Russellville fighting illegal dumping with cameras

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    RUSSELLVILLE, AR (KTHV) - There's a fight right now against illegal dumping in Russellville. It's been a problem for years in one part of town, but now Big Brother is watching.

    A month in the works now, this fight is yielding results with hidden cameras catching suspects in the act and sending them to court.

    "Sofas, chairs, children's car seats," Russellville Mayor Bill Eaton said.

    Mayor Eaton lists off some of the trash piling up illegally along Orbit Lane.

    "We're tired of cleaning up after people who have no tendency to do the right things," Mayor Eaton said.

    It's frustration over an ongoing dumping and trespassing problem in Russellville for years.

    "We have gates put up, that gate's been torn down, driven around," Mayor Eaton said.
    A month ago, the city tried something new by using hidden cameras, and it's working. The city showed THV11 images from some video and was able to track some suspects down.

    "We found that it's being successful, and we will continue to use them on every opportunity that we can," Mayor Eaton said.

    So far, these hidden cameras have caught four people illegally dumping their trash and trespassing on the Orbit Lane property. At least two so far pleaded guilty, and the penalties include $830 in fines, ten days in jail and 16 hours of supervised community service.

    The mayor said community service entails picking up garbage, and he's hoping this new enforcements change attitudes around town.

    "We need to get it stopped, and the only way to do that is get someone's attention by capturing them on camera, taking them to court and identifying what they've been doing here by those pictures," Mayor Eaton said.

    Along with the cameras, the city will also continue having code enforcement workers monitor the area looking for any offenders.

    Mayor Eaton added that this is all about keeping the city clean, and they've just reached a "last resort" with these cameras.

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