WOOD COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - City and state officials tell us they still have not heard from the owners of the tires that were part of a massive fire in Hawkins. The TCEQ has warned the owners of Foster and Sons Scrap Service several times to remove the tires. But Wednesday we learned the company is not just in trouble with the state. Robert Foster is the president of Foster and Sons Tire Scrap Service. The city says he's not been seen since the fire broke out.
"We have not been able to make contact with him yet," said John Jones, a Hawkins fire marshal. "Granted it is still early in the investigation."
Wednesday morning, KLTV went to Foster's home in Wood County. Foster was not there, but we spoke to two of his friends. They told us Foster and his wife were on Lake Fork fishing, trying to get away from all of this.
Wednesday afternoon, we got our hands on a copy of a lawsuit involving Mr. Foster. A cement company based out of Kansas filed the suit back in March of 2008. The company's attorney told us, Foster owes Ash Grove Cement around $5,000 for disposing of some of Foster's tires three years ago.
The attorney says he sent Mr. Foster a list of questions about his assets. When he refused to answer them, the attorney says a Wood County judge ordered Foster to appear in court. Foster never appeared. That's when the court asked authorities to take Foster into custody. Authorities booked Foster into the Wood County jail on May 6th. He bonded out the next day.
In just the last couple of days, the attorney of Ash Grove Cement says Robert Foster finally answered the questions he requested. We also spoke to foster's wife, Louise Foster by phone Wednesday morning. She told us she and her husband will not comment until they get an attorney.