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Vacant, unlocked house invites unwanted visitors

Bennie Sutton says, "Until our spirits are revived and our pride can return to us, this will be a consequence of not caring." Bennie Sutton says, "Until our spirits are revived and our pride can return to us, this will be a consequence of not caring."
Abandoned houses with busted windows, broken glass, and trash in the front yard bring the neighborhood down. Abandoned houses with busted windows, broken glass, and trash in the front yard bring the neighborhood down.
With the door wide open, others are moving in. With the door wide open, others are moving in.
Chanelle Toney believes the property owner should come and fix it. But according to the city, the property owner is in California. Chanelle Toney believes the property owner should come and fix it. But according to the city, the property owner is in California.

It's tough on the eyes. More importantly, it's a hazard.

At issue is an abandoned house on the 900 block of Woodland in central Toledo. Residents say the tenants moved out about a month ago. And with the door wide open, others are moving in.

Worried about what could happen, they're now turning to Problem Solver Mika Highsmith.

Resident Chanelle Toney tells News 11, "This street used to be a real beutiful block."

Just ask Bennie Sutton. He's been on the block since 1957. "This was one of the prime areas," he says. As he travels down the street today, Sutton says, "It's a different story."

Abandoned houses with busted windows, broken glass, and trash in the front yard bring the neighborhood down. Sutton says, "People just don't care."

And it's beyond looks. Intruders can get in through the door at the unlocked entry, which opens the door to even more problems. Toney explains, "I don't want kids going inside there. Anything can happen. Anything."

Sutton adds, "You see how close these houses are. If someone were to set this house on fire, it would probably engulf the house next door."

Chanelle Toney believes the property owner should come and fix it. But according to the city, the property owner is in California. He was cited back in November and will be cited again. But that isn't fixing the problem.

Bennie Sutton would like to see it boarded up.

So the city has agreed to do it themselves by the end of the day Friday, March 28 and fine the owner, alleviating this problem.

With similar sights in many neighborhoods, it's certainly not the end. Sutton says, "Until our spirits are revived and our pride can return to us, this will be a consequence of not caring."

If you have a similar problem in your neighborhood, contact the city. They'll issue the appropriate orders. Keep in mind they need to give the owner at least 72 hours to fix the problem. If it doesn't happen, they'll issue fines and do it themselves.

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