The Portland Business Journal is reporting that the Roloffs are suing Washington County for $200,000 stemming from the incident that viewers saw depicted on an epiosode of Little People, Big World
The lawsuit claims that Amy Roloff suffered severe distress after confronting an intruder who trespassed on the couple’s property, identified in court documents as John Wheeler, a Washington County building services inspector.
From the: Portland Business Journal - by Wendy Culverwell
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2010, 10:43am PST :
"Amy Roloff, who was home at the time, observed Wheeler on the property. She confronted him and asked for his identity and a disposable camera he was using to snap photos. According to the suit, Wheeler refused to identify himself or to turn over the camera. He retreated to his county work vehicle with Amy Roloff in pursuit as she called 911 for emergency assistance.
Amy Roloff noticed the county logo on Wheeler’s truck door and climbed in to identify Wheeler. The suit contends Wheeler “came into physical contact with plaintiff Amy Roloff and was pushing her off the seat and out of the truck”. He provided his business card before driving off.
The suit said the Roloffs have a heightened sensitivity to intruders because the “substantial celebrity” brought on by their television program. The case noted previous encounters with people who have threatened to harm them and their daughter and disclosed that burglars have successfully entered the family home in the past.
The couple asked that the case be tried before a jury.
The Roloffs are represented by Portland law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt P.C. Chris Gilmore, an attorney for Washington County, is representing the county. He could not be immediately reached to comment on the case. John Wheeler and his supervisor, Jay Winchester, are named as co-defendants."
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You can see a statement from Washington County on the matter (before the lawsuit was filed):