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ERIE, Pa. -- A man who shut down the city's largest
reservoir after he tossed a bag containing dirty underwear over its
fence was ordered to pay $5,000.
The city bomb squad and hazardous materials crew responded after
an Erie Water Works employee became suspicious after he saw the black
bag near the 33-million gallon Sigsbee Reservoir on May 27.
The reservoir and surrounding neighborhood was shut down for
several hours while the Erie Bomb Squad X-rayed the bag and the Erie
County Hazardous Materials Response Team waited to test it.
Police tracked down Troy Musil, 18, of Erie. He told police he'd
been ill and soiled his underwear. He changed at a friend's house,
then climbed over two barbed-wire-topped fences to ditch the
Musil pleaded guilty to defiant trespass. District Justice
Dominick DiPaolo gave Musil a 90-day suspended jail sentence and
ordered him to pay $500 a month for 10 months to the emergency
agencies that responded.
If he doesn't pay, DiPaolo said Musil will be jailed. A telephone
number for Musil couldn't be found.
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