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Judge Signs Nuisance Abatement Judgement For Lenoir Property

After years of drug activity, a long history of disturbances and a death, citizens in a Lenoir neighborhood will soon see some relief. Last Friday (September 9) Superior Court Judge Susan Bray signed a consent judgment for a Chapter 19 Nuisance Abatement action against property 507 Oak Street SW in Lenoir.

This judgment concludes a civil nuisance abatement case brought by the City of Lenoir on behalf of the State of North Carolina. Chapter 19 of the North Carolina General Statutes defines “nuisance” activities and provides for a civil remedy to abate such criminal acts and their detrimental impacts on the community.

This judgment permanently prohibits the property owner and any future owners of the property from operating or maintaining a public nuisance at this location or anywhere else within the jurisdiction of the State of North Carolina. Under the terms of the consent judgment, the property must come into compliance with all local ordinances and zoning regulations and be sold. If the property owner and operator do not follow the conditions in the agreement, the property could be subject to forfeiture.

Photo courtesy of Lenoir Police Department

Lenoir Police Chief Brent Phelps expressed his gratitude for everyone’s efforts and subsequent outcome. He said in a news release “our community needed some relief. We are pleased that the property owner was open to working with us to return peace back to this neighborhood. I appreciate the community’s support in working with law enforcement on this investigation. We can only reach successful resolutions by working together.”

[News release from the Lenoir Police Department]