Trinity Co. authorities arrest man for cutting water line

Bobby Conner
Bobby Conner

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Trinity County authorities have arrested a man who has openly admitted to cutting a water line on his property.

Conner is charged with disruption of water services, a third-degree felony.

In a previous report from July, Conner told KTRE he dug up his water line and used a chain saw to cut it, forcing 75 customers of Nogalus Central water company to lose their water.

Conner said he did not want to give the water company permission to lay the line across his property, so he took matters into his own hands by cutting the line.

Sheriff Ralph Montemayor says his deputies were on the property soon after the line was cut.

"My officers on the scene did not know who had an easement if there were papers or any kind of documents that proved that," says Montemayor.

Conner told KTRE he offered to lease his land rights to the water company, but says they refused.

"We're the state with the most rights with our property. I'm just practicing my rights," says Conner.

In an interview with the water company president, Kenneth Jones said he was making arrangements to move the line.

The Trinity County Sheriff's Office arrested Conner at 3:30 p.m. on Monday. He was booked out of the jail on Tuesday on a $20,000 bail bond.

If convicted, Conner faces two to 10 years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

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