LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Homeowners in one east Louisville neighborhood say they've had it. In the past month, their normally quiet streets have twice been the scene of a meth lab cleanup. Police say as soon as the culprits get locked up they are out and right back in the same house. Neighbors didn't see it coming.
"Beware of dog" signs on the front of a house combined with a health department warning about "dangers from a meth lab."
"You hear about it happening in other areas," said Mike Pedigo, a neighbor, "but when it happens in your neighborhood, it hits home."
Brookhaven, located off of Browns Lane, has been called home to a good mix of both seniors and young families.
The problem began a few weeks ago when Louisville Metro Police busted Christopher Lane, 30, for a meth lab at the home he owns in the 4000 block of Lynnbrook Drive. Police were back Tuesday for a second arrest. Lane, Destinee Belcher, 19, and another man, Patrick "Kip" Laliherte, 24, were charged. Twenty four hours later, the three were out of jail and right back in the contaminated house.
"We got people that are getting in for meth labs and are out the next day, it's sad," said neighbor Lee Downing. "What type of people are around here?"
We wanted to find out, but the people inside the house in question had no interest in talking to us.
"That's not for neighborhoods, especially neighborhoods here with a school just a half mile up the road or less and we've got a catholic church and a school down the other side and we need help getting these out of these areas," Pedigo said of the meth lab.
Homeowners said they appreciate the police work, but are fed up with the judicial system and are vowing to get the help they need to make sure Brookhaven doesn't become a "methhaven."
Neighbors said they've seen children inside the home at different times.
The three arrested face meth production charges. The homeowners plan to meet with Marilyn Parker, the district's new Metro Councilwoman. Parker said she is looking into the nuisance abatement ordinance and will investigate the problem.
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