Glenwood residents fed up with drug use

Steven Miles said a home near his has become a place where people buy and use drugs.

Posted: Sep. 17, 2018 6:51 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Residents in the Glenwood neighborhood are fed up with the rampant drug use they said they're seeing in the area, and they want the Lane County Sheriff's Office to do more.

Steven Miles said a home near his has become a place where people buy and use drugs. Miles said he's seen needles and human waste near his property on East 14th Avenue.

"I would like to have it stop," Miles said. "I should not have to be the one who has to clean up needles out of my own yard."

The Lane County Sheriff's Office covers the area. Miles said he and other neighbors filed a petition with the sheriff's office asking them to enforce the area more last year, but little has been done.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office said like the neighbors, they're also frustrated. She said they would love to be able to respond to more calls of this nature, but their funding does not provide enough deputies.

With their limited resources, they said their deputies usually respond to in-progress person crimes like rape and assaults. They are still urging the community to report suspected criminal activity as it gives them a better understanding of public safety needs.

Neighbor Terry Tuttle said he's lived in the area for over 30 years. Tuttle said the drug problem is lowering his property value.

"I tried to sell once, and then the people that were going to list it -- they said you're not only to get half of what the place would be worth with that," Tuttle said.

Tuttle and other neighbors have taken steps to secure their property and have installed security cameras. Both Miles and Tuttle want the sheriff's office to do more.

"We shouldn't have to live like this. It's really inappropriate," Miles said.

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