WESTMORELAND COUNTY (KDKA) – Police crack a case of illegal dumping that had been going on for a while in a local community.
Wilson Frye, 74, has lived along Crooked Run Road in Salem Township, Westmoreland County for a good part of his life.
It’s a beautiful place, except for when people use it for their own private landfill.
“And it’s refrigerators, everything back here,” Frye said.
State Police say that’s exactly what happened over the weekend when 28-year-old David Lynch of Brownsville and another man allegedly had just dumped some stuff off. And they nearly made it out of there, until they got to a bend in the road.
“They got stuck here in the ditch here,” Frye said.
Frye’s son was happy to help, until he saw what they had dumped.
“I asked them, I said, ‘If I pull you out are we going to go back to the road and find a bunch of garbage?’” said Dan Frye. “And he said, ‘Uh, we threw some brush out,’ so I went back to see what it was – they had a bunch of junk back there.”
The Fryes kept the two from escaping, although they couldn’t really get anywhere with their truck stuck.
State Police showed up and arrested both of them.
“Then he says, ‘Oh, we were cleaning up at a church,’” Dan Frye said. “And I thought, oh well, you’re going to throw this stuff out and clean it all out for a church.”
Both men could face up to $300 in fines – the owner of the company they work for could face up to $10,000 in costs.
Before they left, police told the two men to clean up the mess.