Michael Elmore, 47, was booked Thursday into the Union Parish Detention Center on charges of criminal trespass, gross littering, fire raising on another person’s land with malice and a felony charge of illegal disposal of a toxic substance. His bond was set at $1,950.
Chief Deputy Dusty Gates said members of the Francis Creek Hunting Club reported that on Aug. 22 someone had entered their property setting fire to a large pile of tires and rims. “When they went back later in the day with deputies, the rims had been removed from the land,” he said.
Gates said that Elmore would set the tires on fire late at night to escape detection and then return the next day to pick up the rims. The rims were traced to a scrap yard in Morehouse Parish.
The intensity of the fire on the hunting club resulted in surrounding trees being scorched, Gates said.
The state Department of Environmental Quality helped with the investigation resulting in the felony charge against Elmore.
Gates said Elmore told detectives he picked up the tires, still on the rims, from different areas including trash bins.
Elmore was already in the