Wednesday, April 25, 2007

CRIME FREE HOUSING: A Columbia Cop Talks Serious Shop

Chronic offender haunts rental at 111 West Worley

COLUMBIA, 4/25/07  (Beat Byte)
-- How does a man with 60 arrests find a place to rent and/or not get
evicted?

For
Larry E. McBride, Jr., whose address of record was 111 West Worley, it was renting a house with its own rap sheet. McBride, you may recall, was arrested with crack cocaine earlier this month while driving a car involved in a south Columbia shooting.

Owned by Dale and Judith Andrews -- who operate other Worley-area
rentals -- 111 W. Worley has been featured in several news articles about crack dealing, narcotics possession, and assorted criminal activities.

Moreover, page after page of Columbia Tribune archives show arrests with addresses of record
at the Andrews' rental home in recent years. 

The Columbia Police have long maintained a Crime Free Housing
program, so what gives?

Landlords are notified about tenant arrests and crime on their properties
through a number of means, says Officer Tim Thomason, including Neighborhood Watch, Teleminder, arrest notification, nuisance party notification, and chronic nuisance property notification.

If a property keeps attracting crooks, Thomason advises landlords to
take a closer look at everything from property aesthetics to their screening process.

"Our Crime Free Programs assist in educating landlords on how to deal
with -- and more importantly, prevent -- crimes or unwanted tenant or guest behavior," Thomason says. "It is important for landlords to have a strict criminal and credit screening procedure; a specific list of rules; and be willing and able to enforce the rules and evict problem tenants."

As for those who would blame the police -- often the course of choice -- such
blame may be both naive and unwarranted. Police -- and the communities they protect -- don't operate in a vacuum.

The preamble to the city's new nuisance law clearly recognizes this fact in
stating that "prosecution of unlawful activity on property is not always an effective way to preserve a desirable quality of life in the
neighborhood."

Thomason, too, laments that "many landlords do not do much after being given the
standard arrest notice."

As for Larry McBride, Jr., he kept getting arrested, then coming home -- to 111
West Worley -- right up until the tragic shooting of Tedarrian Robinson:

September 22, 2006: Larry Eugene McBride Jr., 20, of 111 W. Worley, failure to
appear in court
October 6, 2006: Larry Eugene McBride Jr., 20, of 111 W. Worley St.,second-degree trespassing.
October 20, 2006: Larry Eugene McBride Jr., 20, of 111 W. Worley, possession of 35 grams or less of marijuana, $500 bond.
December 7, 2006: Larry Eugene McBride Jr., 20, of 111 W. Worley, possession of a controlled substance, $4,500 bond.
April 9, 2007: Larry Eugene McBride Jr., 20, of 111 W. Worley St., failure to appear in court, $5,000 bond.
April 19, 2007: Larry Eugene McBride, Jr, 20, of 111 W. Worley St., parole-or-probation violation, second-degree trafficking, $200,000 bond.
http://www.columbiatribune.com/2007/Apr/20070419News001.asp


Other news stories featuring 111 West Worley:


http://archive.columbiatribune.com/2006/oct/20061018news005.asp

http://archive.columbiatribune.com/2004/nov/20041110news008.asp

http://archive.columbiatribune.com/1998/feb/19980225news05.htm


Keeping Crime Low: Some Places to Go
 

TROUBLE TOWN, Part 1: The Nightmare on Alton Street

Gerau
Drug dealers make great tenants. They're quiet, keep a low profile, and pay their rent with a big wad of cash. It's the junkies you don't want. They never pay and tear the place up.  -- conversations with a Columbia slumlord 

COLUMBIA, 4/25/07  (Beat Byte) -- How does Columbia greet a new KU coaching recruit to MU -- a Tiger-inspired Jayhawk coup?

With a frightening night of drug dealing on Alton Street, where three
houses have quartered criminals for years and five MU coaches got an eyeful moving their cub compadre and his wife into a cute little nearby home.

The young couple loved the neighborhood, saying it reminded them of
Lawrence, Kansas. But after watching nonstop dope dealing on Alton -- where dashing from a porch to the street went on from the afternoon until the wee morning hours, and buyers boldly waved and smiled -- they promptly moved out.

Fireworks maven Bob Gerau, who owns homes at 703 and 705 Alton, has
had problems with both properties for as long as anyone on Alton can remember. In recent years, Gerau's tenants have been arrested for crack cocaine, assault, forgery, and trespassing, helping fuel an environment of fear along a small, otherwise tidy street that runs just behind a large new building leased for students by Columbia College.

Residents of 707 Alton -- a non-rental property -- haven't been any
easier on the frail nerves of the street's law-abiding majority.

Often dealing in plain sight of Jefferson Junior High -- where dozens
of school children form a daily PE parade to the Hickman High athletic fields -- narcotics buyers and sellers join the occasional prostitute using the side yard of the Columbia College apartments as a stealth passage between Alton and Hickman streets.

With his renter-related share of the troubles, does Gerau know what his tenants
are up to? And more importantly, can he do anything about it?

Absolutely, says Columbia Police Department Crime-Free Housing program
director Tim Thomason.

"When someone is arrested, their address is cross referenced with
rental property and Section 8 files," Thomason tells the Heart Beat. "If their address is a rental, then an arrest notification is sent to the landlord.
Landlords are also given specific notices when drugs or prostitution are found at their property."

What's more, Thomason notes that landlords "always have the upper
hand in being able to stop criminal activity."

Exercising that upper hand typically means canning the crooks.


"Take immediate and appropriate action based on the type
of criminal activity," Thomason tells landlords. "Be willing to evict."






Alton Street Rap Sheet
News stories:
Three arrested as police search homes

Drugs found in search of 707 Alton

About 6:20 p.m., Sgt. Brian Richenberger said in a news release, officers went to 703 Alton Ave. and seized the crack cocaine. They arrested occupants of the home Laval O. Hickem, 27, on suspicion of second-degree drug-trafficking, Lakeysha R. Briscoe, 24, on five outstanding misdemeanor warrants and Aleem S. Thompson, 24, on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, cocaine.
Arrests and warrants


Lakeysha Renee Briscoe, 24, of 703 Alton Ave., four counts of failure to follow judge's orders, failure to appear in court
David Lockett Mitchell, 19, of 703 Alton Ave., possession of a controlled substance
David Lockett Mitchell, 19, of 703 Alton Ave., forgery

Carlos Shane Ortega, 29, of 705 Alton Ave., out-of-county warrant
Carlos S. Ortega, 29, of 705 Alton Ave., first-degree trespassing.
Carlos S. Ortega, 28, of 705 Alton Ave., first-degree trespassing.

July 14, 2006: Omari Robert Simmons-Smith, 28, of 707 Alton Ave., distribution, manufacture or possession of controlled substance, $20,000 bond.
July 14, 2006: Lyn Joseph Smith, 23, of 707 Alton Ave., distribution, manufacture or possession of controlled substance, $20,000 bond.
Sept. 29, 2006: Montreil Donell Johnson, 21, 707 Alton Ave., no operator's license and peace disturbance.
Sept. 29, 2006: Montreil Donell Johnson, 21, of 707 Alton Ave., noise violation, driving without proper license
Oct. 2, 2006:  Montreil Donell Johnson, 21, of 707 Alton Ave., six counts of failure to appear in court, $75,000 bond
November 6, 2006: Montreil Donell Johnson, 21, of 707 Alton Ave., seven counts of failure to appear in court, $85,000 bond