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Crews clean up Curry County transient camp along the Chetco River

Deputies arrested one man who refused to leave or cooperate, the Curry County Sheriff's Office said.

Posted: Feb 14, 2020 5:11 PM

HARBOR, Ore. — Curry County workers and law enforcement cleaned up a transient camp piled with garbage along the banks of the Chetco River on Wednesday, according to the Curry County Sheriff's Office.

The camp was set up on county-owned property at the corner of South Bank Chetco Road and Lower Harbor Road. Weeks prior to cleanup, the Sheriff's Office said that code enforcement officers visited the camp and told the transients staying there that they needed to clean up the area and leave.

Deputies returned around noon on Wednesday, looking to make sure that the camp was clear. They found 49-year-old Garry Roberts Jr. still in the camp.

"Roberts was asked several times to leave and he refused to cooperate with law enforcement so he was arrested for trespass and depositing trash within a hundred yards of a waterway," the Sheriff's Office said. Roberts was taken to jail, cited, and released on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Curry County Road Department started cleaning up the camp. The Sheriff's Office said that crews hauled seven dump truck loads of garbage to the dump, costing an average of $600 each trip.

"Crew members doing the cleanup said there were hundreds of rats that ran out into the brush from all the garbage at the site," the Sheriff's Office said.

The Road Dept. crews also had to cut through trees and brush in order to get to all the trash.

"Code Enforcement and the Road Department did an outstanding job on getting the mess cleaned up and they expect to continue with our transient dump sites," the Sheriff's Office concluded.

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