Home 'not fit for man or beast' condemned
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Since: Aug 07
#1 Oct 5, 2007
CARBONDALE - Authorities condemned an excrement-strewn city home Thursday morning, removing several pets living in deplorable conditions.
The residents' whereabouts, meanwhile, remained unknown late Thursday.
"It's not fit for man or beast," Carbondale police Capt. Joe Pilcavage said of the home at 22 Parrish Court.
The condemnation came less than 24 hours after police discovered the unsanitary conditions when responding to a domestic call at the address. Inside, Carbondale police officers found hallways covered in dog feces, an overflowing litterbox next to the stove and rabbits in excrement-laden cages.
The Humane Society of Lackwanna County removed two dogs, a cat, two rabbits and a guinea pig.
A neighbor, Michelle Pesoli, said one of the dogs was a pit bull and was sometimes chained outside for days.
No one was home when the property was condemned at 10 a.m., officials said.
According to a police complaint, Leonard and Elizabeth Griffiths live in the home, reportedly with two children, ages 3 and 5. Lackawanna County Children & Youth Services was notified of the situation, police said.
According to information on the Lackawanna County assessor's Web site, Kent D. Kramer of Damascus Township, Wayne County, owns the property.
Efforts to reach Mr. Kramer were unsuccessful Thursday.
This was the city's second property condemnation in a little over a month. On Aug. 30, officials shut down a three- story building at 36-38-40 N. Church St., which was filled with garbage and infested by cockroaches.
"We're aggressive whenever issues like this come to light," Mayor Justin Taylor said. "We're not going to tolerate these conditions because it brings down the quality of life."
For the Parrish Court house, code enforcement officer Chris Melodia wants the owner to clean up or pay up. "If he will cooperate, we'll give him some time," he said. "If not, we'll file charges."
#2 Oct 5, 2007
Go Mayor Taylor...... One by one they will all be gone for the betterment of our community
#3 Oct 5, 2007
Cleaning up Carbondale one property at a time. Can they condemn more than one a month?
#4 Oct 6, 2007
I wish they would condemn all that needs to be done in one month. There are a lot of properties that need to be condemned so those of us trying to do a good job can live in cleanliness.
#5 Nov 25, 2007
This is awful to say the least, My family & I are renters with pets who are very well taken care of, people like this ruin it for good people that love & take care of their pets like my family! But Yes! way to go mayor taylor, he is doing a great job
#6 Dec 18, 2007
What about these landlords that collect their rent, but don't give a damn what goes on at their property.
#7 Sep 24, 2009
Great, yes, but two years later and homes still look like crap. I bought my home in November of 2007. It's cost me about $24,000 to renovate the inside. I still only visit on 2 or 3 weekends a month. I move in permanently on October 11th. The outside is in dire need of a paint job and a new roof wouldn't hurt.
I got a Chris Melodia nusance notice in July giving me 10 days to cut my grass, which wasn't that bad considering all the bushes and shrubbery were trimmed nicely. My grass was two inches higher than my adjoining neighbors, about a week or so of growth. I got the notice on a Monday and there were two bags of garbage pending street placement for Tuesday. I got hit for the garbage also. Then I got hit for aesthetic and noise nuisance. That's when I knew it was all baloney. When do I make noise, when I sleep? On the random weekend.
This city needs to pick its' fights. When I called to discuss the notice, or should i say, when I finally made contact in early August, I explained my situation and was told that I still needed to maintain the outside of the home. My response was basically "did you hear anything I just said?" Here you have someone willing to drop some good money on a home in a possible dying area yet some fool turns a blind eye hoping to hit you for a $100 citation.
If that happens, so help me God, I'll sell the house to the worst looking prospect with the money to pay for it. I love this crappy little town. I used to hang out here with a few friends when i went to college in Binghamtom back in the early 80's. They shouldn't be reiterating the code to me. They should benoting my name and address and smooching my butt when my house is done by early 2010.
That, my friends, is a problem. When your hired officials can't or won't differentiate between what is good and beneficial to the community and what is clearly detrimental, you have major, major, problems.
#8 Nov 13, 2012
All i can say is... My landlord needs to have his building condemmed! Roach infested electrical problems, no ones oven works, windows falling apart ect. I have pics and videos to prove it all!
How can i get my money back from the landlord if this building gets shut down?
Dont ever move to park/salem in carbondale!!!!
#9 Nov 13, 2012
Can i sue for landlord abuse? How can i report my landlord charging illegal rent from section 8 tenant? Please help!
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