Morning protest singles out Harrisburg landlord

Eighteen people, including a baby, turned out today along Wheeler Road for the fourth landlord protest by the “concerned citizens of Harrisburg” and the second one involving Eve Street rental property owner John B. Weigle Jr.

The activist group protested outside Mr. Weigle’s Forrest Hills home last week, and this morning picketed outside his place of work, Dawson Taylor & Co., on Wheeler Road, near the intersection of Walton Way Extension.

The group’s organizer, Lori Davis, says a house he owns at 223 Eve Street is one of the worst “nuisance” properties in Harrisburg, a neighborhood fraught with drugs, poverty and decay.

Among the protesters was Mary Ann King, who on Sept. 6 was pulled from her car and beaten by a group of men and women, then had her car stolen, on the 600 block of Eve Street, according to a police report.

Her boyfriend, Claude Jones, held her 7-month-old grandson while she held a sign that read, “John Weigle Jr., Nuisance Property Owner, 223 Eve St., Harrisburg.”

“I want to clean up the area. I want the drug dealers out,” Ms. King said. “Move them to one side and let us live on one side, and put a big fence up.”

Mr. Weigle has not returned numerous phone messages left by a reporter for The Augusta Chronicle seeking his side of the story.

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