A couple from Loudoun County accused a Northern Virginia lawmaker of damaging their property over the weekend.
Chris Curfman says she and her partner have a longstanding dispute with the state of Del. Dave LaRock on using a road that runs through a Curfman easement area and leads to LaRock’s house. It is one of two roads that lead to his house.
Recent video shows LaRock pulling private property signs off Curfman’s fence. LaRock then knocked down poles that had security cameras mounted on them.
“It appears to be criminal behavior,” Curfman said. “If you read the code, there’s nothing in an easement that you can take property and destroy.”
But LaRock defends his actions, saying a neighborhood covenant bans all signs except real estate signs. Another agreement gives him the right to maintain the easement road, so he says the posts could get in the way.
“The matter is in my hands,” LaRock said. “In fact, I took a hands-on approach to solving it. If I have an agreement with him that I can remove something, then doing it myself is a perfectly legitimate way to go about it, and that’s the case as I see it.”
In 2020, LaRock was charged with trespassing and breaking down a gate that crossed the road. He was convicted of one charge in a lower court, but was acquitted on appeal.
After the latest incident, Curfman and her partner pointed to a “good neighbor arrangement” LaRock had reached that stipulated that he should use the other road to his property in the first place, but they say he encourages contractors and visitors to come in. to use the easement road instead.
“We just want him to leave our stuff alone and leave us alone,” Curfman said. “We want to enjoy our property and we want other people not to use that property when they are not supposed to.”
LaRock — a conservative Republican — accuses Curfman of antagonizing him by placing rainbow flags along the road.
“Maybe she just wants all our guests to know that they support the LBGBT community, or maybe she’s doing it because she thinks it’s bothering me,” he said.
LaRock said his next step is to file a civil lawsuit to try to enforce his understanding of the road’s use.
Curfman called the sheriff.
LaRock’s house is currently for sale.