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Warren County illegal business will become residential dwelling

WARRENTON, Ga. - One of the owners of an illegal business in Warren County has been given approval to turn the property into a residential dwelling.

Glenda Johnson was granted such approval in a written order signed on May 6 by Toombs Judicial Circuit Superior Court Chief Judge Roger W. Dunaway, Jr.

District Attorney Dennis C. Sanders also agreed to the idea.

Judge Dunaway ordered that the property be converted back into a single-family dwelling at the expense of the defendants, Ms. Johnson, Jessie Johnson and Jamaal Johnson. He also ordered that they be given a key to the mobile home so that renovations can begin.

Work on the property is only permitted from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m.

Judge Dunaway pointed out in his order that the Johnsons are not to operate a club, whether private or public, on the property.

The judge also granted permission for Warren County Sheriff Joe Peebles and his deputies to check the premises at any time to ensure that the latest court order is followed in accordance with last week's agreement.

The court shall retain jurisdiction over the property to ensure compliance with the judge's order. Judge Dunaway also said the order and agreement shall be binding on subsequent purchasers or renters of the property.

Anyone violating the court order is subject to prosecution, penalties and contempt of court.

The establishment, once known as "Jessie's Place," recently was closed by authorities because a business was being operated on the property without a license and because authorities had answered many disturbance calls there. Several of those calls were crime-related, said Sheriff Peebles.

Web posted on Thursday, May 14, 2009

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