- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Two Gresham couples have defended themselves against allegations brought in a $660,000 lawsuit that they cut down or damaged dozens of protected trees to improve the views from their homes.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports (https://bit.ly/1UiZKbe ) that David and Alyce Hadeed El-Khal filed a response in court last week saying they only cut two or three trees that were “worthless, dead and decayed.” Their neighbors, Stephen and Judith Brugh, issued a response last month alleging they only had four trees de-limbed to prevent them from blowing down in a storm.

Oregon’s regional planning agency Metro filed the suit against the couples in March. It claims they cut down 44 trees in a protected nature area near their homes perched atop Gresham Butte to enhance their views of the city below.

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Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, https://www.oregonlive.com

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