From Dave Yost
Ohio Attorney General

A Hillsboro man who illegally dumped hundreds of scrap tires in Highland County will spend the next four years in prison, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced Monday.

Ronald Ison, 37, was sentenced on Oct. 17 after he pleaded no contest in August to seven counts of illegal open dumping of scrap tires and one count of illegal transportation of scrap tires.

“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. “This is where the rubber meets the road.”

Ison transported and dumped more than 200 scrap tires during 2017 at locations throughout the county, including the Paint Creek Lake Wildlife Area. He obtained the tires from a local junkyard that agreed to pay him for their disposal.

In one case, tires he discarded on a Paint Township roadway disabled a school bus that was transporting children, causing them to arrive late for school.

Prior to his sentencing, Ison paid restitution of $730 to the local solid waste district for the cleanup costs. 

As previously reported by The Highland County Press, Ison was charged with “unlawfully and knowingly transport[ing] more than 10 scrap tires in a single load on multiple occasions” from a scrap yard “to several dump sites in Highland County, without first registering with obtaining a registration certificate from the director of environmental protection.” The alleged incidents occurred between Sept. 1 and Nov. 30, 2017.

The seven counts of illegal open dumping were for seven separate occurrences, including allegedly depositing several scrap tires:

• Along state Route 138 at Rattlesnake Creek in the Paint Creek Wildlife Area in Paint Township;

• Along Skeen Road in Brushcreek Township;

• Along Sams Road in Paint Township;

• Along Herdman Road, north of state Route 138, in Penn Township;

• At the intersection of Duff Road and Morrison Road in Paint Township;

• On Highland Trail West at Rocky Fork Lake in Paint Township; and

• On Cathy’s Court at Rocky Fork Lake in Paint Township.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Environmental Enforcement Unit in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. Attorneys from Yost’s Environmental Enforcement Section prosecuted the case.