Culprits, motive behind fliers remains mystery
Risque, graphic fliers flood city
Pickerington police and residents are baffled this week after two sets of fliers featuring suggestive announcements and graphic images showed up on local doorsteps.
Police recently sent an advisory to residents telling them that the fliers carrying the official city logo at the top are not from the city.
The fliers listed upcoming events, including a farmers market offering "medicinal marijuana treats for the whole fam."
Also scheduled, according to the flier, were an American Red Cross event offering on-site circumcisions, a citywide vote to build electrical fencing to keep poor people from Reynoldsburg out of Pickerington, and the opening of the Picktown PussyCats Gentleman's Club. Job applicants to Pickerington's first strip club were directed to the city website.
The fliers were left at homes in the Cherry Hill and Colony Park neighborhoods, City Council President Gavin Blair said.
"I got a call from Cherry Hill one day last week. 'Is the city doing all this? Is this true?' I said, 'Obviously, no. There is no strip club, no medical marijuana being distributed,'" Blair said.
The timing of the fake fliers roughly coincided with the distribution of another set of fliers, apparently from a different source, in the Melrose subdivision, east of state Route 256 and south of Refugee Road, close to a medical clinic at 670 Hill Road N. that has drawn controversy, said Blair and Pickerington Police Cmdr. Matt Delp.
Those fliers carried images of aborted fetuses, similar to the images displayed on a truck that often has parked across the street from the Pickerington clinic, Blair and Delp said.
The clinic is not licensed to perform abortions but is owned and operated by a physician who performs them at one of his other clinics. For that reason, abortion opponents with Pick Life, a coalition of churches, have picketed and prayed outside the Pickerington clinic regularly, Blair said.
Blair said a Pick Life leader emailed him to say the group had nothing to do with the graphic fliers.
As of Tuesday, Aug. 6, police said they have no leads on who printed and distributed either batch of fliers.