After most people just finishing up their Thanksgiving dinner leftovers, it is safe to say the majority are now focusing in on the next up and coming holiday that in which is Christmas. Now, although some states are immune to the actual winter “look” that is identified to most as snow, fireplaces, holiday decorations and holiday characters like Santa and his reindeer, one of the characters has been a bit of Grinch so to speak, his name being Frosty the Snowman.
As most of you who are used to the snow during this time of the season, it is safe to say that you have at least once in your life created a snowman before. Little kids love the holiday season and this is a big part of why, being they get to play with friends and their family while creating this adored character from their favorite holiday stories. Well, that was how it was looked at to most children in Chestertown, MD before November 27.
On Saturday morning November 27, 2011 in Chestertown, MD during the local towns annual Christmas parade a man was seen in a Frosty the Snowman costume not acting to jolly to the local police force.
Kevin Michael Walsh, 52, who was the Grinch, disguised under the Frosty the Snowman costume was arrested during the parade with charges for disorderly conduct and assault. Sgt. John A. Dolgos who was on duty during the parade told the Cecil Whig newspaper that Kevin Walsh kicked at a police dog that was sitting with its handler Pfc. James Walker. Dolgos said Walker then “kindly escorted him away from the crowd, where it then got heated”.
While Kevin Walsh was taking off the head portion of his costume, police said that he allegedly hit Walker in the face with it. Now, I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure that couldn’t fall under the category as “holiday spirit”.
After hitting Walker, Walker and Pfc. Marty Heinefield put Walsh on the sidewalk “as a part of routine takedown procedure”, Dolgos said, Kevin Walsh in his Frosty the Snowman costume began yelling, “You have no right to arrest me.”
The officers then proceeded to say Kevin Walsh was giving them trouble when trying to put him into their squad car, saying Walsh allegedly pushed officer Heinefield. Walsh is also on probation for a previous September conviction for disorderly conduct. I just hope that most the children that were around didn’t let Walsh tarnish their previous thoughts on Frosty the Snowman, as some kids will associate current events with how they perceive certain things.