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“We can’t allow someone to live in that [atmosphere] now that we are essentially the owners of the property,” Mr. Sullivan said. “The home isn’t safe; it’s not sanitary. It’s certainly not suitable for anyone to live in, especially not a 101-year-old mother.”

HUD doesn’t want to pay to fix up the house, but Mr. Sullivan said the department is seeking other agencies that might help with the work and get Mrs. Hollis back into her home.

After hearing about her longtime friend’s eviction, Pollian Cheeks, 68, offered Mrs. Hollis a room at her home about a mile away.


Detective in Simpson trial, Polanski case dies at 70

LOS ANGELES — Philip Vannatter, the Los Angeles police detective who served as a lead investigator in the 1994 slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, has died.

His brother, Joe, said Vannatter died Friday in Southern California of complications from cancer. He was 70.

Vannatter spent 28 years with the Los Angeles Police Department, mostly as a homicide detective. He later consulted on cold-case murders.

He was among the first detectives on the scene at former football star O.J. Simpson’s mansion in June 1994 after the stabbing deaths of Simpson’s former wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Vannatter testified at the murder trial, at which Simpson was acquitted.

In 1977, Vannatter conducted the investigation that led to the arrest of film director Roman Polanski on charges of having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

From wire dispatches and staff reports