|Over 2,500 gallons were expelled in a church parking lot|
About 2,500 gallons of raw sewage was dumped in the parking lot of New Hope United Methodist Church on Old Forge Road on Jan. 16. Matthew Scott Ferguson, the owner of A Plus Septic Service, has been indicted in connection with the investigation.
Friday, May 10, 2013
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Callaway man was indicted Monday on 17 charges related to the illegal dumping of raw sewage at two sites in Franklin County .
Matthew Scott Ferguson, 34, is charged with two felony counts of destroying property at New Hope United Methodist Church on Old Forge Road and behind a Callaway residence on Foothills Road.
Ferguson is also charged with dumping sewage on private property, two counts of disposing of sludge from a septic tank at a location not approved by the public works department, two counts of dumping sewage without proper treatment, and 10 counts of failing to obtain a sewage handling permit from the health department.
Ferguson is the owner and operator of A Plus Septic Service, according to Capt. Marvin Woods with public safety.
Investigators said Ferguson was allegedly seen on Jan. 16 by several witnesses expelling sewage from his truck into the gravel parking lot of New Hope United Methodist Church at 3901 Old Forge Road, Woods said.
The evidence at the site suggests 2,500 gallons of sewage was pumped into the parking lot about 55 feet from the church's well, Woods said, and about 200 yards from Coles Creek. Samples from the soil and well are being analyzed in the state lab, he added.
On April 26, investigators discovered a site behind a residence on Foothills Road, where several thousand gallons of sewage had been dumped, according to Investigator Josh Harris with the Rocky Mount Police Department.
The sewage covered area measures 110 feet by 67 feet, Woods said, and is up to 6 inches deep in some spots.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Services, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Health and the federal Environmental Protection Agency are assisting local investigators with the search for illegal dumping sites and testing.
Investigators believe other septic pumping businesses could be involved in illegal dumping. Anyone with information should contact public safety at 483-3091 or RMPD at 483-9275.