PRINCESS ANNE — Concerned about activities at a group home on his street — including an arson fire that closed it — Oak Street resident Henry Teagle asked the Princess Anne Commissioners to look into better regulating and monitoring these kinds of facilities in the future.
He said he was pleased with the "marvelous" response time by the police department and volunteer fire company to the early morning blaze Aug. 3 at 30409 Oak Street, but the residence owned by Go-Getters he said had been a problem in the past.
The safety and welfare of individuals, and who comes and goes to properties like this, "is a concern of the city," he said, but there is no information shared on who lives there, or how many.
"They have a right, but also the citizens have a right to come and say we don’t want this in our community," Mr. Teagle said, describing how an individual who said he just got out of jail told him he was supposed to be there. "I’ve had them approach my grandson," he said, and the fire especially scared a neighbor who has small kids.
"We don’t need this to happen again."
Mr. Teagle said the town should have some rules and regulations about these kinds of homes, saying it’s dangerous even for police who may be called yet don’t know who or how many are supposed to be there. "We don’t need...something like this in our neighborhood," he said.
Commissioner President Lionel Frederick said during the Sept. 7 town meeting that he would look into it and consult with the police and fire chiefs. Deputy State Fire Marshals on Sept. 2 arrested a resident of the home and charged him with arson. Jackson T. Cain, 30, is being held without bond.