When neighbors attack 

A feud between neighbors at 510 and 512 Curtis St. has a history of legal wranglings ranging from restraining orders to claims of threats, harassment and even a dog beating. On Christmas Eve, the feud came to a head.

Brenda Patterson, who lives in the house she owns at 510 Curtis with partner Parry Martello, claims that her water was shut off by neighbor Dallas Field on Christmas Eve. The situation, she says, quickly went from bad to worse because she has two infants in need of formula that requires water for mixing.

“Then we find out that the pump and the freezer were off of one wiring source,” Martello says, her voice quivering. “All of our Christmas food was ruined. There was blood [from deer meat] all over the bottom of the refrigerator and the floor.”

Patterson claims the mess was the result of a malicious move by Field—who sold Martello her house—in response to Patterson’s Dec. 23 court appearance, during which she and Martello sought sole ownership of the shared water well.

“Everything they [say] is b.s.,” claims Field. “I never turned the water off.”

Field argues that doing so would mean disconnecting his own family’s access to water as well.

“This guy’s harassing my family and myself,” Field continued. “He’s just looking for a lawsuit.”

Patterson says Field harasses her by walking on her property, blowing kisses through the window, and by beating the family dog. Field says he stays away from his neighbor’s property and suggests that it was Martello who beat his own dog.

Further unneighborly antics have led Field and Martello up to Blue Mountain to fight, though they came home with differing accounts of the event. Patterson says Field picked up a bunch of buddies on the way to tip the odds in his favor while Field says he did no such thing and that Martello simply called him some names and then took off. Clearly, it wasn’t a very merry Christmas, and the prospects for a happy new year on this particular stretch of Curtis St. look bleak.

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