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Disabled veteran disputes handicapped parking tickets

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How much do you think the worst parking offender owes the city of Shreveport? How about 900 dollars! And that's for three tickets in handicapped spaces.

But it turns out the man is handicapped. Steve Futch, a local realtor, says he's had handicapped parking permits, and doesn't think he should have to pay the tickets.

Futch was wounded in the leg as a Marine in the first Iraq war. He says he's now partially disabled. Over the last couple of years on the streets of downtown Shreveport, he's gotten three handicapped parking violations.

Futch says that one time his permit was expired, and the other two times he had his permit in different vehicles. But he says since he can show that he is disabled he should get a break.

Futch did not want to comment on camera, but referred us to his attorney, Pete King, who says, "Since he is disabled and he has documentation of that he should be able to present that on an appeal."

Themessia Fenceroy, ShrevePark's outgoing administrator, says an appeal can be done with a form through the mail.

"Basically what they're looking for is if you had proper identification when that citation was issued," Fenceroy said.

She says the ticket Futch got when his permit was expired may be tough to defeat. But she says the city attorney would have the final decision on that, and the other two tickets when Futch says his permit was misplaced.

But, says attorney King, "I don't have much hope for him really."

King says he's been down this road before with another client, and did not get good results from the city attorney's office.

"I think that they feel like that they're following the letter of the law and it's all black and white and there's no middle ground," King says.

Fenceroy replied, "I do know that the city is fair with their decisions as to the handicap violations. And I do know that they take those serious because that fine is so, so high.

City Attorney Terri Scott deferred comment for this story to Fenceroy.

We found that there are plenty more parking offenders who each owe the city hundreds of dollars. According to the latest records we obtained from the city attorney's office, the top ten parking offenders owe anywhere from $670 to $900 dollars; an average of $772,

and a total of 77-hundred-20 dollars.

So what's the city doing to collect? ShrevePark says any ticket not paid in ten days is hit with a $50 late fee. Monthly notices go out to offenders about what they owe. And if unpaid, their vehicle could get booted.

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