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Byline: Greg Botonis Staff Writer
ACTON - Residents of a rural area outside Acton are upset about a rehabilitation rehabilitation: see physical therapy. halfway house halfway house /half·way house/ (haf´wa hous) a residence for patients (e.g., mental patients, drug addicts, alcoholics) who do not require hospitalization but who need an intermediate degree of care until they can return to the community. for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts, many of them ex-convicts.
Peaceful Valley residents say men brought in by the Armenian American Christian Outreach facility drink in their neighborhood and are believed to be responsible for crimes including drug use, a break-in at a nearby house and speeding on the area's dirt roads dirt road n (US) → camino sin firme
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``It's been a nightmare here,'' said one resident, who asked that her name not be used. ``One of our neighbors was a jogger and ran every day until she was approached by a couple of those men. They are very inappropriate, pulling down their pants and things like that. She doesn't go out to run anymore.''
Two men have died at the home, including one who hung himself, officials said. Nearby residents say the deaths make them question the quality of care at the home and convinces them it doesn't deserve to get government money for taking in the men.
Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. County and sheriff's officials said they are aware of the residents' complaints. They said officials have inspected the home and are investigating but that state law limits what actions they can take. State law allows such homes in residential areas as long as they have no more than six residents.
The home's owner said it helps people who need help overcoming their addictions, and that clients are being blamed unfairly for anything bad that happens in the area.
``We are trying to help people and these people keep trying to knock us down,'' said Bedros Hajian. ``Every time there's a car driving down the lane too fast, they blame us for it even though we don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. who it is. It's very interesting that people hate us for no reason. Most of the neighbors are very nice to us but some are just very mean.''
In one instance, residents blame a home burglary burglary, at common law, the breaking and entering of a dwelling house of another at night with the intent to commit a felony, whether the intent is carried out or not. on a former facility client who had been thrown out of the facility. The client's girlfriend was arrested on suspicion of trying to cash a check stolen from the home, sheriff's officials said.
Neighbors also say that even though the home is licensed by the state for six people, there are as many as 15 there at any one time. Officials confirm that they have found more than six people at the home.
``The fire department has indicated seeing more there every time they go out but we've been assured that only six are actually sleeping there at any one time,'' said Norm Hickling, an aide to Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich Michael Dennis Antonovich (born 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors representing the Fifth District, which covers northern Los Angeles County, the Antelope, Santa Clarita, Pasadena, and parts of the San Fernando and San . ``They say that the Bible study Bible study may refer to:
Officials said they are trying to make sure the facility complies with legal requirements, but that state law does not allow them to shut it down for violations.
State officials may pull the license that authorizes it to provide medical services, but residents would still be able to live there as long as medical services are not being provided.
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2. can pop up overnight but they can't be dealt with overnight,'' Hickling said. ``The supervisor is doing everything in his power to make sure that these problems get taken care of as soon as possible.''