Superior man charged with trespassing on his own land will get a trial
SUPERIOR, Wis. -- A 27-year-old Superior man's trial for trespassing on his own land has been set for April.
Jeremy Engelking is charged with trespassing on a construction site and disorderly conduct. He was arrested Dec. 2 after confronting a crew of workers installing a pipeline for Enbridge Energy Partners across his property on the southern edge of the city of Superior. He told the workers they had no right to be on his land, as Enbridge Energy Partners had not yet provided him with any easement payment for the project.
Denise Hamsher, an Enbridge spokeswoman, contends Engelking family members have repeatedly been offered payments for an easement through their property.
The Engelkings, however, say they have rejected prospective payments out of concern about diminished property rights.
Jeremy Engelking was arrested at Taser-point, handcuffed and booked for allegedly interfering with the pipeline work. The case has drawn national interest, including coverage from Fox Broadcasting Co.
Engelking is scheduled to appear in Douglas County Court for a pretrial conference on March 29. A jury trial is slated to follow at 8:30 a.m. April 6.
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