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Woman Jailed for 4 Months for Building an Addition for Her Sick Mom in Her Own Backyard

Augusta, GA — Nothing dismantles the notion of Land of the Free quite like the government kidnapping and caging you for building an addition to your home on your own property. Amy McKinnon is learning the hard way after she was thrown in jail this month for building an addition for her sick mother without going through the proper extortion channels of the state.

Sadly, her neighbors and the media are actually praising this nonsense as if McKinnon is some kind of criminal.

“Nobody in their right mind would buy something next to a monstrosity like this,” neighbor Don Gilmore told FOX 8 News.  “Obviously, it’s an eyesore and it sticks out because it doesn’t belong here.”

Don is referring to the addition in McKinnon’s backyard that is on her own property and behind a fence.

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Source: WFXG

McKinnon was arrested because her building size exceeded that of the permit she was forced to acquire through the city.

Code enforcement officials say McKinnon was initially approved for a 562ft2 gazebo, according to FOX 8. However, according to officials, McKinnon’s structure was more than just a gazebo.

“It was between the end of the first phase being approved and the second phase being approved that the inspectors found that this was not at 562ft2 home,” Code Enforcement Manager Terrence Wynder said.

McKinnon, who actually went through the proper channels of extortion and permission to build a structure on her own property, felt she was acting within the confines of the law.

As FOX 8 reports, according to documents from the planning and zoning board meeting, McKinnon said she was told by an inspector that as long as she connected the new structure to her current home, it would be fine. So she decided to go bigger in order to move her sick mother in.

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But Wynder said the city never said this, and says they issued McKinnon a ticket for building a structure larger than authorities granted her permission to build.

“We wrote her a citation saying that you have to go to court. You are in violation of the zoning ordinance having two structures on one parcel of land,” says Wynder.

After officials ‘caught’ McKinnon committing the ‘crime’ of building a structure on her own property that they did not approve of, McKinnon was given an ultimatum.

Drastically reduce the size of the structure or demolish the entire thing. Not wanting to throw her hard earned money down the drain because of this tyrannical move by officials, McKinnon refused.

For not demolishing a building on her own property — McKinnon was sentenced to 120 days in a cage.

FOX 8 reports that they hope this is “wake-up call for anyone who is looking for loopholes to get around the law.”

“I want to see this thing come down yesterday!” says Gilmore as he gloats in his ability to use state power to hurt innocent people for doing things on their own property that he disagrees with.

Of course, if McKinnon had done something to harm Gilmore or her other neighbors like burying toxic waste in her backyard, this would not be justified. However, that was not at all the case in this instance. McKinnon is in a jail cell right now for the sole reason that she didn’t pay enough money to the state to do what she wanted on her own property — simple as that.

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  • doucyet

    Building codes are written for a reason, code enforcement sees to it that those codes are followed. We had in our neighborhood (5-10 acre rural parcels) a squatter set up camp with 4 RVs and an open pit for a cesspool……nice! Code enforcement came in real handy in this case. If you don’t like building permits, move to Guatemala or to the Ranchitos outside of Caracas Venezuela…….

    • Matt Agorist

      ^^^shit statists say.

      • doucyet

        Are you commenting from Caracas?

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Probably not.

        • Bud Miser

          He’s the article’s writer. Did you even read the article?

          • doucyet

            I know he is Bud, thanks.

      • Duane “Dorn” Brenton

        Statists gonna State!

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      She GOT a fucking building permit and was lied to by whomever issued it.

      • doucyet

        Did you read the piece? Her permit was for a 562sf gazebo, not a fully wrapped, walled and windowed two story house for mom.

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Then why did the official tell her that the size of it wouldn’t matter? Even with her being 100% in the wrong, the city could VERY easily have set this right. They could have sent an inspector over to make sure the building was safe and then issued a permit for the correct type of structure, charging her the difference plus an asshole tax. The order to “make it smaller or tear it down” and then throwing her in jail is just an act of petty spite.

          I will meet you halfway and concede one point that annoyed the hell out of me. The picture shows a HUGE main house that ought to have plenty of room for one old person. She’s trying to use that sickness angle for sympathy, but she doesn’t seem to be too sick to essentially live in the yard. Ultimately, I’d have to conclude that you’re technically right – if she wanted a guest house on her property, she should have done the paperwork correctly instead of trying to skimp on the permit cost and call it a gazebo. Even so, the city is being unnecessarily dickish about it while her neighbors (who probably didn’t like her in the first place) are also being smug assholes.

          Frankly, stories like this just suck all around.

          • doucyet

            Thanks for being reasonable. Without being argumentative you mentioned a couple of things I’d like to address.

            “They could have sent an inspector over to make sure the building was safe and then issued a permit for the correct type of structure, charging her the difference plus an asshole tax”.

