OTIS, Maine — Two men are facing charges in connection with separate cases of alleged illegal dumping near Beech Hill Pond, according to Maine Forest Service.
Daniel Smith, 25, of Ellsworth and Brad Inforati, 36, of Eddington each are accused of dumping more than 15 pounds of household trash at illegal dumping sites on roads adjacent to the pond, the state agency indicated Thursday in a prepared statement.
Earlier this month, state forest rangers received a complaint of such a site on West Shore Road. Ranger John Cousins went to the location and found a pile of household trash and old vehicle parts that had been left by the side of the road. After searching through the pile, Cousins found some evidence that led him to contact Smith, according to the press release.
While at the site, Cousins was contacted by a passerby who told him of another illegal dump nearby on Camp Road No. 1, the service indicated. Cousins went to that location and, after digging through another trash pile he found there, found the name of a Rhode Island woman who recently had passed away.
Upon further investigation, Cousins determined the trash came from a house in the area that the woman had owned and which since had been sold by her family. A real estate agent who handled the sale subsequently told Cousins that Inforati had been hired to clean the house.
According to the forest service, after Inforati was summoned for the alleged illegal dumping, he went to the site and cleaned it up.
Both men are scheduled to appear next month in Ellsworth District Court, according to the release. If convicted, each man faces a mandatory minimum fine of $500, 100 hours of required community service, and the possibility of having to pay to clean up the site where he allegedly left the trash. The state also could suspend any recreational or professional state-issued licenses the men may possess, the forest service indicated.
Agency officials said the two cases are among “many” alleged illegal dumping incidents that rangers handle on a regular basis.
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