Hardin holds up a sign to serve a highly public sentence Tuesday in Cleveland, for driving on a sidewalk to avoid a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children. (AP Photo)
A Cleveland Municipal Court judge ordered 32-year-old Hardin to serve the highly public sentence for one hour Tuesday and Wednesday. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
CLEVELAND (AP) - A woman caught on camera
driving on a sidewalk to pass a Cleveland school bus that was unloading
children stood in the cold Tuesday at an intersection holding a sign
warning people about idiots.
A Cleveland Municipal Court
judge ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to serve the highly public
sentence for one hour Tuesday and Wednesday for the Sept. 11 citation.
She arrived bundled up against the 34-degree cold, puffing a cigarette and wearing head phones as passing vehicles honked.
Satellite TV trucks were on hand to stream the event live near downtown Cleveland.
The sign read: "Only an idiot would drive on the sidewalk to avoid a school bus."
Hardin refused to comment, as did her mother, who watched from a parked car.
Hardin's license was suspended for 30 days and she was ordered to pay $250 in court costs.
Lisa Kelley, whose
9-year-old daughter boards the bus which Hardin had been passing on the
sidewalk, said the sentence fit the crime.
"She's an idiot, just like
her sign says," Kelley said as she watched Hardin lean against a fence,
her head down and her eyes hidden by dark glasses.
"She did this almost every
day last year," Kelley said. "She won't stop laughing. She's not
remorseful, she laughed at every court appearance. She's still laughing,
so she needs to be humiliated like this."
Kelley said she was only sorry the woman was standing in the cold and not the rain or snow.
A message seeking comment was left for Hardin's attorneys.
Bill Lipold, 37, who works
nearby in the blue-collar neighborhood of older homes and factories,
yelled "Why do you hate kids" to Hardin.
He hopes the punishment
works. "How else are you going to stop her from doing it again? She
really didn't show remorse for her action after being caught, so you've
got to try something," he asked.
With two schools located
with two blocks of the location and busy commuter traffic, the area can
be risky for youngsters walking to class, Lipold said.
2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not
be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Local News <a href="http://www.wten.com/category/173731/-local-news">More>></a>Local NewsMore>>
CAIRO, N.Y. – Fire crews were kept busy Tuesday night as they battled two fires in the Town of Cairo. The first fire occurred at an apartment building on Route 85. The fire chief said the fire startedMore >>
Fire crews were kept busy Tuesday night as they battled two fires in the Town of Cairo.More >>
GUILDERLAND, N.Y. – Guilderland Police are investigating a $100,000 theft from the Guilderland Teachers Association. The GTA said they filed a complaint with police when they noticed the money was missing.More >>
Guilderland Police are investigating a $100,000 theft from the Guilderland Teachers Association.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – Multiple local agencies are partnering to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse. Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said 25 percent of the county jail's population is behind bars becauseMore >>
Multiple local agencies are partnering to combat prescription drug and heroin abuse.More >>
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. – Authorities say that a woman and two dogs were pulled from the Hudson River on Tuesday afternoon in Glens Falls. The Glens Falls Fire Department Assistant Chief John Ellingsworth saidMore >>
Authorities say that a woman and two dogs were pulled from the Hudson River on Tuesday afternoon in Glens Falls.More >>
SELKIRK, N.Y. – The Coeymans Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident. Police, paramedics and the Ravena Rescue Squad were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at 3:35 a.m.More >>
The Coeymans Police Department is investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident.More >>
ALBANY, N.Y. – The legislature voted Tuesday on the reappointments of four members of the Board of Regents. Senate Republicans ended their boycott of the Board of Regents vote and contributed on the fourMore >>
The legislature voted Tuesday on the reappointments of four members of the Board of Regents.More >>
SLINGERLANDS, N.Y. – A Slingerlands woman was told she would need to pay cancellation fees after she lost everything to a house fire. Homeowner Bonnie Kleinke lost all of her belongings when her homeMore >>
A Slingerlands woman was told she would need to pay cancellation fees after she lost everything to a house fire.More >>
COHOES, N.Y.—Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is participating in Wheels for Wishes, a national campaign. The program gives people the opportunity to donate old and unwanted vehicles to the wish-grantingMore >>
Make-A-Wish Northeast New York is participating in Wheels for Wishes, a national campaign.More >>
DURHAM, N.Y. – A court order is preventing dogs removed from two properties in the Town of Durham in February from being adopted out. Dawn Verdeschi, 45, is charged with 32 counts of failure to provide sustenance,More >>
Although most of the dogs removed from two properties in the Town of Durham in February have been adopted out, a few are still being held due to co-ownership issues.More >>