West Side Neighborhood Fighting Battle Of The Buzz

By: Erin Logan Email
By: Erin Logan Email

For two years, a west side neighborhood in South Bend has been fighting the battle of the buzz!!
They say unwanted guests have claimed their neighborhood and local officials aren't doing anything to help them.

There are annoying neighbors that we can just avoid when we see, but Oliver Crumedy says that is not an option for him. he says, “they're my next door neighbors.”

He's stuck with one two many unwanted guests. The bees have been around for two years claiming an abandoned home. The previous homeowner is nowhere to be found. The bees keep attracting more of their friends and Crumedy really wants them to move out. He's tried, but he's had no luck.

Crumedy says, “When we call the city code they should come investigate and see what they can do because we pay our taxes. They're treating us badly.”

He says being handicaphe's of course used to having limited mobility, but now he feels helpless in his own neighborhood. He says, “The weather is getting nicer, the sun is getting hotter and they're going to be flying on my porch again.”

What really bothers him is that he has grandchildren who come over almost everyday and they can't even play with the 20 plus kids in the area.

Jeannie Kline says it's ridiculous they all have to live like this. Her son is terrified. Plus, a lot of these kids are allergic to bees.

She says, “These kids should be able to ride their bikes in the neighborhood and the sidewalk and be children but they can't with bees like that.”

These neighbors say they've contacted the County Health Department and Code Enforcement multiple times with no luck.

The Health Department tells NewsCenter 16 they don't handle cases like this one. Code Enforcement says they will be more than willing to investigate Monday morning.


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