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The Saga Continues

Plainfield, New Hampshire -- July 30, 2007

Ed Brown motions to the area of his 110 acre estate were gunshots rang out Saturday night. He's heard neighbors firing weapons in the past, but the time of day which these shots were heard caused alarm.

"Between 11:30 and midnight we heard somewhere between 30 and 40 shots. Rounds go off. Why anyone would be shooting late late at night I have no idea," Brown said.

That same night, at the other end of the property, a Brown supporter sleeping in this trailer was awoken by someone pounding on its side. It is not clear who was hitting the trailer, or firing a gun, but Brown says both were efforts to intimidate.

"You can put us on alert, even scare us from time to time but you can not intimidate us. Whether it is federal agencies or some prankster or what ever, it doesn't matter," Brown said.

Federal marshals say that they were not near the house at any time this weekend and they maintain that they hope the situation ends peacefully by the Browns turning themselves in. Local police are sending a message to the public to anyone who may be think about taking matters into their own hands.

My advice is not to," said Plainfield Police Chief Gordon Gillens.  "To let the authorities handle it and we will work on it. If someone wants to come to us and talk about it, we will listen to what they have got to say."

Gillens says Brown's report is a fabrication, but he admits that the federal standoff with the convicted tax evaders is taking its toll on the community.

"They are pretty disgusted or discouraged that it has taken seven months that this has been going on with no end in sight," he said.

Brown says that he will defend himself to the end.

"If you feel that your life is threatened by anyone, including police, military, federal or what ever, you can use equal or greater force to stop them," Brown said.

That from a man who has not left his hilltop house for over 6 months.

Federal agents have already seized the Brown's Dental business in West Lebanon. There is concern in the community that there could be a fatal encounter if agents storm the house. But, marshals maintain they have no plans for a siege.

Adam Sullivan-- WCAX News

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