News Briefs: Former Water Employee Indicted for Embezzlement

Also in this week's sewer and water news, firefighters rescue kittens trapped in a water utility truck

A former employee of the City of Bedford (Ohio) Water Department was recently indicted for two counts of theft in office after allegedly embezzling around $50,000 while collecting fees.

The employee, Lynda Yarish, had served as the water department’s senior clerk. She was dismissed in 2016.

The charges state that Yarish lied to city officials and falsified payment records to steal money while collecting fees associated with water supply, water shut-offs and permits.

Condo Residents Hit With $31,000 Monthly Water Bill

To their surprise, a community of residents in Houston, Texas, recently received a monthly water bill in the amount of $31,000 for a row of seven townhomes.

The community’s homeowner’s association has been hit with huge bills since December of 2017, but this latest bill from Houston Public Works Department is the largest. The bill claims the seven townhomes used 3 million gallons of water in a single month.

The homeowner’s association is planning to fight the bills on the grounds that seven homes can’t consume that much water. It’s also reported that some of the digital meters at the townhomes aren’t functional so it’s unclear where the readings are coming from.

Firefighters Rescue Kittens Trapped in Water Utility Truck

Firefighters in Bladensburg, Maryland, recently saved four newborn kittens that were stuck 10 feet inside a utility truck where sanitary commissions workers store their poles.

Denise Hilton, director of Alley Cat Rescue, reported that two of the more fragile kittens died.

The workers noticed the mother cat jumping around on the truck with a kitten in her mouth, but they drove off before realizing more kittens could be in the truck. When they got back, they called Alley Cat Rescue. “It was so amazing to see these kittens being rescued,” Hilton said. “And we were surprised that they would look up a rescue (group) and call.”


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