Two charged in pipeline break back in court

MARSHALL — Two men charged in connection with a Magellan pipeline break that released diesel fuel into a public ditch were back in Lyon County District Court in two separate hearings Tuesday.

A future hearing was set for Eric Weckwerth Pineda, 24, of Cottonwood. Meanwhile, the case of Tanner Sik, 19, of Cottonwood, will be taken under consideration by a judge. The judge will decide whether statements made by Pineda will be admissible in court.

Sik was charged with criminal property damage in connection with the pipeline break. Pineda was also charged with criminal property damage. Criminal complaints allege that Sik and Pineda were shooting guns near the Cottonwood Lake dam on April 24 when a gunshot punctured the pipeline. Damage to the pipeline cost about $167,000 in repairs, the complaints said.

Lyon County court records said at Sik’s hearing Tuesday, the court heard arguments about whether statements made by Pineda during investigation of the pipeline break would be suppressed. In a Sept. 3 letter, Sik’s attorney moved to suppress statements made by Pineda in an interview with investigators because Pineda had not been informed of his Miranda rights, court records said.

District Court Judge Michelle Dietrich will take the matter under advisement and issue a court order in the future, court records said.

Pineda appeared at a separate hearing on Tuesday. The court found probable cause for the charges against him, and a future hearing date was set for Oct. 8.