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Idaho man charged after utility workers hit with bug spray

Associated Press

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho – An eastern Idaho man who authorities say intentionally sprayed two employees fixing a gas leak with an insect killer is charged with felony aggravated battery by use of poison.

Forty-six-year-old John D. Stuart of Idaho Falls late last month pleaded not guilty and requested a public defender.

Authorities say Stuart in September sprayed two Intermountain Gas employees with Ortho Home Defense insect killer through openings in a fence while they tried to seal off a gas line.

The Post Register reports in a story Thursday that Stuart had previously told Intermountain Gas employees to stay off his property, so they worked in an alley adjacent to Stuart’s house.

Police say Stuart sprayed the employees with the poison through a fence, and the two employees needed medical attention.

A jury trial is scheduled for late January.

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