            The permittee submits plans for a structure, the building department checks the plans and specks and either issues a permit based on the plans or addresses points in those plans that need correction. That’s just how it works.

            “The order to “make it smaller or tear it down” and then throwing her in jail is just an act of petty spite”.

            She had plenty of time to comply with the city. It was out of spite that she says, I’ll show them and doesn’t do anything! At that point, she got her orange jump suit. Choices, it’s all about choices………

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            I hope she gets what she deserves.

          • doucyet

            Like you said, the thing sucks all around.

          • ZeroHostile

            All about choices my ass, it’s all about money and compliance to the terrorist entity known as our government…

          • doucyet

            Move to North Korea.

          • TechGump

            Not a valid arguement.

          • doucyet

            There is no argument. I am allowed to think differently than you right? It doesn’t make me wrong and you right or visa versa. You either petition your government for change or move to where it’s more pleasing for you.

          • TechGump

            Hmm, so it’s of your opinion that if others have opinions of how society ought exist outside of the current form provided where you live, they ought move to North Korea. I can think of at least a few words to describe your stance…

            Anyway, forgive me. I didn’t realize that you were here to post opinions which, when challenged, are absent a reason to be worthy of consideration.

          • doucyet

            “You either petition your government for change or move to where it’s more pleasing for you”.

            Perhaps you missed this part of the comment.

          • TechGump

            I didn’t miss anything. Perhaps you forgot that you posted, “Move to North Korea” which is of course not the same as your now backtracked, more mild, “or move to where it’s more pleasing for you.”

            Either way, it’s really irrelevant. People have no need to move to express thier opinions or to demand to peaceable exist without another’s violence, just becuase you believe that them moving is ideal.
            And of course, if people just moved as you so callously and ignorantly declare, becuase they didn’t like the status quo, you’d not be existing the in land you do with the Rights you enjoy.

          • doucyet

            You seemed to be so oppressed here, I though perhaps you’d enjoy a country that is truly oppressed…….like North Korea. I never insisted you move (as you imply) I was offered suggestions to relive you of the pain of living here, you seem to be so miserable with all of the controls and all. I don’t have a problem here at all, and you trying to spin the conversation doesn’t work.

          • TechGump

            Well indeed, humanity has oppressed itself. Granted, there are even more oppressive States in the world… but that is not an argument to retain the oppression that exists in any other form in any other State. It’s akin to claiming that rape is fine, as of course, you could move to another State where you’re murdered instead.
            Oh joy… thank you for that insight.

            You never insisted (or otherwise) I move, as it was not me to whom you retorted with that useless comment. Regardless, one’s ability (maybe) to move, is not an argument to keep the current state of affairs here… which is of course exactly what I pointed out. Unless you’re attempting to reason with a mentally handicapped poster (which seems evident is not the case), your ‘suggestion’ falls flat on it’s face as a dismissive insult, given that everyone here knows they can move given the resources to do so. It’s valueless, like your opinion.

          • Chase Yoshi

            The fact of the matter is the government tells us what we can and can’t do on our own property.. and what to eat, what to drink, what can be said and where we can say it. If you think about it, it just seems un-American. But we’re slowly on our way to communism, nothing new.

          • Guy

            Quite simple really. Once the error was notice, a variance could have been given, if she went through the proper channels, payed the additional fees and permit cost associated with it, to make sure all work was done to City or County code. Once all of that was done, she would have applied for final occupancy ! True a lot of hoops to jump through, but better this way, than being told to take it all down.

            There is a lot more here than what meets the eye, thinking we are not getting all of the story, with probably a HRA involved. I have dealt with them many times, and all are equal to junkyard dog’s with attitudes, and just as stupid, with them having more power than god, being absolutely ruthless, and way over zealous in application of rules ! Most times, it’s the City Building Departments that dose the bending and scraping to them !

          • doucyet

            I’ve had my run-ins with the planning department as well, and many do have a god complex. I believe in this case she wasn’t allowed a second home on the lot, not sure. Seems I read that somewhere. They’ll work it all out, no doubt.

          • Chase Yoshi

            The fact of the matter is the government tells us what we can and can’t do on our own property.. and what to eat, what to drink, what can be said and where we can say it. If you think about it, it just seems un-American. But we’re slowly on our way to communism, nothing new..

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            So, if your next-door neighbor wants to build a 50-ft tower in his backyard out of whatever junk and scrap metal was on hand, you would NOT want the city to make him take it down before it fell over and crashed through your roof? Keep in mind, this jackass doesn’t have a dime’s worth of homeowner’s insurance and will NOT cooperate with court orders to pay for the damage!

