Hazardous Fruit Waste Charge Dropped Against Prosser Farmer

<p>Philip Whitney</p>

Philip Whitney

The case against a Prosser farmer accused of failing to properly store hazardous fruit waste is dismissed because he's been deemed imcompetent to stand trial because he has dementia.

79-year-old Philip Andrew Whitney had been charged in Benton County Superior Court with a felony violation.

Court documents say he had large pits on his property with remains of pressed fruit.

Firefighters described the pits as burning pump with temperatures up to 500 degrees.

Three people fell into the lightly covered pits between 1996 and 2011 suffering severe burns.

One teen had both legs amputated.