Forest ranger cracks illegal dumping case

This was the scene on the East Hopkins Pond Road in Mariaville in December, when a large quantity of trash was found dumped alongside the road. Forest Ranger John Cousins said he has identified the two men who allegedly dumped the trash. One has been charged, and charges are pending against the other.

MARIAVILLE — One man has been summoned and charges are pending against another after they allegedly dumped a large quantity of trash on a remote dirt road last year.

Forest Ranger John Cousins said he learned of the trash dumped on East Hopkins Pond Road on Dec. 7. In searching through the trash, an address for a house on Morrison Farm Road in Mariaville was found.

It was determined that that house had been foreclosed on by Fannie Mae earlier that year. Another address found in the trash was for a home in Vassalboro.

“It turned out that had been foreclosed, too,” Cousins said.

Cousins contacted Fannie Mae offices in Washington, D.C. From there, he learned the name of the listing agent, who gave him the name of the cleaning contractor.

The contractor told Cousins he had recently let two employees go.

“This was their handiwork,” Cousins said. The ranger said the two men were hired to clean out the homes in Vassalboro and Mariaville.

One of the men has been summoned on a Class E charge of littering. Cousins said he did not want to identify that individual until the other man is charged, too.

That man has an outstanding arrest warrant out of Penobscot County on an unrelated matter. Cousins said he has asked Penobscot County authorities to notify him when the man is arrested, and plans to summon him once he is in custody.

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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