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Cameras could catch litter scofflaws in Altona

Heaps of trash, tires and deer carcasses litter the sides of Brunell Road in Altona, a problem Supervisor Larry Ross said is documented as early as the '80s.

Heaps of trash, tires and deer carcasses litter the sides of Brunell Road in Altona, a problem Supervisor Larry Ross said is documented as early as the '80s.

— The sheriff’s department had 178 complaints for illegal dumping from January 2011 to March 2012. Risetto said that despite the difficulty of catching someone in the act, they close those cases with charges more than 60 percent of the time.

The officers often find that the dumping is done by locals, often people moving who want to get rid of junk and don’t want to pay to do it.

Sometimes the items are buried under the snow, so the dumping spots will look even worse as spring comes around. Items that shed light on open burglary cases have been found by looking into dumping incidents. Risetto said they’ve found safes and footlockers that tied into such cases.

The Sheriff’s Office has Deputy Warren assigned to illegal dumping complaints. Call him at 565-4340 to report incidents. It’s especially helpful if information about the vehicles involved is available.

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