Political message or vandalism? Neighbors alarmed by bizarre notes

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- A North Portland woman contacted the On Your Side Investigators about notes threatening to throw apples on the rooftops of Senator Jeff Merkley supporters that she found in the University Park neighborhood this week.

"It's ridiculous. It's like somebody's taking a lot of time to do this," neighbor Mary said.

Mary didn't want to reveal her face or giver her full name because she felt unsettled about the bizarre note she, and other neighbors, found in yards and mailboxes.

"I looked at that and I thought, 'Now they're really threatening to throw things at your house this time.'"

The group's message seems to slam democrats but the message is muddled.

It starts off with a threat to throw apples on the rooftops of people who support democratic Senator Jeff Merkley. The note goes on to say, "Because some people have windows up there where the roof is; we have broken a few of them, but please understand this is happening by accident."

The note then states, "We thought about apologizing for the damage, but in the spirit of Obama - and this next line is in bold'If you like your window, then you can keep your window.'"

The note offers no explanations but that could be a reference to a statement President Obama made about the Affordable Care Act. In June 2009, the President gave a weekly address, which stated:

"This week, I conveyed to Congress my belief that any health care reform must be built around fundamental reforms that lower costs, improve quality and coverage, and also protect consumer choice. That means if you like the plan you have, you can keep it. If you like the doctor you have, you can keep your doctor, too. The only change you'll see are falling costs as our reforms take hold."

The note finished by stating, "and like them, we have no intension (sic) on fixing anything."

Mary said, "(It) makes me feel frustrated, makes me feel nervous and - well, what's going to happen next?"

Mary didn't understand why she received the note because she said she's not political. KATU didn't notice any signs - political or otherwise - in yards or homes in the University Park neighborhood.

Several neighbors told KATU they weren't sure if the note was random or if particular homeowners were being targeted.

Almost one year ago to the day, Mary received another note from someone identifying themselves as Artemis of the Wildland, promising to post the names of those who qualified for disability benefits.

Mary took it personally. She's disabled.

"I can't imagine what satisfaction they're getting," Mary said.

In addition to University Park, KATU found the bizarre notes have been passed out to neighborhoods all over the city within the last year or two, including Irvington, Eliot, Arbor Lodge, Peacock Lane, Laurelhurst and Goose Hollow, to name a few.

As for Mary, she didn't file a police report since she's not sure if it's a real threat or just a mean hoax.

For now, Mary waits.

"I guess I wait to see if I have apples on my roof," she said.

The On Your Side Investigators called Portland Police and gave spokesman Sgt. Greg Stewart a copy of the note. As of Sunday afternoon, Stewart had not found any reports about the note or vandalism.