Morning protest singles out Harrisburg landlord

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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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aparent
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aparent 09/15/09 - 12:06 pm
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Does he have proof that he is

Does he have proof that he is in fact a drug dealer? Just curious?

zigzag
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zigzag 09/15/09 - 12:14 pm
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Trash landlords are all over.

Trash landlords are all over. What is Bonnie Rueban doing with her buildings downtown? They only care about themselves. Boycott their businesses, picket in front of their homes, do what you legally can to let others know.

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jack 09/15/09 - 01:15 pm
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Why hasn't the County

Why hasn't the County Commission not passed an ordnance holding land lords reponsible for nuisance properties and eye sores. Oops, I forgot, there Commissioners with such properties.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 09/15/09 - 02:03 pm
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Good point. But from what I

Good point. But from what I hear, "Concerned Citizens" are in the process of petitioning the Commission to enact such an ordinance. This is the only means by which law enforcement AND citizens will have any recourse against these types of properties. The Sheriff shouldn't waste time trying to "revisit" a protest ordinance, he should be looking into a nuisance property ordinance.

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CorporalGripweed 09/15/09 - 02:06 pm
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Also remember..these are the

Also remember..these are the same protesters who have kept the heat on the Eve St. property which has been deemed an illegal boarding house and is in the process of being shut down. So it's obvious these people aren't making this stuff up.

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Little Lamb 09/15/09 - 02:07 pm
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One man's nuisance is another

One man's nuisance is another man's castle.

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 09/15/09 - 02:25 pm
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Dracula also owned a castle,

Dracula also owned a castle, remember?

harrisburgwillrise
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harrisburgwillrise 09/15/09 - 02:30 pm
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Funny how everybody wants

Funny how everybody wants proof that someone or some persons are drug dealers. We live in Harrisburg, and know that drug dealing is going on, on these properties. When a Chronic Nuisance Property Ordinance is passed, there will not have to be any proof of drug dealing. Most of these houses have numerous police calls for other reasons, associated with drug use and abuse. This will be the thing that makes the property a nuisance. Then we will be able to hold the landlords accountable. When they have to fear paying fines, they will rent their properties differently. Drug Delaers in Harrisburg are high tech with cell phones and a walki talki's, lookouts and runners. The drugs are rarely picked up at the first house the consumer stops at. They may be directed throughout the neighborhood to three or four places for their pick up. Get real people.

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aparent 09/15/09 - 02:58 pm
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WOW!!! Like I said I was just

WOW!!! Like I said I was just curious!!!! I didn't know if maybe there were teenagers who live there and had alot of friends in and out! Just didn't know...that's why I asked!!!! I'm also curious as to why someone would want to live in Harrisburg. Why, with all the drug activity it may take an army to "clean" the neighborhood up!!

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 09/15/09 - 03:01 pm
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All in all it is a charming

All in all it is a charming neighborhood notwithstanding these issues. And it really doesn't take an army. Just a few concerned and brave citizens to stand up and say "Enough". Maybe that is what is starting to happen finally.

GnipGnop1
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GnipGnop1 09/15/09 - 03:04 pm
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So if you don't like your

So if you don't like your neighbors you can call the police so many times then charge the landlord with having a nuisance property? You people might wanna read the constitution. I agree that drug dealing is a problem but I have yet to see where the property that has had 35 police visits has been cited for any illegal activity. So I see the people that are calling the police as a nuisance. SHow me the proof or quit harassing lanlords that rent their property out. You cannot pick our inlaws or your neighbors!!

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CorporalGripweed 09/15/09 - 03:13 pm
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Wrong as usual Gnip, How bout

Wrong as usual Gnip, How bout this? If you feel so strongly about this issue how bout we send these troublesome folk to live in your neighborhood. Then maybe you'd have a better understanding of what we have to go through day after day...night after night...week after week .......

harrisburgwillrise
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harrisburgwillrise 09/15/09 - 03:18 pm
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We know that Harrisburg has

We know that Harrisburg has people who post that are a big part of the problem. Might be you Gnip

CorporalGripweed
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CorporalGripweed 09/15/09 - 03:20 pm
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Good point. Could be Gnip

Good point. Could be Gnip WANTS things to stay as they are. Does make you wonder why,doesn't it?

