Man fights for his right to ... paint a fire hydrant a different color

CAMAS, Wash. - Maybe it was the note. Maybe it was the alcohol.

Maybe Steven Timmons is just exceptionally fond of red fire hydrants.

Either way, police said they were called to a yard on NE Dallas St. in Camas after Timmons and his handgun showed up at the door of a Water Department employee Monday night and a fight broke out.

Earlier in the day, the employee had stopped by Timmons' house to talk to him about the hydrant out front. The city's hydrants are all yellow, but Timmons had painted his red.

Nobody was home, so the employee left a note describing the problem and suggesting where to purchase properly colored paint.

Timmons apparently took exception.

Police said that sometime around 4:30 p.m., he showed up intoxicated at the employee's home and an argument ensued. Timmons pulled his gun, which the employee was able to take away. The two fought until police arrived, according to a police spokesman.

No shots were fired, and nobody was seriously injured.

Timmons, 54, was arrested and taken to the Clark County Jail on a charge of first-degree assault.

There was no word on the future of the hydrant.