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Veteran fighting land battle with Grant County

Posted at 11:26 PM, Apr 21, 2016

GRANT COUNTY, Ind. -- A land dispute in Grant County has become a lot more visible thanks to a few large signs along the road.

The signs accuse county government officials of mistreating the landowner – a Vietnam War veteran.

The land fight has been going on for more than 15 years. Landowner John Moriarity says the county has wanted to build a road across part of his 400 acres since the early 2000s.

He believes the road will cut through a field he currently farms, and that will in turn cut into his income.

He says it could also hurt the auto auction business they run on the land.

Moriarity says the county wrote him a check, but won't say exactly how much land they want to take.

"It's like giving them a blank check," he said. "We asked them to identify the property they are taking. They've not identified the property. We won't sign the papers and they told us at a public meeting that if we didn't sign the papers they would have to eminent domain. Well, we won't ever sign the papers until they clearly identify what they are taking."

The Grant County Commissioners did not immediately return RTV6's request for comment on this story. 

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