Following 2 Shootings, City Condemns House 12-22-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Following 2 Shootings, City Condemns House 12-22-2010

City officials have decided to condemn a local home on Saginaw’s east side.
The house, at 429 Fourth St., has been the scene for multiple acts of violence, including the shooting of a police officer in October.
The officer’s life was saved by the bullet proof vest he was wearing. And just last a week, a man was shot to death at the home.
TV5’s Brian Wood talked to a nearby resident who’s has been in the neighborhood for five years. Lillie Johnson told Wood the house has always been a source of trouble.
The city also thinks the house is a house of trouble. City officials point out it doesn't have running water, and it's not licensed to be a rental property, and that right there is enough to condemn it.
But in the last two months, there has been a drug bust and two shootings at the house, one of them fatal.
The house is owned by New Beginnings of Saginaw, a faith-based group that was using the home as a halfway house, or transition residence for ex-cons.
The group is headquartered in Bridgeport. TV5 attempted to talk to the owner, but was told he was unavailable and had sold the property.
Several people were still living at the house following the shootings, and they were told to clear out their belongings. Neighbors told TV5 they were glad the house was being boarded up.
Saginaw city officials said before the house can be occupied again, the owners have a number of safety issues they have to fix, from broken windows to bad electrical wiring.
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