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Matthew Scott Ferguson was arraigned on 18 new counts on top of the 17 charges filed in May.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
More indictments have been brought against the head of a Rocky Mount septic service company, who has been charged with illegally dumping sewage even after he was accused of similar offenses in May.
Matthew Scott Ferguson, 34, of Callaway was arraigned Tuesday in Franklin County Circuit Court on 17 misdemeanor counts, including unlawful disposal of septic water, dumping trash on private property and violating health board regulations, and one felony count of property damage.
According to court records, those incidents occurred in January, March, April, June and July.
Ferguson was previously charged in May with 15 similar misdemeanors related to sewage disposal and two counts of felony property damage.
In all he faces 32 misdemeanors and three felonies and is being investigated for possibly creating at least five illegal sewage dumps in Moneta and Callaway, and at a Franklin County manure lagoon used for farm fertilization.
In the first reported incident, in January, police said Ferguson — who owns and operates A Plus Septic Service — dumped about 2,500 gallons of sewage near New Hope United Methodist Church on Old Forge Road. The dumped material, drawn from septic tanks, contained human waste, feminine hygiene products, baby wipes and condoms, according to Rocky Mount Police Chief David Cundiff.
“It was dumped at the church about 55 feet from their well, so they haven’t been able to use it ever since,” said Capt. Marvin Woods with the Franklin County Department of Public Safety. “That’s one of the sorriest acts I’ve ever seen in law enforcement.”
Other sites were discovered later, and Woods said Ferguson was arrested after witnesses said they saw him dumping material behind the former 84 Lumber store off Virginia 40.
Woods said investigators also found discrepancies of thousands of gallons of waste when they compared Ferguson’s invoices with records at the Henry County Public Service Authority, a sewage treatment plant.
“That’s the only place he can legally dump,” Woods said.
He said dump sites were also located near Ferguson’s home in Callaway and at the Westlake branch of Carter Bank & Trust.
Ferguson is the only person who has been arrested in the case, but Sgt. J.N. Harris said in May that other individuals and businesses might have been involved.
Ferguson is due back in court Aug. 28.
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