Former Ashland City Councilman Pleads Guilty to Water Theft

ashland,-ne(AP) — A former city councilman has pleaded guilty to stealing water from the city of Ashland in eastern Nebraska.

Chad Yochum entered the guilty plea Thursday morning. He was ordered to pay a $100 fine and $100 in restitution and court costs.

Ashland police say Yochum disconnected the water meter at his home to avoid being charged for using city water. He was charged with theft and originally pleaded not guilty.

Yochum, who was elected to the city council in 2010, has since resigned. He cited work-related issues.

Lorene Garrett, Yochum’s neighbor, has also been accused of stealing water. She has pleaded not guilty to theft and a pre-trial hearing is scheduled in September.