Hermitage residents say neighbor is afraid of aliens
An unusual story out of Mercer County, where neighbors say they're fed up with an elderly man who wraps his house in what appears to be foil and shines spot lights to deter aliens.
Neighbors say the Hermitage home on Virginia Road appeared tame Thursday night, compared to other times. Still, it was partially covered in what appears to be foil and some very bright lights shined from windows and the porch.
Spot lights that were turned off, could also be see on the porch.
"He's afraid of aliens so it's foil and spot lights," said neighbor Nancy Raich. "Over the years my husband and I were 'they.' We didn't have names like George and Nancy. Sometimes he was nice and forgot about it. We were 'they' - the leaders of the alien gang."
Other neighbors shared similar stories when talking about 78-year-old Arthur Brown.
"He wears foil under his hat so they can't read his mind. He's so afraid that Nancy or I, or my husband Joe are going to read his mind," said Neighbor Donna Misnay. "I don't care what's on his mind, we just want the lights off. We want peace and quiet brought back to this street."
Browns attorney says he's known Brown for about 13 years and says that while he may be a tad "eccentric." He says Brown has never mentioned to aliens to him.
Regardless, Raich says she's been tolerant of Brown for more than 20 years. She now wants to move but, can't sell her home.
"I thought this is not going to be my life. I want to put my house up for sale. I want to move to a condo in the area, we have some nice ones, and this man controls my life so I got mad," said Raich.
Raich took her complaints to the city. Brown has been cited for a zoning code violation. His attorney has appealed the charge saying Brown never received notification.