HILLSBORO, Ohio — A Hillsboro man who authorities said illegally dumped hundreds of scrap tires in Highland County has been sentenced to four years in prison, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced in a press release.
In August, he pleaded no contest to seven counts of illegal open dumping of scrap tires and one count of illegal transportation of scrap tires, and was sentenced on Oct. 17.
According to a press release from Yost, 37-year-old Ronald Ison transported and dumped more than 200 scrap tires in different locations throughout the county, including the Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area.
Authorities said Ison got the tires from a local junkyard that paid him for their disposal.
The press release also states that, in one case, Ison discarded tires on a Paint Twp. roadway, which then disabled a school bus that was transporting children.
"This guy created a public safety hazard, trashed the public's land and then forced the public to foot the bill to clean up his mess," Yost said in a press release.
Ison also paid $730 in restitution to a solid waste district for the cleanup costs of the tires.