Ex-employee pleads in theft of water meterPublished 10:35am Friday, September 27, 2013
A former Ironton employee was given jail time and community service Thursday in Ironton Municipal Court for the theft of a water meter.
Mark Weber, 42, of 1409 S. Fourth St., pleaded no contest to the misdemeanor charge in Judge O. Clark Collins’ courtroom. He was represented by attorney Paul Knipp.
Weber was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 80 days suspended. In addition to 10 days in the county jail, Weber was ordered to serve 10 days on Collins’ community service work program, pay a $200 fine and courts costs and one year of probation.
According to Mayor Rich Blankenship, Weber was a former employee of the city’s waste water department. Weber took a voluntary layoff in 2012, but was brought back to the income tax department this year. Blankenship said the man was terminated earlier this summer.
According to police reports, Weber was arrested Sept. 5, a couple of weeks after water meter readers for the city discovered the man was using an old water meter that couldn’t be read electronically.
According to the report, Weber’s water service was disconnected July 25. Weber then installed a water meter he had taken from the city, but did not pay for the service.