Maplewood Defends its Case Against Alice Hezel’s Wild Yard

MAPLEWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) – Maplewood officials say they want to set the record straight regarding the case of Alice Hezel and her garden, which they say violates city ordinance.

Maplewood Assistant City Manager Anthony Traxler says they’re not singling out Hezel for her yard on Cambridge Ave. Traxler says city officials have heard rumors, some perpetuated by Hezel herself, about how she has an arrest warrant and could end up behind bars because her plants violate Maplewood’s 12-inch height limit.

Traxler says the city has never threatened Hezel with jail time or excessive fines. He says “Nothing could be further form the truth. I even asked her attorney why they continue to play this narrative and I didn’t get an answer. All I did get was a smile.”

Traxler applauds this week’s decision to transfer Hezel’s case out of Maplewood municipal court and into St. Louis County’s jurisdiction for a jury trial.

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