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|Police jury cracks down on dumping|
Fed up with piles of trash dumped on the sides of parish roads and litter strewn along ditches, the Franklin Parish Police Jury is working with local law enforcement to issue tickets, or if necessary make arrests, to violators.
"It is happening all over the parish," said jury president Harvey Ray Guimbellot. "You can't drive down one of our roads and not see something thrown out. It is unbelievable."
The parish has several anti-dumping, littering, abandoned items and junk ordinances on the books, which gives the Franklin Parish Sheriff's Office and the Louisiana Depart-ment of Wildlife and Fisheries agents plenty of room to assess violators.
"We are going to use every tool at our disposal to find out who is dumping this stuff, and then we are going to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law," Guimbellot said.
Earlier this week, sheriff's deputies ticketed a man for illegal dumping on Riley Road. Officers determined the man's identity from papers mixed with furniture, clothing and other debris.
The initial fine for violating the trash ordinance is $200, up to 30 days in jail and in severe cases, the filing of liens if the police jury has to pick up and properly dispose of abandoned items such as automobiles and large appliances.
Guimbellot said cameras will be used in some cases to catch violators, but citizens of the parish are the best sources of information on illegal dumping.
"We are going to use every resource at our disposal," Guimbellot said. "The best thing that residents can do to help stop this is to contact the sheriff's office or the police jury with the locations of illegal dumping and the name of who did it."
In addition to bags of trash, other items such as old mattresses, furniture, refrigerators, washers, dryers, tables, chairs and abandoned vehicles have been left on roadsides in the parish.