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More activity at 'haven for parolees'

Woman is cited for illegally living in trailer outside home that's drawn several arrests.

February 18, 2011|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

EAST GLENDALE — Code enforcement inspectors cited an illegally occupied trailer at a Chevy Chase Canyon Estates home this week as part of a string of grievances against the property.

Neighborhood Services inspectors visited the property in the 3000 block of Paddington Road on Wednesday after receiving complaints from residents amid increased policing activity, officials said.

Inspectors found a woman living inside a trailer parked on the property’s driveway that was illegally hooked up to plumbing and sewage lines, Inspector Che Hill said.

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They yellow-tagged the trailer, which officials said made it uninhabitable but still allowed the woman 72 hours to move out.

The property has been a source of concern for residents, police and city officials for almost a decade.

“The neighbors are not happy about the situation, and they are afraid because of the types of individuals that live there,” said Brian Duran, president of the Chevy Chase Estates Assn.

Neighborhood Services officials have been working with police and the city attorney's office to address issues at the property, which has been the source of several inspections, officials said.

Police have responded to calls and issues regarding the property roughly 60 times in the past decade, officials said. More than two dozen people have also been arrested at the property, officials said.

Just last week, police performed a parole search of the property and arrested 31-year-old Jack Patton in connection with stealing a vehicle from a business on Lexington Avenue, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

Patton reportedly found a checkbook in the vehicle, issued $300 checks in his name and tried to deposit them in his own bank account, Lorenz said.

The home’s caretaker, Daniel Sherman Harris, who officials said inherited the property after his father died, was arrested in January 2010 on suspicion of prostitution, authorities said.

Harris, a registered sex offender, allegedly advertised his massage services in LA Weekly, and then offered sexual services for a rate. He has a prior conviction for lewd or lascivious acts with a child 14 or 15 years old, according to the Megan's Law database.

Attempts to contact Harris at his home were unsuccessful.

A major concern for police has been the repeated use of the home address by recently released prison inmates.

When parolees are released from prison, they are required to provide a home address, Glendale Police Lt. Todd Anderson said.

Many recently released parolees have given the Paddington Road address to state law enforcement officials as their home, although many never move into the home, he added.

Still, Anderson said, “it’s a haven for parolees.”

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