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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 03:47 PM

More Than 1,000 Tires Were Dumped In A Southeast Park

WAMU | JAN 11, 10:11 AM

More Than 1,000 Tires Were Dumped In A Southeast Park
Jacob Fenston

“Hopefully the consequences will be suited to the crime,” says Police Chief Peter Newsham.

Jacob Fenston / WAMU

Illegal dumping is a problem in parks, vacant lots, alleys, all over Washington. You may have seen a tire or two in your local creek. But 1,000-plus tires? ... “This is one of the largest tire dumps I’ve ever seen,” says Tommy Wells, director of the District Department of Energy and Environment. “This is just a major crime.”

The tires were dumped in Southeast D.C., on a forested hillside behind a row of apartments on land owned by the National Park Service, part of the Fort Circle Parks. D.C. police have spent weeks trying to figure out who did it. On Thursday, police announced they had a suspect: 56-year-old Deron McDonald, of Alexandria, Virginia.

D.C. police, DOEE employees, and volunteers with the Anacostia Watershed Society spent the morning removing the tires. ... “It was like a fire line almost,” says volunteer Deb Jackson. “We just did a line of people and just rolled the tires out and down this hill and to stack them up in the dumpster. When the dumpster got filled, they just stacked them up in the grass.”

Jackson is furloughed federal employee who works for the Department of Agriculture. Her clothes were covered with mud and tire gunk. The weather was freezing and windy. But she was having fun. ... “This was good to do,” she says. “Otherwise I’d be sitting at home cleaning my house.”

D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham says tips from neighbors also helped solve the case (after all, this bit of park land backs right up against a large apartment building and a row of townhouses — lots of windows looking out over the crime scene). Newsham says the suspect used a stolen vehicle to dump the tires here on the afternoon of November 6, 2018. .... Police have yet to apprehend McDonald. They’re asking for the public’s help finding him. ... As for the tires, they will be collected and taken to be recycled.

This story originally appeared on WAMU.

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:18 PM

1. These damn Virginians come across our border and dump their trash in our district

time to build a wall around DC. DC wall, DC wall, DC wall!

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Fri Jan 11, 2019, 04:28 PM

2. New name for Crystal City:

Bezos' South of the Border

{I had to take the picture from South Carolina’s South of the Border: Old-fashioned Americana}

As soon as you cross the Potomac on I-395, you'll be directed to take the first exit toward a wonderland of enchantment.

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