A Charleston landlord was arrested and his East End property was condemned after an alleged confrontation with city officials and police.
Timothy Harold Stone, 44, of Charleston was arrested Thursday at his property at 1411 Jackson St.
Building inspectors condemned the house Thursday after finding it in "deplorable" condition and infested with parasitic insects, said Lt. Shawn Williams. The house had been split up into seven apartments and housed 15 to 20 people, police said.
Charleston police, firefighters and city building inspectors went to the house Thursday afternoon to investigate after receiving complaints from residents and city council members. Williams said police records showed more than 1,000 calls for service over the past several years.
Officers have been working to "clean up" the Jackson Street area, said Williams, who commands the police department's Community Services Division.
"We were targeting houses we knew were bad and trying to get them straightened out, but this one has been a thorn in our side," Williams said. "The people who live around that area were constantly calling about it."
He said the property was well known for drug and prostitution problems. Investigators went to the house to look in to reported building and drug violations.
Stone showed up while officials were at the scene and began arguing and threatening officers and inspectors, Williams said. He was issued a citation for the building's condition.
"In my 15 years' experience, it's one of the worst I've seen," Williams said. "Utterly deplorable.
"He'd broken up the house into seven units and was charging them basically $500 a month for nothing. There was no running water."
With each room authorities inspected, the conditions "got worse and worse," Williams said. Inspectors reported large infestations of roaches, bedbugs and scabies. No primary source of heat could be found.
Williams said he approached Stone to try to explain what was going on but Stone shoved him in the chest and pulled a screwdriver on him. Williams and other officers took Stone to the ground and handcuffed him.
Officers searched Stone and found a 10-inch open switchblade in his pocket. Williams said Stone was convicted in 1999 for carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
Stone was arrested and charged with battery on a police officer, brandishing a weapon and second offense carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, a felony.
Kanawha Magistrate Ward Harshbarger set Stone's bond at $150,000. Stone was being held at South Central Regional Jail.
The 15 to 20 people who lived in the house were displaced, Williams said. He said city officials were working to find places for them to stay.
City officials are also working to determine if Stone owns other properties and what their condition is.
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