Court Overturns Ruling on Property Owner's Rights

A decision passed down by district court in Sheridan demanding that a land owner east of Sheridan clean up her property has now been overturned by a higher court.

The state Supreme Court has reversed a judgment against Shirley Weidt, saying the evidence providing willful disobedience was insufficient. At most, according to language in court documents filed last month, she was uncooperative and confused about her obligations under the lower court's order.

The case has now been remanded to the district court with directions to vacate its judgment and sentence.

The county's case against Weidt goes back decades, according to our own published reports. And was backed up by numerous complaints from county residents regarding multiple abandoned vehicles and trailer homes on Weidt's property on Highway 14.

The county spent $11,300 to a private contractor to clean up the place, with stipulations that Weidt would be required to pay it back. This followed the district court order demanding that Weidt clean up her property. The county stepped in, because that wasn't done.

As for what the county's leaders plan to do now, we hope to find out, during the 9 o'clock hour, because today's guests for the Public Pulse news talk show are the Sheridan County commissioners.

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