An investigation of two illegal open dump sites resulted in the conviction of two Virginia men.
Two men from Virginia have been convicted in Hardy County magistrate court and fined more than $10,000 on charges related to the illegal dumping of building materials, according to Captain Tom Stuckey of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources Law Enforcement office in Romney.
On May 7, 2014, DNR Natural Resources Police Officer Adam Kuykendall learned about two large piles of refuse that had been dumped in a rural area of Grant County. Officer Kuykendall and NRPO Steven Dawson investigated and soon located and issued citations to two men who had been hired to clean out a residence under foreclosure.
Marcus A. Cook and Nicholas S. Calhoun, both age 23 and both of Centerville, Virginia, received 11 citations, including four counts of littering, two counts of trespassing, two counts of creating an open dump, one count of driving on a suspended license, one count of obstructing an officer and one count of possession of marijuana.
The defendants were convicted of all charges and ordered to clean up the refuse. Total fines assessed were $10,071.