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Report: 60-Year-Old Resident, Garbage Collector Charged In Trash Dispute

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ATTLEBORO (CBS) – An alleged ongoing garbage dispute between a 60-year-old South Attleboro man and trash collectors came to a head last week, according to a report.

Now, the Sun Chronicle reports one sanitation worker is recovering from injuries, while the resident and another worker are facing charges.

Police reportedly said that Gerard Genest, upset that workers for the city trash collector Waste Management had thrown his trash barrel into the garbage truck, got in his pick-up truck and went to confront them.

During that confrontation, one of those workers, McArthur Kitchen III, 21, of Mattapan, allegedly pulled a knife on the Genest.

As Genest sped away in his truck, his side mirror struck and injured 32-year-old Luis Garcia, according to police. Garcia was treated for injuries at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.

The sanitation workers told officers that they have had problems with Genest in the past, according to the Sun Chronicle report. They refused to take his garbage on several occasions because it contained prohibited construction materials.

When they did take his garbage, the workers reportedly allege that Genest had greased the handles of his barrels with the purpose of making their job more difficult.

Kitchen was arrested and charged with suspicion of assault with a dangerous weapon, along with larceny under $250, for the alleged theft of Genest’s trash barrel. He’s out on bail.

Genest will be summonsed to court on charges of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and driving to endanger.

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