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Update: Nails in Lot at Tea Party Event Cause Flat Tires

Racine police confirm they have reports of two vehicles with flat tires that owners say is a direct result of someone dumping roofing nails in the parking lot of the old Sam's Club before a Racine Tea Party event on Saturday.

**Updated 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28

The Tea Party faithful gathered Saturday for a loud and enthusiastic rally aimed at getting out the vote on Nov. 6 and putting Republicans Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the White House.

The Racine Tea Party's "Rally for Jobs" kicked off at 2:30 p.m. Saturday inside the old Sam's Club at 6200 Regency West Drive.

Before the event could get under way, though, organizers say a white van affixed with "Obama" stickers drove through the parking lot and dumped quantities of roofing nails.

"We went outside and picked up what we could," said Lou D'Abbraccio, holding a cup filled with nails. "But this was just wrong."

Lora Halberstadt, a Tea party member, said the group did call the Racine Police Department to file a report.

Patch asked two RPD officers outside the venue if they could confirm the report, but they only said they couldn't comment about a truck.

According to the shift commander on duty Sunday morning, officers responded to the old Sam's Club Saturday morning to take a report from event organizers.

"The report says that sometime between 9 and 11 a.m. someone threw roofing nails across the parking lot," the lieutenant told Patch. "There is no mention of a type of vehicle or ideas for who might have done this."

On Monday, Racine police Public Information Officer Sgt. Martin Pavalonis confirmed his department does have a report of the incident on file. He also said two vehicle owners reported flat tires as a result of the nails and possibly a screw.

"Two vehicles were damaged, obviously with tire damage and then some nails and screws were apparently strewn about the parking lot," he said. "However, we have no information about a suspect or suspect vehicle. We certainly encourage the public to contact us with any solid information that they might have."

Inside the venue on Saturday, a crowd of around 1,000 grew to about 2,500, many of them waving signs or wearing t-shirts proclaiming their support for candidates on the Republican ticket.

The list of guest speakers was a Who's Who of conservative leaders — including local Republican state legislative candidates Pam Stevens and Tom Weatherston; and state Rep. Robin Vos;  former Navy SEAL Chris Heben; U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson; Ryan's brother, Tobin Ryan; former Gov. Tommy Thompson; Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey; and conservative talk show host Vicki McKenna.

Each speaker touched on points where they think President Barack Obama and his administration has failed, but their message also echoed that of the Democrats: take advantage of early voting and get everyone you know, and even those you don't, to cast a ballot in what they called the most important election of our time.

Anyone with information about this incident can contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by: calling 1-888-636-9330, email: http://racine.crimestoppersweb.com, or text message: RACS to 274637(CRIMES).

