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#918557 - 10/13/13 02:37 PM Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga
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OK, I know I've been lax in not reporting all that happens around here, but I've been saving all the good stuff for a grand posting.

Empty house across is for sale for about a month now. Realtor seems nice and asked me to keep an eye on the house (he heard about the break-ins) and gave me his number to call if anything happened. I am resisting that each day.

LOTS of stuff has happened. Hazmat finally arrived with 3 guys and then a group of 5 people I don't remember seeing (but I might have) were there in a van and they waited for a realtor gal to open the gate with a key and SHE left immediately. Guess it wasn't a showing.

The Snake also arrived and stood by doing nothing. Hazmat spent almost 2 hours in the house and took out 2 buckets of 'mercury and...'. All done on that. Caution tape still up on 2 doors, and broken and hanging on the entry door along with the 'notice' they first put up there. Dunno if the house is cleared for entry, but I think they would have redone the caution tape if not.

5 group left first, followed by Snake who locked the gate, and then Hazmat left 15 minutes later. No activity of showing since Friday.

THEN yesterday, 3 men in the driveway (2 cars around corner) looking at the house but had no key. One looked like a realtor and was on his phone. This was at 5 pm so we figure maybe the 'listing agent' will be by today to let them see the place.

BUT last night at 7:45 pm, 'The Monsters Are Due On Maple Street' Saga played out for all to see. Was fun. If you remember the old short story or the Twilight Zone episode it was just like that. Started with ONE flashlight seen coming down the side street which then disappeared. I looked out door to see one, then two , then 3 then finally about FIFTEEN neighbors surrounding the old house with flashlights and cell phones and lots of running and 'hunting'.

Turns out, that the SAME guy who called me the 'neighborhood cop' had seen 2 guys running out of the yard and another neighbor saw one running by her house up the street. So the cell phone guy called cops, who advised him to stay put, monitor all sides of the house and they would respond just in case someone was still inside.

Well 20 minutes later, FIVE police cars arrived. Now remember, the last time this happened it was ME who called the police about someone inside and they basically called me a nut case, so I never called them again.

So I go next door to my partner in crime, 83 year old neighbor lady's house (her phone was off the hook) to check on her and we decide to sit on her porch steps and watch the 'fun'. I told her to tackle me if I made any attempt to get involved in this latest fiasco, even though they were asking for contact info and other things I KNEW. I refused to be humiliated again.

So the best part is that KARMA WORKS! The hoard of police walked around the yard for 15 minutes, never attempted to enter the house or garage, refused to look at or take what the reporting guy said were 'bags of stuff ready to take' and then left without doing any report. Ha! Karma sure is fun. Now all of the neighbors can feel the way I did when the police refused to believe ME.

So after all the shouting, the 'monsters' went back to their normal night's activities. THEN this morning, we went walking to see if we could see anything amiss, or those 'bags' they referred to. No bags seen BUT we found a envelope outside the fence (wasn't there earlier) with a receipt for jewelry and watch parts. The old guy did that type of work. I took it home. That meant someone had been inside taking things.

THEN we saw that the iron bars on the back of the garage (which had been pulled aside a few weeks back and fixed by the 'caretaker' guy), were GONE. Yup, just gone, maybe on ground, but not on the large sliding window and there is no lock on that window.

Sooooo we come home, are standing at the top of my driveway when lo and behold, TWO tall males about 20ish, wearing hoodies, come casually walking out of the empty house's yard and hopped the fence into the street! I stood there and asked my friend if I should do something, follow them or? He said nope, don't get involved.

Well, last night's report of TWO guys and then TWO guys leaving the yard today got to me, so I looked and they crossed the street and QUICKLY turned into a yard two houses down. I couldn't stand it anymore, so I saw the neighbor lady (whose hubby hates me for smoe reason and I've been purposely avoiding since July) in the yard and told her about the 2 guys, etc. Her hubby walked around there but the guys were gone and we don't know where they went. I should have followed my first instinct and walked after them to see where they went.

Anyway, I swallowed my pride, actually talked to the neighbor lady, told her I was NOT going to call the police, but did see the two guys, etc. Then I went home, got the Realtor's card and walked over and gave it to her to either call or give to the guy who called the police last night. At least I did my part.

I have trouble just 'standing by' when I see something happening, but I am not gonna get involved in this one other than 'helping'. Told her to tell Realtor about the MISSING bars, etc. Hope she or the other guy do something.

Tired of all the stuff going on and will be thrilled when that place is cleared out and sold. Arrraaaghhhhh!
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#918560 - 10/13/13 03:01 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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#918561 - 10/13/13 03:04 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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But, whatever will you do then for entertainment!
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#918564 - 10/13/13 03:12 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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I invite all of you over to sit on my porch and watch the neighborhood fun. It would give me a much needed break. insane

Still, at least ONE good thing came of it. I made contact with the neighbors who have been shunning me for a long time. Dunno if this will 'fix' whatever they imagined I did wrong, but at least it was an effort to reconnect in some little way. I'm not the bad guy. Nope not me.
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#918572 - 10/13/13 04:10 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Oh, I'd be the first one on your porch with a bowl of popcorn and a cold beer to watch the shenanigans!
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#918578 - 10/13/13 05:21 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Did you say 2 buckets of mercury? Where does one get 2 buckets of Mercury and for what?

