JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tempers flared in a Jacksonville neighborhood after Action News Jax was called out for alleged drug and prostitution activity involving a shed behind a Lakeshore home on Palmer Avenue.
Resident Ed Mills had put up signs warning of alleged prostitution and drugs, and added cameras to catch perpetrators in the act. Mills said he’s been dealing with problems for the last year and a half.
At 6: Lakeshore man puts up signs alerting police & neighbors to alleged prostitution & drug activity happening in a shed behind a home. pic.twitter.com/pz4TQ2J8wQ— Russell Colburn (@RussellANjax) October 26, 2017
“It’s just got to stop,” Mills said. “We have small children in this neighborhood, and it’s a nice peaceful neighborhood, except for that house.”
The homeowner, Mike Cuno, allowed Action News Jax cameras into the shed in question.
“It’s 90 degrees in here,” reporter Russell Colburn observed.
The woman inside the shed looked out of it.
“Are you OK?” Colburn asked.
Not getting a response, Action News Jax called for help.
Minutes later, police and paramedics arrived, but they didn’t transport the woman, saying she was awake and alert and didn’t want to go.
Action News Jax Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson made some sense of it all.
“Unless there’s some indication that the individual is in crisis, meaning they can’t think correctly, they’re somehow impaired in a way that would cause the officers to worry about their personal safety, there’s really nothing anyone can do,” Carson said.
Court documents show Cuno evicted that woman twice prior to this.
They also show she's been arrested multiple times, including a conviction for prostitution just last year.
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