Youngstown Police board up home, site of suspected drug deals

Investigators said drug deals have been made at the home, bringing other crime to the area

Youngstown Police are boarding up a home on E. Boston Avenue after the city prosecutor's office filed a nuisance abatement order.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A home on E. Boston Avenue was boarded up Thursday after complaints of drug activity there.

Youngstown Police and the Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation were called to the home after the city prosecutor’s office filed a nuisance abatement order. Investigators said the home has a troubled past.

The home’s owner has been indicted on various charges. Police say he rented the home to a tenant who was selling drugs from the home, bringing gunshots and crime to the neighborhood.

A new family was moving into the home Thursday as police were called to the scene. They were offered assistance but have decided to stay with a neighbor.

“The house was raided at least two times for drugs and it was shot up in the past. There were home invasions at the house and a lot of community complaints came in regarding the house,” said Youngstown Police Lt. Brian Butler.

The house is located near Taft Elementary School, in a neighborhood that the department prioritizes to keep drug and crime free.

“It being very close proximity to a school was definitely a high priority to get boarded up and abated,” Butler said.

Larry Allen, who lives in the neighborhood said he is happy to see something being done about crime. He said more needs to be done to revitalize the community, however.

“If the house is a nuisance, lets tear it down. If the landlord, if he doesn’t want to be responsible for whom he puts in it, tear it down,” he said.

Police agree and say progress in cleaning up neighborhoods is only possible with the community’s help.

“There’s a lot of community involvement straight from the citizens from each ward and each council member that each officer is assigned to, and this is the result of that,” he said.

There will be a hearing in 10 days on the status of the home.

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