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GnipGnop1 09/15/09 - 03:31 pm
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I was raised in South

I was raised in South Augusta. I know what drug dealers are. I can sympathize with you. As a landlord though you cannot tell me who I rent to. If the police are making arrests that's fine but like I said 35 calls and no citations? Sounds like the ones complaining are the ones harassing. I don't live in Harrisburg and if you are claiming that I am on drugs or frequenting your area for prostitution I can see where your neighborhood gets it problems from...judgemental jerks like yourself. Grow up and quit with the insinuations. I offer a logical counter argument and your first reaction is accusations.

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CorporalGripweed 09/15/09 - 03:37 pm
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You can rent to who you want.

You can rent to who you want. It's when these tenants become nuisances to their neighbors that is the issue. You are correct. Nuisance can have a very broad meaning. But understand this. When the city passes a "Chronic Nuisance Property Ordinance" as it surely will, it will be much easier for US as citizens of our OWN neighborhood to have a wee bit more control over how these tenants should behave in a civilized society. No one is trying to dictate anything. Other than when we have tenants who do not wish to live as peaceful denizens of this neighborhood we have recourse(as do landlords) to say "Straighten up or leave". Period

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GnipGnop1 09/15/09 - 03:41 pm
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I don't think some of you

I don't think some of you realize the laws protect the renters not the landlords. I can be arrested for breaking and entering if I enter my renters property without their permission or trespassing if I step foot in their yard. I do not have the law behind me in evictions. Yet you want to blame landlords for the renters? Make stronger laws that give landlords a better say in what goes on in their property. You also have to realize that a landlord in a lot of cases has a mortgage to pay on that property. You just can't grab money out of the air to pay that mortgage. If you are willing to pay the mortgages while they find a renter that suits your idea of a good neighbor then by all means step up and offer. Until then you have no say. Protest all you want but you are powerless to make landlords evict people because they hang out on the porch or you don't like who they invite to their house.

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epilogues 09/15/09 - 03:46 pm
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Gnip, we're not trying to

Gnip, we're not trying to tell you who to rent to but if you are renting to people who have the police over at your rental property 35 times in one year, your tennants are throwing BRICKS through people's car windows, and you have TV news footage of your tennats hitting a puppy (see the news 12 story they did on the Concerned Citizens when they protested Weigle's house. They got footage of them beating a puppy!) If you are renting to people like that, then you should be held entirely responsible for the damages they cause in the community.

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epilogues 09/15/09 - 03:49 pm
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Gnip, you're concerned with

Gnip, you're concerned with how these slumlords are going to pay their mortgages? First off, maybe they should try renting to a decent class of people. There are good people out there. We live in a town full of military, they need places to live off post too. We have several collages in this town, college kids don't always live at home with their momma and their daddy. Most rent in Harrisburg is affordable, rent it to a single mother. Drug dealers and Hos aren't the only people in Augusta who want downtown housing.

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CorporalGripweed 09/15/09 - 03:50 pm
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Wrong again Gnip, my research

Wrong again Gnip, my research and other landlords I know who have researched this and rent property now have said quite the contrary. Your argument about the mortgage is valid, but from what I understand all that needs to be done to evict is let the term of the lease,be it monthly, yearly etc, expire.Proper notice must be given but not much more. So if this is true it all boils down to money. You'll not find a more ardent capitalist than me (and most of these protesters that I know) but making a profit off the good people of Harrisburg while enabling the poor habits of troublesome tenants is just wrong.

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harrisburgwillrise 09/15/09 - 04:02 pm
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In this state, laws protect

In this state, laws protect the landlords. We will be happy to send a copy to anyone who is interested. We have wonderful landlords in Harrisburg that will tell you that it is not difficult to get rid of problem renters. As a matter of fact, Gail will probably post if she reads this nonsense from Gnip. She has eduacated all of us on the laws, so we know what we are talking about. It's all about what you put in your lease. Gail are you out there?

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GnipGnop1 09/15/09 - 04:04 pm
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30 days after you get the

30 days after you get the eviction order. I am right I own property I know. YOU ARE WRONG! Call a lawyer to get legal advice not your buddies. I can be arrested for entering rental property without my renters permission and also be charged with trespassing for being on the property. Quit watching judge Judy and listening to your buddies. How is a landlord supposed to know in advance and yes my mortgage comes before your concerns about who I rent to. That's life. I am not gonna lose my property because you don't like who I rent to. I am agreement with having drug dealers in your neighborhood..was there an arrest made in the puppy beating? You seem to have the evidence but I have yet to hear a single one of you address what citations were given after 35 ploice visits. Just because the police come to a property doesn't mean there are violations. Seems like your argument should be wioth the police not enforcing the law. Show me the violations!

