Former city worker accused of spiking wells with toxins faces judge

NORTH CANTON, Ohio - A former North Canton Water Department worker was arraigned on Friday for allegedly spiking wells with toxic chemicals, Action News reported.

Clint Franklin, 32, faced a judge by video arraignment to answer to felony charges of vandalism and inducing panic.

Earlier this week, he was officially accused of spiking monitor wells in North Canton and Plain Township with industrial chemicals last summer.

The chemicals can be deadly when consumed in large amounts.

The water crisis caused panic throughout the community. It took nearly a week for the EPA and the Stark County Health Department to extensively test the water and decide that it was finally safe to drink.

If convicted, Franklin could spend up to five years in prison.