The following is a news release from the DEQ:
BATON ROUGE - Two men pled guilty last week in Beauregard Parish to gross littering and trespassing.
Ronald Shelby, Jr., 35, of DeRidder, Louisiana, and Andre C. Sweet, 33, of Arlington, Texas, were each ordered to pay $850 dollars in criminal fines and court costs, stemming from charges of gross littering and criminal trespassing. Both men were also sentenced to one year of supervised probation. This case was prosecuted in the 36th Judicial District court at the direction of Beauregard Parish District Attorney David W. Burton.
In June 2009, Shelby and Sweet were hired by Steven Tavaras, an area contractor, to dispose of debris generated from a construction site northeast of DeRidder, Louisiana. An investigation conducted by DEQ's Criminal Investigation Division and the Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Office found that Shelby and Sweet took the construction debris and illegally dumped it at a private residence near DeRidder. The construction debris has since been cleaned up by the contractor.
"Unfortunately, some people have little respect for environment and would rather dump debris illegally than dispose of it properly," said Jeffrey Nolan, DEQ-CID Manager. "We remain determined in our mission to aggressively pursue people or businesses found to be willfully engaging in illegal dumping."