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Crime hits transfer stations
Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District board members Dick Rodgers, Rick Klaproth, Dave Hines and Steve Baumann listened to discussion during Monday night's meeting at the Lander landfill offices. Photo by Martin Reed

Crime hits transfer stations

Jun 12, 2012 - By Martin Reed, Staff Writer

Two trash transfer stations in Fremont County became the targets of criminal activity less than two weeks after strictly limited service hours started at the various sites.

The Fremont County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday morning reported two separate incidents involving property destruction and illegal dumping at transfer stations in Hudson and Missouri Valley.

"Evidently this was the first weekend that the solid waste board had closed the areas, and obviously people are taking exception to the closures," sheriff's Capt. Ryan Lee said in a statement.

"The Sheriff's Office will make an extra effort to patrol the areas and, of course, investigate criminal activity associated with these incidents," Lee said.

The Fremont County Solid Waste Disposal District board in May approved limiting the hours at most transfer stations to two or three days a month from their previous 24-7 availability.

The new hours started on June 1 with the district staffing one site around the county each day. The transfer stations affected under the changes are Atlantic City, Jeffrey City, Hudson, Missouri Valley, Pavillion, Lysite and Shoshoni.

The district reported at 8:14 a.m. on Monday the Hudson transfer station had a broken gate and trash illegally dumped, according to Sheriff's Office dispatch logs.

"The Hudson site's gate was cut down and several persons entered the area and then dumped refuse on the ground as the transfer container was closed," according to the Sheriff's Office.

Later at about 10:30 a.m. the district reported the lock cut off its gate at the transfer station on Bushwacker Road, according to dispatch notes.

"Unknown persons cut the lock off the gate to the Bushwacker site causing property destruction. The container was open, and refuse was deposited inside the container by several different people," according to the Sheriff's Office.

The agency's investigation "has several persons of interest regarding the Hudson incident," according to the statement.

"We will actively investigate these incidents," Lee said. "Not only are persons destroying property by cutting locks and gates, they are trespassing after hours and littering by throwing refuse on the ground."

Solid waste board members during their meeting on Monday night briefly discussed recent incidents at transfer stations.

The district also encountered an unruly customer at the Pavillion transfer station in recent days when a man refused to pay the disposal fee and "blew his cannon," Frey said.

Frey advised the site attendant to "let it go" and see what happens next time. When asked about the disputed fee, Frey said, "It was a $5 disposal."