PLYMOUTH, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A trash pile untouched in a backyard in Plymouth Township for months was finally cleaned up today, but neighbors and borough officials say the work has just started on the problem property.
“I just hope nobody else every has to go through this problem,” said Ed Bozek, who is a near by resident.
For months, neighbors living around 37 Edwards street in Plymouth had to look at a huge pile of trash. When mayor Coughlin saw images of it he says he was shocked to see the amount of rubbish in the backyard.
“I was thoroughly disgusted. I hate to say people do live like pigs sometimes and its a shame that humanity is getting that back,” said Mayor Frank Coughlin of the Plymouth Borough
Mayor Coughlin says the code enforcement officer had contacted a sanitation company to clean it up, but the company was not able to do the job until today.
“It wasn’t pushed to the side, but again I do apologize to the residents because I didn’t realize it was that bad,” stated Coughlin.
The trash is gone, but the problems are not over.
According to police, there was a stabbing there in march, during that investigation, police arrested a person for drug trafficking, and took two others into custody on active warrants. The house was condemned at that time.
Earlier this month, officers were called for a report of trespassing.
“One of our officers, we’re not sure if he was bagging evidence or how. But he came in contact with fentanyl and overdosed.” said Mayor Coughlin
That officer was given Narcan and hospitalized. He has since recovered.
Mayor Coughlin says the house was broken into again this Monday. Bozek feels that all this activity is concerning.
“My grandchildren live in my house, ages 5, 13, and 15. Plus my daughter-in-law. If I’m not there I’m always nervous what’s going to happen. Somebody gonna come we’ve had people jump over our backyard fence and run through,” stated Bozek
Mayor Coughlin says code enforcement is trying to get in touch with the homeowner.
Borough officials ask residents to let them know if they see any activity at the house.