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Rainwater collection case leads to jail sentence, fine

Mark Freeman
Mail Tribune [1]
July 28, 2012

A rural Eagle Point man was sentenced to 30 days in jail Wednesday for filling what state water managers have called three illegal reservoirs on his property.

Gary Harrington was also fined more than $1,500 for nine misdemeanor convictions for filling his reservoirs with rain and snow runoff that the state says is owned by the Medford Water Commission. He was given two weeks to report to the Jackson County Jail to begin serving his sentence.

Harrington said he stores the water mainly for fire protection and has pledged to appeal his convictions.

“Thirty days in jail for catching rainwater?” Harrington said Wednesday to the Mail Tribune.

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