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Ray Wagner, 87, stands beside a disconnected electrical box and chopped utility pole in Sept. 2011 at his ranch in Hamilton. Wagner contends Yampa Valley Electric Association unlawfully removed the electrical service from his home, shop and well-house. His son, Jay, filed a lawsuit against YVEA last month in Moffat County District Court.

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Utility corporation facing civil complaint for removing electrical equipment from Hamilton ranch

In August 2011, a highly decorated World War II veteran was moving out of his apartment at Sunset Meadows and back to his ranch in Hamilton. But when Ray Wagner, 87, arrived at his home there was no electricity. In fact, the electrical box had been disconnected and the power line pole, which routed electricity to the home, shop and well-house had been chopped down and removed. On Jan. 23, Wagner’s son, Jay, filed a civil complaint and jury demand against YVEA in Moffat County District Court.


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