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A SWAT team served a search warrant at 704 Fourth Ave. S.E. Saturday shortly after 5 p.m., seizing drugs and stolen property from a house that neighbors say has been an eyesore for years.

A baby also was taken into protective custody during the incident, and a suspect was arrested on methamphetamine dealing charges on Sunday morning, said Albany Police Department Detective Lt. Travis Giboney.5458194a2bcb9_image

The house, owned by Abigail Dischner, doesn’t have running water or electricity, and it is under foreclosure, according to city officials.

Nevertheless, the SWAT team surrounded the residence and called out six people from inside, Giboney said.

Neighbor Tom Pritchard said there have been problems at the property with trash and junk, screaming and fights in the wee hours, and a revolving cast of characters.

“It’s a very unsafe feeling. We don’t go outside at night anymore,” he added.

And he doesn’t leave anything on his porch, unless he can risk it being gone in the morning.

Neighbor David Abarr said he was “relieved” by the police activity on Saturday.

“We live in a historic neighborhood. I can see the neighborhood turning around. A couple of the houses have gotten cleaned up,” Abarr said.

But he added that “stereotypical druggies” still wander down the street, talking to themselves, cursing aloud.

Pritchard was frustrated things weren’t getting cleaned up more quickly.

“I don’t think we’ve got any support from the city. How many times do you need to call to complain?” he added.

City spokeswoman Marilyn Smith said that in the case of a nuisance ordinance violation, property owners typically get 30 days to clean up a junk yard to code, or to go to court.

And a municipal court judge could give residents additional time to clean up any mess.

“Most people will clean up, but sometimes it takes a very long time to convince them to do that,” Smith said.

In 15 years, only one person in Albany has ever been sent to jail for failing to clean up a junk yard, she added.

“It took us more than a year to get to that point,” Smith said.

The city also has concerns with potential building code violations at the property, and reports of people camping illegally in the back yard, Smith said.

On Saturday, about 20 officers belonging to the Linn and Marion County SWAT teams surrounded the house and property before the search warrant was executed.

On Sunday, one of the residents of the house, who wasn’t home when the warrant was served, was spotted walking nearby and arrested at about 10 a.m., Giboney said.

Joe Luis Duran, 50, was charged in Linn County Circuit Court on Monday with delivery of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a school, delivery and possession of methamphetamine, first-degree child neglect and endangering the welfare of a minor.

Judge Daniel Murphy set his bail at $25,000, and appointed Keith Rohrbough as his attorney.

Duran’s next court appearance was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17.

Giboney said additional arrests are expected.





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