Day 28: Calvary Cemetery owner Jack Krupicka now owes city $300 for not cleaning up
 
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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Twenty-eight days after the owner of Calvary Cemetery promised families their loved ones' finally resting place would be cleaned up, the mess remains.

Monday grass was still uncut and overgrown. So now it looks like the City of Wilmington may takeover the clean-up.

City spokeswoman Malissa Talbert said the property has been re-inspected and is still out of compliance, although it looks like a little bit of clean-up has been done.

Talbert said the city has begun fining owner Jack Krupicka $100 a day. She said as of Monday, the city was also preparing to get price quotes for the clean-up costs. A lien will be taken out on the property to recoup the city's costs, if it cannot get the issue resolved with Krupicka.

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It took 28 days for this to FINALLY start the slide off of pg 1!

How about look at something more worthwhile - like how many felony offenders or repeat offenders are being given low to zero bail, and being pushed right back out the door on probation, only to commit more crimes? Thats news! And it will probably keep maybe one person from being a permanent member of the Calvary Cemetery.

OMG ... The suspense is killing me! ... Please, please, please WWAY, give us a hint of what exciting new development we can expect tomorrow! ... Will the fine be even bigger? ... Will it be bigger by another $100? ... I haven't seen this much excitement since your last reporter left and you ran the story for a gazillion days!

First of all, this is not something that has just happened overnight. We have given Jack time and numerous opportunities to remedy the problems that exist at the cemetery. Many complaints were also sent to the NC Cemetery Commission. So far, all he has gotten is a slap on the hand. We're talking about problems since 2009. We shouldn't have to go out to the cemetery and cut grass, repair broken headstones, try to find missing headstones, pick up trash and debris...that is what we paid him for. I AM going to play the "race" card since someone mentioned it. We tried to give him the benefit of the doubt at one time but it has started to seem as if race IS playing a factor. You don't see Oakdale or Greenlawn in this type of condition. We as an African American community only have one option and that is Calvary. Our oldest African American cemetery is Pine Forest which is adjacent to Oakdale and it is filled up. So maybe he thought that we were a bunch of ignorant "Blacks" that were doing nothing but blowing a bunch of hot air and that nothing would be said about the way he kept an ole BLACK cemetery, because it was in a BLACK neighborhood. He thought no one cared. Sorry Jack! You are sadly mistaken. I don't know how some of you that have left so many callous remarks can say that this is not important. It is important to us and we are somewhat pleased that the city has started to fine him after 5 years. We hope that someone with some morals will take over the cemetery and if not we are prepared to move forward. You have no idea what it is like to have to go out there to visit your mother and find that her grave has been vandalized and your uncle that lies right next to her has had the metal plate that was on top of his grave, stolen. Or go out there to visit your grandmother and you can't find her grave because of the overgrown grass. And when you attempt to weed eat around her grave you are literally bitten by all the ants. Calvary is suppose to be a place of beauty, respect, and dignity. It is not and the ones that have loved ones there are having to grieve all over again. Oh, and did I mention that he supposedly only buries remains 4ft. down? Yea, so before you pass judgment on our cemetery in our community, think for a minute about how you would feel if this was someone you loved that was laid to rest there. We are grateful for any publicity that our cemetery gets. We thank WWAY for getting the news out to our elderly community and even people that don't live here in NHC. We are ready and waiting for progress to be made and as I mentioned, we will prevail in our efforts.

I am curious about something you stated: "We as an African American community only have one option and that is Calvary"

Does this mean that Oakdale or Greenlawn will not accept African-American's for burial?

No, Oakdale does not. It is a "White" only cemetery and the "colored" cemetery, Pine Forest which is adjacent of it is filled up. It is a much greater expense to bury in Greenlawn. Most African Americans like to be buried in their communities just like Native Americans and if it's not a private family cemetery, yes, Calvary is our ONLY OPTION. Most elderly African Americans have already paid for their burial plots years ago and most of the time their wishes are to be buried by family members that are buried at our cemetery.

How many days will WWAY run the same story? Changing only the $$ amount does not make a new story!!! I don't understand how or why you have such problems finding news that is of actual interest or importance in a community the size of Wilmington/New Hanover. Is there a problem with the news director? Acabre the reporters seriously lacking in basic journalism skills/knowledge of this community? Do you not have enough funding to employ actual reporters? I come to this site to find out what is going on in the community. Unfortunately, what I get (especially on week-ends) is news about the World, the US, the State. I can get all that on the internet. Many of the stories you do "report" on appear to be nothing more than posted press releases (written by the police, city, county and other agencies! So many issues are impacting the Wilmington area right now that I just can't believe that WWAY would run a "dead horse" story for this many days! I believe that you owe it to everyone in this community to re-examine your whole approach to LOCAL NEWS REPORTING.

there are statutes in place for situations like this.

