Illegal dumper in Portsmouth leaves evidence in trash

When the transfer station closed because of a holiday Aug. 12, a local man found some other place to dump his trash. When the transfer station closed because of a holiday Aug. 12, a local man found some other place to dump his trash.

When the transfer station closed because of a holiday Aug. 12, a local man found some other place to dump his trash.

When the Portsmouth transfer station closed due to a holiday, a local man found some other place to dump his trash.

PORTSMOUTH — It seems not everyone learned something from Arlo Guthrie’s most famous song, “Alice’s Restaurant.”

And that is this: If you’re going to dump trash illegally, make sure you don’t leave behind any garbage with your name and address on it.

When he arrived to work at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13, Brian Woodhead, deputy director of the town’s Department of Public Works, found that garbage had been dumped into the bed of one of the DPW trucks.

He called police, and after going through the trash they found two pieces of mail that contained the name and address of a Middle Road couple.

Patrol Officer Jeffrey Cornelisse Jr. responded to the address and met a woman at the door. She said she wasn’t aware of the dumping, and contacted her husband. When police spoke to him, the apologetic 54-year-old man admitted to dumping the trash at DPW the day before because he couldn’t get into the nearby transfer station, according to police.

The transfer station was closed on Monday, Aug. 12, because of Rhode Island’s VJ Day.

The man told police “that he was upset that the compactor had been closed and that no signs were there stating so,” the police report stated.

The man, who promised not to repeat his behavior, was not charged.

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