9News Investigators: An illegal tire dump creates rift between neighbors

9News Investigators: An illegal tire dump creates rift between neighbors

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A judge has ordered a man who admitted to dumping tires in his neighbor's yard to remove them immediately.

In August, a city judge let him off with a warning. But prosecutors launched a new investigation after 9News Investigator, Cheryl Mercedes, brought the issue to their attention.

Business owner, Val Lowery, is faced with a nasty sight every time he walks out of his real estate office on Mohican Street.

"Every day I have to go to my office, and I have to look at those tires," Lowery Said.

The pile of junk tires along the fence line in north Baton Rouge has been the center of an ongoing feud between Lowery and his next door neighbor, Sidney Green, for over a year. Lowery said it's more than just an eyesore.

"There are mosquitoes, rats, and snakes," Lowery said.

In March, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality cited Green for an unauthorized waste pile and not registering with the department. Lowery also filed a complaint with the Baton Rouge Police Department.

Green went to court in August. But according to Baton Rouge City Court documents, Judge Yvette Alexander dismissed the charges with a warning "the defendant has been advised to refrain from any other violations of this nature in the future."

Lowery could not believe it.

"I don't understand how the city could let something like this go on," Lowery said.

In August, Green told 9News that he had learned his lesson and that he was in the process of removing the tires.

"If I have to do it then I have to find means to get somebody out there to pick them up," Green said.

But when 9News visited the property on Friday, the tires were still there.

Green pleaded guilty in court to illegal dumping. Judge Kelli Temple said she wants to take a closer look at the case before she decides on a penalty.

In the meantime, she ordered Green to immediately begin removing the tires. He agreed, but Lowery is not buying it.

"I do not anticipate he will do anything. I expect him to go to jail ad do whatever time that the judge is going to do give him," Lowery said.

"I pleaded guilty to get this over with. It's one thing after another, my dad got sick, in the nursing home from all this harassment. I live by myself, got all these financial things, you know. I just don't have the money to do it. It costs, so. I'll get it done," Green said.

Green is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on March 3, 2015.

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