A week ago the couple filed suit against Bishop and Tim Warren, both of Melber, Kentucky, and Better Built Garages, all of whom they say are responsible for the destruction of their property.
According to the suit — filed by Mike Breen, attorney for the Perez family, in the Trigg County Circuit Court on Jan. 27: “Tim Warren, acting on his own and with full authority from Better Built Garages, Inc., trespassed on the property of the Plaintiffs. He used a backhoe to tear down 30 to 40 feet of new fence and 15 metal posts. Then he used the backhoe to smash the Plaintiff’s house to bits.”
According to Mrs. Perez, Warren had been contracted by the Illinois-based Better Built Garages to repossess two storage buildings that the previous owner, John O’Hearon, allegedly hadn’t completely paid for.
O’Hearon had incorporated the storage buildings onto either end of his dwelling. That is, he removed the end walls of his dwelling — and a wall apiece from the storage units —and then grafted them together.
The Perez family bought the property from Bruce Denny of Clarksville “as is,” with none of the parties aware that payments were still due on the buildings. However, Denny had quit his rental arrangement with O’Hearon — who built the house on the property — when he cancelled a rental check.
The Perez family agreed to purchase the 16 acres of land and the dwelling from Denny for $55,000, payments on which they are still making. They did not have a lawyer oversee the purchase. After the home was destroyed, Denny cut that price by $10,000.
Efforts by The Cadiz Record to contact Tim Warren were unsuccessful. However, officials from Warren Rentals told the Kentucky New Era last year they had the legal right to remove its unpaid property from the lot on Cerulean Road. They said numerous attempts to contact O’Hearon were unsuccessful.
For the rest of this story, please see this week's edition of The Cadiz Record.