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UPDATE: Relative of Owner of Dilapidated Home Speaks Out

By: James Sparvero, Danielle Staub Email
By: James Sparvero, Danielle Staub Email
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UPDATE 7/2/2014 4:35 PM

The family of the home in Newport is speaking out, outraged at the community for adding more stress to an already three year court case.

Rachel Murphy-Stollar is the sister of the man who lived in the home with his wife and four kids.

Rachel tells WTAP News that it was a narrow escape from a fire and the family is lucky to be alive.

The ownership of the house right now is between the family and the bank and has been in the courts for around three years now.

They are waiting on the judge's decision before anything can be done.

"I want the community to back off them," says Murphy-Stollar. "This was not their fault. This was not something that was under anyone's control."

Neighbors are complaining that the home is an eyesore for their community and they want it torn down.

Calls to the Washington County Courthouse about the pending case have not yet been returned.


Some call it blight.

Some call it an eyesore.

But several people in Newport are calling for an end to it.

They're frustrated over a real eyesore in their neighborhood.

The home we're talking about caught fire three years ago.

No one's lived in it since, but the structure is still there.

And that's really upsetting some neighbors who we spoke with.

84-year-old Betty Lou Poynter and her husband moved to Dana's Run Road back in 1956.

They keep their yard nice, love decorating for the holidays and sitting outside on a nice summer day.

But lately, the dilapidated home across the street is bringing down Betty's spirits.

She wants to see the building torn down and once again enjoy her view.

"When you have something like that, it's sort of a thorn in your flesh. Before you leave this world, you'd like to sit under the tree again," she says.

"We feel like there's no reason with the condition this structure is in that it can't be removed. We don't see how that could possibly affect the court case," says township trustee Randy Jackson.

This is a foreclosure case between the family who lived there and Bank Of America.

It's been going through the courts since January of last year.

Jackson wants the parties to come together and take care of it themselves or make it possible for the township to explore more options, like letting the fire department burn it to the ground.


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