HAGERSTOWN --The civil trial of a Williamsport man being sued by his neighbors for intentional infliction of emotional distress entered its second week Monday in Washington County Circuit Court with witnesses for the defense taking the stand.
Jeffrey Lynn Hurd, 56, of 11845 Camden Road near Williamsport, also is being sued on several nuisance claims by neighbors Eric and Mary Haberkorn, James and Renee Rudolph, and Arthur and Sonja Pereschuk. They testified last week that Hurd spied on them, made death threats and harassed them over several years, often in disputes about a shale mine he operates on his land.
The Pereschuks and Rudolphs also testified that Hurd shot their dogs. Hurd was convicted on criminal charges of shooting the Pereschuks' dog in 2007 and the Rudolphs' dog in 2008, although one of the convictions was reversed by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
Luanne Hurd testified Monday that there was no basis for the nuisance complaints against her husband. She testified her husband did not operate heavy equipment late at night and that she never saw him threaten to kill neighbors, spy on them or patrol his property line with a rifle.