Three Sentenced in Tire Dumping Case


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 2, 1999

Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr., announced today that three Baltimore City men have pleaded guilty to Commercial Littering for dumping tires in an open field near Westport. Sanquel E. Prince, 26, 3800 NW Glengile Avenue, Al Kendrick Singleton, 25, 4666 Pimlico Road, and Bobby Shawntel Queen, 26, 3016 Oakford Avenue, all pleaded guilty and each received a suspended jail sentence of one year and a fine of $5,000. Judge David Mitchell suspended $4,000 of each fine and made the remainder payable to Baltimore City, to be used to pay for litter control. Judge Mitchell also placed each of the men on probation for one year and ordered Singleton andprince to complete 100 hours of community service of an environmental clean-up nature. Mr. Queen, who also pleaded guilty to Unatuthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, was ordered to complete 150 hours of community service.

According to the Statement of Facts presented in court, all three men were observed dumping tires form a U-Haul truck at an illegal tire dump adjacent to Service Drive, I-95, and the Russell Street Complex, near Westport. Although the three fled the scene when approached by Maryland State police assigned to the Environmental Crimes Unit, each of them later confessed to the tire dumping. In fact, Prince and Singleton admitted to making at least 10 previous dumpings.

"Tire dumping is not only an eyesore, it's a major health and safety concern," said Attorney General Curran. "These men need to know that they are destroying their fellow citizens' environment."

The case was investigated by the Attorney General's Environmental Crimes Unit and the Maryland State Police.


For Further Information Contact:
Frank Mann
Special Assistant to the Attorney General
(410) 576-6357