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UPDATE: Granville Couple Evicted From Home Files Lawsuit Against Town

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Patrick Russell and Sylvia Smith have filed a lawsuit against the town for "wrongfully condemning their property." Smith, Russell's caretaker, said they were also denied the right to put a mobile home on the property.

"The procedure that they used in condemning houses and telling people they need repaired houses, they are not following the codes properly. I worry every day if I'm even going to have a roof over my head. Sometimes I even wonder if I'm going to be able to buy a pack of toilet paper," said Smith.

Granville's attorney, Michael Soloman, declined to comment on the matter, since it is still in litigation. The town has 30 days to respond.


Earlier this week, Granville granted Patrick Russell another week in his house, buying him some time to figure out alternative housing for himself, his partner and their five dogs.

The Twitter community helped to raised more than $2,000 for the family, but their struggle isn't over just yet.

Russell has found alternative housing for now but said his family is still heavily relying on donations to help with moving costs.Fundraiserr has been set up to help the family. Donors can earn Kindle books or free web design services by contributing to the cause.

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As the temperatures continue to drop, a Monongalia County couple is fighting to stay in its home, after the town of Granville deemed the structure unlivable.

For more than 20 years, 320 Price Street in Granville has been home for Patrick Russell and his family. But come Monday, that may no longer be the case, as town officials plan to condemn the home.

For Sylvia Smith, the New Year hasn't begun with the most welcoming of changes. Last week, the town of Granville issued a letter from its Code Enforcement Department, telling Smith to vacate the home she shares with Russell and their five dogs.

"Way back in the summer, they mentioned that we needed to cut the grass, and this and that. And we knew that the house needed a bunch of repairs," said Smith.

"There are some other structures in this town that are in the same shape as mine is," said Russell.

Russell is an author who works out of his home. He has been legally blind since the early 1990s and suffers from a medical condition.

"I haven't been out of my house in 11 years. I don't know anybody around here anymore. My eyes, the inflammation, my eyes get worse. So yes, my home is everything to me," said Russell.

Smith said it has been a tireless process that has put them back to square one several times.

"My idea was to get a mobile home and put here. But then Granville told me they changed the rules and don't allow a trailer on a private property," said Smith.

While some residents say they've seen other houses be condemned, others we talked to were surprised, like Bonnie Corley, who has lived in the neighborhood for almost 40 years.

"I was very surprised whenever you said that the lady was going to be evicted. Usually people here own their own homes and take very good care of them," said Corley.

Both Russell and Smith are still holding out hope that Granville will give them the gift of time.

"I know they have every legal right to condemn this house, and I understand that. All I'm asking them for is not to do it until March," said Smith.

At this time, we have reached out to the town of Granville, but we have not yet heard back from officials.

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