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Problem Renter Crackdown Ongoing

(La Porte, IN) - Another home in La Porte where criminal activity regularly occurred has been condemned. The latest case involves a home on 13th Street near Handley Elementary School.


La Porte Code Enforcement Director Jeff Batchelor says a search warrant was executed by police and a suspect taken into custody. Mayor Tom Dermody has made improving neighborhoods a major priority since taking office more than 18 months ago.


“Criminal activity. Drug Activity. This will not be acceptable in La Porte and allowed in our community if we have to go house by house,” he said.


Batchelor says homes in La Porte can be condemned to force unruly renters out if police are called there at least five times over a certain period. Several rental properties on Grove Street and one other location were condemned because of calls for service to the police repeatedly.

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