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State Rep. Thomas Letson State Rep. Thomas Letson

WARREN, Ohio - State Representative Thomas Letson (D- District 64) pleads not guilty to violating city zoning codes for allegedly allowing the use of his property as a home for people recovering from substance abuse. Letson did not personally appear in court but entered a written plea.

According to the complaint filed by building inspector Christopher Tanneyhill,  by allowing the so-called "sober house" at 3171 Foster Drive, Letson is violating the residential zoning designation for the neighborhood.

Letson inherited the house from his parents and in June. He entered into a lease agreement with two men who turned it into what they claim is a "sober house."

Neighbors at an August hearing testified that they had witnessed parties at the home and open intoxication. "People have seen the residents of the home in the garage smoking marijuana," says Natasha Frenchko.

Letson says the two men running home are not part of a rehab agency and while he claims they are at the home every day, they are not there 24 hours.

But despite the lack of supervision, Letson believes the tenants are following the rules.

"There's no activity there that is questionable according to what the house rules are or they would no longer be living there," Letson says.

 

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