Northstar sales reps cited

SSN Staff  - 
Friday, August 1, 2003

MT. LEBANON, Pa. - Police here cited two Northstar Alarm Co. salesmen for trespassing and revoked the company’s solicitation permits after receiving a number of complaints about the salesmen’s behavior.

In June, James Niel Skousen of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Samuel J. Banks of St. George, Utah, were cited for defiant trespass. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, residents complained that the two men would not leave when asked by residents.

At the time, Northstar had 10 sales representatives working in the area, but Mt. Lebanon police only received complaints about Skousen and Banks. Police revoked the company’s permits after receiving about 10 calls per night, according to a Mt. Lebanon official.

Some residents said the sales reps walked through their homes after being told to leave. According to the Post-Gazette, the two also lied when they told residents that Mt. Lebanon police had asked the company to sell to the town’s residents because other companies had done a poor job.

Northstar management did not return repeated calls for comment. The company will have the right to a hearing in front of a district justice.