In this week’s Troubleshooters Report, a Brunswick County man who is causing a lot of headaches for his neighbors. John Bortone is a contractor who lives in the Carol Lynn neighborhood, just outside of Leland. Among other things, he built a commercial building on a residential lot and has boats and vehicles littering his property. Bortone also has been taken to court for housing his children in a trailer with no running water. Residents of Carol Lynn Estates have gone to great lengths to get John Bortone to clean up his property, even signing a petition to formally complain about him to county commissioners. Neighbor, Rick Stuckman, said so far nothing has worked. "He was very non receptive, not very cooperative at all. In most cases he just kind of laughed at us and turned the other way. And in most cases when we did make complaints, we had retaliation,” said Stuckman. Shortly after a neighbor testified against Mr. Bortone in court, someone fired shots at her house. No one was injured, but the damage was extensive. Stuckman said, "She had about $15,000 to $18,000 in damage to her house. Street lights in front of her house were shot up, her house was actually paint balled several times.” While no one could prove who shot her house, John Bortone has had run-ins with law enforcement. He has two recent arrests on his record in Brunswick County. He was locked up for contempt of court and failure to appear in court after causing damage to someone else's property. Code enforcement officials say they have towed some of the junked vehicles off his property, and now do weekly check-ups on Bortone's home. As for the commercial structure and equipment on Bortone's residential lot, the county zoning office is handling that investigation separately because it is a land use violation.
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