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Kyle Lovern/Williamson Daily News Delbarton patrolman John Hall is shown booking Tara Smith in Mingo County Magistrate Court on Tuesday. Smith was arrested on three counts of littering.

RAGLAND - A warrant was taken out for a Delbarton woman after she was observed littering in three different locations within the town limits.

Tara Smith, 19, of Delbarton was booked in Mingo County Magistrate Court on Tuesday on three counts of littering, according to Delbarton police officer John Hall.

According to the police report, an eyewitness driving toward Ragland saw Smith throw items out of her car at three different locations on April 29. The driver reported the incident to Chief Earl Spence and gave him the license plate number and make of the car, which was a Ford Fusion.

The DPD ran the registration, and Hall went to the address and asked Smith if she was driving the vehicle. She admitted to littering, according to the police report.

Hall asked the defendant why she didn't wait until she got home to throw the items in the trash, and she told him she "didn't want to be bothered with them."

"The county received a grant and hired some young adults to help cleanup. They are trying to keep the county and our towns clean," Hall said. "They have done a good job."

Hall said he cannot understand why people are so blatant about throwing out litter and also leave their personal property scattered with trash and debris.

"People need to have more pride and respect for our roadways," Hall said. "The public needs to report to law enforcement anyone they witness littering."

To report a problem, get a license number and model of the vehicle to help officers track down those who litter.

Kyle Lovern is editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at 304-236-3526 or via email at klovern@HDMediaLLC.com.

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