|Not a happy camper today|
On February 4th, Ms Shelton said in open court that she'd been advised by her attorney to wait until I filed suit against her in the hopes of recouping fees and costs by doing so. It's my opinion that this action, and the other stuff she's doing were done in hopes of provoking me to sue her. Sorry Dale. I'd rather not sue neighbors. Try talking to me instead.
But then she filed this motion against me, and it's not something that I could ignore. I take restraining orders very seriously. So I iron my shirt and shine my shoes and into court I go.
Ms. Shelton hired an attorney, Mr. Duskin, who's actually pretty good. He had a bad case, but he gave it the good old college try. He produced an declaration from Ms. Sheltons ex husband that admitted that when he built the fence in 2009 we're arguing about, he had no idea where the property line was. He claimed in that declaration that the fence was destroyed in a flood, but neglected to say what year that happened, and so on.
Unfortunately for Ms. Shelton the fence in question shows up on aerial photos from the county for decades in its exact location... and what does a fence have to do with an harassment order? The judge pro tem hearing this case said as much, too. Nice declaration, but a waste of money for this particular matter.
Mr. Duskin produced a declaration from a county employee that talked about the right of way, and the use of a right of way as a driveway, and some other stuff related to property lines. But the judge again pointed out that this didn't have anything to do with the interactions between Ms. Shelton and I, and weren't relevant. But there's another few hundred dollars of Ms. Sheltons money down the tubes.
He put Ms. Shelton up on the stand, and she related that my dogs got out, 5 months ago there was a pig out, one day I was chasing cattle that got out, and that I removed a couple of no-trespassing signs and tossed them at the ground.
On the dog matter, I introduced the statement she made to animal control about the dogs, basically stating that she drove out, she honked her horn, and the dogs ran away. And I noted that 5 months later in her latest statement, that I was suddenly there, present. Ms. Shelton testified that she never saw me, or heard me when the dogs were there. Personally, I don't think that this happened, but even if it did, this was not my doing something to harass her.
On the pig matter I tried to introduce the video of Ms. Shelton refusing to return me my pig, and wasnt' able to get the courts equipment to work, which was too bad. I did introduce the sheriffs report stating that there was an animal theft issue and the animal control incident record also stating that it was a theft issue. This was interaction between Ms. Shelton and I, and actually was relevant to the anti-harassment order.
On the cows, I established that the cows never went inside her fence around her property, but remained only on the county right-of-way.
On the sign issue, she admitted that I had been asking her to remove the signs for at least 6 months on the stand, and that she had removed the sign herself because she believed that it was posted on my property.
While she may have been annoyed by how I removed the sign, she finally admitted in court that she had been placing it on my property.
Her attorney questioned her, then we got to arguments, and finally after 40 minutes of pretty funny testimony about pigs and cows and fences, the judge ruled:
I think that the best part of this whole episode is that it cost Ms. Shelton quite a bit of money, in my opinion probably around $2,000.00, and time to try to get this to stick. I did spend some time on it, and about $80, mostly for recording fees for photographs and copies of various documents, but I think that her attorneys bill to her for attempting this order is what she richly deserves.
And yes, Dale, if you sue me I'm going to put you in my blog. Have a nice day!