Campbell man arrested for burning noxious-smelling wood

Staff report


A 64-year-old Robinson Road man was arrested late Friday after police said he refused to stop burning noxious-smelling wood inside his wood burner. He also was charged with obstructing official business and resisting arrest.

At 10:30 p.m. Friday, police reported to the 200 block of Robinson Road in response to a possible structure fire.

Instead, they found Pete J. Yeager burning locust wood, which produced an offensive odor in the neighborhood. His residence had plumes of noxious-smelling smoke billowing from the chimney.

Police explained to Yeager that he would have to change the type of wood that he was burning in the wood burner, or that he would be charged with violating a city ordinance that prevents the creation of noxious or offensive odors — a third-degree misdemeanor.

Yeager refused, telling police that he didn’t care. He also declined to provide identification. Police then charged Yeager with obstructing official business and began to arrest him.

As an officer tried to apply the handcuffs, Yeager started to spin around and flail his arms wildly. Police warned Yeager that if he failed to stop, he would be stunned with a stun gun — which he was, for less than two seconds.

He was then finally handcuffed, and charged also with resisting arrest.

Yeager was held on a $4,000 bond, with 10 percent cash or surety.

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