(Cypress)-Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies have identified and cited two Natchitoches men for illegal dumping on the Old River Road near Cypress according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday June 20 at approximately 9 am, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies responded to citizen complaints of illegal dumping on the south end of Old River Road near Cypress.

Upon their arrival, deputies photographed the scene and determined assistance would be needed to remove the large amount of trash dumped on the side of the road and in the ditch.
Deputies made arrangements to return to the scene on Tuesday morning, June 21, with the assistance of deputies from the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center and two parish inmates.
While sifting through the debris, deputies discovered one piece of evidence that led them to review and obtain video images from a local business.

It took deputies and inmates nearly 2-hours to clear the area of litter.

Deputies also found other items in the trash that suggested the person or persons may have been working or remodeling a home in the area.

Deputies posted three images of a person of interest on the NPSO social media page.
Within 3-hours of the post, deputies received multiple tips identifying the person of interest, his address and other investigative information.

As a result of tips and other information on Wednesday morning, NPSO Deputies cited the following:

*Milford E. Wilson Jr., 56, of the 100 block of Melle Street, Natchitoches cited for Gross Littering and released pending his court appearance in the 10th Judicial District Court.
*Joshua L. LaCour, 34, of the 200 block of Melle Street, Natchitoches cited for Gross Littering and released pending his court appearance in the 10th Judicial District Court.

Deputies say while interviewing Wilson, they asked him why they didn’t place the trash at a parish compactor dump site? He responded it was closed. When they asked Wilson if he knew it was illegal to dump he responded “yes, common sense, I’m wrong, how did y’all catch me?” We did our homework and citizens were willing to help.

Deputies also learned Wilson was making repairs to a mobile home he recently rented.

§2531.1. Gross littering prohibited; criminal penalties

A. No person shall intentionally dispose or permit the disposal of any household or office furniture or appliances, automotive parts, including but not limited to tires and engines, trailers, boats and boating accessories, tools and equipment, building materials, roofing nails, and bags or boxes of household or office garbage or refuse upon any public place in the state, upon private property in this state not owned by him, upon property located in rural areas in this state not owned by him, or in or on the waters of this state, whether from a vehicle or otherwise, including but not limited to any public highway, public right-of-way, public park, beach, campground, forest land, recreational area, trailer park, highway, road, street, or alley, except when such property is designated by the state or by any of its agencies or political subdivisions for the disposal of such items and such person is authorized to use such property for such purpose.

C. The person shall be cited for the offense by means of a citation, summons, or other means provided by law.

D.(1) Whoever violates the provisions of this Section shall, upon first conviction, be fined not less than five hundred dollars nor more than one thousand dollars and sentenced to serve eight hours of community service in a litter abatement work program as approved by the court.

Deputies would like to thank the local business and the public for their tips that assisted the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office in identifying the persons involved in this matter.

Please Don’t Litter!!!!!