The Edmond Sun

May 6, 2013

Police: Man allegedly uses tractor to damage new home

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A man upset by garbage truck noise and a nearby development allegedly caused $87,001 worth of damage to a home in east Edmond, according to an incident report.

At about 8:42 a.m. April 25, Police Officer William Wright was dispatched to the 800 block of Blue Oak Way in reference to a home under construction being heavily damaged, according to the report filed by Wright.

An unidentified witness said someone had damaged two of their homes under construction and pushed a city transformer box nearly off its concrete slab, allegedly causing about $3,000 worth of damage, Wright stated.

Damage to one of the homes was significant on three of the four sides, Wright stated. The wall on the north side had a hole in the brick similar to the size and shape of a tractor back hoe bucket, the officer stated. The north wall was pushed in about 6-8 inches, and bricks around a damaged window were broken; another window suffered similar damage, he stated.

Tracks in the front yard indicted the tractor got a running start and rammed the double garage door on the home, caving it in, Wright stated.

Damage will force the builder to tear the walls down to the studs and have the foundation inspected, Wright stated. Preliminary estimates put the damage to the home at about $80,000, the officer stated.

Damage to the second home was estimated at $2,000-$4,000 worth of brick and masonry work, Wright stated.

While walking around the home, he noticed what appeared to be tractor tracks leading back into the woods to the northeast of the damaged homes, Wright stated.

He followed the tracks through the woods to a blue back hoe parked to the south of 931 Brook Forrest, Wright stated. He knocked on the door for several minutes before he made contact with the home owner, the officer stated.

He asked the man if the tractor belonged to him and he said it is his tractor, Wright stated. The officer asked the man if he drove his tractor on April 24 and the man said, “Yes,” Wright stated. When he asked where he drove his tractor the man said, “I didn’t drive my tractor,” Wright stated.

At the home on Blue Oak Way, he was talking with the victim when an unidentified person walked up and said he was an employee who was working on the floors, Wright stated.

When the employee walked outside to empty his sawdust bag he noticed an older male with gray hair driving a blue tractor onto the corner of a nearby lot, Wright stated. The description given by the employee matched the description of the man he had just questioned, Wright stated in the report.

On April 26, Wright stated that he spoke with another witness who said he saw an older man about 6 feet tall with gray hair wearing a grayish-colored shirt and jeans driving a blue tractor into the corner of the house next to where he was working.

Michael Fightmaster, 65, of Edmond, was arrested on three felony malicious destruction of property complaints, Wright stated.

When reached by phone and given an opportunity to tell his side of the story, Fightmaster deferred The Edmond Sun to his attorney. Attorney information was not available in Oklahoma County District Court records nor did Fightmaster name his attorney.

At the station, Sgt. Damon Minter read the suspect his rights and the suspect agreed to speak, Wright stated.

Fightmaster purportedly said he often works around the house during the day, Wright stated. He said he took his medication, drank some “southern comfort” and was knocking down some trees with his tractor on his property when he drove to the two houses, the officer stated in the incident report.

Fightmaster allegedly said he is tired of the constant noise from the garbage truck at 6:30 a.m. and is very upset about a dispute related to the proper boundary of his property, Wright stated.

On April 26, initial criminal probable cause paperwork was filed in Oklahoma County District Court. No future court dates have been scheduled, according to the online court database.

Fightmaster posted $2,000 bond and was released April 28, according to county jail records. | 341-2121, ext. 108