Huntington alleges criminal is operating illegal halfway house in city

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Jul 17, 2018

HUNTINGTON – The city of Huntington is seeking to close an allegedly illegal halfway house in the city.

The city of Huntington filed a complaint in Cabell Circuit Court against Larry Wilson and Christina Lynn Jack Perkins and Recovery House on 10th LLC seeking immediate preliminary injunction.

According to the complaint, Wilson obtained ownership of a property in Huntington in September 2011 and Perkins moved into it in 2018 as a tenant. The suit states that Perkins is under supervision of the Cabell County Day Report Center and is on home confinement until August.

The plaintiff claims defendants represented to the West Virginia Division of Corrections that they were fully licensed to serve as a commercial halfway house for recently released prisoners on parole. Despite having no certification of occupancy from the plaintiff, the defendants allegedly allowed convicts to live the property with no supervision other than that of "another criminal that poses a serious and immediate threat to the safety and well-being of persons living in the immediate neighborhood as well as residents of the city and county at large."

The plaintiff seeks to enforce the closure of the illegal halfway house upon noncompliance and preliminary injunction to be ordered to remain in place until such a time as permanent injunction is in place. It is represented by City Attorney Scott A. Damron and Assistant City Attorney Ericka Hernandez in Huntington.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Christopher D. Chiles.

Cabell Circuit Court case number 18-C-229

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