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Release Date: April 13, 2018
Chief Robbie Hilliard
Clarksburg Police Department
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Clarksburg, WV – The Clarksburg Police Department announced Friday the initiation of another case under the city’s Crime-Free Rental Housing “Drug House” Ordinance. Clarksburg Police Chief Robbie Hilliard issued the Order of Abatement to the owner Judy Hood of Stonewood, WV for property owned at 402 Stealey Avenue in Clarksburg, WV after her son Jeremy Hood failed to appear in Clarksburg Municipal Court by 12:00 PM Thursday, April 12, 2018.
The City is dedicated to reclaiming its neighborhoods. City Manager Martin Howe stated, “I commend the Clarksburg Police Department as they are utilizing this tool to continue the multifaceted approach to combat the drug issue.” Mr. Howe ended, “It takes all agencies and communities to work together to decrease the use of drugs.”
Chief Hilliard stated, “This property was a place that extensive drug use was occurring.” In addition to law enforcement, the Code Office has placed the location under condemnation and has met with Ms. Hood as to what will be required to have such order lifted.
The defendant, Judy Hood of Stonewood, has been ordered to appear before Clarksburg Municipal Judge John Martin on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
The Clarksburg Police Department will continue to monitor the property along with other locations the Department has received information on as possible illicit activity throughout the city. Chief Hilliard stated, “The CPD will continue to issue Orders of Abatement to rid the community of any and all illicit activity.”
Under the provisions of the Drug House Ordinance, property owners are subject to fines if they fail to take appropriate action to abate the problem after 30 days of notification. The Orders of Abatement announced today contain compliance stipulations including: evicting problem tenants, other actions to prevent the recurrence of illegal drug activity, and maintaining criminal background checks on future tenants to insure they are “free from convictions for prostitution; illegal gambling; illegal possession, storage, or delivery of or trafficking in controlled substances, or other illegal drug activity.” The Clarksburg Drug House Ordinance applies to owners of both rental and owner-occupied property.”
The “Drug House” Ordinance is also being successfully utilized in Martinsburg, Parkersburg, and Huntington, WV.