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Ashland City Councilman pleads not guilty to stealing water

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ASHLAND, Neb. (AP) _ A former city councilman has pleaded not guilty to a charge that he stole water from the city of Ashland in eastern Nebraska.

The Lincoln Journal Stay says Chad Yochum made his plea Wednesday and asked for a non jury trial. Saunders County Attorney Scott Tingelhoff says the trial has been set for August 22nd.

The 39-year-old Yochum resigned his Ashland council seat last week, citing work commitments.

Yochum is one of two people charged with stealing water from Ashland. The other is 52-year-old Lorene Garrett, a neighbor of Yochum. Garrett also pleaded not guilty on Wednesday.

Police say Yochum disconnected his water meter and Garrett tampered with hers.

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