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Former manager bound over for trial on theft charges




DIGHTON -- Earl N. Steffens, Dighton, the former manager of the Lane-Scott Electric Cooperative was bound over for trial on two counts of theft following a day of testimony in Lane County District Court.

Steffens, 59, is scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 14, according to Lane County Attorney Dale Pike. Steffens was bound over by District Magistrate Judge Shelley Selfridge last week.

Defense attorney Charles O'Hara didn't call any witnesses during the hearing, although that's not uncommon during preliminary hearings.

Steffens was charged Aug. 23 with two counts of theft from High Line Services, a subsidiary of the Lane-Scott electric utility. Lane-Scott provides electricity to parts of Rush, Gove and Logan counties and most of Ness County, in addition to all of Lane and portions of Scott and Finney counties.

Steffens faces two felony counts of theft. One charge alleges the theft of more than $100,000 from High Line over the course of nearly two years. The second charge also alleges theft, amounting to $9,660 from High Line.

He remains free on $30,000 bond.