Former Nixa official charged with encroaching onto neighbor's property

Sunday, March 8, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 12:36 a.m. CST, Sunday, March 8, 2009

NIXA — Two of three people charged with stealing from the city of Nixa are also the subjects of another lawsuit.

Larry and Paula Covington, the former Nixa Streets Department superintendent and his wife, are accused of encroaching on a neighbor's property in Lawrence County.

Bobbie Johns alleges the Covingtons erected a metal building and two fences, paved a driveway, cleared trees, and allowed livestock to roam on Johns' property without permission.

That case likely will have to wait for the outcome of criminal and other civil charges filed against the couple.

Larry Covington and another former city employee, David Griggs, are charged with Class B felony stealing by deceit in an alleged scheme to steal $750,000 from the Nixa Public Works Department. Paula Covington is charged with being an accessory to the thefts.



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