Living in fear...it has been the buzz in a South Bend neighborhood for a long time.
A few too many unwanted neighbors claimed an abandoned house, scaring the rest of the people.
We are talking hundreds of bees buzzing around.
But, after a report just days ago on NewsCenter 16, Code Enforcement has made sure the buzz now on Fisher Street is "I have my neighborhood back.”
The buzz is coming to end for Oliver Crumedy.
His nasty neighbors are being booted out by an exterminator.
Crumedy says, “I'm very excited. I have my porch back and can roll around on in my wheelchair on the sidewalk again and go cook outdoors too.”
For almost two years, Crumedy and his neighbors were afraid to even walk outside.
The street has a number of children and elderly people. Many of them are allergic to bees.
He says, “I got stung by one the other day.”
Crumedy called Code Enforcement but says nothing was done, so we contacted them.
Code Enforcement tells us they usually do not handle situations with bees, but after witnessing the buzz here, they agreed this is dangerous.
They immediately sent a letter to Jason Trowbridge, the owner of the abandoned home.
They say he has a reputation for ditching homes.
The letter told him he has to take action and get rid of these bees; Trowbridge never responded.
In the meantime, the city is stuck paying the exterminator.
Crumedy says, “The guy who owns the house should be responsible for this.”
We went to ask Trowbridge at his Granger home, “Why?”
His wife wouldn't tell us much.
She says he lives in Oregon.
We asked her if she received the letter from code enforcement and she said she did not know.
We told her that code enforcement would be sending him a bill holding him accountable.
She shut the door and said she will tell him when she moves from their Granger home and joins him in Oregon.
In South Bend’s Fisher Street neighborhood, Crumedy will be joining his friends living life worry-free.
The exterminator tells us there may be a few more stops on Fisher Street to make sure the bees are gone.
Code Enforcement says Trowbridge will be sent the bills.
If they do not receive payments, they will get a collection agency involved.