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Maryland men arrested, charged with illegal dumping near Georgetown
DOVER (July 26, 2012) – DNREC Environmental Crimes Unit officers arrested two Maryland men Thursday and charged them with improper disposal of solid waste after they were caught dumping a load of scrap tires near Georgetown.
Charles M. Camper, 51, of Hurlock, Md., and Wilbur Parker, 59, of Salisbury, were each charged with one count of improper solid waste disposal and one count of conspiracy in the third degree. Before they were arrested, the men had been observed by ECU officers in a pickup truck loaded with tires driven very slowly along several back roads in an area prone to illegal trash dumping. The truck eventually turned down a dirt road then stopped along a treeline, where the two men exited the vehicle and began dumping the tires in a cornfield.
The men were arrested as they drove away after unloading the tires. Both were arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $600 unsecured bond. Each count of improper disposal of solid waste carries a potential fine of up to $1,500. The conspiracy charge carries a fine of up to $2,300 and a year in prison.
After their arrests, the two men were ordered by ECU officers to reload the scrap tires onto their truck and also to provide proof later that the tires had been properly disposed of.
Vol. 42, No. 280