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Sherman Hills moves to evict 10

Witness to deadly shooting one of the tenants to receive notices

January 09. 2014 11:27PM

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WILKES-BARRE — Sherman Hills Realty has filed eviction notices against 10 tenants — including an eyewitness in a homicide case — for non-payment of rent and lease violations.

The notices were filed with District Judge Martin Kane in Wilkes-Barre.

One of the tenants being evicted for failure to pay rent is a witness in the deadly shooting within the troubled apartment complex in November.

Jasmin Frazier allegedly owes $366 in back rent. She testified during a preliminary hearing last month that she saw Kenneth Evans III, 21, brandishing a handgun and reaching into a Jeep Grand Cherokee discharging two rounds that struck Shantique Goodson, 27, on Nov. 11.

Frazier said she was standing next to the Jeep talking to Goodson, a passenger, and the driver, Tiara McDuffie, when Evans started shooting, according to her testimony. Goodson died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Evans is facing an open count of criminal homicide in Luzerne County Court.

Diane Page, 26, was served with an eviction notice alleging lease violations and $125 in unpaid rent. Wilkes-Barre police charged Page with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia on Dec. 4, court records say.

Jacqueline Smith-Hill was served with an eviction notice claiming an “unauthorized guest” in her apartment and $307 in unpaid rent.

An eviction notice filed against Precious Stallings alleges violations of her lease.

Arrest papers for Dominic Owens, 22, of Edwardsville, say he was found in Stalling’s apartment with a .380-caliber handgun on Dec. 13. The handgun was reported stolen to the Kingston Police Department.

Owens was arraigned Thursday on charges of receiving stolen property and illegal possession of a firearm and jailed at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $10,000 bail.

DeShaun Smith and Danielle Jackson are being evicted for lease violations.

Justin Harrison, Jessica Belgrave, Birhan Solomon, Gary Albert and John Bennett were served eviction notices for failure to pay rent.

Sherman Hills has come under scrutiny by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development after an inspection found inoperable surveillance cameras, dim lighting and broken doors and windows.

Owners of the complex are planned to go before the city planning and zoning board on Jan. 15.

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