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#918586 - 10/13/13 06:32 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Yup, I actually said two buckets. One was a GALLON of Mercury that the guy used in his watch repair business and who knows what else he did. The other bucket was for the sulfur and rags and stuff used to clean up any spill and wipe the area clean. T

hose guys were thorough. I read all about how they clean spills. They 'suited up' in full hazard gear (no helmet, but a mask) and put all that in plastic baggies after exiting. Was a very professional job. They said just a tiny bit of Mercury in an enclosed area is very very dangerous.

That house is nailed tight on all windows and most all doors. Icky place, humid, dusty, dirty, falling apart, peeling wallpaper, crumbling carpet and linoleum, no working plumbing, paint falling off walls, piles of 'stuff' 6 feet high in some spots and a 1 foot path through to the bathroom and living room. All else was nailed shut doors on 3 bedrooms. The guy lived on 1/3 of his couch which was piled high on the other 2/3 with more stuff.

Last time I was in there, I tripped over something, slipped and was going to use my hand on the fridge to catch myself UNTIL I saw, in a split second, that the fridge was coated with some unidentifiable brown stuff. Yikes! Fell sideways and barely caught the door jamb to keep from going all the way to the floor (which of course you couldn't see).

Horrible conditions, feel sorry for the guy. He is a grouchy old man, hated anyone bothering him, kept to himself. Nobody got into that house or even onto the property (he chained the front and back gates. No way in except to hop the fence. Sad, very sad.

Now he languishes in a nursing home where he gets good care but his brain injury and now dementia is really affecting him. Hard not to feel sorry for a guy who nobody loves. Never married, no girl friends, and his BEST friend (the caretaker) who he knew for 25 years has been scared away by that awful Snake guy. Friend is afraid even to be around the house to protect it like he was doing, but he still visits the guy and says the guy is happy to see him. Perks up and tells him he's his best friend, etc. Sigh. Sad sad.

And I get to be involved simply because I am a neighbor and seem to have every strange happening dropped at my doorstep whether I want it or not. Such is life. Somebody's gotta do it...right? duh
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#918644 - 10/14/13 05:08 AM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Sorta to much going on to keep track. New owners could mean more drama across the street! scared
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#918701 - 10/14/13 11:46 AM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Oh Gerry! You had to go and mention MORE drama. Hope you aren't psychic! rotfl

I'll just be glad when the place is sold, all the hoard is cleaned out and we stop having neighbors and police running helter skelter all over the place. Last night two guys with flashlights were 'patrolling' about 9:30 pm. Dunno what they expected to see. The looked at the house windows which all have bars. It's the GARAGE that keeps getting broken into.

Nobody listens to me so I'm doing the least I can to 'help' now. Tried yesterday by giving the neighbors the Realtor's card, but I suspect they won't do anything with it. Took a lot of courage on my part since they have been shunning me since early July. I'm going back to 'go ahead and shun me mode' now that I've done what I could.

Never boring around here. Never dull. Sorta's Neighborhood, an exciting place to visit. woot
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#918728 - 10/14/13 01:36 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Always a merry tale of mayhem from our Double Oh Sorta. I also can't imagine you doing anything to upset your neighbors. People can get some odd ideas over nothing, it would seem.
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#918907 - 10/15/13 12:06 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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Well, yesterday afternoon, the two 'flashlight patrol' guys surprised us all by trimming back a huge Brazilian Pepper tree that grows at the corner of the empty house's lot. It was well overgrown for years with mega 'suckers' at the base so it obscured the street, the house next door, and made a perfect place for the bad guys to hide.

So there they were with chain saws and ladders and hand saws, etc., and did a very nice job of trimming it up from the ground so now we can see all the way down that street and no more hiding places. How nice is that?

Funny thing is, the guy who is 'patrolling' and finally doing something to HELP the neighborhood, is the SAME guy who has been shooting off fireworks for years and years along with his kids and grand kids now. He promised never to do it again about 5 years ago, but never stopped. I and several neighbors confronted him when he set off a huge volley in the intersection. I think the promise was made while he was well sloshed on beer.

AND he is the very same guy who had local police calls on an 'Ap' on his cell phone that night at the fire down the street and called ME 'the neighborhood cop'. Uhhuh.

So WHO is the neighborhood cop now, huh? Seems to be him. Ahhh the joy of it all. He is now feeling the angst of stuff happening and calling the police and having absolutely nothing done by them. Love it. Maybe he will become a better person for it.

