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Caltrans Sues Wheatland Business Owner for Cutting Trees

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Published on: August 12, 2012

Caltrans has filed a lawsuit over people who cut down trees, shrubs and other plants along state highways, including a Wheatland business owner who cut trees near his business last year.

According to the suit, filed in June in Yuba County Superior Court, business owner Raj Kumar Sharma had a crew damage, trim or destroy 16 trees along Highway 65 at Evergreen Drive, near where Sharma had an encroachment permit to allow a left-turn lane on and off his commercial property.

“The defendants, and each of them, intentionally or recklessly trespassed on State owned property and injured and destroyed State owned tress, in order to further their individual and collective gain,” the suit states.

Sharma’s permit allowed him to remove eight trees there, but the work done far exceeded the scope of the permit, the suit states.

But Sharma said the suit is a misunderstanding that he will work out.

“We had all the permits to do that work, and it’s just a matter of interpretation,” Sharma said.

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