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UP IN FLAMES: Dispute leads to burning investigation

February 28, 2014

Thomas Ebetino, a Whitley County property owner, was investigated for illegal burning after neighbors complained and documented the activity. Pictured is an illegal burn pile, which officials said measured 14,000 cubic feet.

COLUMBIA CITY — A rural property located on County Road 400 South, received the attention of county officials when a complaint was filed by neighbors for the unpleasant conditions at the home of Thomas Ebetino.

However, after Whitley County Superior Court Judge Doug Fahl mandated the property be cleaned up, an additional investigation was conducted by the state for illegal burning.

Several complaints have been filed by residents living near Ebetino’s property, and reports have been made to local authorities that were forwarded to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management for investigation.

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