          • Chase Yoshi

            No, I wouldn’t want the city involved with that. I believe that in a free country we should do what we’d like on our own property so long as you don’t hurt, kill, or steal from someone. It’s pretty basic, but we forget sometimes that we’re all people and we don’t need the government to hold our hands and settle matters for us. If you suspect that neighbor’s 50 foot tower to be unstable, you and your neighbors are grown adults and find a way to settle the issue with your neighbor. If you think it’s hideous and funky looking, get the hell over it and let him have his ugly tower, his genetics will probably eventually exit the gene pool. Until someone is hurt, killed, or your property is damaged, people should stop whining, we’re citizens of this earth and this country and our constitution was intended to protect that.. Not hand over our power to big brother.

          • Hugh Culliton

            Indeed, it does suck. I think the big problem isn’t the size of the construction (though that’s probably what pissed-off her neighbors) as much as the additional building requirements a dwelling has to meet: electrical, heating, gas, plumbing…you get the idea. The codes are there to ensure a safe standard of construction rather than line government pockets though I’m sure that there’s lots of that going on too!

            I think there’s another angle on this story and I have a sneaking suspicion that this lady’s a bit of a “playah” when it comes to civic and legal responsibilities.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            I think you’re right. Having reflected upon this story, I can’t help but wonder why this site is determined to throw her a pity party. This is NOTHING like those cases where an old couple is thrown into the streets over some typo and/or a few hundred dollars. This woman seems to have had more than enough money to buy a proper permit, so really the only reason to lie on her application form was greed. Also, I resent her playing the “sick mother” for sympathy. If she’s so sick and needy, why not put her in that HUGE house I see, rather than making her live out in the yard?

            *turns to the site staff* Seriously guys, not everyone who runs afoul of government regulation is an innocent victim of greedy, pointless extortion. These kind of stories erode my trust in FTP’s journalistic sincerity. For example, your headline suggests that the woman was arrested merely for trying to provide shelter for her poor, dying mommy. Upon reading the story, we learn that she not only lied on her application but once they caught her, she refused to rectify the situation and basically just gave them the finger. Frankly, it sounds like she deserves to go to jail. Otherwise, nobody would ever obey any regulation, nor would they bother with fines and fees and anything else that doesn’t come with a consequence for ignoring. In the future, please stick to throwing your pity parties for people that are actually innocent. If I want to hear rich people whine about how much it sucks to give money to the government, I’ll go to some right-wing haven like Breitbart.

      • Hugh Culliton

        She lied on her application. She applied for and was granted a permit for a 560 sq-foot gazebo. She actually built a multi-level, all-season dwelling. That’s like the difference between an E-bike and a Humvee!

    • Cup_of_STFU

      Shows what you know about Guatemala. I lived in, and still visit, Antigua on a regular basis. Their building code is pretty strict.

      • doucyet

        I’ve been to the Ranchitos in Caracas myself (granted I’ve never been to Guatemala). If they have building codes there, they’re written on the inside cover of a matchbook.

    • ZeroHostile

      This is a little less than a “cesspool” infraction there genius… Go to your “safeplace” and cry for a bit, you’ll feel better… Then go buy a couple razor blades… or some rope… hell Drano will work… I’m sure you can figure out the next step… Well, perhaps not, you sound dense as fuck…

      • doucyet

        You’re the one saying I sound dense as fuck………..irony.

  • permalink

    Another day, another drummed up sob story for TFTP whiners.

    The homeowner failed to get the proper permits. She deseves jail. End of story.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      She doesn’t deserve JAIL, you fascist! Why couldn’t the city just charge her for the appropriate permit plus an asshole tax for trying to get around it? Demanding that she make it smaller, tear it down, or go to jail is just an act of petty spite.

      • permalink

        Jail where one goes for not obeying the rules.

        Most everyone knows that.

        And you are the one calling me “names”…

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          Yeah, having changed my mind about this story, I took that part out and hereby apologize for calling you a fascist. That was me reacting prematurely to something I hadn’t really thought about.

          • permalink

            We are good! And as far as “name-calling” goes, my parents often said, “Sticks and
            stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you”.

            I found TFTP a couple of months ago. The site seemed to be “different” or “alternative”…

            But I look closer at the articles now, and sadly TFTP wildly distorts most stories. We are after all an nation of laws, and whether we like the “law” or not, I have found the best thing to do is let the process play out.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            My mother had a slightly different perspective. “Sticks and stones can break some bones, so carry one of each.” 😉

    • doucyet

      It’s a click bait article. Matt does well with them.

    • Mike Oxlong

      You didn’t come to me for a permit to speak so shut the fuck up Permadink.

      • permalink

        Name-calling?

        For another drummed up sob story?

        • Mike Oxlong

          Your permit was denied so shut the fuck up.

