A former senior CNN executive has been accused of leaving dog feces in his neighbor's mailbox. Covington Police say Bob Furnad said he placed the smelly package because of a longstanding feud with his neighbors
According to The Huffington Post, Benjamin Dameron and Ralph Miller said they have surveillance video of Furnad walking up to the mailbox with his dog and leaving a bag of feces inside it.
The Huffington Post reports Furnad admitted to the accusation in a statement to local police and media outlets.
According to CBS Atlanta, Covington Police Captain Ken Malcom, told WGCL-TV that “Mr. Furnad stated that he did place a bag containing dog feces in the victim’s mail box."
Police say Furnad said he pulled the prank because of a longstanding feud with his neighbors.
CBS Atlanta reports Furnad said: “This was an immature act in response to years of malicious rumor mongering that I consider defamation of character."
Daily Mail reports that Furnad's neighbor Dameron, said he and Miller were getting ready for a wedding when they found the package. Dameron said: “We were working, getting ready for a wedding and we were out on the driveway. We thought, well, we’re this close, we’ll check the mail box to see if the mail’s come."
According to CBS Atlanta, Furnad faces a fine of $180. Daily Mail notes that Furnad was lucky that his parcel was not found by an official U.S. postal worker. According to Daily Mail, mailbox vandalism can result in "serious fines and even prison time."
CBS Atlanta reports that Furnad was previously an executive vice president and senior executive producer at CNN from 1984-1997. He held the position of president of CNN Headline until 2001. Daily Mail reports that after leaving CNN, he was an associate professor at the University of Georgia and is chairman of the Faithworks Christian Fellowship. Daily Mail comments: "Not that his recent behaviour has honored the 'love thy neighbour' Christian mantra."
MSN also comments on the bizarre incident: "It's hard to say what's more shocking about this case: The fact that a former CNN executive vice president left dog poop in a neighbor's mailbox or that the fine for doing so is only $180."
Daily Mail concludes: "It's hardly the type of behaviour you'd expect from one of television's high-ranking executives."