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August 19. 2013 12:31AM

Dump graffiti may be warning to Auburn officer

AUBURN — Along with an investigation into reports of illegal dumping at the old town dump off Raymond Road, police are also now investigating graffiti that may be a warning to a local police officer.

According to police, someone tagged a stop sign by the old dump with the words “That means you Bill Barry,” which police believe is a message for Officer Bill Barry of the Auburn Police Department. Police officials said the stop sign itself has been removed so that it can be examined by police, who believe the message could be an attempt to threaten or intimidate a police officer.

Town Administrator William Herman said he did not see the graffiti on Thursday, when he, along with officials from a consulting firm and the Department of Environmental Services, inspected the dump site. During the inspection, a test dig was performed and Herman said that a report made to the police last month alleging illegal dumping appears to be unfounded.

“We didn’t find any television screens, computer monitors or a sander,” Herman said. He did acknowledge that some solid waste was found in the form of aluminum piping, which will have to be removed.

There also appears to be refrigerator parts visible near the test pit along with tires.

Town Road Agent Mike Dross, said police are “trying to hang it,” referring to the illegal dumping, but would not elaborate. He said he would not comment on the police investigation until it is completed.

Herman said the removal of the material at the dump won’t cost much, if anything.

“It was barely a pickup truck load’s worth of material,” he said.George Carrigan of the Department of Environmental Services, however, said it would be impossible to know how much more solid waste is at the site until the process of removing it begins. Carrigan was at the site Thursday on behalf of the DES and said that while the solid waste must be removed, the DES’s role at the site is mostly advisory.

“The town asked the state to take a closer look at it. Stantec, a consulting firm, was in charge at the test pit, and they are going to come up with a plan to remove the waste,” Carrigan said.

Carrigan said that what he saw pulled out from the test pit appeared to be material associated with the old dump and not the result of illegal dumping.

bklein@newstote.com


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