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Woman is cleaning up yard, Hale says

Monday, July 21, 2003

Lisa Goodpasture recently had a misdemeanor charge filed against her for occupying a dwelling unfit for human habitation. Her yard was found to have a hugh accumulation of trash, garbage, vehicles and tires and a refrigerator with an unsecured door.

Bill Hale, registered environmental health specialist of the Clay County Health Department, said Goodpasture was given two 30-day periods to clean up her yard with no evidence of improvement. He notified the Clay County Prosecutor who filed charges at that time.

When contacted by a Times reporter, Goodpasture said she had tried to clean up her yard but was unable to do so without help.

The single mother said she had a limited income and could not afford to pay for trash removal services. Her home is located outside of the Brazil City trash pick-up district.

After notification of the charges, Goodpasture attempted to rectify the situation. Hale said he met with Goodpasture at her home June 30 and re-inspected the residence.

"She got a trash removal service," Hale said. "Most of the trash and garbage is gone. They left a canister and will remove trash regularly. Some of the vehicles still remain, but the refrigerator is gone. She's made quite a bit of progress."

The prosecutor's office was contacted to check on the status of the charge. A representative said that it's set for initial hearing July 28. The outcome will probably not be known until after that court appearance.

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