Pennsylvania jogger fighting $100 ticket he got for jogging in closed national park

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October 10, 2013 6:22:03 AM PDT
Due to the government shutdown, all national parks are closed, meaning the use of the grounds, trails and parking lots are prohibited. And now park rangers are making sure people get the message by ticketing joggers.

John Bell says he went for his usual Sunday run last weekend at a park in Pennsylvania. At the time, the parking lot was accessible and the sign nearby said only the facility was closed.

When he returned from his run, he was greeted by park rangers near his car, slapping him with a $100 fine.

"I thought, surely they're not, because the government is shut down, going to stop me from running," he said. "That was my thinking and yet, that's what they were trying to do."

The National Park Service says at least 20 people so far have been cited for being inside that park. Bell plans to fight his ticket in federal court as a matter of principle.

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