UC homeowner faces assault charge after worker disconnects electricity

UC homeowner faces assault charge after worker disconnects electricity
By CHRIS MENEES
Staff Reporter
A warrant has been issued on a Union City man accused of assaulting an electric system worker attempting to disconnect electrical service for alleged non-payment.
The simple assault charge was pending at press time today against Halbert B Dodd II, 65, of 1229 Etheridge Lane, according to a Union City Police Department report.
The charge stems from an alleged incident Friday afternoon at Dodd’s residence.
Police responded shortly after 3 p.m. to an assault complaint at the Union City Electric System, where employee Randy Lynch reported he had gone to Dodd’s residence to turn off the electric for an unpaid bill. Lynch told police he knocked on the door four times, with no answer, and then went to the backyard to the meter to turn off the electric.
According to the report, Lynch turned off the electricity and then heard dogs barking and the opening of a sliding door. He told police he heard Dodd say something, but could not understand what he said.
Police reported Dodd allegedly let two dogs out and “they came after Lynch,” who was able to get out of the backyard before he could possibly be attacked by the dogs.
Lynch told police he went to his truck and Dodd came outside. He said he explained to Dodd why he turned off the electric and he alleged Dodd stated that if he knew he was in the backyard, he “would have let the dogs out sooner,” police reported.
“Lynch stated that if the dogs were going to attack him that he would have to shoot them. Dodd stated to Lynch two times that he would shoot Lynch,” according to the report.
Police reported Lynch was in fear for his personal safety and left the residence.
A warrant was subsequently issued for the simple assault charge. At press time today, the warrant was still on file with police and had not yet been served.
Staff Reporter Chris Menees may be contacted by email at cmenees@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 11.15.11

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