Business owners call probation office dirty

Businesses in Stafford Township say that their neighbor, a probation office, is a mess.Owners of shops in the strip mall on Route 72 say that

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP - Businesses in Stafford Township say that their neighbor, a probation office, is a mess.

Owners of shops in the strip mall on Route 72 say that the office where ex-cons from southern Ocean County check in with their probation officers is filthy. They say they're finding dirty diapers, cigarette butts, used condoms and other trash.

Becky Tarditi, who is co-owner of Pangaea Naturals Health Food Store in Driftwood Plaza, says businesses have left the strip mall and her sales have dropped 10-15 percent since the office moved in two years ago.

Tarditi also complains of loitering and foul language along with the litter left behind. However, when News 12 New Jersey visited the strip mall, people were seen checking in and out and leaving right after.

The owner of the property says business is down and storefronts are empty because of the poor economy and because of the probation office.

A spokesperson for the Ocean County Courts says there have been several clients who are no longer allowed to check in with the strip mall probation office because they couldn't behave properly.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Interview with mother of transgender girl 1 VIDEO: Interview with mother of transgender girl
VIDEO: News conference on Chatham helicopter crash 2 VIDEO: News conference on Chatham helicopter crash
The Kid's First Adventure day care center accidently 3 Newark day care leaves toddler behind after field trip
A small helicopter made a hard landing in 4 Helicopter wrecked after hard landing in Chatham
A gas explosion leveled a home in Stafford 5 Authorities determine cause of Stafford gas explosion

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE