ELYRIA — When Alabama native and self-proclaimed “country boy” Darrell Childers discovered a pile of trash illegally dumped on his acre of property Wednesday evening, he was more than a little disappointed.
The incident happened shortly before Childers arrived home with his wife around 10 p.m. Wednesday. He watched a vehicle pull out of his drive moments before he saw the loose trash, complete with boxes, blankets and old children’s toys, lying just a few feet from his West River Road North driveway.
“I knew immediately what it was,” Childers said, adding that he searched the trash heap for some kind of an address to lead him back to the dumpers. When he found one, it took him to a home in Lorain with a dump truck parked in the driveway.
Childers’ wife, Telesha, contacted the woman whose name was associated with the address Thursday.
However, the woman told Telesha Childers that she and her husband sold the house July 2 to a company that buys and sells houses.
When the Childerses arrived at the house Thursday, she said that she could see a man inside painting. She assumed he was fixing up the house to sell it. Whoever was helping fix up the house, Telesha Childers said, was probably responsible for the dumping.
Pictures of the truck were taken and the couple contacted the Elyria Police Department. Elyria police said they’ll have a better idea of what they’ll do with the case Saturday, when city crews are coming to clean up the mess.
“So I have to look at that until Saturday,” Childers said, adding that he refused to pick it up, and he doesn’t think the Sanitation Department should have to either. “Those guys are the ones who made the mess; they need to come clean it up.”
For Childers, his land — which stretches so far back his home isn’t visible from the road — is an important part of his life.
“This is my little piece of country,” he said, motioning to the acre of land his wife, her father and he share. “It’s perfect for a guy from down South.”
Not only does the land touch on Childers’ southern roots, it’s also a sentimental part of his life.
“I met my wife right over there,” Childers said, pointing to a wooded area near his house and recalling a time seven years ago when he was a contractor, putting up billboards around what is now his home.
“My father-in-law introduced me to his daughter … we’ve been married for five years,” he said.
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