Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries enforcement agents cited an Alexandria man for alleged littering violations on April 30 and May 6.
Agents cited Rufus Fells, 28, for five counts of gross littering on April 30 and another five counts on May 6 in Rapides Parish.
Agents began investigating large dumpsites that were appearing in the Kisatchie National Forest around the Castor Plunge area near Woodworth in April. These dump sites mainly consisted of used shingles from roofing jobs and other items such as cardboard boxes, plywood and other miscellaneous trash. After initially discovering two locations, agents began finding fresh dumpsites on almost a weekly basis.
Agents were able to find a receipt on one of the dumpsites that linked them back to a roofing company. Agents then were able to find out that Fells was responsible for hauling all of the old shingles from the roofing sites to a landfill. Agents made contact with Fells on April 30 and he admitted to dumping the shingles.
Over the course of the next week, agents continued finding dumpsites with more shingles. Agents went back to Fells on May 6 to charge him with the additional gross littering violations.
Agents found a total of six dumpsites on the Kisatchie National Forest of which two had two separate loads of shingles. Agents also found two other dumpsites in Alexandria. Agents found Fells responsible for making 10 separate loads of shingles at the eight dumpsites.
Gross littering brings up to a $900 fine and 16 hours of community service to be served in a litter abatement program for each count.