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Spokane man plagued by illegal dumping

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Larry Meusy still wakes up to a large pile of trash in his yard every morning, a month and a half after someone dumped the garbage on his property in the middle of the night. 

Meusy, 79, doesn't walk well, and says he couldn't remove the trash by hand. He also doesn't have the money to pay for a crew to haul it out. So he just looks at it every day.

"I just hope we can find someone to haul it out of here and take care of it,” Meusy told KHQ.

Meusy called Spokane City Code Enforcement when he and his daughter, Tammy, discovered the mess, but their policy is that any garbage on someone's property is the resident's responsibility. 

Luckily Tammy and Larry Meusy got a lead when they found a piece of mail with a name and address on it. That led them to a home a few miles from their own, though it was empty (and still is – there's a for rent sign outside). 

Whoever's responsible just needs to come get it,” Tammy Meusy said.

The city told KHQ on Tuesday that a suspect has been located, but they will not prosecute without consent from the Meusy's. However, they haven't decided if they want to pursue charges because they fear their information will be given to the defendant in that case.

“That's scary to me,” Tammy Meusy said.

For those concerned about illegal dumping on their property, the city has some recommendations. First, they say increase visibility with lights. Second, place barriers around the property like fences and rocks that make it hard to enter a yard to dump. And third, use signage to indicate there may be surveillance.
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