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Caldwell Man Indicted For Dumping Tires On Public Land

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Idaho

Boise - Terry Dorton Anderson, 49, of Caldwell, Idaho, made his initial appearance today on charges of two counts of felony injury to government land, U.S. Attorney Wendy J. Olson announced. He was indicted on September 9, 2014, by a federal grand jury in Boise. Trial is set for November 10, 2014, before Chief U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill at the federal courthouse in Boise.

The indictment alleges that between July and December 2012, Anderson dumped junk tires in Squaw Creek Canyon near Highway 95 south of Marsing, and near a dirt road off Highway 78. The lands where the dumping occurred are Federal public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Owyhee County. The part of Squaw Creek Canyon where the dumping of about 500 tires occurred is nearly 1,700 feet deep. The indictment alleges that it will cost between $32,049 and $56,649 to remove the tires, clean up, and rehabilitate that area of Squaw Creek Canyon. The Indictment also alleges that it will cost between $7,156 and $13,027 to remove and clean up the approximately 400 tires dumped off Highway 78.

Each felony charge of injury to federal public lands is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a maximum fine of $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Land Management, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Canyon County Sheriff’s Office, and Owyhee County Sheriff’s and Prosecutor’s Offices.

An indictment is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated December 15, 2014