- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - Douglas County commissioners are asking a judge to stop a family from dumping junk at an old schoolhouse property south of Lawrence.

The Lawrence Journal-World (https://j.mp/1YgmNEe ) reports that a petition filed in Douglas County District Court requests a temporary restraining order or a preliminary injunction. The property includes a rural schoolhouse that was built in 1890.

The petition describes the property as a “junk yard” and describes it as “dangerous” and a “nuisance” that could harm the health, welfare and safety of other residents. Junk on the property includes old cars and tires, machinery, vehicle motor parts and yard equipment.

It’s an unusual step for the county, whose code-enforcement philosophy in recent years has been to work with violators rather than to penalize them.

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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