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Living conditions at McNamee property headed to court

Police served Ethel “Punki” McNamee with a nuisance abatement order on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Estacada/Sandy Police Chief Kim Yamashita explained that McNamee had been served because of repetitive calls for police service to the property.

She explained that McNamee had 10 days to respond to Yamashita with a plan to take care of the problem.

The Estacada News reported in an article published Thursday, Jan. 23, that police had been called to the property 19 times in 22 days.

That figure comes from the number of police reports originating from that property between Dec. 26 and 11:40 a.m. Jan. 17, when the request for a count was made.

The residence, owned by Ethel “Punki” McNamee, is no stranger to being in the news.

The property first made headlines for a prolonged battle with the city of Estacada over the legality of allowing people to rent and live in various structures on the property.

The Estacada News reported on allegations from tenant Crystal Spencer of alleged unsafe and illegal living conditions in an article published Dec. 26.

In the Jan. 23 article, Sandy Police Chief Kim Yamashita explained that for the last month or so, she had requested her officers to document each time they are called to that property.

Usually, officers have the option of not writing a report if no crime has occurred.

Yamashita said that McNamee’s attorney contacted her to let her know that efforts were being made to evict Spencer.

“They’ve asked me to hold off to see if getting Crystal out of the house will remedy the problem, I’ve agreed to do that,” Yamashita said.

She added that they have roughly 30 days to “do whatever they need to do.”

“Then we’ll re-evaluate the situation at that point to see if that truly remedied the problem or if we need to move forward,” Yamashita said.

The question of Spencer’s eviction is going to trial.

Days after speaking with the Estacada News in December, Spencer was served with a 72-hour notice of non-payment of rent.

The 72-hour notice case was dropped but Spencer’s countsuit has survived.

Spencer is countersuing McNamee for $6,300 and attorney fees for failing to maintain the premises in a habitable condition, retaliatory conduct and mental distress.

Spencer’s attorney, Benjamin Ybarra, said he is hopeful an arbitration hearing date will be set in March.

Spencer was served with a 24-hour notice for alleged outrageous acts in January.

A trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Clackamas County Circuit Court.

Calls to McNamee’s attorney, Arthur Stangell, were not returned.

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