Clovis Sues Public Nuisance

June 24, 2009 7:49:40 PM PDT
Clovis police shut down a suspected drug house. At the same time, attorneys are taking an unusual step to keep the family out of the neighborhood. On Tuesday, police raided a house located on the corner of Bullard and Stanford. The City of Clovis calls the people who live there a public nuisance. A lawsuit has been filed to basically evict the Reyna family because the city claims the family causes to much trouble, and it is costing taxpayers. The Reyna family says police are being unfair.

Pamela Reyna said, "Seven in the morning, they came in with that big old tractor thing and boom!" Pamela was rattled when the Clovis Swat Team raided her home on Tuesday. Investigators arrested Pamela, her husband and son. The city also filed a lawsuit against the Reyna family to force them out of the home. Court documents list an unusual amount of complaints against the family and suspected criminal activity. The lawsuit states: "...Property has become the center and core of gang-driven narcotics trade, and related criminal and nuisance activity infesting the (neighborhood)."

Clovis Police estimate all the enforcement equals more than $50-thousand in tax payer money. Pamela denies her family is associated with any gangs but admits some problems. Pamela said, "I've even called police on my kids. I can show you I got a booklet this thick that they just gave me of nuisance of my children. Kids are kids."

Clovis Police Spokesperson Janet Stoll-Lee described what investigators found inside, "When you actually went into the house, there were cock roaches, there were maggots. They were little baby mice. There were rat droppings in the kitchen, meth paraphernalia."

Because of those conditions, city inspectors forbid anyone from living at the home. Pamela said with that order and the new lawsuit her family has no where to go, "No, we can't live there. We will be homeless. We will live where ever you know."

Neighbors are at least happy that the Reyna family is not in the neighborhood for the moment. A judge will ultimately have to decide if the family can continue to there. The first court date is scheduled for October

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