On Your Side: Sparks man says call to TMWA got him arrested
Sparks resident Bobby Cyr claims the city and the court system targeted him unfairly by having him arrested after he filed a complaint with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority over what he viewed as a case of possible water wasting.
Cyr turned to News 4 out of frustration after the case had dragged on for months. It's no secret he and his neighbors on Union Street did not get along. They even took out a protection order against him.
But Cyr says he was just trying to do the right thing when he called TMWA last summer to report excessive watering across the street from his house.
Then one day in August of last year there was a knock on the door. It was Sparks Police.
"They brought me outside, handcuffed me, shut the door and walked me across the street," Cyr told us. "I was still in my sleeping attire."
Cyr was under arrest. The charge: violating a protective order that his neighbors had taken out against him, which is a felony. The Washoe County District Attorney's office confirmed to News 4 that it was Cyr's call to report possible water waste that triggered his arrest.
That's something Cyr says he still finds hard to believe.
"It wasn't done facetiously or in a mean manner or anything like that," he said. "There was water all over the place."
For the next eight months the Washoe County District Attorney's office refused to drop the charge -- even after Cyr's neighbors moved away.
But about the time we began asking questions, earlier this month, the case was suddenly dismissed.
The D.A.'s office told us this week they realized there was not enough proof to get a conviction if the case had gone to trial.
Sparks Police are not commenting at all, and have declined to release the arrest report, even though the charge has been dropped.
TMWA also declined to comment for this story.
As for Bobby Cyr, he still has plenty of questions. But he says he'll think twice before reporting a neighbor for water waste in the future.
"My hope now is this is over," he said.
Cyr says he is considering filing a lawsuit against the city of Sparks.