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‘We will catch you’: Michaux cameras focus on illegal dumping

ABC 27 News -FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – Michaux State Forest has been plagued by illegal dumping for decades, but patrolling the land for those responsible has been a struggle — until now. Cameras have been placed to catch the criminals in the act. Assistant forest manager Michelle Blevins says photos of license plates and faces will provide the evidence they need to file charges, and officials get help identifying suspects when the photos are posted to social media.

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Study shows Pa. residents hoarding, illegally dumping

The Bradford Era – A survey of 7,000 American hoarders, conducted recently by Servicemaster of Lake Shore, Ill., determined that the average person hoards a lot of stuff, and from there illegal dumping becomes an issue. The cleaning and restoration service company found that US residents are hoarding almost $50 billion worth of unused goods, which is on average the equivalent of $390.16 per household. In Pennsylvania, it was found that people are hoarding $394.74 worth of items per household, which is the equivalent of $1.9 billion worth overall in the state. Additionally, a whopping 76% of Pennsylvanians admit that their unused goods are a fire hazard.

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Illegal dumping focus of forest campaign

TheRecordHerald.com – FAYETTEVILLE — One of the most beautiful assets our region has is Michaux State Forest. Located along Route 233 between South Mountain and Pine Grove Furnace, the land offers recreation and wooded respite from the trappings of urban and suburban life. But the forested region also harbors a dirty little secret: trash. “Illegal dumping is a serious problem,” said Michaux State Forest Ranger Todd Ottinger.

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Don’t look now, but Fawn is keeping an eye on illegal dumping

Trib Live -Fawn Township is about to go high-tech in trying to combat illegal dumping in the township. The township will employ cameras at one of several locations throughout the community where dumping has occurred, according to supervisors Chairman David Montanari and Township Secretary Pam Ponsart. Ponsart said the set of three cameras was made available to the township by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, the state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. The organizations are volunteer-based groups dedicated to improving the environment and quality of life throughout the state and the country.

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Speakers series features program on illegal dumping

GoErie.com – CALEDONIA – The South Mountain Speakers Series is an annual lecture series hosted by the South Mountain Partnership that engages the public in dialogue about conservation challenges facing the South Mountain landscape. The next free program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Caledonia State Park, park office conference room, and will highlight efforts underway to fight illegal dumping and vandalism in the region.

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Speakers series features program on illegal dumping

Go Erie – CALEDONIA – The South Mountain Speakers Series is an annual lecture series hosted by the South Mountain Partnership that engages the public in dialogue about conservation challenges facing the South Mountain landscape. The next free program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Caledonia State Park, park office conference room, and will highlight efforts underway to fight illegal dumping and vandalism in the region.

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Speakers series features program on illegal dumping

The Record Herald – CALEDONIA – The South Mountain Speakers Series is an annual lecture series hosted by the South Mountain Partnership that engages the public in dialogue about conservation challenges facing the South Mountain landscape. The next free program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at Caledonia State Park, park office conference room, and will highlight efforts underway to fight illegal dumping and vandalism in the region.

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4th person caught illegally dumping in Penn Hills

Trib Live -A fourth man has been caught illegally dumping in Penn Hills.

Teron Allen, 34, of Verona, will face a maximum fine of $2,000 and clean-up costs for unloading a trailer full of debris on Manilla Street in the municipality’s Lincoln Park neighborhood on July 26, officials said in a news release Monday.

Three others were charged in July after Penn Hills Code Enforcement officials identified them through hidden cameras installed at common illegal dump sites in the area.

Those men — Ricky Stallworth Jr. of Wilkinsburg, Aaron Evans of Pittsburgh and Michael Smith of Carnegie — each face $2,000 fines plus clean-up expenses.

Of the three charged, only Evans has a summary trial scheduled for Aug. 15. Stallworth and Smith have yet to schedule hearings, court records show.

The charges follow the municipality’s beefed-up effort to crack down on those illegally dumping in the municipality.

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Pittsburgh Man Charged For Illegal Dumping In Penn Hills

KDKA 2 CBS Pittsburgh -Penn Hills Manager Scott Andrejhak announced Monday that Teron Allen was caught illegally dumping in the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The release said Allen unloaded a trailer filled with construction debris and materials, shown by the use of hidden cameras used to identify people illegally dumping.

Dumping in Penn Hills can bring a maximum fine of $2,000, plus the cost of the clean-up.

Allen is being charged by Penn Hills.

“Dumping does not just have one victim – it affects an entire neighborhood,” Andrejhak said in a release “The staff and elected officials at Penn Hills are committed to ending this problem and improving our neighborhoods. Penn Hills will continue to identify and charge individuals that do this in our community.”

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