2 men accused of dumping tires in closed East St. Louis nightclub

News-DemocratMarch 29, 2014 

— After some residents spotted two men dumping tires in the building that once was Club Casino, they alerted police.

Lt. Marion Riddle said officers were dispatched to State Street at 68th Street at 3:18 p.m. Wednesday and they found two men with an SUV and flatbed loaded with tires.

Patrick A. Singleton, 32, of 3012 Warren Ave. in Granite City, and Robert L. Evans Jr., 34, of 1002 Caroline Ave. in O'Fallon, were arrested on Wednesday. They were charged on Friday with criminal disposal of waste -- open dumping.

The warrant charging Evans and Singleton with the felony offense alleges the men dumped more than 50 waste tires at a site that is not an approved sanitary landfill.

Bail for each man was set at $40,000. Singleton and Evans were being held in the St. Clair County Jail Saturday.

Riddle said "the two suspects had more than 50 tires in a trailer in the back of the Ford Explorer they were driving. They were about to unload tires on the inside of the Club Casino building, located at 6830 State St."

Riddle said when officers checked inside the building, they found close to 1,000 tires that had been previously dumped in the building.

Riddle said the suspects entered the building through a rear door that had been broken.

The 2006 Ford Explorer and flatbed were towed to a local tow yard. Riddle said officials are seeking forfeiture of the vehicle and trailer.

The building is owned by Cedric Taylor's La Bon Vie Corp. Club Casino closed in March 2011. After that, La Bon Vie rented the building to Club VIP, which was run by Cedric Taylor Jr. It was operated as a juice bar for about six months.

Riddle said the police department is grateful to the people who reported this incident and he urged anyone who sees anyone dumping anything in East St. Louis to call the police department at 482-6700.

"We have a zero tolerance for anyone dumping in East St. Louis. If we catch anyone dumping anywhere in the city, we plan to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law," Riddle said.

The case was investigated by Detective Darlene Diggs, who was assisted by Director of Regulatory Affairs Robert Betts. "Both did outstanding work," Riddle said.

"I am disappointed that they would think of dumping that many tires inside of East St. Louis," Mayor Alvin Parks said. "One tire is enough, but when you find a thousand tires inside of the building that you would have to think they would have had something to do with, it makes it absolutely despicable. They shouldn't be dumping anywhere. They should dispose of the tires properly."

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

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

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