The city must provide the property owner with a detailed summary of required work.

Before it can dispatch a work crew, it must give him 1 final opportunity to address the issues and correct them.

Once it dispatches a crew, it sends the property owner a bill and requires payment within a set period of time.

If not paid, the property has a lien placed on it.

Then, the lien is treated in the same manner as unpaid property taxes.

An attempt must be made to collect. Public notice of a court hearing must be made. A magistrate or clerk of the court must rule on the legalities. Once approved, further notice is required. Then a sale on the courthouse steps at which anyone can bid to acquire the property.

That will take a few months.

I'm going to go ahead and write this story for you for the next week...Fine goes up to $300...$400..$500...$600...$700. That's your headline for the next 5 days unless something CHANGES. A fine that owner will probably never have to pay. Until then write about real news please. I'm surprised the RACE card hasn't been played yet since owner is white....

Do we have any idea what's up with this owner. Has he fallen on hard times? If this is the case, then there is definitely a problem because the City adding on $100 penalty charges is only going to make matters worse. If he can't afford to clean it up he sure won't be able to pay these fines. Then what? The City will slap a lien on the property which this owner also won't be able to afford, oh, I get it! Then the City must WANT this Cemetery property! Yes? No? Well, then I don't get it. Why can't the City just have it cleaned up and then set up a way for him to pay that instead of piling on all these fines? I find that really unconscionable and think maybe someone should try to gather up a group of volunteers to clean up the Cemetery and then perhaps the families of those buried there will be willing to get together once or twice a month and have a clean-up party. I'd be happy to volunteer to help with the initial clean-up! Anyone else? Post a tweet and share with me!

Hard times...This is a message for the owner or any relatives of loved ones buried in cemetery. I have a mower a weed eater and a couple gallons of fuel. Feel free to leave a post on here and I will set up a time and place for you to borrow my equipment.

THIS IS A NEWS SITE NOT A COMPLAINT BOX....I have a hard time understanding people that only want to complain about something instead of solving problems. This is a complaint or legal issue it is not NEWS. Take legal ACTION or do something about the problem yourself. Even if you have paid for services your loved ones are still buried here and I for one would not let my relatives gravesite be tarnished because of one man. Get up and do something about it instead of crying about it. Then take legal actions. You can only beat the bush for so long. IF I WANT SOMETHING DONE RIGHT I DO IT MYSELF!!

So if you were to buy an extended warranty on a vehicle and had something break but the warranty that is supposed to cover the expense didn't pay, you would be ok? You paid for the warranty and expect it to cover the cost of repair, right? Or would you go buy the parts and just do it yourself? These people paid for care of the grave sites and they are not getting what they paid for.

Legal action is being taken, the city has started to fine him $100 a day. News channels all have "troubleshooters" or "on your side" areas that bring issues like this to light. If you don't like it, don't read it.

There has been more than a few times Ive been told that my warranty didnt cover what I thought it should. I wasnt happy about it but i didnt have to walk because i fixed the car myself. Didnt cry about it either because it wasnt going to help the situation. I enjoyed the article the first few times now its just taking up space. I knew 18 days ago that there was a fine coming. Let me know when the problem is actually solved.

You "thought" it was supposed to cover something and I bet in your paperwork there were listed exclusions. In this case, the families paid for grounds maintenance, upkeep and cleaning and they are not getting it.

Well if my relatives were buried here I wouldn't wait on the owner (who obviously doesn't care and will probably have fines reduced or not even pay them)to clean up the mess. If relatives cared SOOO much they wouldn't let it get that bad in the first place. One man would not disgrace my families resting place. It looks like posting the article everyday and complaining ALOT is helping to resolve the issue. My father is buried on a plot that is maintained but It doesn't stop me from going out and cleaning up every few weeks! Like I said before if your not willing to help fix the problem don't cry about it for years!!

It is the simple fact they are not getting what they paid for.

You are 100% correct, this article is taking up space. But, the article is locally relevant. I would much rather see an article of local relevance "taking up space" than a cut & paste news article written by a reporter in another state regarding something that has absolutely no relevance or interest to the readers in Southeastern North Carolina.

Wilmington Observer

Use People who are in need to do community services hours. That is what the people do over on Princess place drive. Makes sense wouldn't it?

OMG! When will you give us a break!!! You keep pushing real news right on down the line for this garbage??? Seriously?

Do something original, let some mutt family complain on the cops, show a cute kitten, ANYTHING! This has jumped the shark. Its over. You've "covered" it so much its NON-news, I could care less about it at all now.

We are not mutts, we are human beings that deserve what we paid for. No we are not going to clean the cemetery. We paid for perpetual care and that's what we deserve. Actually the time I check mutts had more rights than humans. May God have mercy on all the negative and derogatory comments from such people. Remember about Karma you will eat those words. Cowards that hide behind words. Disclose your identity.

I did not call the family mutts, I recommended "let some mutt family complain on the cops, show a cute kitten, ANYTHING". I say this because articles will appear on this site lambasting local LEO efforts and actions. So, if the shoe fits...

And sure, you "deserve" what you pay for. But its obvious that you're putting your money before your respect of your family member in that plot. If you cleaned your plot today, wouldn't he still be responsible for it? Yes. You're just trying to make a point, at your family members expense. So,(sarcastically) I have the utmost respect for you and your actions. Good luck with letting this article do your work for you.

You know, this is real news to the people who have loved ones buried in that cemetery. They paid to have those graves taken care of and the person responsible for the care has basically stolen money from people in their time of grief. You shouldn't be so doggone cold-hearted about it. How would you feel if it was your money and your loved one?

It was news, a month ago. Now its like a scab, just needs to go. Sure, if WWAY were actively trying to investigate and pursue this issue and HELP the families, then it would be news. But a daily countdown and mentioning fines does jack. The guy isn't doing anything, and this hasn't pushed him obviously.

What I think is going on is that sadly, someone on the WWAY staff has a family member there and they are using this for personal gain, and to "help" others. With all the issues going on in Wilmington and New Hanover County, WWAY chose this? I don't think so. There are way more pressing issues that benefit the public more. This is a scam personal issue, not "journalism".

When a newsroom runs the same piece every day with no apparent change in the story, they've got to find some way of keeping it current. Apparently WWAY has decided the best way to do that is to use a different photograph with the story headline.

Too bad there doesn't seem to be any mention as to who the photo actually is of. It kind of looks like an old photograph of Ho Chi Minh during his early years in Paris.

For those in this community this cemetery hasn't always been like this. Under the old ownership this cemetery was kept in order. Since
Krupicka has taken over this cemetery the final resting place of many has become a headache to those who families still visit there love ones. Calvary use to have the staff that knew how to prepare graves and keep it neat, clean and tidy. The question is what happen? Mr. Krupicka has now become the grave digger and in my personal opinion is not doing a great job at that. Having once worked in the funeral home profession I find this to be a shame and disgrace on the status of this cemetery. If he can't handle the responsibility then he needs to hire a staff to run and manage this cemetery.

With the mass amount of landscaping companies in this county, it seems as if someone would donate a little of their time. There are times in life when circumstances dictate our daily lives. I don't know the owner of the cemetery so I can't pass judgement on him nor the families involved. We have the resources within our community to clean this place up. Maybe if some family members would volunteer a little time along with a few landscaping companies to rectify the situation. I am posting this in hopes that a landscaping company out there will read this and volunteer to help. Your rewards in life are great when you take the time to pay it forward.

When I purchased the lot..I was told by the owner, that he will keep the graves cleaned...Well, he lied because that does not happen. I keep my son's grave cleaned. I have even had people to steal the lights off his grave once I placed them. I do that every year on special occasions. I surely don't wait for the owner to clean it because it will never get done. He needs to be held accountabilty for his actions. He promised a clean-up, he needs to do a clean-up. CLEAN IT UP, CLEAN IT UP.

Read the post titled "Calvary Cemetery" from Lonnie Weaver.

Leave it alone, for goodness sake!

There are better things!

Goody goody Gumdrops!

How long is going to the one of the top stories on the website? Day 19 - nothing happened! Unless something has changed, it really isn't the top issue of the day, every day. How about just giving us periodic , rather than daily, updates unless there are new developments in this story. It's just rehashing the same story over and over again with the only change to the article being a chnage in the headline adding one more day.