NEVADA COUNTY (CBS13) – Rural Nevada County is the perfect place to escape from the city and from the headaches of everyday life. But it’s anything but peaceful for two neighbors whose dispute over property has turned violent.
The sound of dogs barking recently sparked a confrontation involving one of the most unlikely crime suspects: a 68-year-old woman.
“Whey they go bad, they go bad real fast,” said Sgt. Rich Fevinger of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Dept.
The center of the dispute is a shared road that leads to both neighbors’ driveways. Investigators say the suspect was upset that every time her neighbor would come home and open his gate, her dogs would bark.
When the victim came home Thursday night, the suspect, 68-year-old Artemesia Lee, pepper sprayed and beat him over the head with a stick, say investigators.
“That’s where the line is crossed,” said Sgt. Fevinger.
The two are fighting over property lines. Both are forced to use the same road and they can’t agree on how each should get to their home.
This isn’t the first violent confrontation between the neighbors. Six years ago lee was arrested for being anything but a good neighbor.
“Again involving the driveway, involving the property lines, and in that incident Miss Lee fired a shotgun round into the leg of the victim, which is her neighbor,” said Sgt. Fevinger.
That’s right. She shot him in the leg. Lee served six years for that crime, and now it seems as if history may have repeated itself. Lee was arrested and charged for a crime that pits neighbor against neighbor.
Lee is charged with violating her probation and assault with a deadly weapon.