CHICKAMAUGA, WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB)- An elderly man's family in Walker County is accused of running an illegal tire dumping operation in his yard.
James Marsh says it has been happening for a year. Marsh's nephew and his nephew's wife were arrested for the act, but that leaves the 89-year- old with an operation of his own; cleaning it all up.
Chickamauga Police Chief Michael Haney tells Channel 3 there are nearly 1,000 tires sitting on the property of 89-year-old James Marsh.
We talked with Marsh who says he wants the tires to go.
"Oh well, the crookedist people you gonna deal with is kin folks, I don't care who you are," says James Marsh.
Marsh turns 90-years-old Sunday and wants one thing for his birthday, for the hundreds of tires in his backyard, as far as the eye can see, to disappear.
"I have no idea how many," says Marsh.
Marsh's nephew, 46-year-old Rodney Greer and his wife, 27-year-old Jennifer Greer were arrested and charged with unlawful commercial dumping.
Chickamauga police say the two, without the proper license or permit, visited multiple gas stations offering to remove tires for a few dollars a piece.
Marsh says they told him they were going to sell them to farmers to use for equipment and get rid of the rest.
But that clearly never happened.
"I figured just straight out lied to me," says Marsh.
Marsh says he was getting frustrated. The Greers were renting a room behind his house but never paid up.
"If they ever paid any rent, I don't know who they paid it too," says Marsh.
So he finally called police.
Jennifer contacted Channel 3 by email, claiming Marsh collected money for the tires, saying: "I'm pretty sure that Mr. and Mrs. Marsh didn't make you aware of the money they collected off of the tires that were in fact mine. Not to mention the 300 to 400 tires that were on their property long before me or my husband ever moved there."
She goes on to say: "I admitted to having 60 to 100 tires that were left behind when we were made to move. I offered to clean those up as well and was told I wasn't allowed on their property or I would be shot."
Marsh says she is lying and is just tired of looking at all those tires.
"It's alright with me anyway that it goes, but I do want the tires moved," he says.
The Greers have since bonded out of jail.
Police say the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is investigating three gas stations the Greers reportedly did business with.
It is still not known who will be responsible for properly disposing of the tires.
Chief Haney says Chickamauga law enforcement is familiar with Rodney and Jennifer Greer.
"She is well known in this department," he told Channel 3, "we've dealt with her and Rodney Greer several times."
Haney says Jennifer Greer was found guilty of disorderly conduct earlier this year and attempted to flee the courtroom after a judge ruled in the case. An officer was injured trying to capture her.
Sunday, May 19 2013 11:51 AM EDT2013-05-19 15:51:20 GMT
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