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Dawson man accused of reporting false leak

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Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

Charges have been filed against a Dawson man accused of falsely reporting a gas leak.

Michael Sanner, 36, of 1791 Banning Road was charged on Sunday with false alarms to a public safety agency and false identification to law enforcement at District Judge Charles Moore's office.

At 12:40 p.m. Saturday, Scottdale police and the fire department responded to a reported gas leak at an Edwin Avenue home. A woman there told police she did not report a gas leak but said her boyfriend, Sanner, had recently came to her residence and attempted to get inside.

She told police that she would not let Sanner in, and he forcibly tried to enter and told her he would call the gas company.

Police then went to the adjoining residence and asked the man inside, Sanner, if there was a gas leak. Sanner first gave police a false identity, then admitted there was no gas leak, according to police.

Sanner told police he made the false report because he believed his girlfriend had another man in the apartment. Because he pays the bills, he reported a leak because he wanted to have the gas turned off, he said.

A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday at Moore's office. Bail was set at $10,000.

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