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The third property owner’s view

Post by News Tribune Staff on Oct. 25, 2007 at 6:40 pm with No Comments »
October 25, 2007 6:40 pm

Clarence O’Neill, owns property behind Kmart and East 72nd Street and Portland Avenue. He doesn’t want the homeless encampment there and is looking to sell the property.

He and a sheriff’s deputy went on the property several months ago, he says:

A Pierce County Sheriff’s deputy came out with me and looked over that property and the property adjacent to it. I didn’t hear back from them, but I assume they were going back that night with a police dog to chase them out, but I don’t know what the result of that was.

He’s worried about illegal activity:

I’m afraid they’ll set up a methamphetamine lab or something and it’ll cost me a fortune to clean it up.

He tries to keep them out but is often unsuccessful:

I had some signs on the fence – private property, no trespassing – but I don’t know if they’re still there. I haven’t been there for a few weeks.

Portland and 72nd
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