A lawsuit filed by the City of Alton and Madison County alleges an Alton home is a gathering place for local gang members. Officials filed the suit on Wednesday against the owners, and others involved in activity at the residence at 10-22 Tremont Street. The home is near Lovejoy School.
The home was most recently the site of an incident in February in which a man was arrested for firing a weapon in the middle of the morning when students were present at Lovejoy. It was also the location of a murder in 2012 and of a shooting and paralyzing of a woman in 2010. According to Madison County Court records, the homeowners Jacqueline K. Lumpkins and Sylvia Lumpkins also face numerous city code violations. The lawsuit was filed citing both city ordinance violations and a state law that is designed to crack down on homes that harbor gang activity. Alton Police have responded to the home for various reasons 27 times since September 2009. The suit seeks damages of $50,000 and the authorities hope to be able to shut down the home.