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Break-in at Lincoln’s house

From Springfield’s State Journal-Register:

A 23-year-old Springfield man faces federal criminal charges after he was arrested in the basement of the Lincoln Home early Saturday.

Springfield police and National Park Service rangers said Jordan L. Clark, of the 800 block of North Sixth Street, might have been attempting to steal copper wire from the heating and air conditioning system.

Damage was estimated at $500 to $1,000.

Police say Clark appeared to be under the influence when he threw a brick through the basement window and crawled inside about 1:20 a.m. Saturday.

No word on whether the homeowner, a local lawyer and former state representative, was inside the residence at the time. Neighbors do report, however, that he earned a reputation as an amateur wrestler in his youth, and probably could have held his own until police arrived.

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Dropping in on the chiefs

As I’ve said before, I’ve grown fond of cruising Wikimapia, the collaborative website that lets visitors mark and describe sites on satellite photos.  The other day I was idly engaged in some virtual historical tourism and started looking up presidential homes.

Check out Jefferson’s Monticello and Madison’s Montpelier.  Their entries are pretty much bare bones.  Jackson’s tomb and the museum facilities are indicated at the HermitageLincoln’s home doesn’t get the detailed treatment, which is a little odd, considering that the Park Service has researched the area and is developing its interpretation of some of the surrounding lots.

The big exception is Mount Vernon, which is marked up like a freshman term paper, right down to the smokehouse.  Maybe there’s a Washington enthusiast or Mount Vernon employee out there with a lot of time on his hands.

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