(February 23, 2016) – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is pleased to announce the new hire of Aaron Semasko who joined the team to help facilitate their Illegal Dump Free PA initiative across the state. Semasko will work with local governments, communities, and enforcement agencies to identify and hold accountable individuals and businesses that choose to dump their trash illegally, through IllegalDumpFreePA.org, an innovative program launched in 2015 that provides surveillance camera loans, training and support to Pennsylvania municipalities and community groups.
(January 14, 2015) KPB Press Release – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, a statewide organization whose mission is to empower Pennsylvanian’s to make our communities clean and beautiful, launched IllegalDumpFreePA.org in 2015, a website that houses community resources to fight illegal dumping. The site includes a Municipalities Toolkit that includes sample letters to legislators and magistrates and media releases aimed at preventing and stopping illegal dumping at the local level. Through Illegal Dump Free PA, municipalities have the opportunity to apply for a Camera Loan Program grant.
(December 8, 2015) – KPB Press Release – Michaux State Forest in Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties has recently increased efforts to catch and identify illegal dumpers and hold them accountable. This year, the state forest installed several sets of surveillance cameras along their roads and trails. One camera set is on loan from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful as part of their Illegal Dump Free PA program, a community resource for fighting illegal dumping locally. With evidence obtained from the hidden cameras, Alex J. Cline (10/19/95) was issued a citation and is awaiting plea for scattering rubbish, Ronald Lee Kayhoe (7/28/47) was issued a citation and plead guilty for retrieval and disposition of killed or wounded game or wildlife and was fined $241, and Wayne Catron (10/25/57) was issued a citation and is awaiting plea for scattering rubbish.
(December 2, 2015) – KPB Press Release – For years, residents of Wesleyville Borough and residents of nearby communities have used the Borough’s recycling center to leave old furniture, mattresses, tires, computers, even paint and hazardous chemicals. In 2013, the Borough researched the purchase of security cameras, but the Borough Council felt the cameras were too expensive – so the Borough resigned itself to clean up piles of debris at the center each Monday morning.
(June 18, 2015) – KPB Press Release – Three Allegheny County men have received written citations for illegally dumping trash. Charles Gilbert Scott (65) of Braddock, Michael Paul Leese (33) of Pittsburgh and Terrell Montgomery (46) of Pittsburgh were found guilty of littering on three separate occasions by the Honorable Jeffrey A. Manning. Scott was fined $96, Leese was fined $571 and Montgomery was fines $371. In all instances the arresting officer was Detective Matthew A. Lebedda from the Pittsburgh Police Department. A fourth person, Daniel Schweikart (44) of Pittsburgh, was issued a written citation by Pittsburgh’s Anti-Litter Coordinator Melissa Rosenfeld for littering and dumping by vehicle. The case is awaiting plea.
(June 5, 2015) – KPB Press Release – On May 14, 2015, William John Caddy, 38, from Johnstown was found guilty of illegally dumping shingles, buckets, cement and other debris on Hohan Avenue/Kingston Lake Trail in Middle Taylor Township by the Honorable Mary Ann Zanghi. Caddy was fined $454. He has the right to appeal the ruling.
(July 9, 2014) – KPB Press Release – On July 3, 2014, Michael Paul Leese, 32 and Terrell Montgomery, 45, both from Pittsburgh, were found guilty of illegal dumping debris from an excavac vehicle in the Larimer section of Pittsburgh by the Honorable Jeffery A. Manning. Leese was fined $500 plus court fees and Montgomery was fined $300 plus court fees. Both parties have 30 days to appeal.
The City of Pittsburgh has recently increased efforts to identify illegal dumpers and hold them accountable. This spring, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful donated high-tech surveillance cameras to the City of Pittsburgh to support enhanced enforcement efforts. The cameras are in addition to two cameras, purchased by Allegheny CleanWays through a grant from the Allegheny County Conservation District, that were donated to the City of Pittsburgh for surveillance of the city’s worst dumping areas in late 2013.
(May 22, 2014) – KPB Press Release – Robert Semulka (9/9/1967) from Washington, PA plead guilty and was fined $2101.50 for illegally dumping trash at two locations in Canton Township. A third incident of dumping by Semulka, also in Canton Township, is awaiting an outcome. Evidence was found by Canton Township Code Enforcement Officer, Chris Hammett who traced it back to Semulka, a local contractor.
(May 1, 2014) – KPB Press Release – As a result of increased enforcement measures in Armstrong and Indiana counties, there were two citations issued recently. On April 3, Thomas Jay Buchner of Lutheran Church Road in Spring Church, Armstrong County, was cited for scattering rubbish upon land and stream within Armstrong County. Buchner plead guilty, was ordered to clean up the dumped trash, pay for proper disposal, and was fined $241. The other incident occurred in Indiana County. The perpetrator was a juvenile.
(April 18, 2014) – KPB Press Release – Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has donated high-tech surveillance cameras to the City of Pittsburgh to support enhanced enforcement efforts surrounding the act of illegal dumping within the City limits. The high quality, motion activated, covert security cameras provide instant wireless transmission of site activity, photo documentation of license plates at speeds of up to 50 MPH, and clear photos of activity day or night, which are key to prosecutions.