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Man thrown in jail after the grass on his lawn grew to more than 6 inches

By Mason White 7:46 AM April 7, 2015
Rick Yoes 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A man was sent to jail after he refused to mow his lawn, prosecutors in Texas said.

The man of Grand Prairie, fought with the city for the past 20 years about cutting the grass of his lawn.

Now, Rick Yoes was booked into the Tarrant County Jail, after he refused to pay $1,700 in fines for not cutting the grass of his front yard, which grew to more than 6 inches.

A neighbor of Yoes filed a complaint about the overgrown lawn and officers have visited the property 32 times. Yoes received 59 violations and 6 citations for not cutting his grass.

Police said that summonses are issued when grass exceeds 12 inches or when branches obstruct sidewalks or streets.

Yoes has received other summonses as well, including failure to repair a broken fence, keeping a broken vehicle, garbage in the yard and pool not maintained.

Yoes was sentenced to 17 days in jail instead of paying the fines.