By Ken Bustin
What began as a land boundary and right-of-way dispute has resulted in a local man being arrested and charged with felony Destruction of Property by Hardy County Sheriff Steve Dawson, in what some see as a strong-arm tactic and an overreach of authority on the part of the Sheriff.
Tyler Borror was arrested by Sheriff Dawson on July 5 at his property at 9173 South Fork Road in Moorefield, on a Criminal Complaint signed by Magistrate Judge Shawna Crites on June 28. But the story really begins much earlier, in 2021, when Borror purchased the property, which is bounded on the south by property owned by Ward Malcolm and his brother Timothy, with whom the boundary and right-of-way dispute has developed, and on the East side by the west prong of the South Fork River.
The dispute centers around a long-disused waterway crossing by two bridges, and the question is whether Malcolm has a valid right-of-way across Borror’s property.