October 12, 2013

Family evicted, arrested

RAINBOW LAKE — Foreclosure on a $520,000 Adirondack property led to the arrest of three people who refused to leave and the alleged discovery of marijuana plants and illegal guns.

Noel Prellwitz, 53; his long-time companion, Susan Laubert, 61; and their daughter, Kama Prellwitz, 23; were charged by Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration this week for allegedly fighting eviction from 81 Hull Road in the Town of Brighton.

“This has been going on for years,” Deputy Sgt. Barry Cartier said. “(Prellwitz) inherited the property from his grandfather, but because of back taxes, it was bought by a man from New Jersey.”

Prellwitz owed $92,955 in unpaid taxes, dating back to 2007, according to the County Treasurer’s Office.

The waterfront property was foreclosed upon and included in the county’s June 26 land auction.

Its total assessed value is $521,500, with the 1.5 acre of land alone valued at $406,000, the Treasurer’s Office said.

Cartier said a main house and a few other buildings were crammed full of possessions that Prellwitz inherited.


The property was purchased by John Matarese of Franklin Lake, N.J., for $230,000, and he sought to have the family removed, as is his right as the new owner, Cartier said.

Deputies arrived early Monday to serve the eviction notice, which gives the occupants 72 hours to clear out.

“We do a number of evictions, but nothing like this one,” he said. Some people who get the notice “stay until the last minute, but they usually move out. But this time, this was different.

“He said he went to college for 15 years. He said he was born and raised there, and he was going to die there,” the sergeant said.

“I spent 30 minutes trying to explain to them what had to happen, but my impression is he brainwashed the women. He believes in sovereignty and doesn’t recognize the government’s authority.”

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