Man fined $3,100 for littering

Household waste was dumped at farm

August 06, 1999|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

An Anne Arundel District Court judge ordered a Glen Burnie man yesterday to pay $3,100 in fines and restitution for illegally dumping waste at an abandoned farm in Severn, the state attorney general's office said.

Richard Lee Aikens Jr., of the 100 block of W. First St., pleaded guilty to commercial littering at the property in the 8100 block of New Cut Road.

Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis ordered Aikens, 29, to pay $2,600 in cleanup costs to the Department of the Environment. She fined him $500 and suspended a one-year jail sentence, state prosecutors said.

The attorney general's Environmental Crimes Unit charged Aikens in February with dumping household paints, curing compounds and other household waste on the Severn property.

"The idea was to target some of the smaller situations because of the quality-of-life aspects of these crimes," said Frank Mann, special assistant to the attorney general.

Investigators identified Aikens through Christmas cards they found in the refuse, which was traced to a home-improvement contractor who had hired Aikens to legally haul the waste.

According to state prosecutors, Aikens said that when he took the waste to an approved facility, it would not accept the refuse. He dumped the waste at the abandoned farm without telling the contractor.

The judge also ordered Aikens to perform 150 hours of community service related to environmental cleanup.

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