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Neighbors Ready for Tenant's Eviction After Evansville Home Vandalized

Residents are voicing their frustrations after they say a tenant there took things too far after being served an eviction notice.

Posted: Jun 30, 2021 3:27 PM
Updated: Jun 30, 2021 6:21 PM

Residents of Pleasant Ridge Mobile Home Estates in Evansville are voicing their frustrations after they say a tenant there took things too far after being served an eviction notice.

One concerned neighbor reached out to 44News and the Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office and said the tenant-in-question had spray-painted obscenities all over his home after being served the notice.

"(The landlord) took him to eviction court and as soon as they got home, he spray-painted... It's unbelievable what he did to the trailer," the neighbor told 44News. "Each day he added more and more and more."

44News spoke with VCSO Major Jason Ashworth, who says regardless of the nature of the situation, the sheriff's office is ready to handle it.

"This is a situation where the individual owns the trailer itself but he doesn't own the property so he's being evicted," Major Ashworth said. "We'll go out, clear the residence, make sure that any and all occupants are out of the property."

"We have what we would consider some 'officer safety issues' with allegations of gasoline being poured in the grass - we haven't seen that, we don't know of that, that's just what we've been told," Major Ashworth explained.

Ashworth says that despite the possibility of a dangerous situation for deputies, the sheriff's office won't back down.

"We'll take extra precautions, we'll have multiple people out there - we'll still carry out the court order regardless of any kind of measures or anything he's trying to do to keep us out of there," Major Ashworth said. 

Ashworth says the sheriff's office plans serve the eviction at the home on Friday.

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Temperatures dipped back into the upper 30s and low 40s for many of us early this morning, marking our coldest start to a day in Evansville (where we fell to 41°) in more than a week. Fortunately, the chilly start to the day didn't mean that our afternoon would be a loss, it was anything but - in fact, after seeing temperature around 57° by our lunch hour, afternoon highs crept back into the mid to low 60s area-wide; we hit 63° in the River City - while that's still 2° shy of the norm for October 27th, we'll take a 3° increase over yesterday's high of 60°. The clear skies that allowed temperatures to climb as high as they did earlier on however, are on their way out as our next round of rainfall inches ever closer. The remainder of the evening ahead should remain dry, but isolated rainfall will return to the Tri-State as early as the overnight and predawn hours Thursday.
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