by Max Brantley
A man hit in the throat by a steel cable more than five years ago while riding an ATV through the former Dogpatch USA theme park in Newton County now owns the place, along with his father and attorney. A judge awarded them the land after owners failed to pay a $650,000 verdict in the case, the Harrison Daily Times reports. The cable was stretched across a road in the park, built to play off Al Capp's Li'l Abner comic strip.
The order transferring the property covers 400 acres, dozens of disintegrating structures and Marble Falls, but not the sometimes-leaking sewage treatment plant nearby that was part of the related failed development of the property, Little Rock attorney Brent Baber said.