Arrested 89-Year-Old Cleared of Allegedly Stealing Kids' Ball Tossed on Lawn

A prosecutor has dropped a charge of petty theft against an 89-year-old suburban Cincinnati woman accused of refusing to return a neighbor kid's football that landed in her yard.

Blue Ash Prosecutor Mark Arnzen said Wednesday that there was insufficient culpability to prosecute Edna Jester of Blue Ash, who was arrested last week.

Police say a child's father complained that Jester kept the football. Police Capt. James Schaffer says there has been an ongoing dispute in the neighborhood over kids' balls landing in the woman's yard.

Since her arrest, Jester has handled a barrage of media calls and an invitation to appear on "Dr. Phil."

Jester says she might consider that, if she's feeling up to it.

The maximum penalty for a petty theft conviction in Ohio is six months in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.