SUN VALLEY, Nev. (KOLO) - A Sun Valley man is facing charges of illegal dumping after investigators say he was caught in the act by officers responding to a tip.
About 8:20 a.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, Sheriff’s Office dispatch got a call from someone witnessing illegal dumping in progress in open space along Chimney Drive northwest of Sun Valley.
Two probation officers from Washoe County’s Department of Alternative Sentencing were in the area when the call came in and responded. A Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit was also dispatched.
The sheriff's department says officers found 37-year-old Brandon Kimpton of Sun Valley, along with a large pile of green waste that had just been dumped from a trailer attached to his vehicle.
Kimpton was arrested and booked into the Washoe County jail on one misdemeanor count of unlawfully disposing solid waste (first offense). Kimpton will also be required to remove the illegally dumped debris.
According to a release, the incident "highlights the importance of reporting illegal dumping to help keep Washoe County neighborhoods and open space clean and safe. Any junk, garbage or debris left on public property, including tree branches, shrubs and grass cuttings, is considered illegal dumping."
Illegal dump sites can be reported through the WCSO app, but illegal dumping in progress should be reported through dispatch by calling 911 or (775) 785-WCSO.
WCSO says anyone who comes across illegal dumping in progress is reminded to put safety first by not engaging with the dumpers and to try to get any identifying information (license plate numbers, make and model of vehicles/appliances) for the benefit of the investigation.
Never touch or remove items from an illegal dumpsite.
For information about alternatives to illegal dumping, visit Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful.