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County Road 203 in Madison County had a load of trash dumped on it last week. While investigating Sheriff Katy McCutcheon found out who had committed the crime.

“I gave them an option: either clean it up or have charges filed,” said McCutcheon.

Several days later the trash was still there, so on Aug. 26 McCutcheon, along with Deputy Wendell Bellew and help from jail trustees, went out and cleaned up the trash.

“People will be held accountable,” McCutcheon said. “If you don’t own the property, don’t go on it and dump your trash without permission.”

“I take pride in where I live because Madison County has so many beautiful places and gorgeous scenery,” McCutcheon said. “I find it frustrating to drive the county roads and see dump sites because people are too lazy to take care of it properly.”

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office wants this to be a reminder to everyone that littering is a prosecutable offense.

Victoria Kemper is a reporter for the Daily Journal. She can be reached at 573-783-3366 or at


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