SPRINGDALE, Washington County — The former arborist for Springdale was charged Tuesday with causing more than $20,000 in damage around the town hall by cutting down more than a dozen trees that he had planted.
Shane Curtis Lowery, 52, of Hurricane, is charged in 5th District Court with criminal mischief, a second-degree felony.
The vandalism was discovered on March 12, 2017.
"Damage included broken trees, pickleball courts ruined, a substance including skunk oil, urine and feces in several areas and irrigation systems ruined," according to charging documents.2 comments on this story
Prosecutors noted that Lowery, who was fired from the city a couple of months earlier for testing positive for drugs, was "the main suspect from the beginning," the charges state.
In addition to collecting surveillance video from a sporting goods store of Lowery purchasing skunk oil, Springdale police have talked to witnesses who "have stated Shane has bragged about the incident," according to the charges.
A second man accused of driving Lowery to Springdale the night of the alleged vandalism, Steven James Stone, 41, of Hurricane, was charged Monday with criminal mischief, a second-degree felony.
Lowery's initial court appearance is scheduled for March 26.