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Superior man confronts pipeline crew, arrested for trespassing on his own land

There are 20 comments on the Fox6 story from Dec 4, 2009, titled Superior man confronts pipeline crew, arrested for trespassing on his own land. In it, Fox6 reports that:

A northwestern Wisconsin man who confronted a work crew building a pipeline across his land is arrested for trespassing on his own property.

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Antelope, CA

#1 Dec 4, 2009
Doesn't this open everyone else up for a lawsuit.

The Pipeline crew for trespassing and vandalism of private property.

The Police for trespassing, false arrest and assault.

Redford, MI

#2 Dec 4, 2009
HA! doubt anything will come of it this man and his family are most likly out of luck. Getting the cops for trespassing is nill as they were call to the seen and false arrest could be looked at but they could then just ament it to resisting arrest and get him that way.

Wilmington, DE

#3 Dec 4, 2009
A good lawyer can do anything.
Kurt Vonnegut

Marion, IN

#4 Dec 4, 2009
Thank Christ Engelking wasn't armed. He would have been charged with carrying a weapon without a permit on "public" land.

Jersey City, NJ

#5 Dec 4, 2009
At least he'll get enough money to let his next of kin not work.

It makes you wonder how adamantly he was protesting the workers movement that police did not believe that it was his property.
J Black

Atlanta, GA

#6 Dec 4, 2009
When you're on the side of tyranny,'just doing my job' won't cut it. When you set aside personal feelings of right and wrong in the name of employment you're nothing more than a hired gun; a mercenary.

Who would argue this is right? That a free man - a free citizen of this proud country - can be arrested for trespassing on his own land?

In the name of commerce? Where is the justification?

I say shoot the bastards, Mr. Engelking.

Omaha, NE

#7 Dec 4, 2009
nice to see whats really important in the world. tresspassing on his own land, meanwhile the pipeline keeps going in on his property.

nice thing is as they diddnt offer him anyhting and just started building, he can pretty much say "i was XX% royalties for every drop of oil passing over my property, or you can remove your pipeline."

Port Colborne, Canada

#8 Dec 4, 2009
WTF, the man is correct.......his land if the corporation wins the right to build across his land without his permission do they not have to compensate him?????
Sounds like them duke boys are being keeps down by boss hog and rosco again.

United States

#9 Dec 4, 2009
If the work crew did not have the right to be on the property, the land owner should have called the cops.
Sounds like sour grapes to me. If the crew did have access rights, the land owner is out of luck! In that case he was trespassing, but on the right of way.
Besides, pipelines and the other underground services can be installed or repaired any time and any where. Such easements usually don't hace compensation, but are usually eminent domain stuff...


Since: Oct 08

Fight the feds for freedom

#10 Dec 4, 2009
Was that a black iron pipe?

If so, the landowner, according to politically correct knee-jerk rhetoric, can only be labeled as a bigot and racist and since he doesn't want the outside object encroaching upon his land he has tom be a xenophobe that is full of hate of black iron pipeing.

Life is so simple for the indoctrinated brainwashed rhetoric-spewing PC brainless tumors of the USA.

United States

#11 Dec 4, 2009
Welcome to Amerika

Longview, WA

#12 Dec 4, 2009
Unfortunately, this guy is probably just S.O.L. Like they said already, eminent domain, impeding progress that benefits the majority, blah blah blah. The sheriffs deputy was completely wrong, he should be forced to repay this man's bond and then be investigated (along with his higher up's, too) for being in the pocket of a large corporation. Bonneville Power Admin did the same thing, decided to put some massive powerlines in, the gov. claimed imminent domain, and TA DA, we had no say over what was going onto our property, the WE paid for. Nothing like having 5 acres but 2.5 of them are useless now because of the massive powerlines. I know how this guy feels, unfortunately he is going to lose.

Alexandria, VA

#13 Dec 4, 2009
Bruce wrote:
At least he'll get enough money to let his next of kin not work.
It makes you wonder how adamantly he was protesting the workers movement that police did not believe that it was his property.
Actually I very much doubt it.

I was ORDERED to go to the police station to make a statement - after filing an informal complaint at a CITY COUNCIL meeting that the police were rude at a roadblock 500 ft before MY property. It turns out the cop they had me meet with - unknown to me - was involved in the incident (and known as "the cowboy" and a "Mark Fuhrman" type, and later shown to be involved in numerous shootings and an off-duty road-rage assault of a teen, no criminal charges were pressed)..... he arrested me for TRESPASSING - not only on public property, but where I was ORDERED to be.

I ended up in jail and tried 3 times, out nearly $200,000 in legal expenses, in a 9 years ordeal.
Hector MacRitchie

Hockley, UK

#14 Dec 4, 2009
Goodness! You read that these things happen in the US but you don't really believe it.

We wouldn't stand for it here in the Socialist Republic of Great Britain, I can tell you.

Although that horrible Donald Trump is doing his best to turf an 85-year old lady from her house in Aberdeenshire in Scotland - google the phrase "I'll fight him on the beaches, says Molly, 85" to learn more.

Winter Garden, FL

#15 Dec 4, 2009
It's very simple: Government is evil and stupid. Disarm the police.

Los Angeles, CA

#16 Dec 5, 2009
Just at what point in time did property owners lose the right to manage their land as they see fit? What is wrong with this country that the government can send in any private entity and invade someone's land? Does anyone else see what's happening here? Maybe I should remind you of the "eminent domain" thing where people had their home confiscated for a company that backed out of building the facility that they had it confiscated for. This is America?
Bill Smith

Charleston, SC

#17 Dec 7, 2009
Amerika is looking more and more like Germany in the 1930s.
Robert Bryant

Murphy, NC

#18 Dec 9, 2009
There is more to this than stated. You cannot be arrested for trespassing on land you own. I bet he was on a right-of-way owned by the county.
Doc Farmer

Lansing, IL

#19 Dec 16, 2009
Gee, didn't we used to have a CONSTITUTION once, that gave us rights to our property?

Binghamton, NY

#20 Dec 16, 2009
Eminent Domain does not apply in this case. This is a privately held, for profit,corporation dealing with a private land owner. They have to make a deal with him before they can lay the pipeline thru his property.

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