indicted on scrap tire charges
The Franklin County Grand Jury, Ohio, has
indicted three men on illegal scrap tire hauling and dumping
charges. All charges are unclassified felonies and each count
has a maximum penalty of 4 years in jail and $25,000 in fines.
Rickey Hess of Utica, Ohio, faces four counts of illegal transportation
of scrap tires and four counts of open dumping. Members of the
Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio’s (SWACO) Environmental
Crimes Task Force of Central Ohio report they caught Hess on
April 1, 2010 in the act of dumping scrap tires behind the Bob
Sumerel Tires store. Further investigation found other incidents
in the same location during the month of March. In all, the Task
Force believes Hess dumped 150 to 200 used tires that he could
not sell at his used tire store in Utica.
Rodney Hall of Columbus, Ohio, faces four counts of illegal transportation
of scrap tires and one count of open dumping. Hall was arrested
by Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies after a low speed chase
in icy and snowy conditions. At the time, his pickup truck was
overflowing with scrap tires. Deputies also reported Hall was
caught on surveillance cameras dumping tires behind an apartment
complex in Columbus in September 2009. On September 5, 2009,
a witness reported seeing Hall dump tires at another location
in Columbus. On October 20, 2009, Franklin Township Police again
caught Hall illegally transporting dozens of scrap tires before
he could dispose of them.
Stephen A. Green of Gahanna, Ohio, was stopped by the task force
on September 11, 2009 for illegally hauling tires in Columbus.
Green had a previous history of illegal dumping of scrap tires
which resulted in a 2008 court order prohibiting him from hauling
The Environmental Crimes Task Force of Central Ohio is funded
by SWACO and consists of deputies from the Franklin County Sheriff’s
Office, a prosecutor from the Franklin County, representatives
from the Franklin County Health Department and an employee of
the Columbus Public Service Department.