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Sprinkler used to deter homeless hit with golf club, thrown in street

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EUGENE, OR (AP) -

Two people got into trouble with Eugene police this week after targeting a sprinkler that was turned on to prevent the homeless from damaging a yard.

Police say a visitor from Stockton, California, was cited for criminal trespass Monday after she unhooked the sprinkler and threw it in the street.

Two days later, police arrested a homeless man who damaged the sprinkler with a golf club and a pipe.

The Register-Guard reports that the man ran from officers, but was later arrested when threatened with a stun gun. He was booked into jail on charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief.

Police say the sprinkler is in a neighborhood that has faced a continuing problem with people loitering, littering, damaging property, and urinating and defecating in yards.

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