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Gang Nuisance Being Demolished in Outlook

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OUTLOOK, Wash.- A building in Outlook has been a hot bed for gang activity, but now the developer is doing something about it. It's started, the demolition of the empty building that used to be home to Timmerman's Lumber Company. The abandoned building has become a popular hangout for gangs.

"I didn't like the gangs over there," say Doris Weddle. Weddle has had a view of the building since she moved to her home in 1941. She says she's surprised to see it go- but thinks it's a good thing.

LeMay Enterprises owns the property. KNDO contacted the company last month to ask them about the gang problem, and that's what got the ball rolling to demolish the place.

LeMay Enterprises looked into the problem even more and the Yakima Sheriff's office told the company about the gang activity, stolen cars recovered on the property, and neighboring homes being burglarized.

Now, nine workers have started demolishing the place. Tearing it down piece by piece, trying to salvage the majority of the wood. Right now LeMay Enterprises doesn't have any plans for the property, and even though a piece of history will be gone soon, workers say they're happy to help the community combat it's gang problem.