• Disabled vet and his wife evicted from home again


    SEATTLE - Officials with the King County Sheriff’s Office told KIRO 7 the disabled Vietnam veteran and his wife who were removed from their West Seattle home in July have been evicted again.

    Sgt. DB Gates said Byron and Jean Barton were detained and arrested on a criminal trespassing  charge shortly after 8 a.m. Friday.

    Only three people were at the home and no protesters.

    Deputies were at the home under authority of a search warrant.

    Byron Bates was taken to a Veterans Association hospital as a precaution.

    "There are no winners in this situation, not the least of which is Mr. Barton, who is gravely disabled, and was living in extremely unsanitary and therefore dangerous conditions," said Sheriff John Urquhart. "But Triangle Property Development, the lawful owner of the home, is a victim of bureaucratic inaction and back-and-forth finger-pointing between the City of Seattle and the Sheriff's Office. That is inexcusable and that's why I ordered today's action. When politics is allowed to ride roughshod over the rule of law, everyone suffers. I was not willing to let that continue," Urquhart added.  

    Triangle Properties bought the house in foreclosure in April after the Bartons fell behind in their mortgage payments.

    In July, the Bartons were aided by protesters when deputies tried to force them to leave their West Seattle home.

    The Bartons returned to their home.

    On Wednesday, a King County judge ruled that Seattle police do not have to arrest Byron Barton and his family for trespassing.

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