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Mischief After Heritage Hills Buyout

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Cass county authorities are cutting off access to what was one of Fargo's most flood-ravaged neighborhoods.

That's after a series of petty crimes have been reported over the past couple of months in the old Heritage Hills development.

Recently law enforcement discovered several dumped, possibly stolen credit cards there.

Vandals also tampered with nearby construction equipment, stealing a radio, breaking another, and taking the keys out of a skid-steer loader, possibly in an attempt to go for a joyride.

Deputies say it's turned into a spot for people to gather after hours now that most of the homes have been bought out.

County leaders are wondering whether they should still turn it into a public park. That was the original thought when they bought out most of the Heritage Hills development as part of flood mitigation plans. Deputies say the county would have to take additional safety precautions if that plan to build a green space out of the area were to be pursued.

"We would have to take care of that. Assign some patrols, or hire a park manager to be there to oversee that," says deputy Joe Crawford.

Deputies say the spot by the river has also attracted unauthorized bonfires, public drinking and heavy late-night traffic. They say reports have slowed down in the days since they've posted road closure signs on the main access road into the old neighborhood.

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