Ardmore residents concerned about rehab house

ARDMORE - Some Ardmore residents said they are concerned about their neighborhood after they saw a Jackson County vehicle bring a man in shackles to stay at a drug and alcohol rehab house on their street.

The owner of the house said the man is harmless. But neighbors said they're not sure. They told KXII they have no problem with anyone who wants to turn over a new leaf, but when they saw a shackled man escorted to an alcohol and drug recovery house down the street, they were outraged.

"They have shackled prisoners coming into our neighborhood," one neighbor said.

Another resident said his children saw the same incident.

"He was in the yard and noticed the patrol car going by couple times saw the individual get out of the car in shackles."

According to the Oxford House website, there are four houses in Ardmore. Neighbors said they were not aware.

The landlord who rents the house to Oxford said neighbors have nothing to fear.

"That is an individual who was in prison only for substance abuse charge not in prison for any violent offense," he said.

Ardmore City Attorney Tim Pasley said neighbors would have to prove the occupants of the house are making the area unsafe before the city could take any action.

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  • by Charlie Location: F Street NW on Aug 23, 2007 at 10:50 AM
    I been following this story for a couple days and got to comment finally as I am sick of the mudslinging hogwash. Susan and Amy - I don't know who you really are in real life, but here you two seem like nothing more then hypocritical jerks. I went to the oxford website and also read the article in the Ardmoreite. The Oxford House seems to be an great thing. I pity the sad and selfish little world that both of you live in and feel so sorry for the children that have to grow up in homes so completely full of bigotry and hypocrisy. For the sake of Ardmore and the state of ok, move away. Move far away and don't come back.
  • by Susan Location: D Street NW on Aug 23, 2007 at 08:39 AM
    To D NW who wouldn't use thier name: Everyone is entitled to their opinion regarding Oxford House and other such facilities. I am of the opinion that it does not belong in any residential neighborhood and definitely not near a school bus stop. Since you failed to include your name, I'm not really sure you have any reason to be concerned. Perhaps you have no children or property values to protect. It would certainly not be an issue with my family if we didn't have a child or own our home. As you suggested, we would just move. We love our neighborhood but it will no longer be the same. I am also of the OPINION that Paul's act of kindness was driven more by money than an effort to reach out and touch someone. And to Paul: You should have made an effort to contact ALL the neighbors about your intentions before this situation ever occurred.
  • by Amy Location: next door neighbor on Aug 22, 2007 at 04:17 PM
    To the person too afraid to use your name: we were planning on selling our house this year and if there is anyone who still wants to buy it and live next door to a rehab house please let me know. YOU are the one who needs a reality check because you and I both know our property values have been affected by our "neighbors". If you read my last post and recall the conversation I had with you, you know I stated that I think people deserve a second chance but you need to GROW UP if you think we don't have good reason to be concerned. I have never said I was any better than you, only that my childrens' safety and well-being is my #1 concern. As for Paul Thompson, I've lived next door to him long before the Oxford House came along and he has NEVER been a good neighbor to us! If he is so kind, maybe he should take in the recovering addicts in his own home with his family instead of subjecting the entire neighborhood to his "kindness". It's all about the money.
  • by D Nw Location: Ardmore on Aug 22, 2007 at 03:32 PM
    Susan and Amy I suuport this house and others 100%. Maybe you should move if it bothers you that much. And who says your any better than a recovering addict??? I am recovering addict and have met you both, yet I did not come out and tell you that. So you look down upon someone that got mixed up with drugs and alcohol and now recieve help for it. I think you should grown up!! You never know how your children will turn out, when they get older. Get into reality this is 2007! I don't understand while you have anything to say but thank you to Paul Thompson, for having the kindness to reach out and help someone. So to Paul Thompson, THANK YOU!!! I supprt you and your house!!!!! I do agree that they should not have transported that man in shackles, but if you read correctly they had certain procedures that they had to follow.
  • by Kelly Location: Stobtown on Aug 22, 2007 at 08:14 AM
    I hope I do not ever have a neighbor like Paul. He leases his house out for recovery/rehab or whatever without even the courtesy of telling the neighbors much less asking thier feelings on living next to this and then he runs off to another country and wants to e-mail from there about how safe it is! What a COWARD! I hope I never have a neighbor like you, Paul! The bottom line is that the families living near this home are living on hope - hope that the "tenants" of the home make the right choices.
  • by Amy Location: right next door on Aug 21, 2007 at 08:06 PM
    This is in response to Sue's comments. First, I do not hate the sinner. I have friends who have battled addiction. Second, I suppose the reason the transport laws require handcuffing offenders is because they have proven they are willing to break the law. Even the non-violent offenders. Sue, if you feel so strongly these offenders should be trucked in from all over the state to live next door to our children while they test out their sobriety I have a house I would like to sell you. And to Gerri from Madill, they could very well be coming to your neighborhood next, even right next door and there isn't one thing you can do about it because they are protected under the Fair Housing Act and considered disabled. Your rights to feel safe in your own home are superceded by their rights to "recover". Meanwhile, everything you, as a tax-paying, law-abiding citizen, have paid and put into your property goes right down the toilet. THANKS AGAIN PAUL!!!!!!!
  • by Amy Location: right next door!! on Aug 21, 2007 at 06:38 PM
    My first comment is to Paul Thompson. I have also checked statistics of recovering addicts and there is over a 50% chance for relapse. The fact that you are willing for your family to live near a rehab is your personal choice. However, you made that choice for my family and my children (I live right next door) without even notifying your neighbors. We were not given that choice. We don't have any personal feeling against the addicts who are staying at the house. Our problem is with the Thompson's who did not even have the decency to alert the neighbors of their plan to rent their house to recovering addicts fresh out of jail. There are many small children and a school bus stop right next to this house. By the way Paul, there was a mother and two daughters in Conneticut who were brutally raped and murdered a few weeks ago by two men who were not violent offenders before they were paroled and met at a halfway house. But I'm sure you wouldn't mind your family living next door to them
  • by Wolfman Location: Ardmore on Aug 21, 2007 at 06:36 PM
    What a wonderful week to be a good citizen of Ardmore. Judge Walker lets two thugs who committed armed robbery get away with a little over 3 months of jail time, and now we have drug offenders going to rehab houses right here in our streets. Let's just open all the jails, let the druggies rob & murder, and let's see how long it takes for the criminal behavior to really destroy good life in this city (which, thanks to a corrupt police force, is happening anyway.....not to mention that most of them are so obese they couldn't chase a doughnut 10 feet much less a criminal on the hoof). Good times in Ardmore.
  • by Paul Thompson Location: England on Aug 21, 2007 at 12:58 PM
    I would appreciate if my intentions were not defined for me, Susan. Have you made the effort to contact me and discuss this situation in a calm and reasonable manner? No, I think not. Perhaps that would be a good idea - I am perfectly willing to pay for the international phone call to discuss this with you for as long as you are interested in talking. You know how to get a hold of me. And if you honestly are interested in my intentions - read the message described on this web page.
  • by chris on Aug 21, 2007 at 08:41 AM
    there are probably some neighbors that need the services of the oxford house.
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