Tire slashings last straw for Blawnox residents
A rash of tire slashings and complaints about a resident in a rental property could spur Blawnox to consider a “three strikes and you're out” law for the borough.
About 20 residents from the Riverside Court area attended last week's borough council meeting after they woke up on July 25 and found numerous tires slashed. The vehicles were parked on the street.
They say problems in the neighborhood have come from the same home, and they think someone from there was responsible for the slashings.
Police are investigating, and no criminal charges have been filed.
Residents presented a petition to council to have the unidentified tenant removed.
Amanda Williams, who lives on that street, asked council to do something about the “daily hell we have to endure.”
“It's ongoing. It's escalating,” Williams said.
Resident Maureen Novak said they have been told in the past that there is little police can do about the problems. The issues have caused some people to leave, she said.
“We have neighbors now who are moving,” Novak said.
Mayor Anthony Gross said police are working as best they can and are using all the resources the borough has to take care of the problems.
He said they will need help from the residents.
“We need as much help as you can give,” Gross said.
When asked if the borough has a three-strike rule, a law that would require landlords to evict tenants after three incidents with police, borough manager Sherry Kordas said it does not.
However, council members were given a sample of a similar ordinance to review.
“There are various ways to do it. Right now, we're just starting to look at it,” Kordas said.
Gross said he appreciated the residents voicing their worries and hopes to find a solution.
“Good people in town should not have to live in fear,” Gross said.
Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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