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Troubleshooters: Sewage pump station found, house lost

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Francis Hollis moved into in his Leland mobile home in 1973, on a piece of land he says was given to him by his grandfather. He lived there for 25 years, before moving with his wife Jennifer to Eden, North Carolina. They kept the home in Leland to use for vacations, so you can imagine their surprise when they came to visit a few years ago, and found that the North Brunswick Sanitary District had built a sewage pump station in their front yard. Then, they returned a couple years later to find their entire home, and everything in it, was gone. "It's a nightmare. It is a nightmare. My husband at the time, he couldn't believe it, I mean, we both sat down and cried,” said Jennifer Hollis Ussery. Jennifer Hollis Ussery is still trying to make sense of what happened. It's easily one of the strangest stories we've ever come across. After some extensive research at the Register of Deeds office, we learned the North Brunswick Sanitary District bought a piece of land across the street from the Hollis' home, on Lincoln School Road. In what appears to be a mix-up, the North Brunswick Sanitary District built the pump station on what may be wrong side of the street based on property records, and put it directly in front of the Hollis' home. Complicating matters further, there's now a dispute over who actually owns the land where the pump station was built. Jennifer's ex-husband Francis Hollis says the land was deeded to him by his late grandfather. Francis' uncle, Ezra Dale, claims the land belongs to him. Mr. Dale actually sold it to the North Brunswick Sanitary District. "I don't know why my so-called uncle wants this little piece of dirt right here with all the land he's got in Brunswick County. Unless it's just greed,” Francis said. Repeated calls to Mr. Dale for comment were not returned. Francis says the deed for the land in question was inside the home that was removed from the lot in 2006, and records from the Register of Deeds office as to who owns the half-acre lot are unclear. Tax records show the Hollises have been paying taxes on the property for years. Even without paperwork proving ownership, the Hollises' attorney says the land would have become rightfully theirs after decades of living on it under squatters’ rights laws. Other attorneys we consulted say it's not uncommon for there to be confusion over owns a piece of property. Sometimes, a judge has to decide who is the rightful owner, and other times a title insurance company will choose to pay a settlement to satisfy all the parties involved in a land dispute We've been trying to get an explanation from the North Brunswick Sanitary District for over a week, as to why the pump station was apparently built on the wrong side of the road. So far, we haven't gotten an answer. As for their mobile home that was destroyed along with everything in it, the Hollises' say that was their uncle Ezra Dale's doing. The Hollises' attorney says he filed a lawsuit against him today. He is preparing to file another lawsuit next week against the North Brunswick Sanitary District for building the sewage pump station in the front yard.

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"After some extensive

"After some extensive research at the Register of Deeds office, we learned the North Brunswick Sanitary District bought a piece of land across the street from the Hollis' home, on Lincoln School Road. In what appears to be a mix-up, the North Brunswick Sanitary District built the pump station on what may be wrong side of the street based on property records, and put it directly in front of the Hollis' home. Complicating matters further, there's now a dispute over who actually owns the land where the pump station was built. " I think this says ENOUGH about Brunswick County and its not just SOMEONE thats not doin their job, it is sounding like SOME PEOPLE aren't doing there job. This is a disgrace.

Property Dispute?

This story seems a little suspicious to me. If the people in quiestion really owned this property and paid taxes on it every year, why not come around and check on it before waiting three years to do so? I thought when you sell property there is a deed search on the property to make sure no one else beside the person selling has any claim to the property.And if they were paying taxes every year as they have said,wouldn't the tax office caught that mistake,since it was city property?Seems like somebody is trying to make a buck at city's expense!

town of leland

How did all this get inspected and given the OK by the Town of Leland before it was built? Why didn't Tim Evans in the building inspections dept question this during construction?

Troubleshooters

First of all, why has it taken so long for this couple to come forth with this problem? If it happened as far back as 2006, why wasn't something done then before it got three years later? Have they been trying to resolve the situation all this time? Mr. Dale is a honest business man and I do not believe, in any way, that he would do anything malicious to anyone. I do not believe that he would, knowingly, take someone else's property, that he does not have rights to, and sell it to an entity such as the Sanitary District. I hope that the answers will come soon.

This was wrong

I do believe that there was a lot of negligence on Burnswick County's part. I do feel that Mr. Dale knows he made a mistake which is why he is refusing to comment along side with Burnswick County sanitation department. It isn't fair, and it isn't right for anyone to arrive at there home only to discover it was missing. With an added bonus that a recent sewage pump station was added to there property I feel that Burnswick Sanitation Department and the Gentlemen Mr. Dale who sold the property should be heavily fined and pursed in court to the fullest extent of the law for fraud, and negligence. I wonder who signed the permit? Have we discovered who yet? Someone is in the wrong for placing this and removing there home... But who? That's the question.

You must not be from Leland.

You must not be from Leland. Ezra Dale owns most of the land that the "old" Leland sits on. The building that you see pay him rent for the land or building. So for him to tell someone that he owns some land in Leland, no one would question that cause for the most part he does own all of leland. Not saying that its right I would be very upset. I think it is time for some one to put Ezra Dale in his place. He has been running around Leland for year as if he answers to no one. Its time for someone to make him answer. But it will be a hard road ahead of them.

Not from Leland

I'm not from Leland, but maybe this Ezra Dale person doesn't really own most of Leland, but just says he does? Either way, something doesn't smell right with this one (sorry for the pun).

Missing home

I agree with Jodie that B C si not doing a great job down there in Bolivia. Every thing should be checked and rechecked before you start tearing sown peoples homes. Someone needs to pay for this mistake.