VOL. 133 | NO. 37 | Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Memphis Blight Contractor Indicted on Littering Charges
By Bill Dries
The owner of a business that has contracts with city and county governments to clean up blighted properties has been indicted on aggravated littering charges.
The indictment of Vontyna Durham – the owner of Durham Housing Services, a former city code enforcement employee and an independent candidate in the upcoming Shelby County Commission elections – was announced Tuesday, Feb. 20, by District Attorney General Amy Weirich.
The grand jury indictment accuses Durham of two counts of aggravated criminal littering, felony vandalism and violation of the solid waste disposal act.
The aggravated criminal littering charge is used in cases where illegal dumping for commercial purposes is the offense.
Durham is specifically accused of dumping truckloads of tires, debris and garbage last year on the side of the 1600 block of Grimes Street in South Memphis and down an embankment onto Illinois Central railroad property.
Prosecutors say Durham was reported by witnesses and identified by surveillance photos.
The cost of the clean up was $3,340.
Durham has filed with the Shelby County Election Commission to run as an independent on the August ballot for Shelby County Commission District 10.