Authorities have launched an investigation related to the dumping of rock and soil in Upton Township.

A Plato man recently called the Texas County Sheriff’s Department to report that representatives of Upton Township had dumped soil and rock on his property near Roubidoux Road.

An investigating officer observed where the soil and rock had apparently been purposely dumped over the man’s fence, after being removed from a creek that a bridge was being built over, according to a report.

The officer spoke to a township equipment operator, who denied involvement but stated he knew which employee had done it. While the officer and the employee were speaking, other township worker arrived and he would not speak further.

The officer stated he would contact the employee again when he was away from the job site, and secure a suspect’s name.

Photographs were taken at the scene and investigation of the matter continues.

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