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Nuisance abatement considered

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By The Staff

After Heidi Ann Prophet, 35, and Donna Gail Deal, 64, were arrested recently, they left the house at 510 N.W. Fourth Ave. as they were put in the Levy County Jail

Until they can each come up with $30,000 in bail, or until their cases are finished in court, they will remain at the jail.

In the meantime, Chiefland city leaders fell they must deal with what they see as a public health hazard. The house is full of garbage and feces, as well as roaches, rats and ants.

Even with all of the windows and doors shut, the pungent stench can be smelled for yards away.

Mayor Teal Pomeroy said he is normally against government intervention, but in this instance the health and welfare of the neighborhood is at stake. The house is a veritable breeding ground for disease and vermin.

After a long discussion, the City Commission voted 4-0 to ask the Levy County Health Department to investigate whether the house can be declared a public nuisance because of it being a health hazard.

City Attorney Norm Fugate said the issue would need to rise to the level of being a public nuisance before a judge could consider ordering abatement of this condition.


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