Mahalo to Pahoa Community Police Officer Pacheco for helping to secure this building that has been an ongoing problem with squatters, homelessness and drugs here in Pahoa for the last few years.
We have a serious problem here in Puna and that is that folks are just taking over houses that are foreclosed and there is nothing the local police can do. Here is an example of a recent letter I received with some things cut out to ensure their privacy:
I know everyone is quite busy, so I will keep this as concise as I can.
I thought I would keep you abreast of a few issues that have happened in your neighborhood. BTW, thank you for keeping me in the loop with other concerns happening in our neighborhood, past or present.
#1. There has been squatters that have moved in the house on Kula Street. Some of you may know this as (edited) old place.
What I can tell you is this:
-They have established electricity
- The police can not do anything since it is a civil matter, not criminal.
-Chase Bank owns the house, and is paying the taxes on it.
- The Leilani Community Association can not do anything to help in this regard per advise of there consult with an attorney.
-The owner is the only one who can order these people to leave.
-Chase bank is not very forthcoming about taking possession of the house since there are at lease $40k in liens against the property. (btw, formally foreclosed in 2009 by the court system).
-There are several people that come and go all hours of the day/night.
-I do not want to pursue calling in a drug suspicion, as I do not want any retribution…
-Charlie Stanton, Leilani resident, has been kind to patrol the streets of Leilani as Neighborhood Watch, and knows of this matter and has even taken photos of a few cars as they have drove by and decided not to stop at the house as he was present. Thank you Charlie.
Has anyone else been faced with this kind of issue or maybe can shed some light on this matter? Maybe an elected official?
#2. On Friday, June 7th, (EDIT) roughtweiler attacked my dog in our front yard. I have asked her repeatedly to keep her dog restrained. I have filed a police report in regard to this issue and my dog will need an expensive surgery to walk normal again. The police have filed this as a vicious dog claim. The officer who reported to the call is Officer C. Arnold. He said to call the Humane Society every time I see the dog out of the owners yard. The Humane Society said that every photograph of the violation will result in a fine. As many of you may know, this is not the first time I have had to deal with a vicious dog issue on my property.
Thank you for taking the time to read over the information in this email. If you have insight or know of a good resources to tap for more info to move either of these issues forward, I would be very happy to hear about them. Also, if you would like to connect this email to others in our neighborhood who may want to know about this matter, please do so.
Stay safe and have a fantastic Friday!
So with that being said… does anyone have any advice?
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