River cleanup prompts investigation

Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tribune photos by Clint Confehr Jason Yeargan, left, awaits docking at the River Rat's ramp as other volunteers pull another boat from the Duck River where they retrieved a rusted wheelbarrow from the water during the cleanup day.

Trash including name and address information was found Saturday during the Duck River Cleanup and now it's in the hands of authorities, who've started an investigation.

Meanwhile, memorabilia from a time gone by was recovered from the river by some of the 70 people whose work was lighter than last year's cleanup. The event is coordinated by Marshall County and sponsored by the Duck River Agency.

"We picked up 12 bags of trash at the dam at Milltown," cleanup volunteer John Barron said. Discarded mail was found among household trash in at least one black plastic bag "dumped in the old fish hatchery."

It was "less than a year old," said Barron. "I cleaned up the same place last year."

Marshall County Solid Waste Director Morgan Thomas said he anticipated receiving the trash on Monday and would then check the old hatchery building himself.

"There's an on-going investigation," Thomas said. "I'll get the addresses and names and see if they're still accurate."

With sufficient proof a judge might normally order a defendant to clean up the site, Thomas . . .Pick up a copy of today's edition, Wednesday, July 2, 2008 for entire story.