110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
Residents ask City of DeLand to bulldoze two houses on Division Street
Naked woman found dead in on front yard
By Jen Horton
posted Jan 9, 2014 - 9:59:18am
Maybe the naked dead woman in the front yard was the last straw.
Neighbors of two vacant houses at 202 and 204 W. Division St. in DeLand said the houses are attracting squatters, crack addicts and vagrants.
Neighbors Shirley Akins, Anthony Williams and Voloria Manning asked the DeLand City Commission to bulldoze the houses.
Fresh in the neighbors’ memories is the afternoon of Nov. 12, when 29-year-old Robin Renee Whitehouse was found dead in the front yard of 202 W. Division St., less than a half-hour after young students had been released from Starke Elementary School four blocks away.
“She was unclothed,” Williams told city commissioners. “The children should not have to see that.”
Williams pointed out that Chisholm Community Center, which serves 500-600 children between the ages of 5 and 14, is less than a block from the two houses. West Division Street dead-ends at the Community Center property.
Read the whole story, and learn what the City of DeLand can do in response to neighbors' concerns, in the Jan. 9-12 Weekend edition of The Beacon, on newsstands now. To subscribe to The Beacon online, click here. For a list of newsstand locations, click here. To have the print edition mailed to your home twice a week, send your address via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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