Millsboro man arrested by DNREC Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit for illegal dumping

Robert W. Gordy Sr.

MILLSBORO – Following an investigation into complaints of illegal dumping in the area, Natural Resources Police Officers with DNREC’s Environmental Crimes Unit arrested a Millsboro man May 25 for illegal dumping of refuse and yard waste debris.

Robert W. Gordy Sr., 70, was charged with two counts of using a motor vehicle during, or in the aid of the disposal or discharge of solid waste materials. The charges carry a minimum fine of $500 each.

Gordy was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $200 unsecured bail.

Residents are encouraged to report illegal trash dumping to DNREC’s Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit by calling the 24-hour environmental complaints line at 800-662-8802.

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DNREC Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit fines Dover woman in trash dumping incident

DOVER – After investigating a dumping complaint made to DNREC’s Office of Community Services, Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit arrested a Dover woman Monday in connection with the incident.

Judine Simms, 51, was charged with using a motor vehicle to dispose of or discharge solid waste for dumping multiple bags of household trash on the roadside of South Little Creek Road in Kent County. Simms was fined $500 and required to pick up the trash that she had dumped.

Residents are encouraged to report illegal trash dumping to DNREC’s Natural Resources Police Environmental Crimes Unit by calling the 24-hour environmental complaints line at 800-662-8802.

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CONTACT: Joanna Wilson or Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902


Arrests made for dumping on state wildlife areas

DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police urge reporting violators

KENT COUNTY – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police concluded multiple investigations into illegal trash dumping on state wildlife areas with the recent arrests of two downstate men in separate incidents.

Ibis A. Ayala

On Feb. 18, Ibis A. Ayala, 33, of Dover, was charged with four counts of causing or contributing to the disposal or discharge of solid waste on the Division of Fish & Wildlife-owned Woodland Beach Wildlife Area near Smyrna and one count of driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Ayala had previously been issued a criminal summons by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Feb. 9, 2018 for one count of causing or contributing to the disposal or discharge of solid waste on a different Fish & Wildlife-owned property in Kent County.

Ayala was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, where he pled guilty, was fined $652, including court costs, and was released.

William H. Cloak III

On Feb. 22, William H. Cloak III, 41, of Felton, was charged with one count of causing or contributing to the disposal or discharge of solid waste on the Fish & Wildlife-owned Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area near Felton.

Cloak was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, where he was released on a $500 unsecured bond, pending a future court appearance after transferring his case to the Court of Common Pleas.

Dumping site at Woodland Beach Wildlife Area

Dumping trash on state wildlife areas is an environmental crime. Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police encourage residents and visitors to report violations. Calls can be made anonymously, to 1-800-523-3336.

Follow Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Facebook, www.facebook.com/pages/Delaware-Fish-Wildlife-Natural-Resources-Police.

Follow Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Twitter, https://twitter.com/DE_FW_NRPolice.

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Contact: Sgt. Brooke Africa, Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police, 302-382-7167, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902


TrashStoppers: see DNREC’s anti-dumping program candidly on-camera in new video

DNREC TrashStoppers illegal dumping videoDOVER (April 25, 2013) – DNREC’s TrashStoppers program to stop illegal trash dumping in Delaware thrives on violators convicting themselves on camera of breaking the law and possibly costing themselves thousands of dollars in fines. 

Now, in a new DNREC video, the TrashStoppers program itself goes before the camera for an inside look at how this nationally-recognized program operates to thwart illegal dumping and do away with roadside dump sites in the state. The video on Your DNREC YouTube channel details how the program has become a strong deterrent against trash dumping in Delaware.

 TrashStoppers – working out of DNREC’s Office of Community Services and within the department’s Environmental Crimes Unit – was an immediate success, and states as far away as Alaska have emulated its strategic use of surveillance cameras to reduce illegal trash dumping.

Since it was launched in 2010, the TrashStoppers program has resulted in some 100 arrests for illegal dumping in all three Delaware counties, while a website featuring photos of illegal dumpers taken by TrashStoppers cameras has generated still more leads for identifying and apprehending violators.

CONTACT: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

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