DPW worker to appear in court today

Mark Haskin

WESTFIELD — A Westfield Department of Public Works employee allegedly caught stealing equipment is scheduled to appear in court today.

Mark Haskin, the whistleblower in the case of raw sewage being dumped into Chautauqua Creek in 2014, is scheduled to face a judge in Westfield Town Court, 23 Elm St., at 7:30 p.m., according to Eric Balon, Zone III commander of the New York State Police.

Haskin is charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony.

Over the course of two years, a number of items went missing from the DPW inventory, such as chainsaws, an air compressor, power tools and other equipment.

Earlier this month, State Police at Fredonia recovered the items after receiving a call stating that the caller knew who the thief was, and where the items were hidden. The thief was allegedly Haskin.