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11/11/2008 3:22 PM by

Esau Miller, a long-time complainant about criminal activity at the senior housing facility Church Hill House at Burton and 24th Streets, has been evicted after being caught smoking pot in his apartment:

Officials from Church Hill House, where Miller lives, persuaded the judge to evict Miller after a security guard caught him in his apartment smoking marijuana — a drug Miller says relieves pain from the glaucoma that’s rendered him blind.

One of the residents living in Miller’s East End building was strangled to death in 2006. A second senior was killed later that year, but Miller had been raising a ruckus about safety before the first murder. His complaints caught the attention of Congressman Bobby Scott, Mayor-elect Dwight C. Jones and City Councilwoman Delores McQuinn. Councilman Marty Jewell testified at last week’s hearing.

Some changes have been made to the security system since the killings, but the major changes have been with the building’s management. A new property manager took over in February, and Miller was caught smoking pot by a new security guard making the rounds on his first day.

Miller carries a note in his wallet from his opthamologist. “According to Mr. Miller’s reports to me,” it states, “he has found marijuana to be beneficial in controlling his intra-ocular pressure along with medications that have been prescribed.”


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