Dec 17, 2010

Brad Edwards
ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (WISH) – 72-year-old Dick Thompson’s fight may soon be over — his land is up for sale.

“It brings tears to my eyes, and I don’t shed tears very easy,” Thompson says of the mountain of support he’s received.

In recent days that includes a letter from Colorado with a check for $10 with “Land of the Free” in the memo line.

Thompson faced eviction from his 38 acres in Madison County. The county lawyer told 24-Hour News 8 it’s because Thompson is breaking too many rules, laws and ordinances; Thompson has no water, no sewer and no electricity in his recreational trailer that he calls home. Bottom line: You can’t permanently live in a recreational vehicle. Now that the land is up for sale, it’s clear his trailer won’t be his permanent home.

Two weeks ago Thompson told 24-Hour News 8′s Brad Edwards : “I want to get the hell out of here right now — too much hate. I’m a country boy. I just want to be left alone.”

The story got tens of thousand of hits on multiple YouTube pages and quickly became one of the top stories of the year at E-mails came in from New Jersey to Oregon, Orlando to Calgary. In a statement to 24 Hour News 8, the Indiana Sons of Liberty, a community militia, said: “It would be a great sight to see a thousand ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ flags flying on Mr. Thompson’s property.”

Thompson was on the verge of tears with gratitude, saying, “Thank you for the support.”…