Downtown Needles, CA: Residents are concern about an abandoned house being used for a “Crash House.”
Residents in a near by Downtown Needles, California neighborhood are concern about an abandoned house that is being broken into on the 300 block of E Street near Downtown Needles, California.
Residents tells ZachNews that the home has been left empty for over 7 years and is being broken into to be used as a “Crash House” for both housing and to use drugs.
The abandoned house sits behind a gated fence that covers the front of the property, but not the side along a driveway and the back yard area of the property which a hillside sits open to freely access the property.
Windows facing an adjacent home has been seen opened up and in the back yard area where junk and housing dries sits, the back door of the abandoned house has been broken into repeatedly.
Because these break ins happen during the overnight hours, some residents can only describe the person as a tall male person.
The witness also told residents that the person was interest in the next door homes which the witness told the person to stay away and do not touch their homes.
A resident has talked with a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputy from the Colorado River Station and was told that unless they catch them in the act, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Deputies can’t do anything.
The resident did tell ZachNews that San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department vehicles have been seen patrolling the neighborhood and hopes that the patrols continue in their neighborhood.
Residents are also doing what they can to watch and patrol over their neighborhood where both families with children, retirees, and the elderly live.
The neighborhood sits just a block away from Downtown Needles, California where between August 2013 to October 2013, several businesses where broken into over the late night hours and both money as well as equipment stolen from their business.
Most of those businesses broken into sit near dark alleyways with hardly any lighting along the alleyway.
Just across the street from this abandoned house, a street light turns on and off repeatedly and residents have asked the City of Needles to the street light so that the light can stay on all night and not go dark and be afraid of a break in happening there which the near by Tri-State Alano Club was broken into 3 times around the time of the break ins in Downtown Needles, California.
ZachNews had reached out to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Public Information Office for more information regarding the break in incidents and what is the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department going to do to address the public’s concerns, but still, ZachNews has not received any information regarding those break in incidents or if a person or persons were ever arrested.
Residents would like the home owner, who is unknown but lives in Orange County, California, to do something with the property or want the City of Needles to demolished the abandoned house to get rid of both the “Crash Pad” as well as the fire hazard that sits too close to other homes.
Just on the next block to the east on D Street, a burn out abandoned house remains standing around other homes which residents want the City of Needles to do something to this burn out eyesore which caught on fire during the early morning hours of Monday, September 2nd, 2013.
According to San Bernardino County Fire Department Caption Thomas Marshall, the house fire happened around 4:40am PT Monday morning on the 400 block of D Street near Downey Street in Needles, California.
San Bernardino County Fire Department Caption Thomas Marshall tell ZachNews that nobody was living inside the home at the time of the house fire and during the house fire, near by homes close to the house fire were told to leave their home as firefighters from both San Bernardino County Fire Department and Mohave Valley Fire Department worked together to put out the house fire.
San Bernardino County Fire Department County Caption Thomas Marshall tell ZachNews that the house fire is being called, “Very Suspicious” and is being investigated by arson investigators from both San Bernardino County Fire Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.
Some near by residents are telling ZachNews that they seen 2 people running away from the house fire around that time.
San Bernardino County Fire Department Caption Thomas Marshall could only tell ZachNews that arson investigators are investigating this house fire and if anybody has information regarding this house fire, the public should call that San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Colorado River Station at: 1 (760) 326-9200.
Before the house fire, the house sat abandoned and over a month later, was again sat on fire, but quick actions by the San Bernardino County Fire Department put that fire out before the fire grow large and put residents in danger.
Many more homes around Needles, California are still standing as a fire hazard and want something to be done to them.
During the Summer 2013, some of the abandoned homes have been knocked down in part to the City of Needles cleaning up blight in the community and just recently, another abandoned property that many in the community have been wanting to be knocked down may be demolition soon.
After years of sitting abandon, collecting dust and trash, and a hangout place for vandals and do drugs inside, the old and abandoned Overland Hotel may be next to becoming demolished.
The issue came in front of the members of the Needles City Council during Executive Session before the start of the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 in Needles, California and members of the Needles City Council made their decision regarding the old and abandoned Overland Hotel.
Member of the Needles City Council had in front of them 2 agenda items, Agenda Item A and Agenda Item B, both related to the old and abandoned Overland Hotel and after an hour of discussion, member of the Needles City Council walked out of the next door room and sat down to have Needles City Attorney John Pinkney report on what happen inside Executive Session.
Members of the Needles City Council voted unanimously to, “authorize legal council to perceive a court order permitting the receiver, current receiver, to demolish the structure at 710 to 712 West Broadway (In Downtown Needles, California), also known as the Overland Hotel and to request an extension of the receivership to allow time to pursuit demolition constructive,” and voted unanimously to, “authorize the City Manager (Needles City Manager Rick Daniels) and Staff to draw the request to initiate the Chapter 8 purchase of the Overland.”
This was good news to those in the community who have been sick and tired of seeing nothing done onto this property and being an eyesore to those driving into Downtown Needles, California to follow the historic and world famous Route 66 highway.
Overall, many hope that those abandoned homes and properties get cleaned up or knocked down so to keep the community safe and clean.