Lansing, Michigan (WLNS) – The house, located at 1413 Woodbain Street in Lansing, has received dozens and dozens of complaints.
This caught the attention of the Lansing Police Department, the City Code and the City Attorney.
Carl Alspo lives across the street from this house. He said he saw firsthand the problems with the residence.
“I could hear bah, bah, bah, bah, and I didn’t get up right away because I didn’t want them to punch me,” Alspa said.
Last December, Elspa was surprised to hear gunshots in his area. But he said he was not surprised to learn which house they come from. It was a house across the street from him.
“The police did not have to wait long for them to collect a lot of shell casings on the street,” Alspa said.
He said this is just one of the many problems associated with this residence.
“6-7 cars were parked here at night. Some of them will be there for 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 days, ”Alspa said.
Lansing City Attorney Jim Death has said calls began to arrive in the last half of 2021.
“There have been 19 calls to the Lansing Police Department in the past five months, 2 to the Fire Department and 16 to the Code,” Death said.
That’s when LPD asked his office to connect. Smiertka said they contacted the owner, Cindy Dodge.
“The owner was a woman and her son. My son lived there, ”Dodge said.
Death said Dodge did not let them know how she was going to respond to their concerns. So, now the construction department wants to take a walk around the house to check for violations.
“We want to make sure there are no violations of the code that could cause problems for the health, safety and well-being of the population,” said Death.
Dodge disagreed. So Death said they were going to ask the court for a search warrant.
But Dodge tells a different story.
“I admit there was a problem, but I’m fully cooperating with them,” Dodge said.
She said no one lives there now and that she is cleaning the house. She said she was preparing to sell. But Dodge said there was no need to walk.
“I have no reason to let them through the house,” Dodge said.
However, Death said the city is preparing to file a search warrant request next week.
“I hope that it was cleared and removed, and there will be no violations,” said Death.