On Your Side: First arrested for calling TMWA, Sparks man now on trial for trespassing
"I was right here, trimming,"
Bobby Cyr says he was doing some routine landscaping in his back yard earlier this year when his pruning shears dropped over the fence and on to his neighbor's property on Union Street in Sparks.
"I was up on the six-foot ladder. I was snipping and it dropped over," he explained as he demonstrated to us what happened that day.
Cyr says he went on to his neighbor's property through an open gate to retrieve his clippers, and the next thing he knew he was getting yelled at by his neighbor.
The neighbor said in the official police report describing the incident that Cyr was yelling at her. Cyr insists he never yelled at anyone.
In any case, Cyr received a summons to show up in court, and now he's got a trial set for this week.
The charge: one misdemeanor count of trespassing.
We asked him if he's surprised the city is pursuing a criminal case against him.
"Yeah," he said. "It's such a piddly case. And there was no malicious intent."
We had hoped to talk with Cyr's neighbors to get their side of the story, but they were either not home or chose not to answer the door when we stopped by.
And Sparks City Attorney Chet Adams declined to go on camera for this story, but he told us on the phone he is elected to enforce the laws and that's what his office is doing in this case.
It's not the first time Bobby Cyr has been in trouble with the law. Back in August 2016 he was arrested by Sparks Police for calling TMWA to report another neighbor's water waste.
That phone call he made was considered a violation of a restraining order those neighbors had taken out against him. Two Sparks Police officers showed up and handcuffed Cyr at his home after that phone call to the water agency. But once we started looking into the case and asking questions, the charges were dropped and the case went away immediately.
Cyr says he feels like he's being targeted by the Sparks Police Department.
"They told me numerous times, we don't like you," he said.
Cyr faces up to six months in jail if convicted of the trespass charge, although the Sparks City Attorney told us jail time is not likely.
That raises the question of whether this case is even worth the city's time and your tax dollars.
It will now be up to a judge to decide.
Sparks police told us they could not comment specifically on Bobby's Cyr's case, but they told us they make arrests based on probable cause.
Cyr's trial is set for Wednesday afternoon in Sparks Municipal Court. We'll let you know how it turns out.