MOUNT VERNON — The son of the owner of a Mount Vernon house that was used for drug activity was given an extension on a nuisance abatement order in a status conference hearing in Mount Vernon Common Pleas Court Monday.

Philippe M. Lesage, guardian of his father, and owner of the house Philippe J. Lesage, had complied with the court order of cleaning up the property within the time allotted and was given another 60-day extension to secure the property by Knox County Common Pleas Judge Richard D. Wetzel.

The younger Lesage stated that he would arrange for the electricity to be returned to the house and have a security system installed and working within the next 60 days to prevent any unauthorized use of the property, located at 204 E. Sugar Street. If he complies within the time span, the charge of the house being declared a public nuisance would be dismissed, according to Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville.

The nuisance declaration stems from an investigation that concluded in January of 2017 that found that several tenants and visitors were using drugs in the house. The investigation determined that there four heroin overdoses at the house, including one that was fatal.

Under the order, the house was closed to human habitation until the nuisance is abated.


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