- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

SHELTON, Wash. (AP) - A Mason County jury has convicted a man who was accused of using an excavator to fill and divert the Tahuya River without a permit.

The district court jurors on Wednesday found William Cayo Sr. guilty of three misdemeanor charges, including violations related to water pollution, unpermitted hydraulic activity and shoreline activity.

In announcing the conviction Thursday, State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Cayo did serious damage to the river and put fish, wildlife and his downstream neighbors at risk.

A message left at Cayo’s home Thursday was not immediately returned.

Prosecutors say Cayo moved gravel and dirt near his home without a permit in February 2013. They say he filled and graded nearly 1 ½ acres of river bed.

He is to be sentenced April 17.

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