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Meade County commissioner faces charges in private dispute

DEADWOOD (AP) -- A Meade County commissioner is facing criminal charges stemming from a dispute over payment for a private job contract. A grand jury recently indicted Alan Aker, 52, of Piedmont, on a felony charge of intentional damage to proper...

DEADWOOD (AP) - A Meade County commissioner is facing criminal charges stemming from a dispute over payment for a private job contract.

A grand jury recently indicted Alan Aker, 52, of Piedmont, on a felony charge of intentional damage to property and a misdemeanor count of trespassing.

Authorities allege that Aker entered a client's property in Deadwood last summer, sawed off part of a deck railing and took it with him.

Aker maintains he did nothing wrong because he hadn't been fully paid for the job.

"When all the facts are known, they will demonstrate that I am innocent of this accusation," he said in a statement.

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Property owner William Hegg maintains the project was incomplete and unacceptable because Aker Woods Co. had installed rotten logs in some sections of railing and had spilled stain on the deck and hadn't cleaned it up. Hegg withheld $2,500 of the total payment of about $11,500.

Aker is due in state court in Deadwood May 16. The most serious charge against him carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison.

Aker has served on the Meade County Commission since 2009. His current term expires in 2017.

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