Calif. judge orders owners of nuisance complex to live there

"The Compound" is about to get a couple of new residents – the people who own it.

Sacramento Superior Court Judge Loren E. McMaster made that an order Friday, ahead of next month's scheduled trial on the city's effort to close down the Dixieanne Avenue apartment complex, reputed by police to be the worst gang and drug nuisance on Sacramento's north side.

McMaster did give owners William and Blessing Iyasere a choice. He said he could either affirm his tentative ruling to close the place down immediately, or he could stay the order until trial – with the provision that either one of the owners be on the premises around the clock.

With a $350,000 investment in the property, according to their lawyer, and a need to collect the rent money, the couple opted to live in their own building until the trial's scheduled beginning on Dec. 9.

Lawyers from the City Attorney's Office hailed McMaster's decision and predicted they will win at trial.

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