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City council green-lights Ridgeway house settlement

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - An update on the Ridgeway Street duplex torn down in a 2006 sledgehammer raid involving the late Jackson mayor Frank Melton: 

The city of Jackson plans to demolish the home and pay the homeowner $20,000. The city council voted 4 to 2 Tuesday to authorize that settlement.

Melton had called the home a "crack house," and claimed the tenant asked for his help. Now, one council member says the settlement sends the wrong message.

"In these inner city neighborhoods, it just seems like the dope boys keep winning and winning and winning," says Kenny Stokes. "And the citizens in these neighborhoods, these neighborhoods, they just feel the government is going to support the dope activity."

Melton's federal trial related to the raid resulted in a hung jury. He died last year before his second federal trial began.

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