ROTTERDAM: County cleans Route 5S property

In the meantime, the property was taped off, and County Attorney Christopher Gardner said an officer would be on duty around the clock to guard the area.

We are treating it like a crime scene, Gardner said. "Anyone who goes on the property will be arrested for obstructing governmental administration."

Gardner said the county has full authority to take over the property under court order and public health law.

"We're shutting it down and cleaning it up," Gardner said. "They had their chance; now it's our chance."

Calls to Moratta's attorney Frank Putorti had not been returned as of press time.""

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