State land in Foothills used for illegal dumping

YUMA FOOTHILLS, Ariz. – The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office has received several complaints of people dumping trash just south of 40th Street and S Avenue 10-E. Deputies say they have even caught several people in the act.

Feather Janson lives nearby and says she’s upset about all this garbage.

“I see a lot of these people throw their trash around out here,” she said.

Monday morning, YCSO teamed up with Yuma County’s Public Works and Juvenile Probation to do something about it.

Workers collected everything from tree limbs to concrete, all considered to be criminal littering. YCSO’S Alfonso Zavala says deputies have even found personal information, leading them to some of the culprits.

“We’ve been able to track them down and cite them for littering out here and have also had them come back out here and pick up their trash,” Zavala explained.

Tires appeared to be the most popular item that people had dumped. Crews collected more than 100 of them in less than three hours. Zavala says offenders can be arrested for leaving garbage behind.

“You’d rather pay the minimal fee at the landfill than be charged with criminal damage or littering,” he said. “That goes on your record.”

Crews raked up piles of shotgun shells scattered across the ground. Signs posted there say hunting and other recreational use is allowed on the land. Janson is one of the many who enjoys this land. She says she hopes to see it stay clean after Monday’s clean up efforts.

“Oh, I love it out here. This is our backyard,” she said.

There was also several concrete slabs at the entryway of the piece of land. YCSO officials said some of that is actually from contractors who leave it there unlawfully.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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