Petersburg: Troopers remove man from property

Posted: Sunday, May 12, 2002

A tense daylong standoff with state and local police ended peacefully Thursday, April 26, when Ray Olsen 76, was evicted from disputed property owned by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court at mile 3.5 of the Mitkof Highway.

Olsen and police negotiated for several hours on the phone and through the door of a trailer on his former property.

Trooper Kurt Ludwig of Ketchikan said the confrontation did not result in an arrest. "We were going out to the Olsens' property to serve a writ of assistance in order to turn the property over to the new owners," Ludwig said. "I told Mr. Olsen that he was not going to be under arrest if he was to leave the property."

"Someone was trespassing on our property, and it was the Olsens, and I had to get law enforcement," said Larry Compton of the United States Bankruptcy Court's office in Anchorage, who obtained the writ.

Ludwig said that "in excess of ten personnel" were on hand to assist in serving the writ for the approximately 120-acre tract of land.

Shortly after an ambulance left with Olsen, troopers suggested the trailer Olsen had been occupying be destroyed so that the situation could not be repeated.

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