Police have it recorded.
  23. lc
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    lc - October 29, 2012 6:41 pm
    wow suprising the JT's story comes only two days after there were other stories posted as this was happening. even more suprised that the JT didnt use their pictures of the cups of nails that were found right after it happened so in other words it was not just a small amount of nails that might have been left in the parking lot from sams club.
  24. An American
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    An American - October 29, 2012 6:02 pm
    You must be saying the heck with the truth, just print what we want to hear. That's called Super Market Tabloid Journalism. Printing what news makes you feel good was the way of Adolf Hittler, not democracy.
  25. Kay Nine
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    Kay Nine - October 29, 2012 5:58 pm
    Isn't this an empty lot that never cleaned? I'd bet there's more than nails there.

    I got a nail in a tire once. Does that mean the Tea Party did it?
  26. Zigmond
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    Zigmond - October 29, 2012 5:37 pm
    The RJT is looking pathetic once again. Two days after the TEA party showed the nails on stage and warned the crowd of 2,000+ (RJT intentionally downplayed at 750) to check under their cars, you put this story online.

    RJT, do you feel as small as you look? Your Progressive agenda is out of step with your fleeing subscribers, get a clue and print what Conservatives (the majority) want to read. Stop blaming "stupid consumers" for not buying your fish wrap.
  27. 2brnt2b
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    2brnt2b - October 29, 2012 5:16 pm
    so, no one noticed? who were the owners of the two damaged cars? Would one be Lou by any chance?
  28. 0latitude
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    0latitude - October 29, 2012 5:11 pm
    I do not understand why liberals claim to be open minded, tolerant people. They cannot tolerate anyone who does not agree with them 100%. They would rather you blow out a tire on I-94 and get killed or kill someone else than to speak up for conservative values. This is a very old union trick by the way. Disagree with us and you get a nail in your tire. This is why the unions had to be challenged, too many corrupt and unscrupulous people running the show. Disgusting!
  29. johnny mack
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    johnny mack - October 29, 2012 3:40 pm
    So people can burn Obama signs, egg cars with anti walker stickers but heaven forbid something happens at a tea party rally. Must be nice to live in a little perfect world. I'm thinking the dems have a thing for tires. Whole tire slashing in Milwaukee years ago. Think they just like to destroy things.
  30. Blogometric Pressure
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    Blogometric Pressure - October 29, 2012 3:34 pm
    How would anyone know the approximate timing? That is suspicious in itself. I don't think anyone even knows or cares about the tea party anymore.
  31. Gearhead
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    Gearhead - October 29, 2012 3:29 pm
    Liberal thugs doing what they do best. Bereft of good policy ideas and years of horrible decision making (not to mention mooching at the public tough) leads to scattering nails at a tea party rally. How coexisty of you creeps.Prepare for another electoral shellacking!
  32. bridri
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    bridri - October 29, 2012 3:18 pm
    Give me a break. How do you know they were "scattered between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m." but not report it to the Police until 2:30 p.m. -- unless you did it yourself?
  33. stephen_wood
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    stephen_wood - October 29, 2012 2:30 pm
    Look on the bright side... perhaps the "troublemakers were planted." That way the liberals are out of the picture completely and you can sleep at night.
  34. Lionhear
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    Lionhear - October 29, 2012 1:49 pm
    I can't imagine the hue and cry from the left if this had been done at an Obama rally, or Mrs. Obama rally, or Biden rally, or Baldwin rally et al.
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