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North central Spokane neighborhood no longer on edge

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The abatement of the home, located in the 1800 block of W. Montgomery, began Thursday afternoon. The abatement of the home, located in the 1800 block of W. Montgomery, began Thursday afternoon.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A North Central neighborhood has been on edge for months because of a “nuisance home.” Now, Spokane Police have shut down a problem drug house they’ve visited 60 times since January.

The neighborhood banded together three to four months ago when the issues with the house started escalating. They say they saw everything from fights out on the street, drug activity, and thefts - and reported it all to Crime Check.  

"Crazy comings and goings of undesirable types all times of day, people flying around the neighborhood in their cars, people yelling and screaming, fights, things that let you know that these aren't your neighbors,” says Michael Paul, the man neighbors say really led the effort.

A concern for many, especially as kids walk to nearby Audubon Elementary along the street.

"A neighbor who has closely guarded her children and has reeled her children in. The children that used to frequent the sidewalks are a little less so. And I handed her a copy of the email from the city attorney today and said you can let your kids out,” Michael says.

Michael wants to thank officers and the city attorney’s office for all their work. Now, Michael has a message for others who may have the same problems. “I think if neighbors get together and care about what's going on and demonstrate to the local authorities, action is taken. You can't be passive about it. You have to be aggressive about it.”

And his family can enjoy a neighborhood he's proud of.

“I have a grandchild on the way and it'll be nice to see my grandchild playing on a street I helped save,” he says.

In the last year, Spokane police say they've managed to shut down 3 other drug houses in the western and northwestern part of the city.

Police say the best thing you can do is call them if something suspicious is happening in your neighborhood and follow up with your neighborhood conditions officer. While they may not be able to change it that second, every report you give them helps.

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