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Walnut couple rack up more than $36,000 in code violations

May 26, 2010 | 11:22 am

An elderly couple from Walnut allegedly kept their home so unsightly that they racked up more than $36,000 in fines resulting from 279 code violations issued by the city, authorities said Wednesday.

Richard McDonald, 76, and his wife live on a two-acre property on Camino De Teodoro. Neighbors apparently complained to city officials about the smell and mess left by numerous abandoned cars and animals they had kept on the premises, including some 20 dogs and 200 pigeons.

“Neighbors complained about the substantial amount of animals on the property. There was also overgrown vegetation, storage of junk, storage of debris,” said Tom Weiner, community development director for the city of Walnut.

McDonald and the city are locked in litigation to resolve the matter, Weiner said.

-- Ching-Ching Ni

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