Drugs and Prostitution Shut Down on the East Side

Rockford’s east side near State and Perryville is not your stereotypical drug haven, but neighbors say that’s exactly what one has become.

Lynn Piotrowski lives next to the problem house.

“These people moved in a couple years ago and it’s been nothing but trouble,” she said.

Kevin Carter also lives nearby.

“There would be commotion over here, someone would be arguing, fighting in the driveway, you may hear broken glass.”

But those weren't the most obvious signs that shady activity may have been happening. About six months ago somebody came down the middle of the night and spray painted above the garage door "this is a crack house" the unwanted advertising was removed from the garage the next day.

Two weeks ago one resident got fed up, and laid it all out for his neighbors, he wrote a letter that said:

"We all have an issue on our street."

"Hard drugs are being sold there."

"Crack cocaine, tainted heroin, ecstasy and date rape drugs."

"Upstairs is used for prostitution."

But neighbors also said the prostitutes didn’t just stay upstairs, they would venture out into the streets asking for rides into town.

“They ask for gas; they ask to sell a bottle of whiskey for ten dollars for some money.”

The house has been shut down temporarily, and neighbors are hoping they can get back to the peace and quiet they had before the bad apple moved in.

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