Amie Rentmeister said her family’s water and sewer services stopped working nearly a week ago. She believed her brother-in-law and neighbor, Kim Rentmeister, may have tampered with the utility lines.
Amie Rentmeister said the lines run from her house underground to Kim Rentmeister’s property.
“It's a very long sewer line,” she said. “They made us go down that way when we built our house. It's all on family land.”
Amie Rentmeister said she is not allowed on her brother-in-law’s property unless she is escorted by police. The animosity stems from a long-time family feud over disagreements from a family owned plumbing business.
ABC 4 Utah Reporter Cristina Rendon called Ogden City’s Water Services. An employee confirmed they did inspect the lines at Amie Rentmeister’s house Sunday, but had to stop once the lines reached Kim Rentmeister’s private property.
Amie Rentmeister later called a police officer to keep the peace while she tried to inspect the sewer line on his property. She said she had informed Kim Rentmeister she would be on his land.
Soon after the officer arrived, Amie Rentmeister starts recording video of the interaction between the officer and Kim Rentmeister. Click on the video link above to see the raw video.
Kim Rentmeister repeatedly tells the officer to get off of his property. The situation escalates as the officer and Kim Rentmeister continue arguing.
Minutes later, Kim Rentmeister pinned the officer up against an object. The officer clutches Kim Rentmeister’s throat to escape. He is later arrested and charged with assaulting a police officer.
ABC 4 Utah reached out to Kim Rentmeister for his side of the story. He referred us to his attorney Daniel Drage.
Drage said he believed there were some protocol issues with the officer the night of the alleged assault. He said the officer escalated the situation by telling Kim Rentmeister the incident was none of his business.
“The officer is not a plumber. Amie is not a plumber. Why the officer is there in the middle of the night to investigate after hours, dark, a plumbing issue, blows me away,” Drage said.
Drage also said Amie Rentmeister did not seek permission from Kim Rentmeister to be on his property.
“I think this is something that blew up that shouldn't have been,” Drage added. “It was escalated I think by law enforcement presence and I think it was escalated by Amie going on my client's property.”
Although Drage said the officer was clearly trespassing on Kim Rentmeister’s property, Ogden Police said their officer was within his rights to be on the land.
Days later, Amie Rentmeister and her family remain without water or sewer services. She said her family is planning to reroute the utility lines to public property, a time consuming project that will likely cost thousands. It remains unclear who may have tampered with the lines.
She said the family feud is taking a toll on her life and had the following message for her brother-in-law.
“We just want our water,” she said. “We want you to live your life and us to live our lives and leave your son and your grand kids and nieces alone.”