Former Douglas County commissioner candidate Victor Petrucci pleaded not guilty to a trespassing charge in Douglas County Circuit Court on Monday.

Petrucci has been waging a one-man war against the Douglas County government over his allegations that leachate has been running off onto his property, which is adjacent to the county landfill site.

Petrucci previously told The News-Review he was on his own property April 24, when he was cited and released for trespass for allegedly walking onto the county’s landfill property. The landfill was closed that day. Petrucci was with Roseburg surveyor Neil Hibbs at the time, who was attempting to determine the location of the property line.

The trial in the trespassing case is set for Nov. 30. Following Monday’s hearing, Petrucci told The News-Review he was optimistic the trespass charge would be dropped.

“I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.

The April 24 incident was not Petrucci’s first run-in with the law over his conflict with the county. He has also pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary, second-degree criminal mischief and attempting to illegally obtain communications, charges stemming from a January incident in which he is alleged to have damaged an air conditioner and placed recording devices at a county solid waste building on Chewaucan Lane in Roseburg. A trial on those charges is slated for Sept. 26.

The state Department of Environmental Quality found no leachate spills at either of two landfill inspections in April. The county said there was a spill in 2017, which was caused by a pump failure that was promptly corrected.

Petrucci ran unsuccessfully for county commissioner against Commissioner Tim Freeman in May. He received 4.59 percent of the vote. Freeman won re-election against four challengers in that race, garnering more than 63 percent of the vote.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at ccegavske@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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