December 19, 2014

More than 70 tires found dumped in county drain

Drain Commissioner offering reward for information

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Tires were found dumped into this culvert on Bessinger Road. The Arenac County Drain Commission has posted a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible.
By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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TURNER TWP. — More than 70 tires were found dumped into a culvert on the Chief Drain, near Bessinger Road and Shenfield Road, according to Arenac County Drain Commissioner Larry Davis.

The tires were discovered March 22, and the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department received a call from Davis that morning. The sheriff’s department is investigating this and two other tire dumping incidents that took place over the past few months, Davis said. One was found March 15 at the Duck Lake Drain, and another in January at the Whitney Drain.

“We have $2,500 to $3,000 tied up in tire removal,” Davis said. “With spring rains, who knows how many homes and fields could flood from something like this.”

Davis said he is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for the tire dumping.

Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre said the department has no suspects at this time.

According to Davis, the dumping has reached a point where it has become an environmental issue, which has bumped it into a felony for the people responsible.

“Now people could go to prison, instead of just the county jail,” Davis said.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality had been called for previous incidents, but had not responded yet. Davis said he contacted the sheriff’s department after the latest incident to make sure someone was investigating the incident.

Davis told the Independent on March 20 that all of the tires found so far have been in isolated areas, and he was concerned about a pile going undetected until it caused a flood.

“If you have (small) beans and you get two and a half inches of rain, they’re done,” Davis said.

Anyone with information about any of the tire dumping incidents can contact the drain commission office at 989-846-2011 or the sheriff’s department at 989-846-3002.

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