DEEP CREEK, Fla.- Charlotte County deputies arrested a Port Charlotte man for illegally dumping 198 cubic feet of household debris on a lot beside the Florida Power & Light power line right-of-way on Jan. 20. Matthew John Wolfe, 35, of 415 Spring Lake Boulevard, was arrested on Felony Litter charges.

On Feb. 4, the CCSO deputy was patrolling the area on an ATV and located a large pile of household debris on avacant lot at 1283 Highlands Road by the FPL power lines. The deputy located several letters addressed to Wolfe in the debris. A check of the Property Appraiser website showed the owner of the lot lives in Hialeah Gardens.

On Feb. 8 the deputy located Wolfe who said he cleaned out his garage and assumed the Charlotte County Dump would be closed so he took the debris and illegally disposed of it beside the FPL power lines off Highlands Road. He said he is living in a deed restricted community and did not want to leave the debris in his driveway or by the curb, concerned he would upset the neighbors and get a complaint against him. Wolfe said he was familiar with the area where he dumped the debris and knew this was a frequent dumping location.

Wolfe was transported to the Charlotte County Jail; after booking, he was released on $2,500 bond.