published Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Robert Chester Heathington Jr. calls on Berke family to ‘clean up’ apartments

by Cliff Hightower

Chattanooga mayoral candidate Robert Chester Heathington Jr. challenged campaign frontrunner Andy Berke and his family to make more of an effort to deter crime at Woodlawn Apartments.

“I think you should have the decency, or your family should have the decency, to clean it up,” Heathington said this afternoon at a news conference.

He said Woodlawn Apartments, located in East Chattanooga, is one of the worst crime areas in the city.

Heathington acknowledged he is not saying Berke is a property owner, but he said records show Berke’s family owns the property.

The Berke campaign responded with a statement.

“As one can see from examining property records, Andy Berke has no ownership in the Woodlawn Apartment Complex, either through a partnership or personally,” the statement read. “He has no decision making or management authority and has no personal connection to the property.”

For more information, read tomorrow’s edition of the Times Free Press.

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