Runner fined $100 at Valley Forge amid shutdown

  • October 7, 2013

VALLEY FORGE, Pa. (AP) – A marathoner says he was fined $100 for running in Valley Forge National Historical Park during the government shutdown.

John Bell, 56, said he parked his car on Sunday in a remote parking lot, not one blocked by a barrier. Bell, of Chadds Ford, said two rangers were waiting with their car lights flashing when he returned.

Bell said he plans to fight the ticket in federal court. He said he saw many other runners and bikers in the park.

Maine’s Acadia National Park had trouble keeping visitors out during the shutdown and was issuing fines to campers, bikers and hikers. On Saturday, 16 hikers hopped a gate to gain entry to Utah’s closed Zion National Park to protest the shutdown.

A National Park Service spokesman in Washington, D.C., didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment Monday.

The Park Service says 20,000 employees have been furloughed and about 3,000 are providing security and emergency services.

Bell’s lawyer, Jeremy Ibrahim, said Bell was just trying to stay fit, even as Congress debates a national health plan.


blog comments powered by Disqus

Pittsburgh stabbing victim found bleeding, dies at hospital

Man jailed on charges in hammer assault on rest stop worker

Pennsylvania boy, 12, home after surgery to reattach arm

Pennsylvania budget fight’s bottom line, as usual — taxes

W. Virginia police search for man after double homicide

Penn State’s Sandusky settlements now total nearly $93M

4th person captured in shooting of Pennsylvania trooper

40,000 pounds of meat stolen

Where’s the beef? Trucker steals 40,000 pounds of meat

Pittsburgh man pleads guilty in heroin distribution ring