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So-Called Hoarder In Friendship Faces Eviction This Week

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheny County sheriff's deputies posted an eviction notice for 11 a.m. Thursday to the door of Ken Goldsmith's apartment.

Goldsmith, a so-called hoarder, lives in Pittsburgh's Friendship neighborhood.

A sheriff's deputy will order Goldsmith out of the apartment, open the door and peacefully ask him to leave the property.

"It will be followed through," Sgt. Rich Fersch said. "The defendant's property will be put in safe storage."

Apartment owner Connie Lucey will have to clean up the apartment and pay for the mess to be removed.

"It has been a total nightmare," she said.

The legal process has taken nine months. The paperwork shows tenant Goldsmith with a history of hoarding and legal wrangling in apartments citywide.

"In all of the years that I've been doing property management, real estate, I have never had people that when you walk into places they know exactly who it is," Lucey said. "They say, 'God Bless you.'"

"It's just been a nightmare, but I know there's a light at the end of the tunnel," she added.

Pending a last-minute appeal – and the sheriff's department says that's a possibility – the apartment will be cleared out on Thursday.

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