Man ordered to clean property harasses workers

BRUNSWICK COUNTY -- The Winnabow man ordered to clean up his property because it was deemed a junkyard couldn't get it done in time. And now he's under a court order to stay away from the people doing it. Because Phillip Rivers couldn't get his property cleaned up in time Brunswick County is paying crews to clean it up for him. The problem, the county says, is Rivers is harassing the workers. To try and keep Rivers from the cleanup crews the county hit him with a restraining order telling him he can't be within 100 feet of the workers or their equipment. According to court papers, Rivers started harassing, threatening and cursing at the crews as soon as they showed up Tuesday. The county attorney says Rivers would also get in the way of heavy equipment, becoming a danger to himself. Rivers tried to get the junk and debris in his yard cleaned up by the deadline the county gave him, but was not able to do it on his own. To pay for the cleanup crews the county hired, the county put a lien on Rivers home. The county was afraid some of the junk in Rivers yard was contaminating neighbors' drinking water. Tests were performed on nearby water wells about two weeks ago. The results of those tests should be coming back any day now.

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