Photo by Hubble Ray Smith.
KINGMAN – Barely a month before Earth Day, a Kingman man was caught illegally dumping yard waste.
On March 22, Harold Symmonds Jr., 56, was charged with criminal littering for commercial purposes, a class 6 felony, after an Environmental Rural Area Cleanup Enforcement detective watched the man throw trash bags and yard waste from a trailer into the desert near the north Bank Street area past Jagerson Avenue.
According to ERACE spokesman Todd Davison, the detective contacted Symmonds, who admitted to being paid $300 by an unknown person to clear and dispose of items from a property on Seneca Street.
Davison said they usually find illegal dump sites based on tips, but were lucky to catch Symmonds in the act.
“We actually saw this in progress,” Davison said. “That’s the unique thing.”
The copy of the report was forwarded to the Mohave County Attorney’s office with a class 6 felony charge of illegal dumping.
Symmonds was asked to clean up the illegal dump site per Mohave County anti-littering ordinance 2002-03.
In addition to working police investigations and presenting prevention programs, Mohave County ERACE sponsors free community cleanup trash collection events in several locations around the county to help reduce illegal dumping.
Call ERACE at 928-715-0480 if you have information on an illegal dumpsite or Mohave Silent Witness at 1-888-227-8780 if you observe an illegal dumping in progress.