Getting results: Illegal dumping problem spreads

Leon Figa
Leon Figa
Don Boice
Don Boice

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - WAVE 3 News is getting results in a for a man with a pile of illegal junk dumped on his property.  We helped him out, but in reporting the story, found that he was not alone.

"I would call it nasty," Leon Figa said June 29th. "It's dirty, filthy. It's wet from rain but we have to deal with it. That's all there is to it."

That day, Figa was quick to show us the junk dumped on the property he manages near downtown.

The pile included addresses of where the trash came from, so we tracked down the owner and they got in touch with Figa.

"Oh, I think they called us the next day and said, 'We're going to have that company come right back,'" he said.

It turns out the property owner paid someone to haul away the junk, but they only did half the job.

"The owner talked to them and they came back and they actually came back and they left it broom-clean, which is wonderful," Figa said. "It was one of the first times in 20 years that we had some trash that was dumped on us removed and thanks to you for that follow up. It was wonderful."

Don Boice isn't so lucky.

"I'd love to catch one red-handed, been trying for 17 years," Boice said.

After seeing Figa's story, Boice emailed us about the dumping along the rural street where he lives, Bearcamp Road.

"Tires, old tires, they dump tires," Boice said. "You might have saw a dasher out of a washing machine laying on the road out there."

He said he's seen just about everything dumped on the side of the road, including a half-butchered hog.

"I thought it was a cow, so when I came back, I stopped and I couldn't believe it," Boice said. "That hog was, I said on the phone a thousand, but it was probably closer to 600 but it was a huge hog."

Piles of debris, old carpeting, we saw the trash he was talking about.

Boice says it happens all the time.

"They think no one is going to say anything, no one cares. I care," he said. "I don't go dump stuff on their street but if I knew where they lived, I'd take their trash back there and dump it on their street, I believe."

After thinking a second, he said he actually wouldn't but if he does ever catch the junk dumpers, you can bet he'll turn them into police.

Police can cite people for illegal dumping or criminal littering if they catch them and in the Metro, people who dump on a public right of way can be forced to pay for the cost of removal.

A spokesperson for the County Attorney's office says criminal littering is actually a stronger case because it's state law. A conviction could bring up to a year behind bars and up to a five-hundred-dollar fine.

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