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Man gets jail for not clearing thousands of tires from land

April 2, 2019

STACYVILLE, Iowa (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 120 days in jail for ignoring orders to clear away thousands of tires from his Mitchell County property and pay fines.

The judge found 63-year-old Gary Eggers, of Stacyville, in contempt for failing to pay the $110,000 in penalties and remove all but 500 tires from his Stacyville land.

Authorities say some of the tires on the unlicensed salvage yard had washed into a nearby creek and onto neighboring property.

Judge Chris Foy writes in his ruling filed electronically on Sunday that the attitude displayed by Eggers toward the Iowa Natural Resources Department “and the laws of Iowa that seek to protect our environment and our waterways makes clear to the court he should be found in contempt.”