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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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3 men face charges, fines in illegal dumping in Penn Hills

Trib Live -Penn Hills administration said Monday it caught three men on video as they illegally dumped furniture, debris and garbage on Beechford Road. The men — Ricky Stallworth Jr. of Wilkinsburg, Aaron Evans of Pittsburgh, and Michael Smith of Carnegie — each face civil charges, along with individual fines of $2,000 and clean-up expenses.   Penn Hills Manager Scott Andrejchak said the charges follow a new strategy to address the “outrageous and brazen” illegal dumping within the municipality.  “Penn Hills is committed to curing the wider problem of blight that dumping brings. Dumping invites litter, which poisons a community and encourages blight. … It is an insult to everyone in this community. If you come here to dump, you will be identified publicly and Penn Hills will hand you a bill for thousands of dollars,” Andrejchak said in a news release.

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Park Rangers Trying To Stop Illegal Dumping In Laurel Ridge State Park

KDKA 2 Pittsburgh News – ROCKWOOD, Pa. (KDKA) – Instead of taking their trash to a landfill, people have been taking their trash to Laurel Ridge State Park. And the park isn’t happy about it.  Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail shared pictures of trucks that have been photographed driving and dumping trash into the area.  They say that these photos of illegal dumping were taken on Laurel Ridge State park near Decker Avenue.

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Greater illegal dumping surveillance paying off big for Philly

The Philadelphia Tribune – Kelly O’Day is a retired wastewater engineer who tracks illegal dumping in Philadelphia in his spare time. There is no shortage of abandoned mattresses, old tires and plastic junk for the self-styled trash detective to sleuth. But Wednesday, the Mount Airy man took a break from the dirty streets to celebrate a win. After years of struggling to enforce city laws against illegal dumping, Philadelphia has taken 14 cases of illegal dumping to trial in the last five months. The cases, enabled by 50 new hidden street cameras, represent a milestone for the Kenney administration’s crackdown on illegal dumping.

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Police seek owner, operator of truck involved in illegal dumping in East Pennsboro Township

Fox 43 -CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — Police are seeking the owner and/or operator of a truck involved in illegal dumping in East Pennsboro Township. Police say the red Chevrolet dump truck illegally dumped rubbish (cinder blocks, re-bar and broken glass) down an embankment in the 600 block of Front Street.  Anyone with information should contact the township police department at 717-732-3633 or submit a tip here.

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Coatesville approves police contract

Lancaster Online –  (Towards end of article) – Assistant City Manager James Logan said he will apply for a Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful grant after a citizen complaint of illegal dumping earlier this month. Logan said if successful, the grant would pay for citizen education and cameras so the police department can monitor dumping hot spots.

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North Philadelphia residents fed up with illegal dumping

6 ABC Action News – PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Frustrated neighbors say they have been calling for months to Philadelphia’s 311 help number and have gotten little help.  Their problem: short dumping on adjoining vacant blocks of the 2400 blocks of Nassau, Bolton and Redner Streets in the Sharswood section of North Philadelphia.  There is a lot of nearby demolition and construction sites and neighbors think waste from some sites is being illegally dumped on the vacant land.  Resident Jon Sanborn showed us around the sprawling piles of tires, bricks, furniture and lumber. He showed us videos shot from his home office window of beat up old trucks dumping loads of debris. He says it occurs several times a week.

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Bill Signing Ceremony Held for Scavello’s Anti-Littering Bill – Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) joined anti-littering advocates and Gov. Tom Wolf recently for a ceremonial signing into law of his bill to reduce littering.  Senate Bill 431, now Act 62 of 2018, requires that for a first offense of scattering rubbish, a person is required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for between five and 30 hours within six months, in addition to the existing fine of $50 to $300. For a second or subsequent offense, the offender may also be required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for 30 to 100 hours over one year, in addition to the existing fine of $300 to $1,000. Representatives of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau were on hand January 30 to see the bill signed into law.

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