Pile of trash dumped on Spokane man's yard

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 28 at 8:49 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane homeowner contacted KREM 2 On Your Side outraged that he had to clean up garbage that somebody dumped on his property.

City officials told homeowner Jason Stroe the garbage was private property, so it couldn't help. That was when he reached out to KREM 2 News.

“I couldn't believe it. I was really shocked,” said Stroe.

Stroe had already made two dump runs and his yard was still filled with trash. Someone randomly dumped the garbage in his yard in June. The trash nearly boxed him into his garage.

“I had to go over some of the trash to park my car and go to work,” he said.

The overwhelming pile of old pop cans and electronics made him sick, he added.

“It's just really disgusting.”

There were some bills and personal documents in the pile as well. KREM 2 News used the addresses found to track down a woman who admitted it was her family’s stuff.

“Yep those are ours,” the woman said.

She asked not to be named.

“I hired a man to dump it. He was offering a yard clean up,” the woman explained.

But apparently, the man trashed Stroe’s lawn instead.

The woman was not sure when she could get a truck to clean up Stroe’s yard, so one of her neighbors, Bill Barline, offered to help with his truck.

“We did it just for the sense of community,” said Barline. “I don't believe neighbors even talk anymore, so I jumped at the chance to help.”

Stroe was happy to have his yard back again.

“I contacted [KREM 2] because I knew something would get done,” said Stroe. “I'm so thankful. That was so nice.”

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