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Woman Accused Of Cutting 100-Year-Old Tahoe Trees
AP via CBS 19 ^ | 01/23/08

Posted on 01/24/2008 12:08:13 PM PST by MotleyGirl70

A federal grand jury has indicted an Incline Village woman for allegedly hiring a crew to cut down three large pine trees up to a century old on U.S. Forest Service land at Lake Tahoe.

58-year-old Patricia Vincent was indicted by the grand jury in Reno last week on two charges, including theft of government property. If convicted, she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.

The three ponderosa pine trees from 80 to 100 years old were growing on a national forest lot the Forest Service had designated as environmentally sensitive as part of a plan to help protect the clarity of Lake Tahoe. The property is across the street from the Incline Village Championship Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior.

The indictment accuses Vincent of hiring a commercial tree removal business in April to cut down the trees to enhance her view. The indictment says the damage exceeded $10,000.

Vincent could not immediately be reached for comment.



TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: forests; laketahoe; laketahoetrees
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I love how this woman think she's entitled to a view of Lake Tahoe.

This "poor" woman doesn't have the view she wants so, what the heck cut down a few 80 year-old ponderosa pines on government property.

1 posted on 01/24/2008 12:08:16 PM PST by MotleyGirl70
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To: MotleyGirl70

What a b-i.


2 posted on 01/24/2008 12:09:20 PM PST by Slapshot68
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To: MotleyGirl70

Probably figured no one would notice.


3 posted on 01/24/2008 12:10:41 PM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Yeah, give her the chair.

Meanwhile charges still haven’t been filed against Clinton and Gore for cutting down trees on government property so they could make a joint announcement of a park dedication in Utah, against the wishes of the state.


4 posted on 01/24/2008 12:11:04 PM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: MotleyGirl70

And she probably drives a hybrid.


5 posted on 01/24/2008 12:11:09 PM PST by Spok (Now a confirmed one issue voter; RTKBA.)
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To: MotleyGirl70
The property is across the street from the Incline Village Championship Golf Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior.

Back in the good old days, RT Jones could run a bulldozer amok through such forests, build a golf course, and everyone hailed it as progress.

6 posted on 01/24/2008 12:12:43 PM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: MotleyGirl70

“..she faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count.”

I suspect that view will be somewhat less appealing than what she was trying for.


7 posted on 01/24/2008 12:13:57 PM PST by Rennes Templar ("The future ain't what it used to be".........Yogi Berra)
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To: MotleyGirl70

I have a piece of rental property in Florida. My elderly neighbor had someone go into my back yard and cut down a tree that was casting too much shade in her yard. When it fell, it crushed her fence, so she sent me a bill for half.

I’m sure she suppoerts McCain.


8 posted on 01/24/2008 12:16:29 PM PST by Soliton (Mitt/Huck 2008 "The 50 State Solution ")
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I bet she'll get 6 months in jail and the $250,000 fine for each tree stands.

If anything this case will set a good precedence.

I can't stand self-righteous people like this.

9 posted on 01/24/2008 12:20:28 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 (Dear GOP, Conservatism works every time itís tried. Sincerely, MotleyGirl70~~~Go Packers!~~~)
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I grew up in the Berkshire hills in western Massachusetts. People would move to the area and build houses on the side of a hill and then cut down all the trees so they could get a better view. Sometimes someone would move in across the valley and they would do the same thing, so both of them had a nice view of stumps and the other guys ugly house.
10 posted on 01/24/2008 12:20:35 PM PST by mbynack (Retired USAF SMSgt)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

What she failed to do was either make a large donation to the democrat of choice, of the regulators, or get elected to office before taking down the trees. Either would have insulated her.


11 posted on 01/24/2008 12:21:01 PM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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Meanwhile charges still haven’t been filed against Clinton and Gore for cutting down trees on government property so they could make a joint announcement of a park dedication in Utah, against the wishes of the state.

All animals are equal...except some animals are more equal than others.

12 posted on 01/24/2008 12:22:04 PM PST by Osage Orange ("Bill Clinton is an unusually good liar" - Bob Kerry)
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To: Soliton

“I have a piece of rental property in Florida. My elderly neighbor had someone go into my back yard and cut down a tree that was casting too much shade in her yard. When it fell, it crushed her fence, so she sent me a bill for half”

I would send her a bill back for the cost of the tree... if it was large enough then it could be in the 5 digit level...


13 posted on 01/24/2008 12:23:01 PM PST by djl_sa (a sad republican.... looking forward to 2008)
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To: Rennes Templar
I suspect that view will be somewhat less appealing than what she was trying for.

..can I have those three bars removed so I can see better?

14 posted on 01/24/2008 12:25:20 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Osage Orange

Bingo!


15 posted on 01/24/2008 12:27:24 PM PST by DoughtyOne (< fence >< sound immigration policies >< /weasles >< /RINOs >< /Reagan wannabees that are liberal >)
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To: MotleyGirl70

I was reading an old Richard Scarry children’s book to my daughter the other night. There was a section on how the lumber industry works. A specific passage, and I read it just a bit louder, cracked me up:

“this tree is nearly 100 years old, and ready for cutting”.

Well, I read it a bit louder because Grammy, a real non-thinking “parrot” of a lib, was in the room, too. She took exception to this passage and said something. I said, “yeah, it’s not like we can’t plant more trees.”


16 posted on 01/24/2008 12:30:56 PM PST by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Take a walk to the lake and look at it?


17 posted on 01/24/2008 12:32:43 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (ETERNAL SHAME on the Treasonous and Immoral Democrats!)
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To: MotleyGirl70

Property values in Tahoe, go up significantly if you have even a partial view of Lake Tahoe. Many “views” easily raise the values over six figures!


18 posted on 01/24/2008 12:33:37 PM PST by rjamesca
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To: MotleyGirl70

Get a grip folks. These were three second-growth trees next to a golf course. Make her pay damages and do some community service.


19 posted on 01/24/2008 12:35:44 PM PST by BigBobber
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Get a grip folks.

No, you get a grip.

These were not her trees to cut down.

If they were on her property I obviously don't care, but they weren't.

20 posted on 01/24/2008 12:47:03 PM PST by MotleyGirl70 (Dear GOP, Conservatism works every time itís tried. Sincerely, MotleyGirl70~~~Go Packers!~~~)
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