Dennis the Menace statue found may not belong to Monterey


— WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION. THE STATE HAS BUDGETED ABOUT $392 MILLION FOR WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION FOR THE YEAR. DAN: NEW AT 11:00, A NEW TWIST TO THE DENNIS THE MENACE STATUE STORY. ON FRIDAY WE REPORTED ON HOW A DENNIS THE MENACE STATUE BELIEVED TO BE STOLEN FROM MONTEREY NEARLY TEN YEARS AGO HAD BEEN FOUND IN FLORIDA. TURNS OUT IT MAY NOT BE THE SAME STATUE. ACTION NEWS REPORTER BRYNNE WHITTAKER JOINS US LIVE WITH THE DETAILS. BRYNNE: DAN, AN INTERESTING PLOT TWIST IN THE DENNIS THE MENACE SAGA. WE’VE LEARNED THAT A DIFFERENT DENNIS THE MENACE STATUE WAS AT A CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN ORLANDO. IT ALSO WENT MISSING. THE QUESTION BECOMES DOES THE DENNIS STATUE FOUND IN ORLANDO BELONG TO MONTEREY OR ORLANDO? THIS IS A PICTURE SENT IN TO US BY THE ARCHITECT WHO WAS HIRED TO HELP BUILD BOTH THE MONTEREY AND ORLANDO DENNIS STATUES. HE BUILT THIS DENNIS STATUE FOR THE PLAYGROUND OUTSIDE THE ARNOLD PALMER HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN IN ORLANDO WHICH HAS ALSO GONE MISSING. WHEN WE REACHED OUT TO THE HOSPITAL, THEY SAY SOME OF THE STAFF REMEMBERS SEEING THE STATUTE YEARS BACK BUT THAT IT’S , NOT THERE ANYMORE. THE PLAYGROUND HAS BEEN RENOVATED AT LEAST ONCE SINCE THEN AND NO ONE SEEMS TO RECALL WHAT HAPPENED TO IT. WITH A DIFFERENT DENNIS STATUE POSSIBLY MISSING IN ACTION IN ORLANDO, IT BEGS THE QUESTION, DOES THE DENNIS HEADED BACK TO MONTEREY REALLY BELONG TO THE CITY? WE HAVE EVERY BELIEF THAT ITS — THAT IT IS MONTEREY’S DENNIS THE MENACE. WE’LL KNOW MORE WHEN IT GETS HERE. BRYNNE: MONTEREY IS HOLDING STRONG TO IT’S BELIEF THAT THE DENNIS THE MENACE STATUE FOUND IN AN ORLANDO, FLORIDA SCRAP YARD LAST WEEK, IS INDEED THE DENNIS THE MENACE THAT WENT MISSING FROM MONTEREY’S PARK NEARLY A DECADE AGO. WE ARE GOING ON THE ASSUMPTION THAT ITS OUR DENNIS, WE’RE GOING TO BRING IT HERE, WE’LL HAVE A CHANCE TO TAKE A LOOK AT IT AND SEE WHAT KIND OF SHAPE IT SIN AND SEE IF WE CAN MAKE A BETTER DETERMINATION THAT IT IS INDEED. BRYNNE: KIDS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO ENJOY THIS REPLICA OF THE DENNIS THE MENACE STATUE THAT WAS INSTALLED FIVE MONTHS AFTER HIS DISAPPEARANCE BUT PARKGOERS ARE HOPING TO GET THE REAL MONTEREY DENNIS BACK. MONTEREY WOULD BE HAPPY TO HAVE IT BACK. IT WOULD BE VERY GOOD FOR THE ORIGINAL DENNIS THE MENACE RETURN TO THE PARK FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY. BRYNNE: THE DENNIS STATUE FOUND IN ORLANDO IS SET TO SHIP TOMORROW AND IS EXPECTED TO ARRIVE SOMETIME NEXT WEEK. INVESTIGATORS PLAN TO EXAMINE THE STATUE TO VERIFY WHETHER OR NOT IT’S THE RIGHT DENNIS. DAN: THE CITY STILL HAS NOT PAID THE SCRAP YARD IN FLORIDA THE $5,000 REWARD THEY WERE OFFERING FOR THE MISSING STATUE. THEY ALSO HAVE NOT RELEASED ANY

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