“Piotter said he was close enough to [the victim] to reach out and grab the pitchfork to take it from him. He said when he grabbed the pitchfork, [the victim] fell to the ground,” the police report states.
Piotter was charged with battery, but that charge was dropped after a year went by without further incident. Piotter wouldn’t comment on the circumstances but is clearly still upset.
“There’s never been a police car in my driveway the entire time I’ve lived here,” he said. “I’m almost 67 years old, and some idiot calls the police on me.”
The Friends of the trail say the clear-cutting incident was just one in a string of problems they’ve had and they say they want it all to end. They’re asking the court to order a new survey of the property along the trail, and to enjoin all of the defendants — Jerry, Caroline and Arnold Piotter — from coming on the trail property.
They’re also asking for damages. In addition to the early March clear-cutting incident, the trails advocates are also claiming they discovered on April 2 that a fire had been set “on or near” trails property. The lawsuit blames Carol Piotter for setting it.
This is at least the second time the trails group has been to court with an adjoining Miami County property owner. In 2003, the group accused a farmer of planting crops on the trail easement. That suit, brought by the Indiana Trails Foundation, was dismissed in 2004.
Scott Smith can be reached at 765-454-8569 or at firstname.lastname@example.org