Biaforas Sue Over Washed-away Docks
Morgantown Dominion Post
10 May 2015
By Alex Lang
MORGANTOWN — A local family has filed a lawsuit over docks that
were swept away from Cheat Lake during a winter storm.
Marine One LLC, which does business as Cheat Lake Marina, filed
suit against William F. Clemmer and Robert D. Cox, both of Point
Marion, Pa., in Monongalia County Circuit Court. Rick and David
Biafora own Marine One.
In March, the docks were washed off Cheat Lake after ice broke up
on the lake.
According to the lawsuit: Between 75 and 175 docks were swept
away. Clemmer and Cox took custody of the docks and kept them. The
two did it “in an effort to harass, annoy and oppress” the
The Biaforas asked for the docks back, and the two men responded
with “threats and innuendo” that they would be destroyed unless
money — the lawsuit calls it the equivalent to a ransom — was
The suit asks for a preliminary injunction as damages total more
Cox said that he never refused to return the docks, only asking
the Biaforas for proof that the docks belong to them. He said that
the law says that someone should be compensated for items salvaged
from the river.