- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

SHELTON, Wash. (AP) - The state attorney general’s office has accused a 55-year-old Mason County man of using an excavator to fill and divert the Tahuya River without a permit.

William Cayo Sr. was charged in Mason County District Court on Thursday with three misdemeanor counts, including violations related to water pollution, unpermitted hydraulic activity and shoreline activity.

Prosecutors say Cayo in February 2013 moved gravel and dirt near his home without a permit.

According to a state fish and wildlife police report, Cayo told an officer that he had lost a home to the river before and wasn’t going to let it happen again.

According to prosecutors, federal biologists said a chunk of river bed was moved to fill the active channel or alter streambed conditions.

A message left with Cayo was not immediately returned.

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