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Man Charged After North Springs Gas Leak Investigation

Man Charged After North Springs Gas Leak Investigation

Michael Joseph Kreiss faces felony reckless endangerment and theft charges after allegedly stealing a regulator and copper lines from an AmeriGas propane tank in Jackson County this month [Photo: Jackson County Sheriffs Office]

Michael Joseph Kreiss faces felony reckless endangerment and theft charges after allegedly stealing a regulator and copper lines from an AmeriGas propane tank in Jackson County this month [Photo: Jackson County Sheriffs Office]

A man was arrested in Macon County Wednesday following a Jackson County investigation regarding a gas leak in North Springs.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department (JCSD) reports Michael Joseph Kreiss faces felony reckless endangerment and theft charges.

JCSD released a statement saying an investigation was launched earlier this month after Jackson County 911 received reports of a strong gas odor near 6436 Jennings Creek Highway.

Fire Departments responded to the scene where they discovered gas leaking from an AmeriGas propane tank after a regulator and copper lining were missing. JCSD reports the gas leak could have caused an explosion in the North Springs community.

An investigation was launched Jan. 6 with warrants placed for Kreiss’ arrest shortly after. Kreiss was discovered in Red Boiling Springs Wednesday and taken into custody by Macon County deputies.

Kreiss is currently being held on $4,000 bond at the Jackson County Jail.

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