PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. - Pierce County sheriff's deputies boarded up what they called a "chronic nuisance" property in Spanaway on Monday after responding to more than 125 service incidents over the past 20 years.
The property is in the area of 50th Avenue East and officials said there have been incidents that ranged from 911 calls about stolen cars, shots fired, assaults, narcotics, animal control issues to domestic violence at the property.
Deputies said there were recent reports of code violations, which include trash accumulations, people living in sheds on the property, rodents and other issues.
When deputies arrived at the property with code enforcement to board up the house, they found a man, who they thought was deceased, face down on the dirt driveway, officials said. As deputies got closer to the man, they realized he was suffering from a likely heroin overdose.
The man was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, officials said.
The property owner will be required to remove all the vehicles and solid waste at the home and if not, cleaning will be done at the owner's expense, officials said.
Officials said deputies have been involved in 40 property abatements in 2019.
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