Roofing material: Fines suspended after four plead guilty to dumping debris|[04/04/07]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Four Hinds County men received suspended fines Tuesday for illegal dumping of roofing materials in Vicksburg.

The men, Andrew Richardson, 49, 3619 Lampton St., Jackson; Reginald Johnson, 31, 1798 Askew Ferry, Edwards; Ricky Johnson, 49, 107 Pine St., Edwards; and James Earl Jones, 53, 101 Pine St., Edwards, were arrested March 5 after police said they were unloading a flatbed trailer full of shingles, empting bags of soil and other refuse down a hill behind Vicksburg Warren Community Health Center near Oak and Johnson streets.

The men initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, which carry a $1,000 fine. They faced city code enforcement judge J. Mack Varner, where they changed their plea to guilty and each had their fines suspended and paid court costs.

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The area is in a designated urban renewal zone the city plans to redevelop through attracting more private investment. Court records indicate the men also cleaned up the debris.

When arrested, the four told police they were working on a roofing job in Jackson and were told about the site by a maintenance man there with ties to the health center affiliated with the clinic here.

Roofing companies usually pay fees to dispose of their debris, which must be hauled to commercial waste companies which weigh the material and charge for accepting it.