Following Tuesday’s proceedings, Judge Keith Bowers Jr. ruled that the case involving Kenneth B. Poore, 25, 824 Riverview Road, Elizabethton, and Curtis Hitechew, 22, 302 Cherry St., Roan Mountain, should be bound over to a grand jury. Both men were ordered to report to Criminal Court on Sept. 23.
The charges placed in April came at a time of increased public awareness of littering in Carter County, especially the public announcements made by the Keep Carter County Beautiful organization that mobilized volunteers to clean up illegal dumping sites at the Blue Hole Recreation area and at a site on Teaberry Road in Roan Mountain.
The two men were arrested after a local volunteer who had been patrolling Teaberry Road for dumping observed the men. Elizabeth Woodby also took out warrants on the men and videotaped the alleged dumping of a mattress and bed frame.
Woodby had sworn in the arrest warrants that she had been on Teaberry Road checking for new dumping sites when she saw Hitechew and Poore in a white Chevrolet pickup truck loaded with the mattress and bed frame. Woodby said she followed the truck and videotaped the littering.
Woodby said she then called 911 and reported the incident. She said the men left, but she remained on the scene until deputies from the Carter County Sheriff’s Department arrived and she could report the incident to them.