HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) - A home in Hampton that housed the mentally ill and was the scene of a murder is now empty. Nearby residents say they are relieved.
Earlier this month, police arrested 52-year-old Darryl Allen for strangling his roommate at the home in the 100 block of Winchester Drive. 10 On Your Side learned a private resident was renting out rooms in the house to people with mental illness and substance abuse. The residents had little to no supervision.
Residents say everyone has moved out of the home now. It's a welcome sight for neighbors who stood outside the home while police investigated a murder there September 8.
"Everybody is happy that they are all gone," said nearby resident Dean Slater.
10 On Your Side learned the people who used to live in the home were receiving treatment from the Community Services Board, which was not supervising the house. It was legal, however, for the house's owner to rent out the rooms. The only limitation on the situation -- in the City of Hampton -- is how many unrelated people can live in a home, in this case four.
"It's a private residence. It's not even a boarding home that is subject to the codes and ordinances in the locality," said Chuck Hall, Executive Director for the Hampton Newport News Community Services Board. "It is certainly not a group home."
CSB officials say homes like the one on Winchester Drive happen because supervised housing for the mentally ill in the state is extremely limited.
"There are very, very, few options for those adults," said Hall. "Most of the options are not regulated, not reviewed, not subject to the licensure of the Department of Behavioral Health."
Hall says for both Hampton and Newport News, there are only 12, licensed supervised beds available for thousands of people with mental illness who need a place to live. Hall says lawmakers need to get involved to effect real change.
"If the general public wants to know how do we deal with people who have mental illness and limited benefits, one way to address this is to have the general assembly expand Medicaid disability," Hall said.
The City of Hampton says they had nothing to do with the home on Winchester Drive closing. The rental company said they could not release any information.
CSB officials say another thing that creates the need more is lack of funding. Every year CSB says they have to treat more people with less money from the state.
Wet weather is expected to move into the area over the weekend, forcing some areas to cancel or change their holiday events.
Four vehicles were involved in a crash on Route 17 in Gloucester Friday morning.
Hampton Police want to prevent crime and have remixed a holiday classic to deter thieves from being Grinches.
A vigil will be held Saturday morning in Newport News to mark the anniversary of the Sandy Hook school shooting.
A tractor-trailer crashed into a pole in Suffolk early Friday morning.
Crews battled a structure fire at a Newport News motel early Friday morning.
Police say a 2-year-old and a 23-year-old Navy sailor based in Virginia were killed in a crash on Interstate 64 in southern Indiana near Corydon.