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Parish cleans up illegal dump site just north of Amite
Ken Benitez
/ Categories: Latest Stories, Crime

Parish cleans up illegal dump site just north of Amite

AMITE—While efforts to curtail litter remain a struggle, Tangipahoa Parish leaders say the recent clean up of an illegal dump site north of Amite was a small victory in this ongoing battle.

This week Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said leaders were notified by Tangipahoa Parish Fire District 1 Chief Bruce Cutrer of an illegal dump site off North Duncan Avenue near Holloway Pond.

Originally dispatched to the location for what was described as a “grass fire,” Cutrer and his team quickly ascertained that what they were actually extinguishing was a large pile of garbage bags.

“Something like that doesn’t just happen,” Cutrer said, noting that residents in this area “make an effort to keep their community clean.”

After Fire District 1 and members of the Roseland Fire Department helped to put out the blaze, Cutrer and his team decided to investigate deeper. They reached out to the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office and Tangipahoa Parish Government’s Litter Enforcement team. Cutrer’s department documented evidence they collected at the scene, and a nearby resident offered information on activity witnessed in the area shortly before the fire began.

Tangipahoa Parish President Robby Miller said evidence secured at the scene pointed to a possible suspect, who was identified from the trash that remained after the fire. In less than 24 hours from the time the fire department was first dispatched to the fire, officials had conducted interviews and an individual who had been questioned in the case was on scene, helping crews clean up the site.

“This is a great example of all our community partners working together to put an end to illegal dumping in Tangipahoa Parish,” Miller said. “It takes everyone working together, from our observant firefighters who recognized this was more than just a grass fire, to that Good Samaritan who saw something suspicious and was willing to share that information with investigators, to our enforcement team who worked diligently to identify the source and make sure the site was cleaned up properly.”

Officials also wrote a citation that included a monetary fine.

Cutrer said he was impressed by the work litter enforcement did in resolving the case so quickly. “In Tangipahoa Parish, if you illegally dump the trash, you will pay the cash,” the Chief said.

Miller said the parish’s aggressive approach to addressing litter and illegal dump sites is making a difference. “We are striving every day to be the best, and that includes keeping our parish clean and litter-free.”
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