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Illegal dumping is a problem throughout the tri-states


Two suspects are behind bars, one is still on the loose for illegally dumping hundreds of tires in the Hannibal area.

Lester Hirner and Dustin Smith were arrested after allegedly leaving tires along several streets including Warren Barrett Drive.

The Ralls County Sheriff's Office is still looking for 32-year-old Michael Hirner.

But this dumping problem isn't confined to Hannibal.  It's a major issue all across the Tri-States this summer.

The couch that sits on Glen Chandler's property is not his idea of lawn furniture, but the result of people dumping their unwanted stuff in his yard.

Chandler says because he lives in a rural part of Adams County, he never knows what he will see when he walks out his door everyday.

"Yeah there would be stuff here. You never know if it's going to be a chair or whatever," said Chandler.

Chandler says people have unloaded campers, couches and even cats into his yard.

"You know they drive by here and just throw stuff off and dump off," said Chandler.

Chief environmental sanitarian Tony Dede for the Adams County Health Department says illegal dumping is a problem in the county.

"You might find tires, trash, garbage, discarded TV's and electronics," said Dede.

Dede says they find out about many of the incidents from complaints, and then try to pinpoint who is the culprit.

"We'll go out and investigate the complaint seeing if we can find any evidence leading to who is responsible for the dumping," said Dede.

And Dede says if they find evidence of whose responsible they'll track them down.

"We'll contact that individual and have them come out to clean up what they've dumped and then we'll return that to the state attorney's office for any possible prosecution,"said Dede.

Chandler says he wishes people would just respect people's property and bring unwanted things to a dump, and not his yard.

"They can take it over there. You find that stuff dumped everywhere," said Chandler.




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