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Landowner charged with cutting water line
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GROVETON – A dispute over a property easement between a northern Trinity County man and the Nogalus Water Supply Corporation has lead to the arrest of the landowner on felony charges. Bobby Conner, 51, of the Nogalus area was arrested on a third degree felony charge of disruption of public water and electrical service, according to the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators indicated that on July 20, a tractor was used to dig up the disputed water line and a power saw was used to cut it. An electrical line also reportedly was damaged. According to the sheriff’s department, several residences – including those occupied by a number of elderly citizens and families with infant children – were without both water and power for several hours. A sheriff’s department investigator and the chief deputy went to the scene but said they could take no action until the water system’s board could meet and agree to file a complaint. The Nogalus WSC board subsequently decided charges would be filed and an arrest of Conner was made on Tuesday, Aug. 10. According to the sheriff’s department, other charges may be filed due to the premeditation that was evident and the danger posed to those residences that were without service, especially during the current high fire danger. Conner was released on Aug. 11 after posting a $20,000 bond. If convicted on the current charges, he could face a jail term of from two to 10 years and/or a fine of up to $10,000.