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Ferrell Palmetree of Green Realty Management sorts through garbage thrown behind Grand Palace Chinese Restaurant on Friday. Staff photo / Galen Holley

Staff Writer

   Law enforcement officials have arrested one person in connection with illegal dumping, and they want the public to know that it will not be tolerated.
   According to Grenada County Sheriff Alton Strider, deputies arrested a man he identified as Willie Purnell, 82, on Friday, for dumping illegal trash. Purnell was released on bond, Strider said.
   Friday afternoon, Investigator and Environmental Officer Greg Conley, with the Grenada County Sheriff’s Department, stood near the corner of Sunset Drive and Sweethome Road, surveying an illegal dump site with  John Green, the property owner.
   A heap of trash was strewn down a hillside just behind Grand Palace Chinese Restaurant. The trash did not belong to the restaurant.
   The spot where the men stood was hidden, out of sight from the main road, tucked far enough behind the shopping center, reaching west, down a dirt trail, so as not be easily visible from Sweethome Road.
   Microwave ovens, computer monitors, an old shop vacuum, broken pieces of cabinets and old books had been tossed down the into the gully by hand. It was a tangled mess that would take two men half a day to clean up.
   Green’s employee, who didn’t wish to be identified, said he ran up on a perpetrator, in broad daylight, just as he was finishing throwing out the trash.
   “I told him what he was doing was illegal, but he said, arrogantly, that he had permission, and he kept right on throwing things out,” said the employee.
   “This is certainly not the first time this has happened. It’s been going on for years,” said Green, who owns several acres in the area. “It’s a nuisance that we’ve been trying to stop for a long time.”

For the full story, see the online edition or the printed edition of the GrenadaStar.

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