          • permalink

            But I didn’t ask for a permit to post to this sob story…

      • The Cat’s Vagina

        In all fairness, the law doesn’t require him to get a speaking permit. However, if he wanted to build a 50ft tower out of junk and scrap about 25 feet from your house, I bet you’d jump right on board with regulations and permits!

        • Mike Oxlong

          Holy Shit!!! Eva Braun lives!!!

    • ZeroHostile

      “She deserves jail” Really? For building an addition for her sick mother, and over confusion brought on by the inspector? Are you a cop, county, or state worker? Or do you just take massive loads down your throat hole from any passing by government official? I’m gonna go out on a limb and guess giant loads, you definitely strike me as a cocksucker… GTFO bitch lmao…

      • permalink

        “homeowner failed to get the proper permits. She deserves jail”

        Do I need to print s l o w e r for you to understand?

  • Cup_of_STFU

    As long as it looks like the house, when finished, who gives a shit?

    • NDMA

      I mean really : aren’t rich people supposed to have extra little houses on their property? And in this case : I don’t think she’s rich because of possessions rather because she has a heart so warm and strong she cares for her mother.

    • Hugh Culliton

      Who wired it? Did they know what they were doing or are the occupants likely face a fire caused by crappy wiring. Who plumbed it? Is it leeching sewage into the ground water? Was the gas done correctly – that’s a serious threat to the entire community. What about the insulation? Does it meet code, or it the place going to be a pile of black mold in 2 years?

      This is not necessarily the dead hand of the state sucking the freedom out of the nation – though I never rule that out (lol). We do have building codes for so very important reasons.

      • Bud Miser

        And inspectors who check, plumbing, electrical, waste removal and structural flaws.

        • Hugh Culliton

          Exactly. When one is building a dwelling, especially for an infirm loved one, you don’t want to mess around! Fire alone, is a tremendous risk.

          • Duane Brenton

            ignorant dick

          • Hugh Culliton

            Out of all 11 of the comments your profile’s made, all have been invective-filled and insulting to another commentator, and none have added anything to any discussions.

            If that’s all you can do, go away.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            No fucking SHIT! I’ve got my eye on this one…

      • Difster

        It’s no business of the government in any case. Who says there’s any gas lines, could be all electric. Insulation meeting or not meeting code doesn’t affect mold. Why do you trust the government to tell you what to do on your own property?

        • Hugh Culliton

          “Why do you trust the government to tell you what to do on your own property?”

          One’s personal freedom ends where it may potentially endanger someone else’s freedom. I expect the local government to set and enforce safe building codes, because that’s one of the things I pay taxes for them to do – BECAUSE THAT’S THEIR JOB!!!! Without enforced building codes, how do you know that your neighbor installed their gas fireplace properly? How do you know that your apartment building’s being maintained safely? Building codes.

          Obviously you’ve never the damage caused to a neighborhood by a gas explosion. There’s a reason for that – safe building codes have made such explosions rare!! Why were building codes established in the first place? Was it part of some Deep State false-flag plot to steal your freedom, or because it’s a good idea to make sure buildings are constructed in such a safe manner that they don’t blow-up, burn, collapse, or electrocute either the occupants or the people who live near them?

          If you prefer to live without such “government intrusion” and don’t want the government messing with your God-given right to burn/electrocute/blow yourself up, please do the rest of us a favor and move out of town so you don’t take us with you.

          • Difster

            The “potential” to endanger someone doesn’t warrant government action. That justification would mean complete control of our lives. Everything is potentially endangering. Suck it up buttercup. Government is not your friend.

          • Hugh Culliton

            Sigh…the potential of a situation like unsafe construction, to endanger a person is one of the reasons we have government in the first place. But I’m not an anarchist so I guess we’ll have to disagree on this one.

    • Guy

      You would I’ll bet, if you spend a whole lot of cash to build yourself god’s little green acre and the yahoo next door, moved in a double wide, set’s in his two, 450 pound in- laws and there 12 little hell raising brats, 4 braying donkeys, 2 dozen chickens, and a couple of rosters, that yell at sunrise at 5:AM ! Plus, there 6 braying hound dog’s, that try to chew through you fence, while after your bitch dog that is in heat !

      I think even then, you would give one mighty “Big Shit !!!!!

  • IceTrey

    The author makes the mistake of thinking any property is ever “your property”.

    • doucyet

      The only “stuff” you can ever really own, you can carry on your back. Then, I’m not to sure about that!

      • Guy

        Even then, don’t pay your taxes on it and see what the hell happens !

        • doucyet

          I saw a man years ago along side of the road, he had a mule drawn wagon on tires, packing all of his stuff along with him, just like the settlers might have in 1880. I think he may have had the right idea on how to survive in this country.

          • Guy

            My son is a planner for a small city in Alaska. Once outside of city limits, the State and Borough or (County) dosen’t care what you build or how it’s built, if it falls on your head, or freeze to death, or become bear food, that’s your problem and not there’s. Rather much simpler that way and very effective if you are, or become an idiot !

