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Zombie Nativity spat continues for second year

Photo: WKRC Local 12
Photo: WKRC Local 12
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For the second year in a row, Jasen Dixon has dressed up Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph and the three wise men as zombies in a nativity scene in his front yard.

And for the second year, Sycamore Township officials have told him to remove the display. In 2014 when he set up the display he had a mission.

"It was kind of a publicity stunt for my haunted house I run: 13 Rooms of Doom. It worked," Dixon said.

In 2015 Dixon brought it back and made improvements because it was such a hit. People like Blaise Harsch have driven by to take a look.

"I like it. It looks cool," Harsch said.

But a few people found it offensive. Township officials told him last year to remove it because he didn't have a permit. So this year Dixon said he worked with township officials when he applied. A day after he submitted the application, he received a letter saying his application was denied because the zoning code doesn't allow an "accessory structure" in a front yard.

Dixon's not buying it.

"I think it's the theme. It just rubs people the wrong way and it puts the spotlight on me. That's why they're coming down so hard on me," Dixon said.

Dixon could be fined $500 per day. He believes his zombie should stay for the holidays.

"It's not hurting anything and it's here not even for a month," Dixon said.

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He is considering an appeal. He has yet to receive a fine but said he hasn't decided what he will do if he does.

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