Security guard says smelly recycling lot ticketed by city is still a mess

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It has been nearly two weeks after some recycling businesses were issued $1,000 blight tickets each for allowing solid waste to accumulate on the lot.

They were told to clean up the site, but a security guard who works across the street from the smelly lot and who reported the issue to the Fox 2 says not much has changed.

"It is still the same as before," said Keesa Brown. "It's death. They did clean up some things but the smell is still here 

"It's a crazy smell you don't want it in your house." 

But Brown says that's not the only situation that stinks. The security guard says after the blight tickets were issued and police and the Fox 2 Problem Solvers left the scene something happened that got the attention of police.

"She threw the sign over at us and from what I know, she hit one of the guards with the pole that fell off the sign," Brown said.

Police are not identifying the woman just yet, but say she is connected to one of the business owners.

"We are continuing to investigate that issue," said Lt. Rebecca McKay, Detroit police. "And we expect a warrant to be submitted to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in the coming days."

Part of the warrant package will also include a series of text messages received by Brown for reporting the smelly situation to Fox 2

"She texted me saying she hopes I got fired, she hopes I don't have a job," Brown said. "It was just a violation."

As part of the Fox 2 Problem Solvers Team, Ingrid Kelley also received a text message from that same party for covering the story 

Police say the messages by themselves do not constitute a crime but will be sent to the prosecutor's office for review.

And as police work on that investigation, the smelly lot remains.

"I would not consider this compliance," McKay said. "You can still see giant pile of compost smelling up area."

On Monday city of officials told FOX 2 that environmental enforcement is writing additional tickets today and will continue to write tickets until the materials are removed.

"Ultimately at some point this is going to be cleaned up," McKay said. "Whether it's by the owner or the city."