November 17, 2006
GEORGE’S COUNTY CORPORATION
CONVICTED OF ILLEGAL DISPOSAL OF SOLID WASTE
Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran announced
today that Spargo Enterprizes Corporation, 12107 Brandywine Road,
Maryland, pled guilty to illegally burying solid waste at a commercial
property on Addison Road in Capital Heights. Following the terms
of the plea agreement, Prince George’s County Circuit Court
Judge Arthur M. Ahalt required the company to dig up the waste
where it is buried, sort through it all, and legally dispose of
any material that is not clean soil. Judge Ahalt placed the company
on one year’s probation during which time the site clean
up is to be performed under the supervision of the Maryland Department
of the Environment’s Solid Waste Program. The Judge also
suspended a $15,000 fine against the Corporation which could be
reimposed if it fails to complete the clean up as ordered. In addition,
the Company’s owner, Donald Spargo, 61, of Brandywine is
also liable for payment of the fine and subject to reopening of
criminal charges if the work is not done.
According to the statement of facts, from 2000
through 2004 the Addison Road property had become the scene of
illegal dumping while
it was in the possession of W.C. and A.N. Miller Development Corporation.
Photographs from 2003 placed into evidence show that trees protected
piles of garbage on the lot near the intersection of Addison and
Walker Mill Roads from being seen from the road. The garbage came
to the attention of Prince George’s County officials who
sought and obtained a clean up order against the W.C. and A.N.
Miller Development Corporation. Instead of cleaning up the site,
W.C. and A.N. Miller Development Corporation sold the property
to Spargo Enterprizes Corp. that happened to own an adjacent property.
Spargo operates a tour bus company which parks many of its buses
there. Spargo’s purchase agreement specifically required
Spargo Enterprizes to clean up the property within six months or
it could not take title to the land. Under the Deed of Trust, Prince
Georges County had to certify that the property was garbage free.
The Defendant Corporation was given six months to complete the
Although Prince George’s County and Maryland
State inspectors saw that the garbage was disappearing from the
Enterprizes did not provide receipts for where the garbage was
being taken. In September of 2005 a neighboring lot owner complained
that graded fill material containing garbage and other solid waste
had been pushed onto his property. Subsequent inspection and photographs
of the lot revealed that solid waste had been mixed with clean
fill dirt and the then graded across the property. The Defendant
Corporation admitted that it was responsible for the grading.
The case was investigated by the Environmental
Crimes Unit of the Attorney General’s Office with assistance from Prince
George ’s County, the Maryland Department of the Environment,
and the Maryland State Police.