Judge declares Indian Trail house a public nuisance




Posted on June 26, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 11:11 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A Spokane judge declared that an Indian Trail house is a public nuisance. The judge ordered Wednesday that the house along N. Seminole Road must be boarded up for one year, and the home owner kicked out.

The City of Spokane asked the courts to declare a house a nuisance. This comes after authorities received 60 calls in less than two months about disturbances around the house.

“A lot of shouting and screaming and fighting. People being threatened and yelled at,” said Tracie Meidl of the Spokane Police. “It’s just a terrible disturbance in the neighborhood, is the best way to describe it.”

The homeowner Marcy Pratt has a pending criminal case against her. City officials and neighbors also want her permanently out of the house.

"I know exactly what I have put my neighbors through and I would never ever, ever subject them to anything like that again," Pratt told KREM 2 News.

Pratt's promise comes too late to save her home.  After Wednesday's decision to remove her from the property, the mortgage company can begin the foreclosure process.

“It was like a wrecking yard,” said neighbor John Hodges. “Always some pounding or grinding. It was hard to describe the kind of activity that was going on there.”

Hodges said he noticed a lot of foot traffic around the house after Pratt’s husband was hospitalized last summer and was not in the home.

Police served a search warrant in January and raided the home. Authorities said they found meth, drug paraphernalia, and what they believed to be heroin residue. Police arrested Pratt on charges of allowing a building to be used for drug purposes.

Pratt's husband filed Tuesday for divorce.