Monday, February 08, 2010
Forest Service officer drives miles to issue warning about bulletin board ad
A U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer made a miles-long journey off federal property this week to warn a Chico man not to post advertisements for his business on a Forest Service bulletin board. He then detained him after the man allegedly slammed a door in the officer's face. Forest Service officer Paul Zohovetz asked for Chico police backup Wednesday when the man he was contacting, identified as Jeff Newman, 53, reportedly slammed a door in his face and allegedly refused to come out of his residence. Officials said Newman had violated Forest Service rules by posting a flier on a bulletin board near Colby Mountain in Lassen National Forest, offering a cross-country ski tuneup service. Newman is a painter by trade and told Zohovetz he was just trying to earn a little extra money to make ends meet. Newman, reportedly a diabetic, began to shake and convulse, then tried to pull away from Zohovetz and a Chico officer, who were forced to put him on the ground. Zohovetz' supervisor, Capt. Mike Zunino, said he couldn't comment on why the officer issued a warning to Newman in person...read more
A FS employee in his government-issued costume shows up at your private residence without a warrant and demands you exit the residence. If you refuse you are breaking the law? Someone please show me the federal statute he has violated.
I'm also curious if there is a "Don't Slam The Door" statute.
All this over violating a bulletin board policy? Please remember this the next time you read a story about the FS not having enough personnel to protect the federal lands.