October 21, 2014

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Man who dumped garbage in Elyria yard found guility

David Huhn

David Huhn

ELYRIA — A Lorain man who dumped garbage on a homeowner’s front lawn was fined Thursday.

David Huhn, 43, was found guilty of littering and depositing garbage by Elyria Municipal Court Judge Lisa Locke Graves. He was fined $250, but $125 of the fine was suspended, according to personnel in Locke Graves’ offices, and a 30-day jail sentence was suspended for good behavior for two years.

The case dates to a July 24 incident when Elyria police were called to the home of a West River Road, North, couple who reported coming home to find a large amount of trash dumped in their driveway. The garbage included household items and a number of hypodermic needles.

The mess was taken away two days later by Elyria Sanitation Department workers with the help of three vehicles including a backhoe, Bobcat and garbage truck.

The upset residents found a piece of paper with an address on it that led them to a home where they found a dump truck parked in the driveway.

Huhn, who was identified from the address written on the scrap of paper found by the couple, told police at the time he believed he was dumping trash on an empty property.

Contact Steve Fogarty at 329-7146 or sfogarty@chroniclet.com.


  • Sarah Boesger

    Ah yes, because dumping needle-filled garbage on an empty lot is much better.

  • Brandy Lynn

    That’s gross. I am sure it cost a lot more for those workers with their backhoes to go there to clean it up than $125…. He should have had to pay for them to work. wtf.

    • Brandy Lynn

      I forgot to add that he should have been made to complete drug rehab since he had hypodermic needles; obviously something is wrong with him if he is dumping that much trash on someone’s yard, who does that? And a rehab that he himself has to pay for!!!

      • Guest

        well, to be fair, he could be a diabetic.

        • proccw

          and that makes it? read on! I don’t think he was diabetic!

        • Brandy Lynn

          He is a drug addict. This isn’t the first story about him.

  • Jennifer Williams

    What an idiot! And of course none of the neighbors wathed and took plate numbers? What is wrong with people? If I saw a dump truck dumping trash on my neighbors yard you better believe cops would be called

    • Pete

      Exactly, “if you saw”! It was found the next morning which means it was done late at night. What is wrong with people who assume?

  • Pablo Jones

    Why was half the fine suspended? It should have been more and he should have paid the cost to clean it up.

    • Mike Litoris

      They should have made him clean it up on his own…and supervised.

  • Mike Litoris

    BUT DID IT MAKE A SOUND?

  • Larry Crnobrnja

    According to earlier reports, it cost the city $318.40 to clean up the trash. Why in the world would the un-judge not AT LEAST cover those costs?

    And while I’m at it, the practice of reducing fines should be used only for those individuals who MIGHT have done something wrong without realizing it. Dumping your trash on somebody else’s property doesn’t come close to being an accident or mistake.

    • Pablo Jones

      Apparently it was an accident because it wasn’t abandoned when he thought it was. I wonder if I could use an excuse like that if I ever rob a bank. “Judge I thought they were just holding it for me and I needed some so I went and took it. I was only taking what I thought was mine. I didn’t steal it.”

      • White Man

        Your brother just robbed the credit union a few days ago.

  • Dave Sommers

    Not to mention that smile on his face. He obviously thinks it’s a laughing matter. Another reason the judge should have stuck it to him. He could have gone to the city dump.

  • Bluesky
    • Bluesky

      8 p.m. — Root Road, David A. Huhn Jr., 42, 3100 block McKinley St., arrested and charged with improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle, possession of cocaine and possession of drug abuse instruments. Police said Kuhn was pulled over during a traffic stop after police said he drove over a curb. Police said a loaded gun was found in the vehicle, and syringes and drinking straws, containing cocaine residue, was found in Huhn’s pockets. Huhn said he had the gun because he was threatened by gunpoint earlier that day.

      • Razorback Twou

        No wonder he was threatened, behaves like that.

  • bROWNS77

    Ummmmm……. Possession of drug instruments,
    creating a health hazard or something!
    What does the prosecutor around here do ?
    The judge is supposed to protect the citizens and welfare of the people also.
    They must play for the Browns because they certainly dropped the ball on that one.

  • Michael

    I like his defense… “told police at the time he believed he was dumping trash on an empty property.” So dumping trash on an empty property it legal? It’s dumping, let alone littering. I thought littering carried a heavier fine than he got.

    In WV there are signs that say “$25,000 fine for littering”. Wowza!

    He didn’t learn anything here, other than it pays.

  • DonMega

    Hes a happy smuck for sure.