Town council candidate arrested at polling place for stealing signs

Town council candidate arrested at polling place for stealing signs
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A man running for town council in Yorktown, Indiana, was arrested at his polling place, accused of stealing political signs and leaving the scene of an accident after hitting one of his fellow candidates with his car.

In an affidavit, Republican town council incumbents Bob Ratchford and Rich Lee say that while placing campaign signs at polling sites Monday night, they saw Richard Yencer, a Democrat, taking a sign for Republican U.S. Rep. Luke Messer. They looked in the trunk of Yencer's car and saw other political signs. "When [Lee] told Mr. Yencer he knew the law and he can't do that, Mr. Yencer replied that he is the law," Kip Curtis, a sheriff's deputy, wrote in a report.

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