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Man Accused Of Illegally Logging Given Option To Settle

Reported by: Send eMail Kallie Cart
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Nov. 21, 2013 9:30 PM EST
Updated: Nov. 21, 2013 10:32 PM EST

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Coonskin Logging Case
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Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia

A man accused of illegally removing trees from Coonskin Park has been given two options: Pay up, or go to court.

The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission met Wednesday and offered David Bowen the option to settle out of court.

He would have to pay the parks board $150,000 for damages done at Coonskin Park, attorney fees and to pay a surveyor who was brought in to assess the damage.

Bowen's company, Russell Trucking, was supposed to remove storm-damaged trees, but he was accused of removing healthy trees, which he then sold and causing other damages within the park.

If he doesn't agree to the payment, the board is prepared to file a civil lawsuit.

There is also an on-going criminal investigation into Bowen.



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