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Louisville neighborhood riddled with other people's junk

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- From couches and cribs to family photos and personal bills, trash continues to line alleys and yards in the West End.

Despite the installation of one of five hidden cameras, many people are still getting away with dumping in councilwoman Attica Scott's district.  "This is just a small picture of what we tend to see in allies and neighborhoods," says Scott as she stands in front of a pile that includes car tires and a crib.

Carolyn Edwards lives about 15 yards from the pile of junk Scott refers to. The Parkland resident says new piles of debris pop up all the time.  "I heard trucks, I heard stuff, then I'll look up and they're gone."

According to Scott, the trash isn't coming from the people who live in the Parkland neighborhood.  "People come to places where they know people aren't watching and where you have so many empty houses there are no eyes there to pay attention."

Earlier this month on 32nd Street and Virginia, one illegal dumper was even bold enough to dump six truckloads of trash, but it still wasn't enough to lead to an arrest.

"My legislative assistant went through it and found people's bills with their names, people's photos with their faces. And I'm thinking: what's going on here? Are people not even paying attention to the fact that they are leaving personal information here that allows them to be identified?" asked Scott.

People living in the neighborhood say the city isn't doing much.  "As far as coming when we call, they don't. Or calling back to let me know 'Well, Ma'am we won't be in your area until this day or that day.' I don't get that," says Edwards.

Edwards says she calls the city once a week to report a new pile of debris.

Scott, aware of the problem, says they hope to have four more hidden cameras in the West End by the end of this month.

She also says mid-April is the worst time for dumping, with Thunder and Derby right around the corner.

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