Sheriff: Panhandler’s sign claims ‘parents killed by ninjas’

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Jon Atha
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ)- It’s not the usual panhandling plea that drivers are used to seeing. Laurel County deputies say a man was disrupting traffic Wednesday night with a sign that read, "parents killed by ninjas, I need martial arts lessons, please help."

According to the sheriff’s office, 45-year-old Jon Atha was trying to get money from drivers on West Cumberland Gap Parkway, about 11 miles south of London. Deputies say they found him creating a traffic hazard at the intersection of Cherry Lane. Atha reportedly admitted to drinking beer.

Deputies say he was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and disorderly conduct- second-degree.

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