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June 26, 2012
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Cash-strapped Calif. cops hire homeless man to watch over cemetery

Homeless man will live in a city-leased trailer on the property and try to deter vandalism

Los Angeles Times

MARYSVILLE, Calif. — In exchange for a roof over his head, a cash-strapped police department in Northern California has recruited a homeless man to be the caretaker at a vandalism-prone cemetery.

The city of Marysville, about 45 miles north of Sacramento, has sustained $28,000 in damage over the last year at its historic cemetery. Now, Donald "Shortstack" Oliver will live in a city-leased trailer on the property and try to deter any future vandalism.

Oliver has already cleared away years of brush in his first week on the job. He'll keep a watch out for vandals at the cemetery, which is next to a high school and popular bike trail, and call police if he sees anything suspicious.

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