Hearing set in Kanawha park timbering case

CHARLESTON (AP) — A logger accused of illegally timbering in a Kanawha County park is scheduled to appear in court next month.

Media outlets report that 50-year-old David Russell Bowen of Charleston turned himself in Wednesday night. An arrest warrant was issued last week.

Bowen is charged with destruction of property, wrongful injury to timber and obtaining property under false pretenses. All are felonies.

A preliminary hearing is set for June 2.

Kanawha County had hired Bowen’s company, Russell Trucking, to remove debris from Coonskin Park after the 2012 derecho. A criminal complaint filed in magistrate court says Bowen also cut trees in the park and cut and sold timber.

Bowen has said he had permission to cut trees in the park.

He lost his state license last year.

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