Upper Marlboro residents upset over neglected mess

Photo courtesy of Demetrio Sams

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WJLA) - The residents who live along Old Colony Drive in Upper Marlboro are frustrated over a home that's in horrible shape.

Neighbors like Demetrio Sams says that someone needs to respond to something like this ASAP:

"When I walk out my door, I hate to drive past it."

The reason Sams and other residents are fuming is that back on December 13 -- almost 10 days ago -- dozens of workers dumped much of what was inside the vacant house onto the sidewalk – and then left.

"I can't believe it," says Kendrick Savage. "I can't believe it. Look at this stuff: there's a piano, there's several chairs, couches, boxes, dirty mattresses, like five of them."

Residents say the home has been empty for a couple of years and went through the foreclosure process. They suspect that whoever owns the townhouse arranged for it to be cleared out, but disregarded the part about needing to be cleaned up.

"Foreclosure or not, you just can't dump on private land," says Terry Donaldson.

Those complaining about the unsanitary conditions have asked county officials for help, but were told that removing the mess and several years' worth of belongings could take some time.

"I'm sure that if this was in front of the County Executive's office or in his home or in his community, it would have been gone a long time ago," says Demetrio Sams.

Residents just hope that with Christmas only a few days away, this won't be the view family and friends will have to see when driving by.

"It makes your home look like a dump, and we all work hard to live in decent neighborhoods," says Katie McCullough-Bradshaw.