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Nov 21, 2013 7:12 PM

Police Finally Gain Access to Annaville 'Fortress'

Corpus Christi - Herlinda Nunez's home on Eastwood Drive in Annaville sits behind a patchwork fence of old wood and barbed wire.

Police arrived today to serve a warrant to check the place out. They needed half an hour just to find a way in.

And when they finally pried open the garage door and worked their way inside, police spokesman, Senior Officer Travis Pace said the inside was as bad, if not worse, than the outside.

"What you have are numerous fire hazards, solid waste hazards ... so there was a lot of stuff inside that would pose a danger to anyone living there.," he said.

When police finally coaxed her out, Nunez told social workers someone is out to get her.
She asked police for 30 more days to clean the place up.

They later took her to a local hopsital for evaluation.

And, she agreed but continued blaming the neighbors for the state of her home and property.

"They're doing this to me on purposely (sic)," she said. "They're the ones that went in there - how would they know what's in my house if they didn't do it? How would they know what I got inside if they didn't go in there because I don't let anyone go in there's cause it's a mess.">

Don and Paula Kennedy live nearby and said they've been fighting to have the house cleaned up for years.

And until today, nothing happened.

They said they are relieved but also saddened that it had to come to this.

"I just think something should've been done sooner," Paula Kennedy said. "We pay a lot of taxes and would've liked to have had a little help a little sooner than this."

County Commissioner Mike Pusley and City Councilman Kelley Allen parked his giant pickup truck about 50 yards away from Nunez's house and, together with County Commissioner Mike Pusley, watched as police worked to find a way onto the property.

Allen said later that both he and Pusley - the city and county officials responsible for the Annaville area - were glad the situation had come to a peaceful ending.

Both men have worked with city and county authorities to bring the proper resources together. They both said they hope Nunez is now getting the help she needs.

City neighborhood services director Eddie Ortega told KRIS-6 now that they're in the house they can determine the number of violations and take the right steps.

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