Memphis blight contractor charged with littering, vandalism

February 22, 2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A contractor working to clean up blighted properties in a Tennessee city has been charged with illegally dumping tires and other debris.

The Shelby County district attorney’s office says 44-year-old Vontyna Durham has been charged with aggravated criminal littering, vandalism between $2,500 and $10,000, and violating the solid waste disposal act.

Prosecutors say Durham is the owner of Durham Housing Services, which contracted with Memphis and Shelby County to clean up blighted properties.

Durham is accused of dumping truckloads of tires, debris and garbage on the roadside and down an embankment onto Illinois Central Railroad property between Oct. 16 and Oct. 25. Cleanup costs totaled $3,340.

Online court records show she has been released on bond. Records did not show if she had a lawyer Wednesday.

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