Efforts to secure an Endicott residence with a history of criminal activity haven't been working.
Police on Friday ordered the occupants of the house at 1000 Monroe Street to leave the building after a "Lockdown Law" hearing was held in Broome County Supreme Court.
Village officials said the property had been a source of many police calls over the past year. The reported incidents included shootings, a stabbing and fighting, along with the distribution and use of illegal drugs.
Endicott Mayor Linda Jackson said although the house was boarded up as part of the lockdown process, people have been "sneaking in" to the place. She said the first incident of trespassing occurred the day after occupants were directed to leave.
Village public works crews are installing more plywood to the house to try to better secure the property. The mayor said "it's getting to be a real problem."
Mountains of trash still fill the backyard, a garage and part of the driveway at the Monroe Street property.
Neighbors want the mess cleaned up. Jackson said village workers will remove the debris outside the house, although that job may not start until next week.
VIDEO: Check out the garbage that remains outside the house at 1000 Monroe Street.
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