SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Illegal dumping sites in Shreveport create a real nightmare for some neighborhoods. And one common hot spot has just seen the worst offense in years.
"This is beyond trashy," said Shreveport City Councilman Jerry Bowman, as he pointed at the piles of junk.
In fact, Bowman said at first he couldn’t believe the amount of garbage illegally dumped off the side of Roundtree Street, just off Jefferson Paige Road in west Shreveport.
“I couldn’t even say wow. I mean, my mouth just dropped open.”
A No Dumping sign shows there’s a $500 fine for anyone caught committing this crime. But it apparently did little to stop this latest dumping, right by Pineville Baptist Church.
“When I saw this out here I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe one human being would do a neighborhood like this,” said Rev. Johnny Thomas.
Papers at the scene helped identify the owner of much of this garbage. But Bowman told us the owner denied dumping it, saying it’s supposed to be in a storage area.
“Hopefully someone, first of all someone would come forward and say, you know, that they do know who dropped it off, or who put it here and who had them to do it also,” said Bowman. “I would think that some kind of criminal charges should be pressed upon that person.”
Bowman said Shreveport Public Works and Property Standards were immediately notified and began to remove this trash, while the investigation is underway.
“There should be a bill somewhere and it will be billed to the person who is responsible for doing this. Unfortunately, this is not the first time garbage has been illegally dumped along this stretch of Roundtree Street, but not to this extent in recent years.
Everyone just hopes this does not become the new normal here once again.
Bowman added that there has been a suggestion to install some kind of surveillance cameras at the illegal dumping site to catch offenders, but said there’s been no decision by the city to do so, just yet.