East-side house condemned

A Grand Haven woman and her 12-year-old son were ordered to leave their home Monday when police said they determined it was an unfit place to live. Marijo Keller said she rented the home at 1720 Waverly Ave. from its owner, Gary Stillson.
Becky Vargo
May 25, 2012


Keller said she went to stay with a friend. Her son was taken away by Child Protective Services.

Three dogs were also removed from the home by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s animal control unit.

Officers were called to the home late Monday afternoon to investigate a different complaint when they discovered the condition of the home, said Lt. Renee Freeman of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety. The nature of the other complaint was not released.

“Conditions included animal feces, household waste and clutter leading to potential hazards,” Freeman said.

Police helped the family make arrangements to live elsewhere until the home could be occupied again, Freeman said. The renter was at the home Wednesday to begin the cleaning process and was within the stipulations of the “no occupancy” order, Freeman added.

“The (city's) Department of Public Safety, Building Department and other appropriate agencies will be working with the home occupant to not only ensure health and safety, but to ensure that the occupants are able to move forward in a stable fashion,” Freeman said.

This would include gathering belongings, cleaning and restoration — but would not include living at the home at this time.

Jim Harris, who lives next door, said the woman was a good neighbor, but he had only talked to her a few times. Still, Harris said the house was an eyesore and he wished that something would be done about it.

Keller said she has lived in the house for five years.

“My daughter thinks I have hoarder’s disease,” Keller said. “I don’t know what that is, but my house is livable. It’s cluttered, yes, but livable.”

Police said the investigation is continuing.

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interesting how she gets to go stay with a friend, yet her kids taken away & they wont tell what the other complaint was.. & I dont believe this lady doesnt know what a hoarder is. those people dont admit to being hoarders because for some reason, to them, its normal. hopefully they get everything straightened out!


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