August 28, 2006
CALVERT COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY
TO DUMPING SCRAP TIRES
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran, Jr. announced today
that Thomas Wilson Brown, 40, of the 3400 block of Brookside Drive,
Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, has been convicted of unlawfully disposing
of scrap tires to a location that was not an approved facility.
The Honorable Stephen L. Clagett, in the District Court for Calvert
County, sentenced Brown to one year in jail and suspended the sentence
in favor of three years of probation. Brown was ordered to complete
ten days of community work service within ninety days, and to properly
remove the tires within sixty days. Judge Clagett also imposed
a fine of $2,000, which he suspended. The maximum penalty for the
offense, which is a misdemeanor, is up to five years in jail and
a $25,000 fine.
The conviction results from Brown illegally disposing of a truck
load of scrap tires onto a property containing an abandoned house
at 2818 Dalrymple Road in Calvert County.
6, 2006, an Inspector with the Maryland Department of the Environment,
Waste Management Administration, while driving
along Dalrymple Road, observed and followed a truck loaded with
scrap tires. He was able to observe and photograph the Defendant
as he dumped the tires. The truck displayed a sign “Tom Brown,
Handyman” on its side. On March 15, 2006, Investigators with
the Environmental Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General
contacted Mr. Brown. After confronting him with the evidence, the
Defendant admitted to the illegal dumping.
The conviction follows an investigation conducted by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Office of the Attorney General and the Maryland
Department of the Environment, Waste Management Administration.