BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A stack of junk tires, insects, and rodents have taken over a lot in north Baton Rouge. The man who owns the property contacted 9News after he said his complaints to the city, parish, and the state went unanswered.
The man who admits he is behind the mess was charged, but on Friday a judge dismissed the case.
The pile of junk tires has been the center of an ongoing feud between business owner, Val Lowery, and his next door neighbor, Sidney Green. Lowery said the pile started growing late last year, and with them, a nasty problem.
"I'm looking at mosquitoes, rats, snakes, and everything coming out of there," Lowery said.
Lowery has documents that show the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality visited the property on March 13, 2014. The DEQ cited Green for an unauthorized waste tire pile and not registering with the department.
Lowery also filed a complaint with the Baton Rouge Police Department.
Green appeared in court on Friday, August 15.
According to Baton Rouge City Court documents, Judge Yvette Alexander dismissed the charges noting, "The defendant has been advised to refrain from any other violations of this nature in the future. If he's billed or summoned again, all charges will be considered for prosecution."
Lowery was stunned.
"I pay taxes on this property, and I would like to know whoever made that decision if they would like for him to put some tires on their property," Lowery said.
Sidney Green claims he fell on hard times and his longtime neighbor, Lowery, agreed to let him stash the tires here so that he could sell them.
"Justice, justice was served. I was exploited for having the tires there illegally, but he knew about the tires. He has his own opinion, just telling you the truth," Green said.
Green said regardless of the arrangement he claims they had, he is taking steps to have the tires removed.
"It was never my intention to put tires there and leave them there. If I have to do it then I have to find means to get somebody out there to pick them up," Green said.
Lowery said he is doubtful and plans to take legal action.
"I am sick and tired of waiting," Lowery said.
Green said the tires will be gone in three weeks.
City prosecutor, Lisa Freeman, said the case was dismissed because neither police officer, nor Lowery showed up for trial on Friday.
She added repeated attempts to subpoena Lowery were unsuccessful. Therefore, he was never officially served.
Freeman said now that the city is aware the problem still exists, the city intends to reinstitute charges against Green.