skinnyDUDE October 30, 2012 at 12:36 AM
This type of activity comes from the HATEFUL party of tolerance, The Hypocrisy list is getting long .....but the party is getting smaller as more and more people reject these fools. The Nails are just another example of the TOOLS of IGNORANCE the Left continues to encourage from its moronic base. It will backfire as the silent Majority is motivated as ever to END THE FAILURES these clowns seemingly embrace.
GearHead October 30, 2012 at 12:48 AM
@Edward: Fire code? Styx never sounded so good in front of 1,500, all holding lighters (but that was back in the day) Yikes!
Joe Laterno October 30, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Did anyone ever tell you that "Redneck" isn't a good thing? Nice manners babe! You're paranoid, delusional and a product of ignorance from watching too much Fox News. Please educate yourself on facts and not rhetoric. You epitomize what REAL, Conservative Republicans are embarrassed about.
Joe Laterno October 30, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Get America back to what Redneck girl? I'm seriously doubting that the Rove's and the Tom Delay's and the Dick Cheney's really gave a rat's ass about Rednecks making under 6 figures. So what is this dreamworld you're looking to go back to? You and the rest of the ideologues on here act as if welfare just came around in the past 4 years. Neither one of the Bushies did nothing to curtail it and neither did Reagan. Actually, Reagan, at one time spoke in favor of unions (well, before he flip-flopped and shot 'em in the back), gave amnesty to illegals and also cut and run in Lebanon! That LIBERAL PINKO COMMIE!!!!! lol Before you want to make all these threatening comments, only to make yourself like another inbred, toe-the-line Glenn Beck fan, maybe you should read up on your former Republican politicians, who, as I said before, most likely could give a rat's ass about an ill-informed Redneck.
Joe Laterno October 30, 2012 at 02:13 AM
That's why they're supported by the largest lobbyists in the country! LOL You've been duped and don't even know it. You're so ignorant, you've failed to see who's astroturfing the group your supporting! How completely blind do you have to be not to recognize these arrogant special interest groups pushing money. Oh SURE!!!! They are doing it for family values and the middle class!!!! lol Go back to putting your head under the sand and stop making foolish statements.
jt October 30, 2012 at 03:28 AM
this is the most stupid thread i have ever read! full of ignorance about unions and insults for working people who want to make a good wage! why don't you republican sheep just hire pinkertons to gaurd your rallies by shooting anyone who doesn't agree with you? much like carnigee steel did to it's own workers when they striked for better working conditions!
John October 30, 2012 at 04:30 AM
JT, Lincoln freed the slaves. He was a Republican. Take your mistruths elsewhere.
Vet for. Romney October 30, 2012 at 05:36 AM
I've been in the union for 35 years served as vp 14 years my union supports Obama you would have to put a gun to my head for me to vote for this lying narcissist country first pal want a good steady job Obama couldn't create a job in a funeral parlor wisen up wisen up JT
Brian Dey October 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM
jt- Why don't you liberals stop behaving like animals. Sorry, but we have seen a lot of violence perpetrated by the unions and liberals. It is fact. Start defending your failed policies instead of attacking supporters of the other side. Bottomline is that you can't. Obama is a lying, pandering, garbage of a human being considering what he did, or more like what he didn't do in Benghazi. You defend this moron, but name one good thing that has happened under him. Me makes Carter look like a genius. And your beloved unions would rather throw young members under the bus than give up a stinking penny. You are being had, unless you have seniority.
Samantha Oravetz-Kumorkiewicz October 30, 2012 at 01:40 PM
The liberals are childish!! My house has been attached four times now because of my Romney signs! Including them throwing a rock at my window and sitcking an Obama sign in front of my Romney sign and also stealing my Romney sign. I just put up the new one today but I'm sure it'll either be gone today or tomorrow.
Jake October 30, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The Carnegie Steel strike occurred 120 years ago. Let's concentrate on the present. Your suggestion that we should hire guards is an admission of guilt. When a group of lefties get together all we do is just laugh and or cast pity on you people. We respect the rights and property of others, regardless of their opinions. Maybe the Patch should offer spell and grammar check to help you out in the future.
Vet for. Romney October 30, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Hey boys and girls hussien and his kabal are now bussing hordes of somolians in Columbus Ohio trying to get them to vote in the meantime when a Romney bus pulls up to pas out literature the thugs are their to stop them. If they ever make a suggestion for back be happy to recruit bus loads of black belts I guarantee the will have no such problems.
jt October 31, 2012 at 09:55 AM
really, what union are you in? as far as i'm concerned , your a liar! probably not even a vet! most of the crap on this thread is useless information perpetrated by paid bloggers and blind followers.
scot October 31, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Tea parties are for little girls---and boys! Nailed `em good.
