[Associated Press Report]
MENDHAM TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - Whitney Houston was issued a summons for violating
New Jersey's water-use restrictions after police found sprinklers running at her estate.
``Nobody gets special treatment here,'' police Lt. Jim Hughes told The Star-Ledger of
Newark for Tuesday's editions.
Hughes said an officer went to the home Monday after police received a complaint that the
sprinkler system was on at night. The sprinklers were running and puddles had formed in
the curbs at the property the pop star shares with her husband, singer Bobby Brown, police
State officials imposed water-use restrictions last month because of ongoing drought
conditions. Residents are banned from watering lawns or washing cars.
Hughes said the officer told a security guard the sprinklers had to be shut off, but the
guard didn't know how to do it and had to call the landscaper.
A spokeswoman said Houston and Brown weren't home when the sprinklers were on. Nancy
Seltzer said the couple hasn't been at the 10-acre estate for some time because Houston
has been working on her next album, ``Just Whitney.''
``A judge will understand that someone taking care of the property obviously made a
mistake,'' Seltzer said. ``Whitney is very conscious about the environment and she will
care if in fact this (law) was breached.''
Police departments in most of the state have issued warnings to people who violate the
water-use ban, but Mendham Township officers have given tickets to 15 people. Violators
can face fines of up to $1,000.
NEWSFILE: 10 SEPTEMBER 2002