Yes it is true. Bilbo Baggins has caused the lights to go out in most of Astoria when he crashed into a power pole at Fifth Street and Clatsop Avenue. Clatsop. Oddly enough, I may have had a halfling thief named Clatsop in a college D&D campaign. Unlike the Ballad of Bilbo Baggins, this dude is Bilbo Baggins Ballard who’s parents were probably seen around area ren faires circa the early 1970s.
The accident knocked down two poles, damaged a third and disrupted two electric circuits. The outage also triggered a number of burglar alarms at local businesses.
“Power lines came whipping down, then the transformer blew outside my bedroom window,” said Jim McGuire, who lives near the accident scene. “There was a bright blue flash that lit up everything. I looked up the hill and saw the power pole bent over.”
He said by the time Astoria police arrived, the driver of the Jeep Cherokee that hit the pole had run off.
Police soon located a suspect, Bilbo Baggins Ballard, 35, of 35375 Mudd Lane, Astoria, and charged him with driving under the influence of intoxicants, hit and run, and first-degree criminal mischief.
[tags]bilbo baggins, clatsop, thief[/tags]