Vet for Romney October 31, 2012 at 05:08 PM
I'll tell you what punk first nalc national association of letter carriers second punk served my country for four years third punk supply me your info I'll supply mine take it from their another thing punk just by reading your crap the sound of a gun would require an underwear change.
Keith Best November 01, 2012 at 01:12 AM
The emcee for this event was James T. Harris who descibes himself NOT as an African-American but as an American of African descent. So much for the bogus claim the TEA Party is racist.
Mike Griffith November 01, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Jim, My wife and I pulled our kids out of public school. Although my belief in Christianity tells me to love and pray fro those with different beliefs. we had to draw a line when they started to push excepting homosexuality and went as far as teaching sharia law at three of the public shools in my county.Aanyone who is interested go online to K12.com and see if it is available in your area. Be prepared to by a laptop headset with microphone, and get cable. The kids will hate not being with their freinds, but the county school still has to let your kids participate in sports and extra curriculim activities. My children are doing better than when they were in public schools, plus the program is heavy in history and civics, something that public schools have abandoned for almost two generations. My ten year old only after 3 months of being in the program can tell you what the electorial college is for, and how it works. I doubt if many 10yr children can do that from a public school system.
Mike Griffith November 01, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Jim smith and anyothers bothered by public schools scroll up to advise i gave jim in a reply when he said his kids were harrassed by union teachers.
Mike Griffith November 01, 2012 at 02:15 PM
in the middle of the night dig a treanch from your breakerbox to where you will mount the sign. Run 240V at .01A to the sign and afix one lead per leg. Everynight before bed water around sign then turn the switch to the on position to power up sign. insure your property is heavily insured and has a multitude of no tresspass signs. Not only will this discourage the sign steeling thugs, But I would be willing to bet dogs will learn to stay out of your yard. remember it is the Amperes that kill not the voltage. dont go over .01Amp.
Black belt justice November 01, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Hey Bert sounds like your upset maybe when you receive your Obama phone and food stamps you will calm down.
Black belt justice November 01, 2012 at 10:05 PM
hey Osama lovers 4americans dead still waiting for answers
lessthantolerant November 01, 2012 at 10:10 PM
So it seems the democrats continue to use the same tactics.
Black belt justice November 01, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Hey scot I'm area party supporter I know a16year old girl who if you made that statement to her would dropkick you to death.
Kipp November 02, 2012 at 01:39 AM
With the Lack of work....They had to find some way to use the Nails:)
Black belt justice November 02, 2012 at 01:42 AM
Congrats to rev lowery on his heart warming statement about white people spoken like a true rev of liberalization .
Black belt justice November 02, 2012 at 01:33 PM
As I watch Bo on the campaign trail I'm watching a guy who sounds like he is auditioning for a comedy show. But what infuriates me most are the bobble heads who laugh at his jokes with the stupid looks on their face. This guy is a joke inept pathological liar malignant narcissist why in gods name would you want another four years of this guy a clear and present danger but I due have to congratulate him on his ringing endorsements china, Russia , Cuba and Hugo Chavez what the he'll does that tell you. This guy and his rotten cult have no love for the beauty and greatness of this country and not even the deaths of 4americans can make this guy tell the truth after all not his fault it was the video . So come on people enough is enough how much more can you take forego the Obama phones and the other freebees let's get you back to work make your kids proud.
lessthantolerant November 03, 2012 at 10:27 AM
In four days we hopefully will be rid of this piece of sh*t Obama and his Kenyan Clown Circus. Let us all come together now and begin the purge that will be necessary to get our house in order. one million gvernment employees will need released from ther useless government jobs, millions of regulation will need purged from our laws to allow America to rise again. We need to begin huntiing and harrassing media elites, burn their homes and drive them to Cuba where they belong. Fun time ahead!
lessthantolerant November 03, 2012 at 10:29 AM
Let's hope a stroke or assassination is in short order for this racist.
lessthantolerant November 03, 2012 at 10:30 AM
hey asshat, an incident from over 100 yrs ago seems irrelevant, how about unions turning away help in NY and NJ cause they were non union crews? You asshats need to move to cuba.
Tate December 19, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Hurricane Sandy sure brought some work to roofers up and down the east coast. It's a tough time to be in the industry with dispensible income close to non-existent. But when a storm hits and damages your home, then money to protect your family and home becomes a priority. Sad that these guys had to make roofers look bad. http://www.roofmasterscorp.com/

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