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Spokane Considers Tracking Abandoned Homes

The Spokane City Council is considering creating a registry of abandoned homes to prevent them from slipping into disrepair. The Washington council is scheduled on Monday to consider an ordinance that would require banks or other responsible parties to register …

Proposal Would Help Ohio Cities Raze Vacant Homes

Ohio’s big cities this year will raze hundreds of vacant homes that are a danger and a drag on neighborhoods, but it’s not enough to keep up with the backlog of empty buildings that number in the thousands. A proposal …

More Than 1,600 Arsons Scar Michigan City’s Landscape

William Iser waits and wonders: Will his home be next? He watched as his street slowly became a shell of what it was. Firefighters were called to Dakota Street 31 times in five years to battle fires set in nearby …

Texas Bill Aims to Keep Squatters Out of Homes

A bill has been filed in the Texas Senate aiming to stop squatters from using an obscure law to move into vacant or foreclosed homes. The Dallas Morning News reports the bill filed last week would require prospective squatters to …

String of Texas Fires Intentionally Set

Investigators in Southeast Texas are trying to determine who’s been starting fires this week in vacant houses. The Port Arthur Fire Department says three structures were set ablaze during a 90-minute period ending early Thursday. KFDM-TV reports one firefighter suffered …

Michigan City Reports Rash of Copper Pipe Thefts

Police in Kalamazo, Mich., are reporting a string of burglaries in vacant homes in which the thieves seem to have been mainly interested in stealing copper pipes. Public safety Lt. Dave Ostrander says that “there have been 15 burglaries of …

Wisconsin Officials: Racine’s Rash of Fires May be Arson

Law enforcement officials in Racine are investigating whether a serial arsonist is behind a rash of suspicious fires on the south side of the city and in Mount Pleasant. The Journal Times of Racine reports that since June 6, police …