"Problem house" owner will testify Wednesday




Posted on June 26, 2013 at 5:38 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 12:01 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The City of Spokane wants the courts to declare a house a public 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.

“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 became 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.
Police posted on the garage door of the Indian Trail home an official notice for people to keep out, but they are still responding to break-ins.

If the courts declare the house a public nuisance the city can board it up for a year while the mortgage company works to put it under foreclosure. 

Some think that Pratt should not be allowed to re-enter the house.

“I would think the criminal activity would continue as had the last months before she was removed from the house,” said Detective Paul Taylor of the Spokane Police.

Marcy Pratt does not have an attorney and represents herself. Pratt will give her defense on Wednesday since the city has called all of its witnesses.