LOVELOCK, NEV. -- Some here call it the "O.J. House," the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno.

Others say O.J. Simpson, the only celebrity locked up a few miles outside of Lovelock may have already worn out his welcome.

"Unfortunately, O.J. put Lovelock on the map," said Celeste Hamilton, assessor for Pershing County, whose Western frontier county seat lies more than 500 miles north of Los Angeles. "We invite tourists."

Two decades after the gun-wielding actor and NFL Hall of Famer captivated millions during a slow-speed car chase across Los Angeles, Simpson has gone from tony estates in Brentwood and Florida to Lovelock Correctional Center, a treeless prison in the Great Basin desert.

Asked whether the former running back would hit the road or embrace the nearby frontier city of nearly 2,000 residents whose street banners proclaim "Lock your Love," some said they'd welcome him, while others frowned.

"I would seriously doubt O.J. would move to Lovelock," said police Sgt. Darrell Mancebo. "Because a lot of times when people are released they get a bus ticket -- but they don't stay here.

Read the rest of the story on the Los Angeles Daily News: http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20140611/lovelock-nevada-x2014-home-to-the-barren-desert-prison-where-oj-simpson-lives



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