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City contractors and others indicted for illegal dumping

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Retired Memphis Animal shelter employee Larry Brunson has been indicted along with Mable Sutton and Debra Nesbit. Retired Memphis Animal shelter employee Larry Brunson has been indicted along with Mable Sutton and Debra Nesbit.
O'neal Payne and Warren Payne, also known as Payne Enterprises, were also indicted. O'neal Payne and Warren Payne, also known as Payne Enterprises, were also indicted.
The investigation opened 18 months ago with an anonymous tip clamming contractors were dropping dump trucks full of refuse on a Frayser lot. The investigation opened 18 months ago with an anonymous tip clamming contractors were dropping dump trucks full of refuse on a Frayser lot.
Past the family goats and around a rickety old barn is where prosecutors shut down a massive illegal dumping operation. Past the family goats and around a rickety old barn is where prosecutors shut down a massive illegal dumping operation.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Past the family goats and around a rickety old barn is where prosecutors shut down a massive illegal dumping operation.

The investigation opened 18 months ago with an anonymous tip clamming contractors were dropping dump trucks full of refuse on a Frayser lot.

One neighbor said she has complained for three years.

"And they're dumping stuff in my neighborhood that could be harmful to me and the rest of us around here. And something should've been done about it long ago," said the neighbor who wished to remain unidentified.

Retired Memphis Animal shelter employee Larry Brunson has been indicted along with Mable Sutton and Debra Nesbit. Prosecutors said they charged a fee to allow their property to be used as a dumping ground.

O'neal Payne and Warren Payne, also known as Payne Enterprises, were also indicted. They were once a city contractors who got paid to clean up one part of town – only to, allegedly, mess up another.

"No, he will not be doing anymore city contracting," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton. "The arrest of these individuals in the Frayser community aligns with our focus on eradicating blight across our city and maintaining clean and crime-free neighborhoods. The prosecution of these folks should send a clear message that illegal dumping will not be tolerated."

The property owners said they will let the lawyer tell their side of the story. They must answer to environmental court. They are charged with vandalism over $60,000 and could face between 8 to 40 years if convicted.

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