SANTA CRUZ -- Three drug-related arrests were made in recent days at a Manor Place home that police say has been a problem for years, enough so that the city sought and received an injunction barring any illegal drug or other activity there.
Harvey Lynn Behrendt, 60, whose mother owns the home at 107 Manor Place just steps from West Cliff Drive, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of possessing crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, police said.
Officers visited the home after getting complaints about ongoing drug activity there, officer Erich Hoppe said.
Friday, officers were called to the home for a reported drug overdose and arrested Behrendt again, for being under the influence, Hoppe said.
Saturday, officers with the Santa Cruz Police Department Street Crimes Unit conducted a probation search and arrested Behrendt a third time for allegedly violating his probation terms, he said.
After years of problems that included various drug offenses, disturbances and an allegation of elder abuse, Judge Paul Marigonda in September issued a permanent injunction barring owners and occupants of the home from allowing or engaging in any kind of drug activity.
Monday, City Attorney Susan Barisone said the city has two options now that there is evidence of criminal activity in violation of the injunction.
They can either seek an order of contempt of court or ask the court to close the property for up to one year,
said she will seek direction from the City Council at the Nov. 13 meeting.
If they choose to seek a contempt ruling, it carries a possible fine from $500 to $10,000 and/or a jail term of one to six months.
The home is owned by Severina Behrendt, who is in her 90s.
Behrendt said in September that he is his mother's caregiver, and her well being is part of the city's concern, Barisone said.
Barisone sought the injunction earlier this year against the Behrendts and four others believed to either be living or staying at the home: Douglas Hubert, Ryan May, Maureen May and Joy Behrendt.
In September, a neighbor said the problems got so bad that when she became pregnant, she and her husband decided to move and rent out their Manor Place home.
Harvey Behrendt has been an ongoing problem for police for more than a decade, Deputy Chief Steve Clark said previously.
Barisone said the city has sought a similar injunction once before recently, against a home on Crystal Terrace off Mission Street.
It's not common, she said.
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