          • doucyet

            I like it! I can see less restrictive codes in rural areas being OK. I would hate though, having a 3,500 sf awesome home in “nice town” USA, and then a guy sets a double wide on the lot right next to me. That wouldn’t be to cool.

      • TechGump

        Nope… as State operates, you don’t even own yourself… let alone the stuff on your back. The only thing you own according to State are your acts labeled crimes, for which you and only you suffer the consequences. Anything of worth is subject to State’s control.

        • doucyet

          Sounds pretty depressing. No doubt they tax damn near everything in existence at one point or another, I guess that’s a form of control. But once I buy that sack of spuds…….they’re mine!

          • TechGump

            ” But once I buy that sack of spuds…….they’re mine!”
            Um, nope. First, and foremost, they are still State’s. You are only “free” to do with those spuds as you please within the confines of, first and foremost, State’s agreement.

            Dare you plant them in “your” front yard:
            http://business.time.com/2013/04/22/code-police-6-things-that-may-surprisingly-be-banned-in-your-front-yard/

            Maybe you want to launch them from a tube? Not so fast…
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spud_gun_legality

            Or perhaps you sell them for the equal value you paid? Prepare to fall short of equal value after tax… that is if you can even sell them without first paying for a business license and city permit… ensuring that selling that sack of potatoes will cost far more than you paid for it.

            Let’s be honest, your “control” is secondary to the primary holder of property: State. When a conflict of interest regarding control is at stake, it’s easy to identify who the owner is by identifying whose commands over it are primary. It’s not yours.

          • doucyet

            Nope…….they’re mine. I’m going to eat them. Not shoot them from a tube, that’s restricted in certain areas. Not going to resell them, that may require a permit. Nope, they’re going under my sink for consumption. Let’s face it, they’re mine.

          • TechGump

            Gov’t, the owner, has given you permission to eat… after you pay your due.

          • doucyet

            Your quite silly you know. Are you going to try North Korea?

          • TechGump

            I don’t see what’s funny. Perhaps you can identify what’s funny rather than posting useless words.

          • doucyet

            What’s funny is your ignorant comment about getting permission to eat.
            The irony here is that you say I post useless banter, when all you can do is rail against the government, but you refuse to act on it or move away.

          • TechGump

            First, you know nothing about me, what I do, and have done. Your willingness to baselessly proclaim such things speaks nothing of me, but something of you.

            Second, there’s ample reason for me to stay. Unlike what it appears you believe, I don’t believe in running from problems. Furthermore, there are many other reasons that keep me grounded here, which you also know nothing about.

            Third, I don’t find anything funny about the fact that you have permission to eat (and indeed it is a permission given the current paradigm already explained). Sadly, that cannot be said still for some in the world still, and so many in the past. In kind, others don’t have the choice not to eat… like those force fed in the anus by Gov’t actors. Anyway, laugh on.

          • doucyet

            I will, because your sad comment is quite laughable.

  • Algernon Benway

    Don Gilmore: you are a scumsucking piece of shit. You are unamerican trash. You should be ashamed of yourself. You are lucky i dont live near you or you would see your precious house on fire.

    • Donald Gilmore

      Fuck you asshole. Get your facts straight before running your mouth. And since you decided to threaten me chump you’ll be hearing from the authorities.

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      • TechGump

        Don, chill out. Nobody threatened you and your complaint to the authorities will fall flat on it’s face. He merely stated you’re lucky he doesn’t live by you or else…
        No, that’s not a comment the law takes as actual intent to do anything. You’re only hurting your cause and claim by posting that here.

        • Hugh Culliton

          Actually, Algernon Benway explicitly threatened to burn down his house. We know this because he said “You are lucky i[sic] dont[sic] live near you or you would see your precious house on fire”. According to the the law in my neck of the woods a threat is defined as:

          264.1 (1) Every one commits an offence who, in any manner, knowingly utters, conveys or causes any person to receive a threat (a) to cause death or bodily harm to any person; (b) to burn, destroy or damage real or personal property; or.

          Benway’s statement meets that definition – feel free to look up the case law in your juristiction, but it’ll be basically the same.

          Like I tell my high school students – be very careful about what you write on-line, because it doesn’t go away. If Don moves forward legally, Benway’s in a ton of shit:-)

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          “If I lived near you, I’d burn down your house,” is close enough to a threat.

      • James

        Go kill yourself Donald Gilmore you anal retentive BITCH.

      • FiuToYou

        How about this? Fu*k you, you pc of sh*t!!! How’s that?

        • Donald Gilmore

          Your gonna feel as stupid as you sound when you find out the truth. Don’t be such a sucker for fake news and click bait. Go to the original story or read my comment before mouthing off. You’ve got it backwards.

