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Hartsville man charged after dumping bundles of newspaper over bridge December 14, 2018

On Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, SCDNR officers received a tip about large piles of newspapers that were thrown over the 14th Street bridge into Black Creek on Segars-McKinnon Heritage Preserve in Hartsville, South Carolina.

Officers responded to the area and documented 35 visible bundles of undelivered newspapers with a delivery date of Nov. 21, 2018. Once determining which newspaper outlet the papers were from, officers interviewed several supervisors about the incident.

After reviewing distribution, delivery and route information provided by the newspaper outlet, it was determined a local distributer, Mr. Cedrick Benji Larry Ludd of Hartsville, was responsible.

Mr. Ludd was the only distributor who failed to deliver newspapers and newspaper inserts to 12 Hartsville area businesses on the exact day the newspapers were marked for delivery.

Mr. Ludd was located and charged with litter in excess of 15 pounds. WMA abuse charges are still pending at this time. This incident remains under investigation.

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