FILE PHOTO: Waterloo police officers investigate the scene of a shooting at 520 Elm Street in Waterloo, Iowa, Tuesday, April 7, 2015.

WATERLOO — A Waterloo homeowner has been found guilty a second time under the city chronic nuisance property code.

In November, Dorothy Spates was cited a second time in connection with frequent police calls to her home.

A bench trial had been scheduled for Monday, and Magistrate Andrew Abbott entered a consent judgment against Spates after she failed to show up for court.

Under the code, Spates will be fined $200 and can be billed $50 per officer per hour for police wages when officers are called to her address, said City Attorney David Zellhoefer.

Spates was represented by attorney Royce Turner of Des Moines, but Turner’s license to practice law was suspended in December because of issues with his trust account, and the suspension remains in place.

Spate’s home at 520 Elm St. had been a frequent target of gunfire in 2015 and 2016, and she was first cited for chronic nuisance violation in January 2016. She was found guilty following a March trial.

After the first conviction, police were sent to the home 11 more times for calls that qualified as nuisance calls between May and October, according to court records. Authorities said they have been sent to the home because of gunfire, noise and people blocking the street outside.

The list included a July 2016 homicide on Logan Avenue that led to the arrest of her grandson and three others. Police searched the Elm Street home as part of the homicide investigation, according to court records.

In a letter sent to the police chief following the citation, Spates said her house isn’t the cause of the problems and accused police of harassing her and her family.

“Me and my house are the victim, but you treat me like I am out there shooting up my own house, and that just plain dumb,” Spates wrote.


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