Iredell Co. deputies respond to same house more than 100 times

by: Tina Terry Updated:

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IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. —

Iredell County deputies told Eyewitness News they've responded to the same house more than 100 times and now they're taking extreme measures to squash the nuisance.

The house is located in a rural neighborhood on Troutman Shoals Road in Statesville.

We went to the neighborhood Tuesday and neighbors told us the area was safe, with the exception of that house.

"It's been hard not being able to enjoy sitting out in your yard, doing things you want to do, because you never know what craziness is going to go on in the neighborhood," said one neighbor, who was so scared they didn't want to be photographed.

Neighbors said there have been random shootings and drug deals at the house.

"They said it was a burden for them. Basically they felt terrorized," said Capt. Darren Campbell of the Iredell County Sheriff's Office.

Records we asked for reveal deputies have been called to the house more than 130 times in the past 10 years -- about once every month for a decade.

"Finally it comes to a point where enough is enough and that's why we did this," Campbell said.

The Sheriff's Office, the district attorney and the state filed a lawsuit against the homeowner and asked a judge to order the owner to demolish the house, calling it a violation of state nuisance laws.

A judge agreed and ordered the tenants move out by this week and the house be demolished, or picked up and moved in just a few days.

No one answered the door when our news crew knocked Tuesday, but it looked like the
tenants were moving.

The homeowner doesn't have much time to tear it down. The court order says the house must be moved or demolished by Nov. 15. If it's not, the county will step in.