CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Candise McKean pointed to a once-white stovetop now charred with a thick layer of grease while a cockroach scurried up the oven and burrowed itself under a burner.
"I've never been able to cook dinner for my family," she said.
Brandon Lester opened his bathroom and removed a piece of wood covering exposed tile molding on the floor. He pointed to a grime-covered bathtub and yellow-stained toilet.
"I go to my mother's place when I have to use the bathroom and shower," he said. "I don't go here."
McKean and Lester weren't surprised when Charleston building inspectors condemned 1411 Jackson St. on the East End and the building's seven rental units on Thursday.
Lester said he's complained about the deplorable conditions to the landlord for months and McKean even filed a civil lawsuit against the landlord in Kanawha County.
The landlord, Timothy Harold Stone, 44, scuffled with officers immediately after the building was declared unsafe, police said.
"He showed up as the building inspector and police officers were on scene and he was extremely belligerent and angry," Lt. Shawn Williams said. "As a result of receiving a citation from inspectors, he brandished a screwdriver and began pushing on officers and a brief struggle ensued."
Stone was charged with battery on a police officer, brandishing a weapon and a second offense of carrying a concealed weapon. Police said they also found a 10-inch open switchblade knife on him.
Stone is currently being held in South Central Regional Jail in lieu of a $150,000, or 10 percent cash, bail.
Stone's building has been a large hindrance in police efforts to rid Jackson Street of crime, Williams said.
Officers have been called to that building more than 1,000 times over the years for complaints of drugs and prostitution, he said.
"One of the biggest problems we have here in Charleston is housing," Williams said. "And this is a prime example."