Woman arrested after dispute over neighbor's flag


One man's decision to fly the stars and stripes almost left him black and blue. This is after he says his neighbor attacked him just because she didn't like the American flag waving in his front yard.


“It's an American flag and I've always flew one,” said the victim Steve Horner.


And that's a tradition Horner says he wanted to continue once they moved from South Carolina to Lecanto. So last weekend he put up his flag in his own front yard just like others on the block have done as well.


“She texted my wife what's up with the flag,” said Horner.


But Horner says within 24 hours of the flag being up, his neighbor Lucille Blanchard seemed to have an issue with it.


“We're just minding our own business you know 'take that God damn flag down just for one day’ I said I ain't taking that flag down,” he said.


The family thought she would calm down and go home until they saw Blanchard take action.


That's when he said she took the flag stand out and threw it at the ground. I told her you come over here again I'm going to call the law on you,” said Horner.


He says that's when Blanchard got violent with him.


“I was holding on to it and she was pulling my shirt and I just turned loose of the flag and just let her take it,” he said.


At 69 years old Horner felt letting go was his best option, but he was even more confused by what Blanchard claimed was her rationale behind the violence.


“Because of her son and grandfather they both died like I said the flag ain't got nothing to do with it,” he said.


Eventually Citrus County deputies were called and arrested Blanchard. She was charged with not only stealing the flag, but also felony battery because of Horner's age.

And despite all the excitement his flag caused, Horner says he will continue to fly it proudly.


“No I'm not going to take it down why in the hell should I take down,” said Horner.


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