9News Investigators: Illegally dumped tires finally removed

9News Investigators: Illegally dumped tires finally removed
(Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB)
(Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB)
(Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB)
(Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB)
(Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB)
(Source: Cheryl Mercedes/WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A property in north Baton Rouge that was once riddled with old tires, mosquitos and rats has been cleared following a series of reports by The 9News Investigators.

In January, a Baton Rouge City Court judge ordered a man to remove them after he pleaded guilty to illegal dumping. But he did not remove the tires until 9News confronted him about the issue.

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 for over a year.

"This has been going on too long," said Lowery.

In March of 2014, 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 prosecutors dismissed the charges, according to city court.

Back then, Green told 9News he had learned his lesson and that the tires would be moved. But when The 9news Investigators visited his property five months later, the tires were still there.

"It's one thing after another. My dad got sick, in nursing home from all this harassment. I live by myself, got all these finances, you know," said Green.

In January, Green pleaded guilty in court to illegal dumping. Judge Kelli Temple ordered him to remove the tires by March 3, 2015.

Lowery said he took pictures on March 2, 2015 which showed a U-Haul on his property near the tire pile.

"He started moving the tires and the truck is still there. The tires are still there and he put some in the truck and some on my property," said Lowery.

Green testified on Tuesday that the tires were gone. But when Lowery showed the judge a photo of the tires on his property that morning, she sentenced Green to 32 hours of community service, ordered that he pay a $400 fine and remove the tires and the truck in 30 days.

"That's like giving him a ticket, a green light to say that's okay you can do that," said Lowery.

Green left court in a hurry. He told The 9News Investigators the tires had already been removed.

When we caught up with Green later at the property, the tires and the U-Haul were gone. Green came outside and presented a DEQ document which shows he signed an agreement on Monday to remove the tires and have them delivered to a landfill in Port Allen.

"This process takes two weeks. I had to get somebody to help me to do it," said Green.

Green said he did not remove them sooner because he could not afford to.

As for Lowery, he is happy with his new view but he said he is still disappointed with the way his case was handled.

"I think the judge did what she had to do. However, I'm not satisfied with the outcome because it's been a long, long haul," said Lowery.

Green is scheduled to appear in court on April 9, 2015.

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