August 15, 2003
Sean Caine, 410-576-6357
SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR ILLEGAL TIRE DISPOSAL
is Second MD Man Sentenced to Jail on Thursday for Illegal Tire
General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today the sentencing of
James Knox, 46, of the 1600 block of E. 25th Street in Baltimore,
for charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and for illegally
disposing of scrap tires.
was charged as part of a 2000 initiative conducted by the Office
of the Attorney General, the Baltimore Department of Public Works,
and the Baltimore Police Department. The initiative, dubbed "Operation
Tire Track," targeted the increasing problem of illegal scrap
tire dumping on the city's east side.
Thomas J.S. Waxter, Jr. of the Circuit Court sentenced Knox Thursday
to two years in prison with all but six months suspended, following
a guilty plea to two counts of littering in excess of five hundred
pounds and two counts of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Knox
admitted to failing to return two rental trucks, which he subsequently
abandoned. The trucks both contained hundreds of scrap tires. Following
his prison term, Knox will serve two years' supervised probation.
tire dumping poses a serious health risk to our neighborhoods and
its residents," Attorney General Curran said. "We will
continue to partner with other law enforcement agencies to crack
down on tire dumping and aggressively prosecute offenders."
law, scrap tires must be disposed of only at licensed facilities,
which charge a fee for the disposal of tires. Those who haul scrap
tires must also be licensed by the state. Tire stores and other
commercial establishments that accumulate scrap tires must keep
records showing where their scrap tires are shipped, the number
of tires and the identity of the licensed hauler used to dispose
of the tires. Dumped tires pose a health hazard because they are
flammable and harbor mosquitoes. In addition, the unsightly dumps
are costly to clean up and significantly impact the quality of life
in affected communities.