- Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The city of Charleston has removed several benches from a street triangle after complaints about homeless people who used them.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail (https://bit.ly/2cc9fcz ) reports that Mayor Danny Jones ordered seven benches to be removed from the triangle on Wednesday.

Charleston Public Grounds office director Jerry Hill says homeless people started using the benches to store their personal belongings and started throwing trash on the ground. He says citizens had complained about the trash and about being harassed by some homeless people.

Hill says the city had cleaned up the triangle area several times, but the problem still persisted.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette-Mail, https://wvgazettemail.com.

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