    • FiuToYou

      Damn! That’s what I was going to say. I can’t believe the shit that goes on in America. “Land of the free….Home of the brave”! What a joke!!!!

    • Hugh Culliton

      And you’re able to determine the sum value of this man’s character based on a ~250-word article that mentions him in disparaging terms twice. That’s quite the God vision you have!

      Remember that when you point your finger at someone, 3 are pointed at you.

    • Kippereaca

      There always keyboard cowboys around these stories pretending to be something they are not. If you lived anywhere near Don you wouldn’t say boo! The only reason you would say something like that is because you think you are shielded and hidden. Remember Don said this is a military neighbourhood, which is the last place you would actually mouth off in real life.

      • Hugh Culliton

        The joke’s on him as a screen name and a private profile is utterly no protection from either the cops or Don’s Lawyer, if they sue! Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if my 11 y/o son could hack him on a break from Team Fortress 2.

    • Guy

      Please do us all a favor, and go jump off a bridge troll boy !

    • blowyourhorn

      Flagged as inappropriate. Reported for violence.

  • Skip Burroughs

    She could build an enclosed walkway from her house to it, and outside of permits, there isn’t anything they could do. It would then be an addition and a single building.

  • Kountry Bumpkin

    Okay, I don’t care what people do on their own property as long as it stays on their property but just for the record of common sense lets just call a duck a duck, this is not a small mother-in-law or in this case mother suite and it’s certainly not a gazebo, it’s a 2 story 3,000 sq. ft. second home which is required by most local laws to be wired, have a septic system and plumbed according to local laws. Now if I lived next to her I wouldn’t care either way but lets not pretend this story is something it’s not, the bottom line is she wanted to build a second house on her property and instead of going through the same red tape as everybody else she thought she could cheat and got caught.

    • billdeserthills

      My last house was in New River, AZ and after I moved into my new home was when I discovered that many neighbors like to start their own little junkyard. I know I prefer my property value to stay as high as it can, without the neighbors poor choices costing me money.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      Just because I call you a twat when you’re wrong doesn’t mean I can’t admit when you’re right!

  • Donald Gilmore

    First of all this article is extremely biased ignoring some critical facts and a load of crap. I was not responsible for any of this, the action that was taken, neither was I gloating. I was simply a neighbor supporting my neighbors defending themselves against the con of this woman. She built this house with no permission or authority right up against her neighbors houses destroying their view and privacy that they paid for when they bought their own houses. Thus destroying their property values. She was not building this for “her sick mother”. She has a history of going into neighborhoods, subdividing houses and making a profit renting them out illegally with no provision for parking or any concern for the surrounding neighborhood. Since when do you not have a right to protect your own property from this type of mansionizing and invasion from a neighbor who wants to start their own private public housing project in the backyard of a community? Building codes exist for a reason. To protect a neighborhood from unscrupulous ventures, slumlords, and maintain the integrity of a development that you paid for which the developer would have never gotten away with. I didn’t put her in jail. The judge and city got tired of being lied to by her and her attitude that she is above the law and can do whatever she wants, and to hell with her neighbors.

    • TechGump

      “She built this house with no permission or authority”
      You clearly miss the point of this article.

      “Thus destroying their property values.”
      Well, you may have a case there… but that’s not why she’s in jail.

      Thanks for your input.

      • Donald Gilmore

        She’s in jail for lying to the Judge, the city, building enforcement, waiting for the inspector to leave after signing off on a much smaller foundation, then tripling the size of the foundation 3 days later, and failing to comply with all warnings or pay any citations along the entire process. She also placed property markers outside off her property onto her neighbors yards. The point of the article is mute because it is based on a false pretense.

        • TechGump

          “She’s in jail for lying to the Judge,”
          She’s in jail for perjury? Don, now you’re contorting the facts.

          You can repeat what most of us understand to be the issue here… she didn’t get “proper authority” to peacefully do on her supposed property as she please, but that won’t garner much sympathy here.

          • Donald Gilmore

            You seem to have your mind made up without knowing the facts. I am not contorting them. I did not say she’s in jail for perjury directly. I was at the hearing with my neighbors. You weren’t. I witnessed her making up this story about her mother as justification for her actions to garner sympathy. She has a house with over 5 bedrooms and lives there alone if that were the case. But that is irrelevant because we witnessed her lie to the city council about someone in an official capacity saying as long as it was attached (which it is not) she could build it as big as she wanted. She lied about that. She was her own contractor. Then she tried to blame her actions on the city by making up any excuse she could think of. Then she went as far as trying to blame one of my neighbors saying she provided the contractors for her and blame it on her. That was a complete lie. I’m sure she performed for the Judge that next day the same way she did in front of the city council. Why are you so prejudged to think she is the victim here regardless of the facts? She was given every opportunity several times to build something reasonable without damaging the value of her neighbors property and privacy. Additionally she kept trying to play the city for fools and insulting their intelligence and desire to protect the neighborhood all the way to and through the hearing by even trying to tell them she owned 2 lots which she does not and they could see that on the city records. So if I wanted to park my car in your garage because mine is full that should be ok then? That is what you are defending here in principle. So why the predilection to nit-pick the facts with me? I know them. I was there. You don’t. Bias will not change the facts, neither will accusing me of things in an attempt to justify it. Sometimes a duck is a duck for crying out loud.

