Warrant Issued for Man Accused of Cutting Down Healthy Trees at Coonskin Park

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- An arrest warrant has been issued for a man accused of cutting down healthy trees at Coonskin Park.

Deputies say a warrant has been issued for David Bowen, 50, of Charleston.

Bowen, who owned and operated Russell Trucking, was hired in May 2013 to remove trees at the park that were damaged by strong winds in the derecho in 2012.

But he is accused of cutting down healthy trees and selling the lumber for more than $100,000.

A survey showed that damage done at the park due to the timbering was more than $17,000.

Bowen is charged with wrongful injuries to timber, removal, injury to or destruction of property, monuments designating land boundaries and of certain no trespassing signs, and obtaining money, property and services by false pretenses; disposing of property to defraud creditors.

Each charge carries a sentence of one-to-ten years in prison.

Bowen is believed to be out of town. Deputies say they will arrest him when he returns.

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