Ongoing dispute leads to man’s second arrest

A Ruston man has been arrested for the second time in five days in an ongoing dispute with his neighbors.

Steven Mark Schmitt, 59, of Ruston was arrested for violation of a protective order (supplemental order of bail) Monday. He was previously arrested last Wednesday for aggravated assault with a firearm and resisting an officer in regard to a property line dispute with a neighbor.

On Monday, Lincoln Parish deputies were called by the neighbor who said Schmitt had been yelling at them from his property in violation of a supplemental order of bail.

Deputies talked with Schmitt who he was telling his neighbor to keep the plants he was planting on his side of the property line. Schmitt said the order pertained to the wife and not to the husband he was talking to.

Deputies later verified the order pertained to anyone connected with the complainant. Schmitt was so informed and arrested for violation of a protective order.

As of Tuesday evening, he remained at the Lincoln Parish Detention Center with no bail set.

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