          • Ernie Menard

            Don, I hear you and understand. You’ve many unreasonable people that comment on these types of websites. Frankly, most times it’s not worth the few seconds it takes to respond to them.

          • Guy

            I read the article and yours and others commits with interest, having been in the building trades all my life, and now having a son, who is a City Planner as well.

            Many here as you say, are judgemental, without first knowing the facts and seem to just like to shout at the moon, to hear themselves speak. Others not so much, having at least a molecule of good sense and can reason for themselves, without offering biased judgement, preferring to discus the topic, but waiting untill all of the truth comes out, as you have now stated, to offer final opinion.

            Thank You ! For taking the time to offer us the truth, as you see it from your side of involvement, with first hand knowlage, which is rare indeed.

          • The Cat’s Vagina

            She could very well be arrested for perjury if she lied on any of the forms she filled out. Read the fine print next time you’re doing government paperwork. The word “perjury” is right there in it!

        • The Cat’s Vagina

          The point of the article is actually moot, but that’s beside the point. I’m just an obnoxious Grammar Nazi.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      I’m sorry I suggested you were a smug asshole. However, you probably won’t get the same courtesy from anyone else here, since they’ve already decided to enshrine your neighbor as an innocent, downtrodden symbol of government oppression. The fact that she lied and when caught, refused to rectify her lies is lost on some people. To them, she had every right to lie, cheat, break the law, and fuck you over on your property values and/or safety because this is ‘Murica. YOUR freedom is fascism, but mine is sacrosanct!

      • Donald Gilmore

        Thank you and your courtesy and ability to think deserves a response. The only reason I felt compelled to present some facts here beside the obvious lies written here by this guy claiming to be a journalist is what I woke up to yesterday. People were tracking me down from all over the country on the internet threatening me and my family and calling me every vile group of words they could think of. In doing a search I tracked it down to this which is now spreading. I never mentioned that I am the one caring for a convalescent mother-in-law in my house with a partially handicapped wife because it wasn’t the issue. But the fact that the resident here was using that as a fabricated cover story for herself to obfuscate her housing hussle is. Many of the neighbors did try and talk to her and she blew them off. Many even offered her assistance until they found out what she was really doing. Because my name was used in a piece about building codes and the city we are now going through this!

        All I did was attend a hearing at the request of my neighbors to support them in asking the city to do their job, which upon finding out what this woman was really up to, and her history, they did. What is most insulting here is that somehow I’m un-American or pro-big govt. I worked with President Reagan. I abhore liberal big govt. but recognize a need for it to uphold rule of law and protect citizens from fraud and perps so that anarchy does not break out which seems to be the agenda of this author. I raised my oldest son as a single father. I have been working since I was fourteen. Two of my children are career military including my little girl who is an Army Artillery officer and a real ass kicking christian, after spending six years in Navy Intelligence. My son Space Command and an advocate for fighting animal abuse. I live in a neighborhood that is mainly African American and they are the best neighbors I have ever had and love them dearly. This after fleeing the socialist gateway to hell in my home state of So. California. So going after the old white guy regardless of the facts seems to be the easy thing for the liberal supplicants to do.

        I’m not looking for sympathy, nor did I or any of the neighbors, or city, wish this woman any harm. However she is responsible for her own scam, fraud, and deceit. Since when does local govt. become the villain for upholding the law and protecting the community? I’m just asking people to think a little like Cat here before running off on an ignorant tyrade that is contradictory to what you claim to represent.

        Otherwise be willing to serve your dog up for dinner to the neighbor because they think it might taste good. That is what they are assuming is ok in principle by attacking me and anybody else on this article while eagerly ignoring the facts. This author should be ashamed for this piece of garbage.

        • Duane Brenton

          You worked with Reagan you are a pro government statist by your own admission!

    • Cyber_Donkey

      If I own land, I should be able to do what I wish with it. I would hate if someone build a big house right next to mine, blocking off my view…but…if it’s on their land, I would see it as their right. Like others have said, this is supposed to be the Land of the Free. Instead it’s anything but.

      She may be a terrible woman (dunno either way), but she SHOULD be free to do what she wishes with her property.

