Hearing continued for Highland Twp. supervisor charged with environmental violations

JOHNSONBURG - A Highland Township supervisor charged with environmental violations had his preliminary hearing in District Court 59-3-02 continued Wednesday as he has yet to obtain legal representation. Charges were filed by the Attorney General's Office last week with District Judge George A. "Tony" King against Charles M. Vaughn Jr., 75, who currently serves as chairman of the Highland Township Board of Supervisors and who up until recently served as the state-certified operator of the township's sewage plant in James City. The charges filed against Vaughn allege that while acting as operator of the sewage plant he falsified environmental reports with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and failed to secure proper permitting for the installation of a bypass pipe which funneled raw sewage through the sewage treatment plant and into a nearby tributary.