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September 26, 2014 edition

City declares former drug house a public nuisance

Christopher Bernhardt and Christopher Monroe were arrested in a drug house raid in Warrenton

Christopher Bernhardt and Christopher Monroe were arrested in a recent drug house raid in Warrenton

By Gary Nevan

Tuesday evening, the Warrenton City Commission declared the former drug house at 248 SE Anchor Avenue a public nuisance and afterward heard from a group of surrounding neigbors, including one who described living next to the house as "an incredible nightmare."

Planning Director Skip Urling told the commission, "It's a real mess over there."

Garbage was strewn both on the inside and outside of the house. A path leading to the Skipanon River Riverwalk behind the house was littered with needles and human feces.

Urling said the owners of the house will be given ten days to clean up the mess and if that is not done, the city will come in and do the work, estimated at $2,000 to $3,000. Urling said electricity had been turned off at the house.

After the commission approved the nuisance declaration, several neighbors on SE Anchor Avenue asked to speak. One neighbor who lives next door to the house, told the commission that her family has decided to move after the ordeal.

"This has caused such emotional stress for us that we're moving," she said. "It's been an incredible nightmare." The woman said she suffers from post tramatic stress disorder (PTSD). "I'm back in therapy. We're being forced out of this area. This has been going on for well over two years. It's not right. It's not fair."

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