August 05, 2005
most famous resident gets the boot
Loyd, representing Big D Holdings, the owner of record of the Spring Garden townhouse occupied by Natalie Berquist for the last four years, finally got an eviction writ this morning in Justice of the Peace, Sandy Prindle's courtroom.
Berquist is seen with her attorney, Chuck Woods, at
the first eviction hearing in June.
Natalie Berquist, who appeared
this time without Counsel, said her Attorney was not present because he had not received notification of the hearing from the Plaintiff. Annette Loyd countered that she had sent one on Tuesday. Justice Prindle noted to both parties that notification to Berquist's attorney, Chuck Woods, was not necessary, since notice was served legally to Ms. Berquist.
Natalie also denied personally receiving the eviction notice, but Justice Prindle explained that service was indeed made, under State rule 742A, that allows the server to send one copy by certified mail, whether it is signed for as "received" or not, AND by taping a copy to the door, when the tenant is not located.
Justice Prindle then signed the order of Eviction. However, he told Natalie Berquist that she could appeal the decision, by providing an appeal bond of $4,800, based on his estimate of the value of the home, plus $553 in Court Costs. She stormed out of the courtroom before he was able to tell her that she had five days in which to do so. Or as ordered, Berquist has five calendar days to remove her property and be out of the townhouse.
On Big D Holdings prior attempt in June to purge Berquist from the two-story home at 3984 Witten Drive, Annette Loyd had been ambushed by Natalie's attorney, Chuck Woods of Dallas. He had produced a document at the hearing which showed Big D. Holdings was delinquent in franchise payments to the State of Texas, in order to conduct business. Woods had said then, "Big D Holdings has no right to bring a lawsuit in Texas, because they are behind in paying their franchise fees to the State, from September 13, 2003. We ask this case be dismissed, because the company is not in 'good standing' to issue a notice to vacate."
Justice Prindle had agreed and denied that eviction attempt, but "without prejudice", in order to give Big D Holdings the option to catch up what they owed the State, and then try once more to wrest the embattled house away from Natalie Berquist.
Natalie Berquist contends the townhouse was given to her by a former married paramour, who unbeknownst to her, put the title to the home in Big D Holdings name instead of hers.
This morning, as Ms. Berquist exited the doors of the courtroom, she made an outburst to spectators, "I hope you are happy now, you have something to gossip about!" The Deputy Constable for Precinct 3, Peter Donnelly, followed her to the parking lot. He told this reporter that he wanted to ascertain Ms. Berquist was not driving herself from the hearing, because she appeared to be "flying high." Fortunately, the unidentified man who brought her to the Northeast Sub-Courthouse, drove her in his vehicle from the parking lot.
Natalie Berquist saluted the Deputy and the LNO reporter with
a single middle finger, as the vehicle pulled out on State Highway 26.