Councilman Accused of Water Theft

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An Ashland city councilman accused of stealing water from the eastern Nebraska city has resigned from office.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 39-year-old Chad Yochum submitted his resignation letter on Thursday. Yochum, who attended the meeting, told fellow council members that he was resigning because of work commitments.

His attorney, Make Fahleson, says Yochum made no mention of the water theft allegation.

Ashland Mayor Paul Lienke accepted Yochum's resignation, which took effect on Friday. The council can't take formal action until its next meeting on Aug. 1.

Yochum is one of two people who have been charged with stealing water from the city of Ashland. The other is 52-year-old Lorene Garrett, of Ashland, who is a neighbor of Yochum's.

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