Homestead Rescue’s Marty Raney In Drone Conflict

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Discovery Channel TV personality Marty Raney of Homestead Rescue,  who we profiled last year, got into a bit of a drone beef with a local neighbor in Alaska.

Here’s the Anchorage Daily News:

A star of the reality show “Homestead Rescue” acknowledged he broke a man’s drone on Saturday, saying it had flown over his property and tracked him for about 1,000 feet.

The incident boiled over on Facebook as Marty Raney, the star of the Discovery show, and Justin Pursley, the drone operator, shared their sides of the story.

Pursley filed a petition for a protective order against Raney on Tuesday, but it was not issued and the case is closed, Alaska online court records show.

The two sides apparently met later Tuesday and dropped the dispute, after Raney apologized to Pursley on Facebook and said he would replace the drone. …

Raney said on Facebook he was sharpening his chainsaw on his 40-acre homestead when he heard buzzing and saw a drone overhead. The drone hovered about 100 feet directly above him and his cabin, then came closer, he wrote.

 Raney went to grab a gun because “maybe that would get their attention,” he wrote. But after he couldn’t find the key to his front door, he instead began walking the long distance to his truck. The drone tracked him about 1,000 feet as he walked to the truck and then it disappeared, he wrote.
Up the road, Raney found two men he didn’t know — Pursley and his father-in-law, it turns out — landing a drone. They repeatedly denied filming him, and Raney called Alaska State Troopers and reported the situation, he wrote.