Millersville pit bull owner charged with trespassing

April 19, 2001|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

A Millersville man involved in a long-standing community dispute over his pit bulls - one of them stolen from the county pound after being condemned - was arrested this week on trespassing charges for allegedly harassing neighbors.

David Neal, 49, of the 700 block of Mesa Road in the Crain West community was arrested Monday on eight counts of trespassing and one count of second-degree assault, court records show. As a condition of his release, a judge ordered him to avoid contact with three neighbors - one of them the president of the Crain West Community Association - and stay off their properties.

Residents say that ever since the community association successfully fought to have one of Neal's pit bulls, Kane, condemned to death and a second one, Isis, put under strict confinement guidelines, Neal has expressed his outrage by harassment.

County Animal Control ordered Kane destroyed last summer for its suspected mauling of a 14-year-old girl.

Kane was stolen from an Animal Control enclosure a day later, heightening tensions in the Crain West neighborhood where the Neal family has lived for five years.

Since last winter, residents say, Neal has repeatedly driven around the community late into the evening, music blaring, his hand on the horn and yelling obscenities as he pulled into their driveways.

"It's become fairly routine," said Robert Nelson, the community association president. "He would wait for us to get up, come to the window and then drive back to his house."

The District Court order this week required Neal to stay away from Murray Kenyon, who lives across the street from the Neal family, and from a 69-year-old woman who said that Kane grabbed her leg, drawing blood, as she and her poodle took a walk by the Neal home several years ago. She asked not to be identified.

Neal could not be reached for comment at his home last night.

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