On April 30, a local teenager and his sister were honored with a proclamation from the Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners for their role in reporting an environmental crime in Montgomery County.
“Illegal dumping is a pressing issue in our communities. With more than 1,000 identified dump sites, we have a lot of work to do. We want other people to follow the example of Justin and Crystal Western to help solve this problem,” said Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley.
On March 14, 2012, 25-year-old Crystal Western witnessed Orande Clarke dumping more than 100 scrap tires on a vacant property in the City of Dayton. Her brother, 16-year-old Justin Western, captured the crime on his cell phone and then reported the crime to the Montgomery County Environmental Crimes Task Force. Both siblings provided written statements to assist with the prosecution of the case.
Dumping just one tire illegally is a felony, and Clarke was sentenced to five years of probation, 100 hours of community service, and a $1,000 fine. He also cleaned up the dump site as part of his restitution.
In addition to enforcement actions, the task force educates local tire shops and dealerships about their legal responsibilities. The task force also works to educate citizens about the economic and environmental impact of environmental crime in their community.
To report suspicious tire hauling or illegal dumping activity, citizens can call the Montgomery County Environmental Crimes Task Force Hotline at (937) 225-HELP (4357) or visit www.kmcbohio.org.
About the Montgomery County Environmental Crimes Task Force
The Montgomery County Environmental Crimes Task Force seeks to improve and protect public health and the environment through responsible enforcement and comprehensive outreach and education. The task force is a partnership between local municipalities, enforcement and regulatory agencies, including the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Montgomery County Environmental Services, the City of Dayton, the City of Trotwood, Harrison Township, Jefferson Township, Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County, the Montgomery County Prosecutors Office, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.