We reviewed weeks of surveillance video of the Linndale home the mayor and Andy Baker say is their residence. There was no activity there for at times weeks.Of course, you can't prove non-residence on landscaping activity alone, so Cleveland 19 grabbed the water records for the home, which is still in the name of McLaughlin's deceased mother.
At 5:15 p.m. on May 30, Memorial Day, Baker arrived and began to plant some flowers. The next day, he mowed nearly foot-long grass. After a time, he did other yard work while the mayor took a turn on the riding mower.
At the end of the day, they put a garbage can out. Five days later, a neighbor, also a council member and ally of the mayor took the can in. She did it more than once. The grass grew and grew for about three weeks before they came back and mowed again.
On June 28, the mayor and Baker dropped her car off in Linndale, giving the impression she was home.
The next day, we knocked on the door and found no one home. Our repeated attempts to contact the mayor in Linndale failed.
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