Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Baxter Man Charged With Stealing Water Service

A March 15th arraignment has been scheduled for the former fire chief in Baxter, who was arrested this week on a theft of services charge. Police say 62-year-old Richard James McBroom of 2nd Avenue South is accused of having a bypass pipe placed on his residential water meter, thereby allowing him to effectively steal nearly two thousand dollars worth of water. That bypass pipe was reportedly discovered by city workers who went to replace the malfunctioning meter last month. The incident was then reported to the mayor, who turned over the investigation to authorities. Greg Phillips, an investigator with the D-A's office, took out warrants against McBroom and his stepson William S. Maynard. Officials say McBroom's wife, Carol, who serves on the Baxter board, was apparently unaware of the alleged crime.