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Arborist charged with destroying trees in Springdale

The former arborist for Springdale was charged Tuesday with causing more than $20,000 in damage around the town hall ...

Posted: Mar. 21, 2018 10:13 AM
Updated: Mar. 21, 2018 10:13 AM

The former arborist for Springdale was charged Tuesday with causing more than $20,000 in damage around the town hall by cutting down more than a dozen trees that he had planted.

Shane Curtis Lowery, 52, of Hurricane, is charged in 5th District Court with criminal mischief, a second-degree felony.

The vandalism was discovered on March 12, 2017.

"Damage included broken trees, pickleball courts ruined, a substance including skunk oil, urine and feces in several areas and irrigation systems ruined," according to charging documents.

Prosecutors noted that Lowery, who was fired from the city a couple of months earlier for testing positive for drugs, was "the main suspect from the beginning," the charges state.

In addition to collecting surveillance video from a sporting goods store of Lowery purchasing skunk oil, Springdale police have talked to witnesses who "have stated Shane has bragged about the incident," according to the charges.

A second man accused of driving Lowery to Springdale the night of the alleged vandalism, Steven James Stone, 41, of Hurricane, was charged Monday with criminal mischief, a second-degree felony.

Lowery's initial court appearance is scheduled for March 26.

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