Property owners cited for environmental infractions

Four owners of nuisance properties were fined when they appeared before the Environmental Court on Tuesday.

Magistrate Samuel McKinney found Wenzel King of Raymond Road guilty for keeping unsanitary premises, having derelict cars and overflowing garbage on his property.

King was fined $500. Failing to pay it would mean three months in prison.

McKinney found Delvin Scott guilty of having a defective septic tank at Eneas Lane that allowed pollutants into the environment. He was fined $400 or would face two weeks in prison.

Roscoe Heastie of Penny Saving Lane pleaded guilty to keeping unsanitary premises by allowing derelict vehicles and garbage accumulation to exist on his premises. He was fined $400 or would face two weeks in prison.

The court found Mervin M. Clarke guilty of allowing derelict cars on his premises at Raymond Road. He was fined $200 or would face one week in prison.

On Monday, Tippy Munnings, of Strawflower Road, admitted that his defective septic tank allowed the discharge of fecal matter on his premises. The court did not impose a fine after Munnings presented a receipt showing that he paid $3,000 for a soak away to correct the problem.

The court issued an arrest warrant for Franklyn Miller, of 17 Judes Way, after he failed to appear to answer charges that he allowed garbage accumulation and derelict vehicles on his premises.

Attorney Maria Zancolla-Willie prosecuted on behalf of the Department of Environmental Health Services.

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Artesia Davis

Artesia primarily covers court stories, but she also writes extensively about crime.

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