Kanawha County May Sue Over Coonskin Park Trees

The Kanawha County Parks and Recreation Commission may pursue legal action against a man accused of abusing his cleanup priveleges at Coonskin Park after the derecho in the summer of 2012. The Daily Mail reports the commission will consider whether to file a civil lawsuit against Russell Trucking and its owner, David Bowen, at their November meeting. Russell Trucking is accused of pulling 337 trees out of Coonskin Park's shelter area and damaging more than 20 others. The initial authorization was to cut 30 trees. A little fact checking helped he Kanawha County Commission discover that some of the lumber removed as then sold to a sawmill for $66,000.