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Two charged in Cathey Road litter dumping

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Two suspects face criminal charges in connection with a two-mile trail of litter dumped along Cathey and Thompson Creek roads in southeastern Bedford County on Aug. 11.

Statements were given Monday by John David Wiser, 32, of Fairground Heights, who told investigators he was picked up by Ernest Reed Hoover Jr., 33, of Bates Street and told they needed to go for a ride.

Pay offered

Hoover allegedly asked Wiser if he thought they'd get into trouble by dumping shingles, then offered $40 for his help, according to the statements taken by Sgt. Josh Tolar.

The men pulled a trailer to an area of Cathey Road out of view of homes, then Wiser stated he got into the trailer and began throwing shingles off both sides for approximately a half-mile, Tolar said.

Hoover stopped and helped Wiser unload the trailer for a few minutes until both sped away as a vehicle approached, the statement said.

Trailer hidden

The remaining shingles fell out as they took the trailer to a hiding place at the home of a relative of Wiser on Thompson Creek Road, according to Tolar.

Both men are charged with aggravated criminal littering and vandalism.

Hoover, upon arrest, refused to speak to officers without a lawyer present, Tolar said. He was released on $7,000 bond.

Wiser was also charged with second offense driving on a revoked license and posted $3,750 bond.