Police close Lakeland home, find drugs, guns, pills

Police close Lakeland home, find drugs, guns, pills (Image 1)

A North Vermont Avenue neighborhood in Lakeland is sick and tired of drugs, guns and prostitution taking over the place they call home.

But Friday, they got a sign of hope for peace and quiet.

They shouldn’t hear anything out of the problem-house, 718 North Vermont Ave. for a least a year.

Friday Lakeland police closed it down and boarded it up after neighbors and the Nuisance Abatement Board said enough is enough.

Randy Schryer is a 12 year resident there and likes spending time outside.

But not when he’s faced with the racket that for so long came from that house down the street.

“There used to be a lot of different things people selling drugs, hookers,” Schryer said.

In his time there, he’s seen issues come and go.

But this one place –people know—is a problem.

“You wouldn’t believe the Hell I’ve been through living in this neighborhood dealing with these people,” David Dykes said.

The loud noise Friday of drills boarding up the home should be the last they hear out of the place for a while.

And it’s music to their ears.

“I’d hope so– something has to change around here,” Dykes said.

After complaints to LPD’s drug tip line, police responded and found crime and drugs running rampant throughout the home.

“Crack cocaine, marijuana, pills, guns,” LPD’s Sgt. Gary Gross listed among what was found inside.

The owner, Sharon Jackson, was charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor.

Police got with the Nuisance Abatement Board and gave Jackson a month to clean the place up.

“She refused to cooperate or take any action whatsoever,” Gross said.

But the city did.

By officially declaring the place a nuisance, no one can enter for a year.

“They can finally sleep in peace knowing that the drugs and guns aren’t behind them being sold day in and day out,” Gross said.

It’s a move to make the neighborhood safer and give neighbors the peace they deserve.

“I don’t go outside at night because there’s so much garbage going on,” Dykes said.

This makes the 4th home closed down for these very issues in the since 2013.

Police report with the other three–this method has been effective for making the surrounding area safer.

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