Man who froze got 5 shut-off notices
Wed, 18 Feb 2009 17:08:59 GMT —
Public records obtained by a newspaper show a 93-year-old man found frozen to death in his Bay City home had received several utility shut-off notices before the last one.
The Bay City Times reports Wednesday that city records it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act say five other letters were sent to Marvin Schur's home in the past two years. His body was found Jan. 17, several days after Bay City Electric Light & Power restricted electricity and a month after his final shut-off notice.
Records suggest he was confused about how to pay. He tried at least twice to pay bills at his bank, which couldn't accept them.
Mayor Charles Brunner says it appears Schur's problems were warnings of his vulnerability and should have been "a red flag" to officials.