2 women in their 80s accused of illegal dumping in St. Clair County

News-DemocratApril 20, 2013 

— One company and several individuals, including two women in their 80s, have been charged with violating environmental laws in connection with the police investigation dubbed Operation Lovejoy that occurred March 15 in Brooklyn.

St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly filed the following charges Friday:

* Betty A. Estes, 57, of 917 Millikin Drive in Fairview Heights, was charged with operating a waste storage without a permit, causing or allowing open dumping, open dumping causing litter and criminal housing management. Bail for Estes was set at $2,500. She had not been arrested on the charges as of Saturday.

* Pamela D. Calvert, 46, of 98 Brookhill Court in Collinsville, was charged with operating a waste storage without a permit, causing and allowing open dumping, open dumping causing litter and criminal housing management. Bail for Calvert was set at $2,500. She had not been arrested on the charges as of Saturday.

* Medora Garrett, 86, of 1321 Oriole Road in Venice, was charged with criminal disposal of waste without a permit, criminal disposing waste open dumping, waste storage without a permit, causing or allowing dumping, open dumping causing litter and criminal housing management. Bail for Garrett was set at $10,000.

* Madison W. Garrett Jr., 60, of 1000 Market St. in Madison, was charged with criminal disposal of waste without a permit, criminal disposal of waste open dumping, waste storage operations without a permit, causing or allowing open dumping, open dumping causing litter and criminal housing management. Bail for Garrett is set at $40,000.

* Garrett Phillips Inc. was charged with criminal disposal of waste without a permit, criminal disposal of waste open dumping, waste storage operation without a permit, causing or allowing open dumping, open dumping causing litter and criminal housing management.

* Annie L. Powell, 81, of 304 S. Eighth St., Lovejoy, was charged with waste storage operations without a permit, causing or allowing open dumping and open dumping causing litter and criminal housing management. Bail for Powell was set at $2,500.

* William E. Mixon III, 64, of 216 Collinsville Ave., East St. Louis, was charged with criminal disposal of waste without a permit, criminal disposal of waste open dumping, waste storage operation without a permit, causing or allowing open dumping, open dumping causing litter and criminal housing management. Bail for Mixon was set at $40,000. Mixon had not been arrested as of Saturday evening.

Contact reporter Carolyn P. Smith at 618-239-2503.

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