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Martha News

Thought you'd all be interested in this one. :

E! Online news
Don't Tread on Martha

August 23, 2000 
She may be the Queen of Domesticity, but her
hospitality is positively horrid.

Martha Stewart called police in Mount Desert, Maine,
when a car full of lost sightseers made a wrong turn
and ended up in Stewart's driveway.

Beginning at about 12:30 a.m. on August 13, Officer
James McGreevy received a total of three calls from
Stewart's Seal Harbor house in a 20-minute period.

McGreevy arrived at Stewart's house to find a
limousine blocked in the driveway.

The limo driver, Richard "Bub" Anderson, had taken
eight women on a tour around the island, which is near
the tourist town of Bar Harbor, after a bachelorette
party. Anderson said he took the group out to dinner
and shopping, up a mountain to watch a meteor shower
and into Seal Harbor to see the homes of some of his

Then, Anderson said, he lost his bearings.

"It was obvious we must have taken a wrong road," he
told the Ellsworth American, the hometown paper. "All
of a sudden this vehicle comes backing out of a

Anderson said a brown SUV backed up, stopped quickly
and the driver got out. "The girls started hollering
'Oh no, it's Martha Stewart!' " Anderson recounted.

And she didn't have a welcoming batch of hors
d'oeuvres on a gold-rimmed platter.

Anderson said Stewart told him she had "had it" with
people trespassing and she was sick of people coming
to her home.

Once police arrived they issued Anderson a summons
charging him with misdemeanor trespass by motor
vehicle. On Monday, however, prosecutors said no
charges will be filed against the driver, in part
because Stewart's lane doesn't have any signs marking
it as private property with no trespassing allowed.
(Ironically, Stewart could technically face criminal
or civil charges for unlawfully detaining the
tourists, but chances are Anderson and company won't
pursue any legal recourse.)

Meanwhile, Martha's spin doctors are trying to paint
her as the nice gal. "Ms. Stewart plans no further
action in this matter," a rep says. But, "like any
homeowner, she remains concerned with issues of
privacy and personal safety when in the sanctity of
her own home."

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