Judge rules farmer's property may be seized

January 08, 2007|By ANDREW SCHOTZ


A Washington County district judge ruled Monday that items belonging to a Williamsport-area farmer may be seized because of rent he owes his father.

Charles Wiles owns 200 acres near Williamsport that his son, Greg, has used for a dairy farm.

Today, the Washington County Sheriff's Department is to remove Greg Wiles' property from the land, including items that may be sold to pay off the debt to his father.

The exception is Greg Wiles' 110 cows, which may stay on the land for 30 days. If he doesn't remove them by then, he will have abandoned them, said William C. Wantz, Charles Wiles' attorney.


Greg Wiles owed his father $7,584 as of Dec. 1, 2006, according to a court document Greg Wiles showed The Herald-Mail.

District Judge Mark Thomas ruled Monday that some of Greg Wiles' property can be distrained, or held as security for his debt.

Wantz said the items, including a computer, have a total value of about $3,000.

Greg Wiles said the dispute between him and his father is over two cloned cows and about 15 offspring that are part of his herd.

"We had a great working relationship until two years ago," Greg Wiles said.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the milk and meat of cloned animals from the food supply.

The FDA now has decided that food from cloned livestock is safe to eat, but hasn't given final approval yet, which keeps the ban alive.

Greg Wiles said he's unsure of his future, but he hopes to continue farming.

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