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Arrests made for dumping on state wildlife areas

KENT COUNTY – DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police concluded multiple investigations into illegal trash dumping on state wildlife areas with the recent arrests of two downstate men in separate incidents.

· On Feb. 18, Ibis A. Ayala, 33, of Dover, was charged with four counts of causing or contributing to the disposal or discharge of solid waste on the Division of Fish & Wildlife-owned Woodland Beach Wildlife Area near Smyrna and one count of driving with a suspended or revoked license. Ayala had previously been issued a criminal summons by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police on Feb. 9, 2018 for one count of causing or contributing to the disposal or discharge of solid waste on a different Fish & Wildlife-owned property in Kent County. Ayala was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, where he pled guilty, was fined $652, including court costs, and was released.

· On Feb. 22, William H. Cloak III, 41, of Felton, was charged with one count of causing or contributing to the disposal or discharge of solid waste on the Fish & Wildlife-owned Norman G. Wilder Wildlife Area near Felton. Cloak was arraigned at the Justice of the Peace Court 7 in Dover, where he was released on a $500 unsecured bond, pending a future court appearance after transferring his case to the Court of Common Pleas.

Dumping trash on state wildlife areas is an environmental crime. Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police encourage residents and visitors to report violations. Calls can be made anonymously, to 1-800-523-3336.