|Supervisors present officer with resolution, plaque|
Staff Photo by Charles Boothe:
Capt. Marvin S. Woods Jr. (left) was honored by the board of supervisors Tuesday. Presenting a plaque with a resolution from the board to Woods is Blue Ridge District Supervisor Bobby Thompson.
Friday, October 18, 2013
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors honored long-time law enforcement officer Marvin S. Woods Jr. Tuesday with a resolution.
Woods, captain of animal control for public safety, was recognized for his work on a case earlier this year related to "one of the worst environmental crimes" that has ever occurred in the county.
Woods, who has been in law enforcement in the county since 1987, led an investigation between Jan. 2 and Aug. 28 into the illegal dumping of sewage at several locations in the county.
That investigation consisted of at least 600 hours of surveillance, witness interviews, record reviews and court hearings that led to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
Matthew Scott Ferguson, the owner and operator of A Plus Septic Service, pleaded guilty in August to 16 misdemeanors and two felonies in connection with the illegal dumping of raw sewage at four sites in the county.
Ferguson, 34, of Callaway had been charged with 32 misdemeanors and three felonies in relation to illegal disposal of waste, violations of health regulations and destruction of property.
Ferguson faces up to 26 years incarceration. His sentencing hearing is set for Oct. 30 at 3:15 p.m. in Franklin County Circuit Court.
Woods was also honored for sharing "his wealth of knowledge and experience with his fellow law enforcement officers and with students by serving as an instructor, mentor and friend."
Woods' duties also include special weapons and tactics team advisor, law enforcement general instructor and firearms instructor.
Blue Ridge District Supervisor Bobby Thompson presented a plaque with the resolution to Woods.