Don Pinello just can’t quit his fight to reclaim a 25-foot strip of land between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street that he says was unjustly taken from his family in 1955. So he spent Thanksgiving week building a fence around the disputed property.
It is just north of his home on the northeast corner of Cascade and Fillmore Street. Here is a map of the area.
Pinello sunk three fence posts and erected about 25 feet of fence along Cascade Avenue from the north end of his property. Then he laid railroad ties from Cascade to Tejon to mark the boundary of what he claims is his property. Here is a photo of his fence after the first day, with K-mart in the background.
Here are a couple other views of Pinello’s work.
On Monday, Pinello discovered his fence had been removed, along with the railroad ties. And he received this letter from Bruce Wright, an attorney representing the owner of the K-mart shopping center, Leonard Rosenberg of Houston.
Both Wright and Pinello are threatening to sic the district attorney on the other for trespassing. So far, the El Paso County DA’s office has not been notified, says spokeswoman Denise Minish.