Amish country mystery: Who's taking hitching rail manure?

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio - It's a mystery in the Amish country of northeast Ohio.

It seems that someone, perhaps a home gardener, is taking manure droppings from hitching rail posts outside of stores in Middlefield, east of Cleveland. The hitching posts are a common site in the Amish country of Geauga County and are used by the Amish while they shop.

The woman paid $25,000 a year by Middlefield to clean hitching rail areas daily says that someone has been taking manure. She says that manure left behind gets squished, making it harder to do her job.

Police are on the lookout.

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