Court fight continues over logging along Lake Monroe

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Some property owners along southern Indiana’s Lake Monroe are making a new attempt to stop a neighbor from logging his land.

The lawsuit claims vehicles and logging equipment are trespassing on shared private access roads to reach Joe Huff’s property on a peninsula along the northern side of the lake’s midsection.

The Herald-Times of Bloomington reported logging began on the land after a divided state appeals court ruling in March overturned a previous Monroe County court order blocking the work. Plaintiffs Michael O. Cain and Linda A. Raymond last month petitioned the Indiana Court of Appeals for rehearing, but that request has not yet been fully briefed.

Huff’s attorney, Tom Malapit, says crews have cleared about four acres of the 250-acre property. Malapit said Huff is following all state and federal regulations so the work doesn’t pollute the reservoir that’s Bloomington’s water supply.

Malapit said the neighbors are wrongly trying to restrict Huff’s use of his land.

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