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Police condemn a troubled home on Wayne Street

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For the second time in less than a week, arrests were made at a home in a quiet East Forest Park neighborhood.

It's a suspected illegal rooming house and this morning, police condemned the property due to a number of safety issues.

Neighbors are thrilled to see something being done here at the home, which has been a troubled spot and one that residents don't want on their street.

Neighbors are also relieved after two more arrests were made overnight in connection with 35 Wayne Street.

After giving chase, police arrested two men on gun and drug charges and this morning, police condemned the property.

"Most people have lived here for a number of years, so just not knowing who really lived there, it was kind of scary. This is really a tight knit little block, little community here," said neighbor Bruce Williams.

The condemnation of the property comes less than a week after four people were removed from the home in handcuffs. Police reportedly found heroin, marijuana, cocaine, multiple guns, and ammunition inside.
The owner allegedly punched his girlfriend several times in the street and that prompted neighbors to call 911 - the 23rd call to police made just this year for this home.

"I was relieved to see the police here," Williams said. "Hoping that whatever is going on over there is being dealt with in some type of way."

Wednesday morning, officers made their way inside and found faulty wiring, no smoke detectors, trash, and unsanitary living conditions.

"This is nothing new for us, but based on recent events for the arrests for drugs and guns and everything else coming out of here, we are doing an internal inspection," said Springfield police officer Mark Kenney

Neighbors were cheering as the arrests were made last week and today told us they're looking forward to getting their street back.

"Especially for the kids now," a neighbor, who runs a daycare center said. "We can have more freedom and go outside in our own neighborhood."

The owner of the home was arrested last week and has had his bail revoked due to the charges against him and his criminal history.  

He'll be back in court on July 21. 

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