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Fulton neighborhood meth house to be condemned

Posted by: Matt McKinney Updated: May 15, 2014 - 4:01 PM

Raided by police last month and feared by neighbors ever since, the Fulton neighborhod meth house was scheduled for condemnation Thursday by the city's problem properties unit. The condemnation -- to take effect at midnight Thursday -- means no one can live in the home at 5137 Abbott Av. S. until all health and safety problems at the property are fixed. 

That seems unlikely to happen, according to an email sent to neighbors this week: owner Sara Shenton told a police investigator that she cannot afford to make the repairs and will instead sell the house and move on, according to an email crime prevention specialist Jennifer Waisanen sent to a neighbor of the property.

Shenton "would be willing to take any contact information from the neighbors for a real estate company to purchase the home," Waisanen wrote.

Shenton was not home during the raid; she must meet with police on May 26 to tell what she knows about the meth lab at her house, according to Waisanen's email.

At the time of the raid, the house smelled like chemicals and the first officers in the home said their eyes began to itch and burn. Several people inside the house were taken away for questioning, including Jeremy Daniel Gonser, a 37-year-old Coon Rapids man who was wanted on a drug warrant.

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