LAW­SUIT TAR­GETS ‘YEL­LOW HOUSE’

The Sun News - - Front Page - BY ALEX LANG [email protected]­sun­news.com

A pros­e­cu­tor is seek­ing to close a rental build­ing that it claims in a law­suit is a nui­sance, with mul­ti­ple drug calls.

use, pros­ti­tu­tion, fights and seem­ingly con­stant po­lice calls to one Myr­tle Beach home led the area’s pros­e­cu­tor to ask a judge for help in shut­ting it down.

The Horry County so­lic­i­tor’s of­fice de­scribed the 5th Av­enue North house as a “nui­sance” in court pa­per­work.

So­lic­i­tor Jimmy Richard­son filed the re­quest in Horry County Cir­cuit Court this week. Joe Ride­outte Jr. is the owner for 407 5th Ave. North and is named as the de­fen­dant. The home is com­monly re­ferred to as the “Yel­low House” — de­spite be­ing bright teal — ac­cord­ing to court records.

The two-story house rents rooms to ten­ants, ac­cord­ing to a court fil­ing.

In 2016, the state filed a nui­sance ac­tion against the home. Richard­son said at that time that they thought it was the first nui­sance re­quest against a home in the Myr­tle Beach area.

The nui­sance la­bel and clos­ing re­quests are typ­i­cally used for prob­lem­atic busi­nesses in the Grand Strand. As a re­sult of the 2016 case, Ride­outte could re­sume his busi­ness, but cer­tain con­di­tions were to be met.

The state, in the fil­ing, says Ride­outte has not fol­lowed those con­di­tions since re­open­ing ear­lier this year. The prob­lems in­clude:

Myr­tle Beach po­lice and

● med­i­cal per­son­nel have re­sponded five times since May for drug over­doses. No­body has died be­cause emer­gency crews ad­mi­nis Drug tered Nar­can to coun­ter­act the drugs.

Of­fi­cers have re­sponded to

“mul­ti­ple calls” for drug use and deal­ing at the house since the end of March. The calls in­cluded peo­ple claim­ing to buy drugs and a child be­ing taken from the home. That child later tested pos­i­tive for co­caine.

Po­lice also had mul­ti­ple re­ports

● of fights and as­saults at the Yel­low House, in­clud­ing ten­ants threat­en­ing peo­ple with a ra­zor and a ham­mer, and some­one hit­ting an­other per­son with a bat.

A nearby busi­ness also de­scribed

● Yel­low House ten­ants leav­ing drug trash in a park­ing lot, see­ing pros­ti­tu­tion, and as­sault vic­tims vis­it­ing the busi­ness plead­ing for help.

The fil­ing calls the ac­tiv­ity at the Yel­low House “of­fen­sive to pub­lic de­cency, morals, peace and health and con­sti­tutes a pub­lic nui­sance.”

Of­fi­cials say they gave writ­ten no­tice of be­ing a nui­sance home to Ride­outte on Oct. 19.

The re­quest asks a judge to pro­hibit Ride­outte, peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with him and em­ploy­ees from us­ing the home. The fil­ing also asks for per­mis­sion to take posses­sion of all the prop­erty in­side the fa­cil­ity that is used to cre­ate the nui­sance.

Ride­outte could not be reached in time for this re­port. One Yel­low House res­i­dent said Wed­nes­day that there were no drugs, and if there were, she “wouldn’t be liv­ing there.”

Homes or busi­nesses with a hand­ful of com­plaints are not nui­sances, Richard­son said. He de­scribed a nui­sance as a prop­erty with so many prob­lems that it has an im­pact on peo­ple who live and work nearby.

“When it’s the worst of the worst, we try to go after those,” he said.

JOSH BELL [email protected]­sun­news.com

County of­fi­cials say po­lice have re­sponded to mul­ti­ple drug calls at this 5th Av­enue North house.

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