Dope house demolished

PORTER- A multi-agency effort resulted in the demolition on Thursday morning of a house that had been a nuisance to law enforcement and other emergency services as well as neighboring residences for over a decade.
The brick house on E. Wallis Road was abandoned for some time and had become a haven for criminal activity, according to police.

Rick Jordan, with Montgomery County Environmental Health Services said his agency completed nuisance abatement procedures on the property with the help of the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office and Pct. 4 Commissioner Ed Rinehart.

“In this precinct, we already demolished 14 with 5 more on the list,” Jordan said. “And in surrounding counties and other precincts we’ve done about 30.”

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Jordan estimated the cost at $18,000 to $20,000.

Chief Deputy Barry Welch with the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office said a prior incident check of the address revealed over 100 emergency calls to the location between 1997 and 2007.

“It was anything from a disturbance in progress, shots fired, welfare checks, a death investigation, sexual assaults, narcotics investigations, and numerous warrant arrests,” Welch said. “It’s been a flop house.”

The address had become so notorious, he said, that when police were searching for a wanted person, they would check the location.

Pct. 4 Commissioner Ed Rinehart was on hand for the demolition Thursday morning and said he too was aware the property had been a nuisance for several years and was a known drug house.

Rinehart said Jordan worked with the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office, the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and his office to accomplish the goal of demolishing the structure.
It was Jordan who tracked down the rightful owner and obtained her consent for the demolition, which saved the county time and money.

“Thank god we’ve got it under control,” Rinehart said. “They gave consent for us to tear the house down and it will be removed off the property, then we’ll come in and finish cleaning the property up.

“We want to make the neighbors proud of their community out here,” he said.

Rinehart said when all other resources were exhausted, his equipment would be offered for the nuisance abatement process.

“We’re tired of it and we’re going to get it cleaned up,” he said.

Pct. 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden said he too was aware of the nuisance property for some time and was glad to see the cooperative efforts of the agencies involved resulted in the destruction of a building that was only used for criminal activity and had become a burden to the neighborhood and to law enforcement.

“This demolition is another example of what can be accomplished to improve our community when agencies work together,” Hayden said.

Commissioner Rinehart encouraged anyone in his precinct with a problem property in their neighborhood to contact his office.

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