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Law enforcement shuts down Saugerties dump site

Dec 13, 2019 2:15 pm
William J. Kemble is reporting for the Daily Freeman in a show of force, town, county and state law-enforcement agencies descended on Joseph and Rachel Karolys' debris-processing operation early on December 12, in effort to shut down the business. The town has banned dumping at the Route 212 site, and a state Supreme Court justice last week lifted a temporary injunction that stopped the ban from being enforced. Police arrested one driver for unlicensed operation of an 18-wheel truck, turned away another truck loaded with debris and warned the Karolyses that no further dumping would be tolerated. Saugerties Police Chief Joseph Sinagra said he and Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa told Joseph Karolys "that if he accepts any more loads, he will be arrested and charged with the misdemeanor of operating an unlicensed dump." Sinagra said the truck that was impounded was overweight and had numerous violations. The fine could be in the neighborhood of $50,000, he said. Several witnesses said trucks from companies that routinely bring debris to the Karolyses' business were seen getting on the Thruway in Saugerties after apparently being alerted to the presence of law enforcement at the dump site. Read the full story in the Daily Freeman.
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