Garbage dumped on property of Judge Metts’ family

EAST MONTGOMERY COUNTY- The office of Pct. 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden again demonstrated their determination to clean up their part of the county on Sunday, when deputies forced someone illegally dumping household garbage to clean up his mess.

Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts said he called Hayden’s office after his cousin discovered someone was using his family’s property on Old Highway 105 and Metts Rd. as a dumpsite.

Deputy Mark Seals, who is gaining a reputation for not minding getting his hands dirty in the name of law enforcement, went to the site and sorted through the garbage until he found enough evidence to identify a suspect.

“There were numerous identifying items,” Seals said. “There was also building materials and construction materials mixed in with it.”

Seals went to the home of Robert Allen Gardner, 59, who lives on SH 105 and presented him with a choice. Gardner had the option of receiving a citation and going immediately to clean up the property or receiving a citation and being placed under arrest, Seals said.

“It didn’t take (Gardner) long to deliberate,” he said.

Gardner went with Seals and removed all of the trash, Seals said.

Judge Metts commended Pct. 4 on their swift response.

“His men were out on Sunday and made the violators go and clean up their trash,” Metts said.

Metts said the illegal dumping was obviously not a matter of convenience.

“They drove past the Security Landfill to go and dump it on my family’s property.” He said. “In fact, part of the property is adjacent to the landfill.”

“I pay for a dumpster, just like my family and many other people pay for a dumpster or garbage pick-up,” Metts said. “They can do the same.”

Gardner was issued a citation for illegal dumping, which carries a fine of $250 to $500.

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