Colorado Man Defiant About Neglected Pittston Property
PITTSTON — Despite being found guilty on allegations he neglects a blighted and dangerous North Main Street property, a Colorado real estate investor and limited government activist is remaining defiant and continues to bash the city officials who cited him.
Magisterial District Judge Alexandra Kravitz recently found Douglas Bruce guilty of five citations filed against him in connection with the property he owns at 385 N. Main St., a long time vacant former bar.
Bruce, a former state representative and a convicted felon, insists the building — the former Paddy’s Pub — is safe while city officials say its needs significant repairs or needs to be demolished.
Bruce did not show up at the recent hearing in Pittston and was convicted in absentia. Pittston City officials said they’ve now referred the case to city police, which could file criminal charges against him.
The building owner challenged them to bring it on.
“Your magistrate and the entire Pittston City government is an embarrassment to those who understand the Constitution and rule of law. These people are morons. These people are unfit for any kind of public office other than driving a garbage truck,” Bruce said in a phone call. “It’s not due process to think they could summon me to come to Pittston because they think I am as stupid as they are. They don’t have the power to arrest me. If they come and try to handcuff me, I will pursue charges of kidnapping against them. The judge will have bigger problems if she doesn’t tell these bozos in Pittston to back off.”
Bruce, 69, said there’s no crime to own a vacant building from afar. He said it’s nobody’s business on what he plans to do with the property — which he feels is stable and safe.
Media reports in Colorado said Bruce owns dozens of blighted properties around the country.
Pittston Mayor Mike Lombardo said the city won’t back down and doesn’t like to see small town America be insulted by a man from Colorado Springs who is neglecting a property thousands of miles away.
“While Mr. Bruce apparently has a clear understanding of his perceived rights, he obviously has/had no regard for the rights of our citizens who had, for too long, endured his deplorable property,” Lombardo said. “As far as his derogatory insults, they speak volumes regarding his character and cognitive capacity. I look forward to seeing him face-to-face in court.”
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