Tony Williams lives on Henrico Road in DeKalb County. Williams said he was tired of driving by an abandoned lot on the corner of Henrico and Moreland Avenue.
"Mainly it turned into a dump site. Trash was dumped all over the parking lot everywhere. All the windows were knocked out, doors wide open," said Williams. Vince Bowden also drives by the lot on his way to work.
"We see prostitution, loitering, crime and drugs and stuff like that. We don't want that next to our house," said Bowden
Bowden said he and his neighbors have had a problem with the vacant lot for about 6 months.
He said he couldn't get anyone to do anything about it until he contacted DeKalb's Solicitor-General, Sherry Boston.
"I made several phone calls. I called the police department and the sanitation department. After I didn't get any response from them, I called the solicitor general.
Boston got the ball rolling. She got sanitation and the police involved. Police arrested two women and charged them with prostitution and a man was charged with pimping on the property.
The sanitation department cleaned up the property and put up barriers to keep people out.
"It's something we want the public to know that we are doing. Our community prosecution program is linked to the community to resolve just these kinds of issues," said Boston.
"I'm glad they cleaned it up," said Bowden.
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