BATON ROUGE, La.-A grand jury has indicted a Louisiana man on charges of dumping thousands of old tires he collected from more than a dozen dealers. Randall S. ``Randy'' Carmona, 34, of Kentwood, La., who operated under the names Greensburg Wholesale Tires and Greensburg Wholesale Tire Co., faces charges of illegal disposal of waste tires at a vacant lot in Baker, La., and of forging a state permit, which he claimed gave him the legal authority to dump the tires.
The Baker site contained an estimated 25,000 used tires, which already have been removed at the expense of the tire dealers who hired Mr. Carmona to dispose of them, prosecutors said.
Miss. To launch tire cleaunup program
JACKSON, Miss.-Mississippi plans to commence a statewide tire cleanup program this spring using about $800,000 of the $2.5 million the Department of Environmental Quality has accumulated through a $1 fee on the sale of each new tire.
The state will pay approved contractors $85 a ton to collect and dispose of the estimated 1.2 million to 1.5 million tires dumped illegally across the state.
The DEQ said any pile creating a nuisance is eligible for abatement or cleanup.
Lawyer says arson confession coerced
MARTINSBURG, W.Va.-A defense lawyer for a volunteer firefighter claims his client's confession to having set fire to a 10-acre tire pile last September was coerced by police.
The attorney said 30-year-old Charles D. Knox of Inwood, W.Va., is mentally disabled and did not understand his rights prior to the confession.
Mr. Knox, who goes to trial May 3 on two counts of felony arson, was a member of the South Berkeley Volunteer Fire Co. and helped fight the blaze at the former Associated Tire Distributors site in Inwood Sept. 14. He also worked for a private security firm hired to guard the dump, police said.
Maine man leaves tire dump legacy
DURHAM, Maine-John Emerson, owner of a large tire dump, died Feb. 20, leaving millions of tires and an estimated $2 million cleanup bill.
For years, Mr. Emerson, 78, had fought state efforts to force him to clean up his dump. Most recently the state seized his $16,000 savings and used the money to build access roads and fire breaks at the site.