April 24, 2012

Man indicted for dumping sewage

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A London man caught dumping raw sewage into a subsidiary stream that links to the water source for London and many south Laurel residents was indicted for his deeds.

Ernest Wagers Jr., 44, of Wind Street in London, was charged with two counts of general prohibition against water pollution for dumping raw sewage into Little Craigs Creek on March 6. A resident in the area witnessed the dumping process off D. Anders Road in the Lily area around 8:30 a.m. one morning. Wagers, an employee of Owens Septic Tank Cleaning, was driving one of the company trucks when the incident took place.

When Laurel County Sheriff’s officials began an investigation into the illegal sewage dumping, they also discovered raw sewage in the Little Laurel River located directly behind Owens Septic Tank Cleaning’s office. Little Laurel River runs into Laurel Lake, which is a water supply for London and the southern end of the county.

Wagers was also indicted on first-degree persistent felony offender charges, as he has three prior felony convictions. The most recent was in Laurel County in 2008 for theft by unlawful taking over $300, for which he received a three-year sentence. He had felony convictions in Pulaski County for third-degree burglary in 1992, receiving a one year sentence on one charge and a two-year sentence on another charge that was probated for five years in 1994.

Since this incident occurred, Owens Septic Tank Cleaning Service has sold its company to Boyd and Tammy Elza, who operate the business under the name of Busy Bee Septic Tank Cleaning Service.

Tammy Elza said she and her husband bought the business “about a month ago” and renamed it similar to her husband’s plumbing business, Busy Bee Plumbing. She said Busy Bee Septic Tank Cleaning offers the same services offered by Owens, but she guaranteed that no incidents involving illegal sewage disposal would occur by their employees. She also stated Ernest Wagers Jr. was not an employee of Busy Bee Septic Tank Cleaning Service.

An indictment is an accusation only and presents only one side of a legal charge. An indictment does not imply guilt or innocence.

Other indictments returned on Friday will be included in the Wednesday, April 25 issue.