Julia Shumway
The Bulletin

February’s record-­breaking snowstorms brought a long-simmering dispute between rural Deschutes County neighbors to a boil after one couple allegedly blocked their neighbors’ driveway with 20 feet of snow.

David and Mary Carper, the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed this week by Redmond attorney Ed Fitch, own a 5-acre plot of land north of NW Odem Avenue in Terrebonne. Their land includes a long, narrow strip running west toward NW 19th Street, south of the 14.6-acre lot owned by neighbors Ronald and ­Dolores Wieglenda.

According to the complaint, the Carpers have had trouble with the Wieglendas trespassing on their property since they bought the land from Ronald Wieglenda’s mother in 2015.

In late February, the Wieglendas piled about 20 feet of snow onto the strip of land the Carpers own, according to the complaint. The mountain of snow, which the Wieglendas refused to move, meant the Carpers couldn’t get out to 19th Street.

The Carpers are seeking a judgment that will prohibit the Wieglendas from trespassing on their property and interfering with their long driveway, as well as reimbursement for court costs.

Calls to Fitch and the Carpers were not returned by press time. A publicly listed number for the Wieglendas was out of service.

— Reporter: 541-633-2160; jshumway@bendbulletin.com