Court slams down on illegal dumping

Amy Woolvett amywoolvett@thecoastguard.ca
Published on March 16, 2016
Darrel Locke picks through an illegal dumping site

Illegal dumping has found three people in Shelburne County with a hefty fine and one with a warrant out for their arrest.

Justin Walter Beuchanan, Benjamin Doane and Kyle James Stuart were all brought before Judge Jim Burrill on March 2 to face illegal dumping charges.

They each pled guilty and were charged the minimum fine of $500.

Doane had tossed into the woods a bag of rejected garbage, which was later traced, back to him by Darrell Locke, the Municipality of Shelburne’s bylaw enforcement officer.

He later cleaned up the bag and offered to clean up other litter in the area in retribution.

“It’s unlike me to do something like this,” said Doane.

Stuart threw household waste on Oakhill Road and pled guilty.

“I learned my mistake and you won’t see me in here for this matter again,” he told Judge Burrill.

“That’s what I like to hear,” said Burrill.

Latoya Hammond failed to appear before the court and a warrant for her arrest was issued.

Locke traced each illegally dumped garbage back to each person in an effort to stem the ongoing issue of illegal dumping and littering in the area.