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Release Date: March 26, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLARKSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT SHUTS DOWN FOUR
ADDITIONAL UNITS WITH DRUG HOUSE ORDINANCE
Clarksburg, WV - The Clarksburg Police Department announces the enforcement of abatement of four (4) additional units under the City’s Crime Free Rental Housing Ordinance Article 1767, “Drug House” Ordinance. The City has determined that illegal possession, delivery, storage, or trafficking of controlled substance or other drug activities were occurring.
Police Chief Robert Hilliard issued an abatement order and citation to James Trovato of Dunedin Properties, LLC for 134 and 136 Thompson Street due to confirmed illicit drug activity taking place at the properties.
An additional abatement order and citation were issued to Mr. Travato of Dunedin Properties, LLC for 123 and 125 Denham Street also due to illicit drug activity that has been confirmed by the Clarksburg Police Department.
Mr. Travato was accompanied by Chief Hilliard to Harrison County Magistrate Court on Monday, March 25, 2019, where Magistrate Keith Marple heard all four (4) orders of abatement before issuing eviction notices on each of the properties.
All four (4) structures will be vacated by Friday, March 29, 2019. Due to his cooperation Chief Hilliard commends Mr. Travato for his promptness to come into compliance with the orders of abatement. Due to his cooperation, Chief Hilliard will recommend to the Municipal Judge that his citations be dismissed upon the eviction of all property tenants.
Mr. Travato will also be utilizing the free background checks that Clarksburg Police Department offers for future tenants at these locations. Including the properties owned by Mr. Travato the Clarksburg Police Department has issued nine (9) abatement orders to date.