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Pa. campground owner will remain in jail until tenants leave

(Oct. 4, 2012) -- Thomas Peckham, owner of Moon Meadows Campground in Erie, was jailed yesterday on contempt of court charges for keeping his campground open almost a year after a judge ordered it closed, writes ErieTVNews.

ERIE, Pa. — Thomas Peckham, owner of Moon Meadows Campground in Erie, was jailed yesterday on contempt of court charges for keeping his campground open almost a year after a judge ordered it closed, writes ErieTVNews.

Judge Shad Connelly says the owner will stay in jail until all of his tenants have moved out, reports ErieTVNews, so the longer the tenants stay at the campground, the longer Peckham stays in jail.

“It’s heartbreaking,” says tenant Denise Hamling. “It’s heartbreaking for me and my family, and for Tom. There’s a lot of people who live here or have lived here. We rely on this place and we feel comfortable here.”

ErieTVNews reports that Peckham has also been ordered to pay $100 for each day the campground remained open after the judge’s order. That fine totals $35,000.

For the complete story from ErieTVNews, click here.

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