A man from Key Colony Beach was arrested after he was caught dumping a large amount of yard waste at the end of Pescayo Avenue in Marathon.
Office was patrolling in the area of Coco Plum Drive on Friday just before 11
a.m. because of numerous complaints from residents in the area of illegal
dumping. While on patrol, Sgt. Joel Slough saw a black Lincoln truck parked at
the end of Pescayo Avenue. As he approached in his patrol car, the truck left
the area. At that point, Sgt. Slough saw several piles of yard waste dumped in
the area the truck had just left. One large pile appeared to be fresh tree
followed the truck and pulled it over at the intersection of Coco Plum Drive
and highway U.S. One. The driver was identified as 64 year old Lawrence
Blessinger. There was also a female passenger in the truck. Blessinger told the
sergeant he’d been looking at homes in the area to rent for a special occasion.
There were fresh tree trimmings in the back of the truck which matched that dumped
on Pescayo Avenue.
The passenger was
interviewed. She told officers Blessinger hired her to do landscaping work for
him at his Key Colony Beach home. She said he had driven them to Pescayo Avenue
on several occasions to dump yard waste. She was taken back to Pescayo Avenue
where she identified the waste they had dumped.
The waste was in
excess of 500 pounds, making the crime of illegal dumping a felony. Blessinger
was arrested and taken to jail. His truck was seized for possible forfeiture.