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Neighbors say Spokane Valley problem house still a problem

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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The homeowner arrested as part of a nuisance house in Spokane Valley appeared in court on Friday but was immediately let out. 24 hours after a police raided a house for drugs and evidence of prostitution, Charles Douvia is out of jail and back at home. Police arrested 5 people and 20 plus people were detained inside the home.

Law enforcement didn't process the arrest documents so the judge decided there was no reason to keep Douvia in jail.

Douvia's roommate Tracy Thornton does remain in jail. Deputies say Thornton was found with heroin and meth and he was ordered held on a $54,000 bond.

In the meantime, the neighborhood where this bust went down is on the lookout. Despite heat from the police and sheriff's deputies, the problem house is still very active.

Though one neighbor says it will take time and patience.

Bart Stewart looks out his window every morning, "It's a rotating cast of characters," said Stewart.

People come in and out of the home that police raided on Thursday morning. "I mean come on, this isn't a family reunion people," said Stewart.

It never stops though he's glad for the police raid because its slowed down the amount of traffic through the neighborhood. He says there's a steady stream of police driving through the area and patrolling.

In the course of an hour that KHQ was in the neighborhood, at least 10 people showed up to the Spokane Valley home.

Stewart's no stranger to drugs, the former addict has been sober 19 years and knows it can get out of hand. "But when their path is bleeding over onto other people's lives at that point, you've got to draw the line," said Stewart.

And that's where he says he wants this house to be cleaned up once and for all. "You either manage your own life or someone else will come and manage your life for you," said Stewart.

What happens if this is in your neighborhood? The Spokane Valley Department of Community Development referred us to their online Spokane Valley Cares portal where you can file an electronic complaint (insert link).

KHQ is still waiting to hear back about the total number of nuisance homes in Spokane Valley and the average wait time to get the code violations resolved.

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