Oh and the tree they trimmed? His aged mother lives right next door and she had petitioned the city several times to do something about the overgrowth (which was well into her yard too) and they never did. So now the new neighborhood cop is finally getting some work done. I am totally grinning from ear to ear. My job is over. I can sit back and let someone else feel the frustration.

Of course IF he should ever ask for MY help on anything, I'd give him everything he needed in an instant. I know so much about 'things' from dealing with it all over the years. Just ask me, Mr. Firework Man. I'm here to advise you. rotfl
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#918947 - 10/15/13 04:50 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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#919113 - 10/16/13 07:59 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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POLICE! Well the neighborhood never disappoints. After a slight lull in activity, my neighbor and partner in crime called to advise me that a police car was parked in front of my house. Hummmm.

I watched and then another car drove up, the another and finally another. So now I had 3 cars in front of my house and one across the street directly in front of the Infamous Apartments which have been fairly calm for a few months.

Two if the police cars had female 'officers' of some type in them. Each car had 2 people so there were 8 law enforcement types in all who all went into the Apartments. The two females, looked like maybe they were in 'jail' uniforms. Different from the regular police, but with badges and belts with hand cuffs but no guns.

Each female had 'paperwork' in hand. After 15 minutes, one car with the first female left. Then another car left. Finally the second car with a female (whose paperwork was a large size packet) brought out I think, our local drunk lady. Pretty sure it was her. Wearing the same outfit as this morning and shaved head. (She does that every summer). She was handcuffed behind the back and put into the back of the police car and off they went, but not to the local police station/jail, but in the other direction (which would be the women's jail about 20 miles away.

Have no idea why or what she did, but I suspect they had a warrant for her for drug sales (she gets pain pills and sells them). She told me this herself. Uhhuh.

Now we wait to see if she comes home tonight or tomorrow and if I can find her name on the jail site. It will list the charges if I can.

Everything happens here. Sometimes I think I am in an adventure/action film. No dull moments for me. scared
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#919127 - 10/16/13 09:56 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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#919461 - 10/18/13 06:51 PM Re: Sorta's On going Neighborhood Saga [Re: Sorta Blonde]
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So I got a call last night at 10:30 pm. Gah! It was the 'caretaker' asking about if I saw 2 guys get arrested at the old man's house two days ago. Seems he got a call and the 'channels' said there were arrests. Well, I checked up on my 'notes' and there were no arrests and the break in was 4 nights ago. I think we are all playing the old 'telephone' game and the messages get more interesting with each person's transfer.

So I assured caretaker that nobody was arrested, and that the police didn't do a darn thing (again), but that I'd given the Realtor's phone number to one of the people who called the cops.

THEN TODAY: HAZMAT showed up again. My good old friend Brad was there with MORE caution 'do not enter' tape. He hopped the fence and barricaded the back door again, put MORE tape around all doors and entry points along with MORE notices to not enter, etc.

I managed to get my shoes on and get across the street to see what he was doing, and here's the NEW info.

They tested the stuff they took (mercury) and some other suspicious items. Turns out that it was a lot of mercury and they found other things it had spilled on. THEN they also got concerned about the clock collection. A load of it has RADIUM dials.

He and his crew collected 36 clocks (out of hundreds) and put them in a pile and tested the radioactivity coming from them when in close proximity. Turns out it's dangerous levels.

So he finally got in touch with the niece who is handling the sale of the house, etc., and she was again 'unconcerned'. She told him that the Uncle was 'a private person who wouldn't like strangers going through his things' and she would not give Hazmat any consent to re-enter to do the further testing.

Soooooo here's what is going to be happening. House is locked up tight. Tape and notices all over that say, "NO entry, do not go in for any reason" AND "Do NOT remove anything from inside or around the property: All under penalty of law, etc. Wow!

So then I asked how long it would take for the other THREE teams of experts to come in IF they get the OK and do what needs to be done to make it safe. I said weeks? AND he said MONTHS! This place is going to sit like it is without anyone entering or taking things out for months. Wowee!

That niece better get her act in gear if she wants to sell the contents and house. OH and the people there last weekend with Hazmat and the Snake were ESTATE buyers. They were there to make an offer on the contents AND they are working WITH the Snake! I'm sure he gets a 'cut' of what they liberate.

Amazing how much you can find out when chatting with Hazmat.

OH and the burglary? I asked Brad (Hazmat) to check on the back of the garage (which is now taped and posted) if he sees the bars that go on the back window. He looked and said the bars are on the ground and the window is WIDE OPEN. Guess we had more 'shoppers' in the last few nights.

So He rummaged around and found the bolts for the bars, got out his tools and secured them back in place AND under my direction, HE will OFFICIALLY call the police and make sure they know about the Hazardous conditions AND that there are indeed people going in and taking things AND get them to do something about securing the garage, etc. Whew. Coming from an official of the Hazmat, that should do the trick.

Crossing fingers we are in for a calm few months, but I doubt it. I again was told to CALL immediately if anyone goes in or takes anything out. Guess I'm still The Neighborhood Cop. Darn.
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