      • The Cat’s Vagina

        What if what she wishes to do with her property affects her neighbors? For example, one of her neighbors is right here in the comments claiming that the house she built obstructs the view from some of their property. What if I decided that what I really want to do with my property is to put up a giant floodlight that turns night into day for the whole block? Are my neighbors just fucked if they don’t like it, because it’s on MY property?

        • Cyber_Donkey

          You can talk to them, and ask them to point it away. Or you can build a wall. But yes. Just like if someone is doing something annoying in public and you don’t like it. You can ask them to stop, but they’re generally allowed to do it as long as it’s not directly affecting you.

          It’s how I live my life, generally. And if I realize that I am out of sync with my ideology, I work to correct that. I’m not perfect (not to say you claimed anything of the sort). Nobody is.

          • Duane Brenton

            Or you can shot the light out with a pellet gun or a paintball gun

          • Cyber_Donkey

            That’s an attack on their property.

        • Cyber_Donkey

          “I would hate if someone build a big house right next to mine, blocking off my view…but…if it’s on their land, I would see it as their right.”

          A fence would do the same thing. It blocks off the view from some of the property. We’re all allowed to put up fences. And we should be.

          If you want to put up a floodlight, you should be able to. And I should be able to take measures to block that light out.

          People should talk to neighbors and try to be reasonable. But in the end, we should be able to do what we want with out own land. Otherwise, we don’t really own it.

        • Duane Brenton

          you have no right to a view grow up

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          • Duane Brenton

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          • The Cat’s Vagina

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    • Kippereaca

      There is always more to the story than what is actually written for reading, and 90% of the time what is missing is actual truth of the story. As to the facts of this story, we now have two sides, but we still don’t know the truth. The only way to get the truth, is to actually be involved in the story and I don’t mean as a reporter. All reporters are biased, and there is no such thing as an unbiased story, so you have to do your own research to get the actual truth and I don’t mean just Googlying it, although that may get you started. Google like all media, printed, TV or electronic is biased in some way. The bias maybe as simple as writing the story so as to produce clickbait. Research yourself folks, and without you personally talking to each involved, you will always get a biased story or a story with substantial portions missing from a 3rd party reporter..

  • Hugh Culliton

    I don’t know, Matt – something’s off. I think that there’s another, significant angle to this story. Building a house on a gazebo permit and then feigning surprise when the city called her on it? I think that there’s a fair amount of culpability on both sides over this issue.

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      I can’t imagine how she thought the city wasn’t going to notice. Part of the permit process is having a CITY INSPECTOR check to make sure you didn’t build something that’s going to collapse onto your neighbor’s property.

      • Hugh Culliton

        “Drat! Foiled again by Reality!

  • The Cat’s Vagina

    I bet all the people here who are huffing, “gubmint shouldn’t be telling me what to build on my OWN property – this is ‘Murica, not China” are either A: renters who have no skin in the game either way and so can afford to say whatever sounds cool, or B: hypocritical homeowners who would HOWL in protest the second one of their neighbors started building something that would fuck up their property’s safety and value.

  • InalienableWrights

    If the tyrants keep it up, I forsee a lot of public hangings.

  • kookooracharabioso

    I’ve seen where people built structures in violation of code and managed to get away with it but of course they become rental properties and it certainly devalues the neighborhood quality of life. A sick senior does NOT need 3,000 square feet. Caregivers usually live elsewhere with their own families.

  • blowyourhorn

    Terrible piece for The Free Thought Project to stand behind. TFTP does not have the story correct. Building codes exist so that we may all reside with each other through respect of spaces and privacy. I have crossed referenced this story and this lady has a history of building monstrosities such as this and then renting out the space to multiple renters. If my neighbor built that in their backyard and obstructed my view and intruded on the privacy of my backyard beyond what it was when I bought it, you can bet my neighbor would have a fight on their hands. This is one of the worst stories that I can think of for The Free Thought Project to support and it shows the biased this paper has against anything authority. Try again…

    • The Cat’s Vagina

      I think most of the stories on this site are AWESOME, so maybe it’s worth putting up with one or two that chaps your ass. If you read these comments, though, you’ll see that I largely agree with you and hope she gets what she actually deserves and not what anyone thinks she does.

      • blowyourhorn

        It’s been more than one or two lately. TFTP lost a lot of credibility with me on this bogus story. I know that there is bias in reporting but this story completely misses the truth and propels TFTP to the top of my list of scrutiny. I will no longer recommend this site until I see a change of reporting for the truth instead of just trying to get under the skin to create intentional controversy for those that think the government sucks.

  • Anonymous

    There IS a reason for building codes. Remember Waco? That building was not put up to any soft of building code…and fire ripped right thru it. Or would you rather have a ramshackle house that every time a truck drives by, it collapses in on you?