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Md. county begins cleanup of Irons Mountain site

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 10:07am  ET

CUMBERLAND, Md. - Allegany County officials and contractors are working to clean up a neglected property on Irons Mountain that's been the subject of litigation that reached the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

The Cumberland Times-News ( http://bit.ly/TbQg0k) reports that county officials and contractors began cleaning up the site Tuesday. For years, junk, food scraps and pig slop has accumulated at the site drawing complaints from neighbors.

Code enforcement officer Jerry Michael says workers will return after Thanksgiving to finish the cleanup because there's more work to be done. Contractors are using tow trucks and other equipment to remove debris.

About 50 pigs at the site were found to be lacking food and water. Investigators may pursue animal cruelty charges.

The cleanup could cost $4,000 and will be billed to property owner Eston Paxton.

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Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News, http://www.times-news.com/timesnew.html


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