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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. -- The final Lyndon State College
student accused of tampering with a public water supply in Lyndon has
settled the charges.
Jimmy Ray Thayer, 21, of Killingly, Conn., pleaded no contest to a
misdemeanor charge of unlawful mischief.
Thayer and four other students each faced charges for the April
incident that created concern about the safety of the public water
supply in a section of Lyndon. It led officials to turn off water
flowing to Lyndon State and nearly 200 Lyndon homes for about a week.
The prank also cost the town of Lyndon and village of Lyndonville
more than $11,000 in expenses.
Thayer was sentenced to up to 6 months, all suspended, ordered to
complete 200 hours of community service, and deemed responsible for
restitution of as much as $3,500 toward the $11,576 total bill.
Jeremy A. Lamb, 20, Westfield, Mass., Gregory J. Vehlies, 20,
Glastonbury, Conn., and Matthew D. Grunwald, 19, Old Saybrook, Conn.,
each reached agreements for the unlawful mischief charge and Daniel
W. Dykeman, 20, Westfield, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of
unlawful trespass for the incident.
Each received a suspended sentence, ordered to complete community
service and were found responsible for the restitution.
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