Archive for Thursday, August 19, 2010

MagnaGro could face more charges

Three people were inside the building that was recently condemned by the city.

August 19, 2010


City Hall leaders are taking more action against MagnaGro International after city inspectors found people violating a condemnation order at the eastern Lawrence business.

Assistant City Manager Diane Stoddard confirmed that city inspectors on Wednesday found three people inside the shuttered manufacturing plant at 600 E. 22nd St.

The city in July declared the plant unfit for human occupancy because it is not connected to the city’s water and sewer service.

Stoddard said it wasn’t clear whether the three people in the building were MagnaGro employees or whether manufacturing work was going on inside the building.

Stoddard said the case will be referred to the city prosecutor, and all three individuals and the business’ owner could face charges of violating the city’s condemnation order.

MagnaGro was the site of a double-fatality industrial accident in April, and has suffered several chemical spills.

Ray Sawyer, owner of MagnaGro, said he wasn’t sure who was in the building Wednesday, but that he is making arrangements to move the business out of the building. He declined to comment on whether the business would restart operations elsewhere.


Kontum1972 7 years, 9 months ago

hmmmmm...looks like somebody down at city hall wasnt doing their job....with staying on top of these people..mb a call to the EPA needs to be placed.....them mb they will send some agents down to city hall and relieve some people of their positions and why isnt the owner in the county jail?

i knew Brandon Price he was an iraq war vet and he comes home to be killed by his own people....what is wrong with this picture?

Kontum1972 7 years, 9 months ago

Ray Sawyer, owner of MagnaGro, said he wasn’t sure who was in the building Wednesday..

gee whiz did not know who had keys.? ...sounds like negligence too me....jeez no wonder Brandon died.....

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 9 months ago

Maybe now Ray Sawyer will see the inside of a jail cell.

CHKNLTL 7 years, 9 months ago

why can't this town run this guy out of here already? This paper is great at smear campaigns....i don't want to hear about the chemfarm crap anymore.

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