Several cases of illegal dumping under investigation

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CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark. – If you dump trash on the side of the road, you’re a nuisance.

However, many selfish individuals continue the practice of messing up Craighead County so that someone else may dispose of their garbage. At least three incidents of such behavior are under investigation by the Craighead County Sheriff’s Office. However, some of the suspect’s may be held responsible after making a few mistakes.

The first such incident was reported on July 10 on County Road 333, just north of Dan Avenue in Jonesboro. Someone illegally dumped household trash on the side of the road at the location. Miscellaneous items were included. It was photographed.

On July 11 at County Road 402, a deputy spoke with a man complaining about the matter. Someone had dumped household trash at the location in a cardboard box. The box had a name on it, however. The incident is being investigated further and attempts are being made to contact the person who was named.

On July 13, a deputy was contacted about a large box containing household goods dumped on the side of the road at County Road 318 at Big Creek. Household trash was found at the location along with a letter with a name and address found. The authorities are working to contact the named suspect.

If deputies are able to locate personal information in the trash, it can lead to the offender. Deputies often give the litter bugs a chance to clean their mess up before facing charges.

While illegal dumping is a misdemeanor crime, the figurative crime is how suspects do not seem to realize they could dump their garbage, for free, at locations in Craighead County. Legacy Landfill allows for free dumping for most needs in the county, except for construction materials, for Jonesboro residents. County residents must pay a small fee. A list of information about what can be deposited at Legacy can be found here.


Anyone with information may contact Crime Stoppers at (870) 935-7867 (935-STOP.)

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