Dentist indicted on charges of dumping debris

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - November 19, 2008 The needles and other debris forced officials in Avalon to close beaches five times in August.

Thomas McFarland Jr. is charged with unlawful discharge of a pollutant and unlawful disposal of regulated medical waste.

Prosecutors allege the 59-year-old Wynnewood, Pa., resident, who owns a house in Middle Township, dumped a bag of waste from his dental practice off a boat into Townsend Inlet.

The debris, including 260 dental-type needles, washed up along a stretch of beach the next day.

Authorities say McFarland went to the Avalon Police Department and admitted dumping the waste more than a week later.

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