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Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 10:00 am

SANDPOINT — Who has been slashing dozens of chair lift seats at Schweitzer Mountain Resort the last two winter seasons?

David Markwardt, according to a lawsuit filed in 1st District Court by Schweitzer Mountain Ski Operations LLC on April 8.

The suit alleges Markwardt used a sharp object or tool to intentionally damage 62 seat cushions on five of the resort’s seven chair lifts during the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons. Markwardt is blamed for damaging seat cushions on the Basin Express, Lakeview Triple, Great Escape Quad, Snow Ghost and Stella chair lifts.

The serial seat slashing vexed the resort enough that a $1,000 reward was offered last year for information leading to the culprit. At the time, the damages reportedly cost the resort nearly $70,000.

Schweitzer security officials and Bonner County sheriff’s deputies investigated the vandalism.

On Jan. 15 alone, Markwardt slashed 15 seats on four lifts, the suit alleges. Two days later, he was prohibited from being anywhere on resort-owned property except the two rooms he owns in the Selkirk Lodge and a parking garage.

But resort officials doubt he will abide by the trespass order.

“Schweitzer believes that Markwardt will not comply with the trespass warning and therefore seeks an injunction barring Markwardt from Schweitzer owned properties, in addition to damages,” Peter Erbland, the resort’s legal counsel in the matter, said in the suit.

In addition to a permanent injunction and compensatory damages, the suit seeks punitive damages for outrageous conduct and attorney fees.

Markwardt has 20 days in which to file an answer to the civil complaint or risks a default judgment against him.

Calls placed to both of Markwardt’s rooms at the Selkirk Lodge rang unanswered on Tuesday. A cell phone message and an email sent to him through the social networking site Facebook yielded no immediate responses.

Markwardt describes himself on Facebook as a retired physician with five university degrees who splits his time between Sandpoint, Redmond Ore., and Yellowstone National Park.

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  • wilson posted at 8:41 pm on Sat, Apr 20, 2013.

    wilson Posts: 1087

    NOT CONTAIN - MOUNTAIN - darn computer -

  • wilson posted at 8:40 pm on Sat, Apr 20, 2013.

    wilson Posts: 1087

    Glad they caught him. Now let's see what our female Judges can figure out what to do with him. He should be forced off the contain and his real estate confiscated. GET TOUGH, GIRLS.

  • Luv83864 posted at 1:21 pm on Sat, Apr 20, 2013.

    Luv83864 Posts: 702

    What this guy did is wrong and almost mentally deranged. Retaliation does nothing good and rarely makes anyone feel better about a situation. I hope he has to pay every single dime back and in a timely manner since it seems he can afford to go without something. However, these cushions appear to cost Schweitzer over $1129 each one? Seems like a lot to me but I also hope this so called man has to pay all costs involved such as installation and shipping. As well as a fine for property damage. I am almost sure he will be on the mountain riding one way or another so keep your eyes out. Check his Facebook for photos.

  • old school posted at 2:09 pm on Fri, Apr 19, 2013.

    old school Posts: 13

    What a loser! This guy also has an opinion on everything and is a total know it all. A total coward to secretly vandalize for over 2 years. I think criminal charges are definatly in order.

  • ski2work posted at 8:47 pm on Thu, Apr 18, 2013.

    ski2work Posts: 628

    Malicious destruction of property, this moron should be arrested on criminal charges THEN sued.

  • Old Cop posted at 4:59 pm on Thu, Apr 18, 2013.

    Old Cop Posts: 3259

    A pile of dung is a good description Colin. You oughta go for a little elegance though. I would say "He is a Stack of Bat Scat

  • Zippy posted at 4:02 pm on Thu, Apr 18, 2013.

    Zippy Posts: 49

    The word on the street is that he was mad at Schweitzer for not including free season passes since he is a property owner. What an arrogant loser he must be. I assume that he will never ride another chair at Schweitzer. So glad he was eventually caught and now I hope he pays dearly. Nice to know who he is and what his name is....small town, hard to hide.

  • Colin Cox posted at 12:52 pm on Wed, Apr 17, 2013.

    Colin Cox Posts: 62

    Wow! I would have thought a teenager was doing this. There must be some mental health issues here. Judging from his facebook page $70k is pocket change for this pile of dung. He should be in jail.