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WHA refiles suit against Sparks

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WILMINGTON -- The lawsuit against Wilmington City Councilman Ronald Sparks has been dismissed and refiled. The Wilmington Housing Authority sued Sparks for negligence and breech of contract following some work he did for them as a housing inspector.

In 2005, Sparks inspected Eastbrook Apartments and recommended that the WHA purchase it. A short time later, complaints about mold and moisture from residents prompted the WHA to evacuate the apartments, which still sit empty today.

The lawsuit went to court yesterday, but the judge refused to let the WHA introduce evidence about the cost of mold remediation. He said that information was not presented to Sparks and his attorneys in a timely manor.

The WHA withdrew its lawsuit and refiled it today with hopes of being able to present all of the evidence it wants in a future trial.

"I'm really not happy that I was not given an opportunity to put my case forward," Sparks said. "For the last two years I've been getting a lot of negative press, my company's been getting a lot of negative press about this housing authority transaction, yet I haven't been able to express myself and tell the judge and jury what happened."

Attorneys expect this to go back to court in the next six to eight months.

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