Semi trucks keep business from general store

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

BOSWELL-A property owner went to great lengths to keep business out of a gen earl store in Boswell, OK. The property owner says the General Store managers aren't paying up on a leasing contract.

Recently a Choctaw County judge said if they wouldn't pay, they'd be evicted.

The judge then granted an extension, allowing them to stay in the building for two more weeks.

The owner of the property says that's not good enough, and brought in some back up to prove he's serious.

Residents in Boswell say the General Store is a staple in the community, with groceries, video rental, and a gas station. Filling up at the general store became difficult Thursday afternoon after Mike Pierce parked two semis blocking the pumps.

"I've been paying the taxes on it for a year and haven't got a dime,” said Pierce. “I think I have the right to park it on my own property."

Pierce owns the building where the General Store is located. He leased the building to Sam and Shannon Fleming, and says he hasn't received rent payments in months.

"All of a sudden in July they just quit paying their rent and in my contract it plainly states you have to pay 36 mo. rent but they didn't pay the last two," Pierce said.

The Flemings didn't have a comment on the situation, but did tell me the store is theirs and they're entitled to this property.

A Choctaw County judge ruled an eviction notice, but the Flemings appealed the ruling, and the judge granted a two-week stay of extension. The eviction was originally scheduled for this afternoon, so Pierce says he took matters into his own hands.

"It was like a Woodstock of cars. It was everywhere,” said James “Buck” Thomas, who lives across the street from the store. “It looked like a gigantic explosion. I looked over here and didn't know what happened. It looked like a serious crime scene."

About two hundred people crowded around to witness the unusual sight. Boswell police officers asked Pierce to move the trucks, but can't require him to do so because it's private property.

Pierce says he's not moving unless given a court order or he receives his money.

"You know, even after I beat them 2-3 times in court I still offered to settle with him. I said just pay me, that's all I want is my money."

Boswell police say the stay of extension at the store is until April 19th.

KXII Staff tried to get an interview and a statement from the Flemings to hear both sides of the story, but they refused except to say the store is theirs.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Oklahoma on Apr 10, 2007 at 06:23 AM
    The reason Mike hasn't recieved money is because he won't accept payments from them. He wants the store back plain and simple and it's not a big secret.
  • by bubba lee joe bob Location: hicksville on Apr 8, 2007 at 10:12 AM
    he shud kik dem dedbeets out ov iz proptee!!!!
  • by Kenneth Location: Texas on Apr 7, 2007 at 12:29 PM
    I followed this case in court. Im sure the legal system will catch up some day, but how can you compensate for the lost revenue Mike has experienced over the last year..
  • by mickey Location: oklahoma on Apr 7, 2007 at 09:04 AM
    people needs to pay what they owe. if they don't they need to vacate the property. the property owner should have the right to take over the property immediatly!! he is trying to make a living just like everyone else in this money hungry world!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2007 at 04:26 PM
    Run for City Council in Colbert! Maybe you can straighten out that train wreck too.
  • by Justin Location: Durant on Apr 6, 2007 at 03:41 PM
    MORE THAN LIKELY MIKE PIERCE HAS CHEATED THEM AS HE HAS SO MANY OTHERS INCLUDING MYSELF.....HE WOULDNT GIVE US OUR MONEY HE OWED US AFTER DECIDING NOT TO LEASE US A DEER LEASE ANY LONGER AND NOT NOTIFYING US UNTIL THE DAY THE SEASON OPENED!!
  • by Angela Crippin Location: Soper, Oklahoma on Apr 6, 2007 at 01:40 PM
    You Go Mike!!!
  • by Hillary Location: Kansas on Apr 6, 2007 at 07:35 AM
    Mike Pierce should have the right to kick thoes people off his property and keep the semis there untell he gets his money.
  • by Brandon Location: Arkansas on Apr 6, 2007 at 07:31 AM
    Kick them out put Mike in unless money is handed over immediately their time is up.
  • by Sue Location: Wapanucka on Apr 6, 2007 at 07:29 AM
    Mike should have possession of property now. Fleming should vacate now.
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