RAINBOW LAKE - A Rainbow Lake man arrested this week for refusing to leave his home after it had been seized and sold at public auction now faces additional charges.
State police charged Noel Prellwitz, 53, with criminal possession of a firearm, a class E felony, and a pair of violations: unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful growing of cannabis.
Prellwitz, along with his wife and daughter, were arrested Monday after they refused to leave their house at 81 Hull Road when Franklin County sheriff's deputies showed up to evict them. They were each charged with obstructing governmental administration and Prellwitz was also charged with resisting arrest.
The Prellwitz family’s former home in Rainbow Lake is seen Monday after Noel Prellwitz, his wife and daughter were evicted that morning after not paying property taxes.
(Enterprise photo — Chris Knight)
The lakefront property had been sold in June by the county after Prellwitz had accumulated and refused to pay $92,955 in property taxes. A notice of eviction was served to the family last week.
After they were arrested Monday, a team of people hired by the property's new owner spent several days removing the family's belongings. Several marijuana plants and several thousand dollars in cash were found, along with a gun. State police spokeswoman Jennifer Fleishman said she didn't know what type of gun was found, but she said Prellwitz didn't have a permit for it.
Prellwitz was arrested Thursday on the additional charges, arraigned in town of Brighton court and remanded back to the Franklin County Jail in Malone in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.
Following his initial arrest Monday, someone came to bail him out, but the sheriff's department said he refused to comply with the process and remained behind bars.
A jail spokesman told the Enterprise Friday that Prellwitz made bail on Thursday and was released. He's scheduled to reappear in town court at 7 p.m. Wednesday night.
His daughter, Kama Prellwitz, and wife, Susan Leubert, were released on bond earlier this week.
Contact Chris Knight at 518-891-2600 ext. 24 or firstname.lastname@example.org.