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Telford man charged with child neglect, arrested 2nd time in week

Johnson City Press • Updated Apr 20, 2018 at 7:19 PM

A Telford man charged earlier this week with child abuse and neglect was arrested again Thursday after deputies learned that he was allegedly stealing electricity from a neighbor.

When the man was taken into custody the second time, deputies found him with methamphetamine, Washington County Sheriff Ed Graybeal said Friday in a news release.

Nathan Maxwell Wells, 26, 611 Telford New Victory Road, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his residence after deputies discovered a 17-year-old was living there in “deplorable” conditions. Graybeal said deputies found various quantities of rotting food and overwhelming odors throughout the residence.

Wells posted a $100 bond that same day after a Sessions Court appearance.

Deputies later learned Wells had been stealing electricity from a neighbor’s residence using an extension cord, which had been dangerously wired into that home’s meter box, the sheriff said.

They obtained a warrant for theft of services and served it Thursday. Graybeal said deputies found 8.6 grams of methamphetamine in Wells’ possession.

Wells was held in the Washington County Detention Center on $11,000 bond and arraigned Friday in Sessions Court.

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