Kaddis faces additional charges
in tree incident
by Lenny Roberts
William Kaddis, the Los Angeles man authorities claim illegally
bulldozed 301 oak trees on a 43-acre parcel of land he purchased
in March 2001, has been hit with more charges.
Ventura County Deputy District Attorney Karen Wold said Tuesday
that additional charges of filing a false police report and maintaining
an illegal dog kennel at the Baldwin Road site near Lake Casitas
have been filed.
Wold said the false filing report was based upon an allegation
Kaddis made in July that he had found an envelope on his property
containing a suspicious or threatening letter, which prompted
him to call sheriff's deputies.
"He requested that they come out and take a look at it,"
Wold began. "The letter basically took responsibility for
everything that happened on the property; the cutting down of
the trees and neighbor's fence, and damaging his bulldozer.
"He talked about it when spoke in front of the Board of
Supervisors, and my office has concluded that was a false police
Wold added that letter stated that the damage was done "because
you're Egyptian and must take responsibility for Sept. 11."
It also included a warning to Kaddis, telling him to get out
"I believe that I can prove to a jury, beyond reasonable
doubt, that Mr. Kaddis wrote that letter," Wold said.
For more than a year, Kaddis has kept 56 dogs in kennels on the
property without a kennel permit - a misdemeanor violation.
Kaddis is already facing eight misdemeanor charges stemming from
the removal of the trees including a county non-coastal ordinance
prohibiting the felling of protected trees and allegedly altering
a stream bed, a Department of Fish and Game violation.
Earlier this year, Kaddis filed a $10 million lawsuit against
the county alleging discrimination and unfair treatment by county
Kaddis is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 20.
© 2002 The Ojai Valley News
Back to the news