PHILADELPHIA—A jury on Dec. 9 found tire hauler Daniel J. Carr and his son-in-law, Gerald Laarz, guilty of illegally dumping tires under Interstate 95 which were later set ablaze March 13 by a gang of youths. In November one of the youths, Keith McMahon, 18, pleaded guilty to setting the fire that destroyed a portion of the I-95 overpass and caused $6 million in damage.
Messrs. Carr and Laarz were not charged in the tire fire, but they were found guilty of risking a catastrophe, conspiracy and violating the state's Solid Waste Management Act for dumping the tires at the site. The men, both of Chalfont, Pa., will be sentenced Jan. 22 and face a maximum of 15 years in prison.
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection levied a penalty of $425,000 against Mr. Carr and his daughter, Susan M. Laarz, for violating a 1994 DEP order to remove tires from an illegal stockpile in Bucks County, Pa.
The DEP ordered Mr. Carr's firm, Tire Technologies Inc., to remove an estimated 600,000 tires from the 90-acre property. Included in that order was a $22,600 fine against Ms. Laarz for violating the Solid Waste Management Act.
A federal court will sentence Mr. McMahon March 5 on one count of conspiracy to commit arson and two counts of arson—the second arson count stemmed from an April 6 arson fire. Mr. McMahon was the driver for a group of youths charged in a four-month spree of 13 fires around the city early last year. Four juveniles also face charges.