LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email
ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Four men are in jail on felony charges after they dumped 27 tires on an Angelina County road, according to the sheriff's office.
Lt. Pete Cooper said a local tire shop had paid Reginald Horace, 26, of Lufkin, Anthony Dejuan Deckard, 20, of Nacogdoches, Kendrick Hadnot, 21, of Diboll and Joshua Figueroa, 22, to dispose of the tires. Cooper said a resident at Water Well Road spotted the four dumping a large amount of tires at the end of the street.
Authorities managed to pull the four over after noticing an empty trailer bed attached to their truck.
Bond has not yet been set on the four. Due to the large amount of litter they are accused of dumping, they are charged with a state jail felony.
"This was very a big surprise because you don't do that in the broad daylight, not like that," Rosalyn Massey said. "That was kind of crazy and really bold."
Massey called the law after she saw a pick-up drive a trailer full of tires down here and pass back by. Empty.
"It makes all of us angry because this is our place down here, this where we've all grown up," Massey said. "This is our place, this is where I've lived and they throw stuff over our fence and throw stuff down the road, like you can see a tire down yonder."
"It seems like it's a never-ending thing," said Sgt. Mark Emmons, environmental officer at the Angelina County Sheriff's Office. "Obviously, this shouldn't even be something we have to interview on, people throwing things out, but they continue to do so."
But the problem goes beyond Angelina County. On a road near Alto, residents say the problem just keeps getting worse."
"It's non-stop," Dana Day said. "There's one main creek up the dirt road here that they seem to like to dump there the most. We've found everything from couches to mattresses to dead animals."
Day says he's seen people dump their trash and abandon old furniture.
"It's embarrassing to us to have to have our guests come over here and drive by and see that," Day said.
Emmons says the trash is a steady problem. One that hasn't gotten better.
"Look, if you do this you're going to get in trouble," Emmons said. "We don't give warnings for this."
There are easy alternatives. The landfill charges a few buck per truckload. Plus, some tire stores will take your old treads for a small fee.