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GnipGnop1 09/15/09 - 04:07 pm
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You still have to get an

You still have to get an eviction notice if they refuse to vacate. 30 days after that notice. All the while they are trashing your property.

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CorporalGripweed 09/15/09 - 04:08 pm
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Remember coming soon to every

Remember coming soon to every neighborhood and slumlord in Augusta...."Chronic Nuisance Property Ordinance".

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epilogues 09/15/09 - 04:10 pm
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Gnip, first off, you really

Gnip, first off, you really need to settle down. Were you not hugged enough as a child and that's why you throw tantrums ON THE INTERNET?!? Now. Landlords shouldn't be able to just waltz into their tennants property without prior notice. I don't like it when people just stop by without telling me, and to tell your tennants you plan to visit is just good manners. But good manners are not the issue here. If you have a troublesome tennant you can get rid of them without recoil. Maybe you should do some "Lawyer Visiting" of your own the next time you draw up a lease and put something in there to protect you from your renters. I mean, you have powerful Lawyer friends and we are just the ignorant types that take advice from our "buddies" remember? Get a life, and stop trolling the internet. Don't you have a job you should be doing?

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GnipGnop1 09/15/09 - 04:13 pm
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BIte me epilogues. I am just

BIte me epilogues. I am just tired of being trashed because you don't agree with me. I am not angry and I agree with you for the most part. I am just tired of seeing you people trash landlords that really don't have rights. I never said I had "powerful lawyer types" that's in your head. My manners are fine. You are the ones attacking me. All I am doing is standing up for some landlords that try to be good landlords. I understand you have problem landlords but get the laws changed to help us!!! By the way I have a good job that I have been employed at for over 20 years. Once again your slinging mud for no reason . I have not attacked or called any of you name snor have I insinuated any of you are druggies or using the internet at work. Grow up. Seems to me since you are reading my posts you must be trolling too.

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eachoneteachone 09/15/09 - 04:14 pm
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Can you believe that the

Can you believe that the Harrisburg neighborhood is in this shape all the while, Augusta, Richmond County government is actually paying X-Mart adult books store to stay closed? X-Mart is located on Gordon Highway away from any neighborhood. We need a clean sweep of these commissioners. They simply do not have good sense. Butch Palmer represents middle class peoples intrests: www.butchforaugusta.org

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epilogues 09/15/09 - 04:27 pm
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Butch Palmer is a fine man

Butch Palmer is a fine man and I am proud to know him. Maybe he can help us strut through Olde Town and clean up our streets.

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epilogues 09/15/09 - 04:32 pm
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Gnip, why don't you go back

Gnip, why don't you go back to your sports commenting on the AC and leave the Harrisburg stuff alone? You obviously have no idea what it's like to live there, to encounter the problems we encounter. We have exhausted every avenue available to us to beg and implore these landlords to clean up their properties at the very least (cut the grass, repaint the house when the paint is peeling off. insist they pick up trash out of the yard). All we want is a safe neighborhood to raise our children in, to grow old in and to enjoy our qualities of life. Our children are not safe when they pass a house on their way home from school and drug lords are calling them to the fence and asking them if they want "candy." If you cannot find reasonable cause to evict these people then how about you set up a video camera and watch the goings on and take it to the police and have them remove them from your property? Why are you defending these scumbag slum lords anyways?

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CorporalGripweed 09/15/09 - 04:55 pm
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Gnip, I'm not gonna berate

Gnip, I'm not gonna berate you anymore. We ARE going to attempt to change the law. That's what people do in civilized society. But please try to understand our anger. Those of us who have lived here for a while are fed up. We've tried every avenue we thought was available to us. And now we have to go so far as to ask for legislation!Being a Libertarian it runs counter to everything I hold dear. Namely government intervention not being the answer. But sometimes(and this is one of those times) you have to. So if you are serious about being part of the solution and not part of the problem, PLEASE, give up this "all they do is sit on the front porch and have over lots of company"argument. That is so NOT what we are fighting against. We are fighting for restoration, of a once proud and beautiful area that can proud and beautiful again.

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