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Getting Results: Neighbors Say Man Turned Front Porch Into Campground

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 FOX 29 is getting results for people who say their longtime neighbor has turned their beautiful block into a campground.

It's an all-too-familiar story; an otherwise neat and tidy neighborhood, thrown into chaos by a single home in disrepair. In this case, the homeowner was using his shared-front steps as a makeshift campground.

Damaryd Vera lives on the 4300 block of Potter Street and says she comes home to the messy scene every day.

"I feel like a hostage, basically," she said.

According to Vera, her neighbor, 63-year-old Richard Osinski, sleeps on the front stoop they share.

She says he's turned it into a makeshift campground, and it's been going on for years.

"I can't enjoy the weather. I can't sit down on my steps and enjoy the nice, warm weather. It's annoying," said Vera.

FOX 29 came by to see for ourselves and, sure enough, it was a mess. There were half-empty food containers and filthy clothes and cigarette butts, signs that someone had spent lots of time out here.

Osinski's neighbors on the other side say his front steps have given the whole block a black eye.

"People come by and they glare over here. You have to look. They drive by and start pointing. It's terrible,” said one neighbor.

FOX 29 persuaded Osinksi to come out of his house and explain what's going on.

When asked if he has been living out there fulltime, he said, "I'm not actually, really." He claims he takes an afternoon nap outside once in awhile. 

Osinski admitted the accumulated mess had gotten "out of hand," but insisted there was nothing dangerous about the situation. He promised to clean up the mess. 

And with that, he began cleaning up the steps, slowly, carefully, until most of the trash and clothing had been removed from the area and placed, ever-so-carefully, in a pair of plastic trash cans.

We showed the "after" picture to Vera.

She's happy the mess is gone for now, but doesn't know if it will stay that way. 

The city's Department of Licenses and Inspections has cited Osinski's property on at least ten occasions over the past few years, for trash and tall grass. In each case, he's cleaned up the mess.

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