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Lexington woman with cancer faces another battle


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - You could call it a string of really bad luck. A Lexington woman already dealing with health issues suffered another setback when the bank foreclosed on her home.

But things only got worse from there when she and her family tried to salvage her belongings.

For the most part, people say it's a quiet neighborhood along Clays Mill Road. Sonya Tapp lives on that street and says it's a typical place to live without much traffic. But Tuesday was a busy one where she used to live.

"I've never seen that many people. Even if I'm having a yard sale, not this many people stop," said Sonya Tapp, who was just evicted.

It started once someone discovered this long line of miscellaneous things sitting on a curb along Clays Mill Road in Lexington.

"I was after appliances, but they're not selling those," said Gary Hendren, a passerby scoping out Tapp's belongings.

What they didn't know was why Tapp's belongings were out there in the first place.

"No one called, and I got a knock on the door today," said Tapp. "And here I am trying to keep the vultures off my belongings."

Getting evicted just added to this woman's list of battles in the past few months, like going through a divorce and having to close her business of several years.

"She's had bad luck it seems. She had a double mastectomy, and she's taking her chemotherapy now, so she's having to move too. It's life," said Charles Segress, Tapp's stepfather.

With her home foreclosed on Tuesday, Tapp had to get her stuff out. But she didn't abandon it and couldn't because every time she turned around, someone was trying to take what she has left.

"I'm just trying to move it. And no one wants to buy anything either," said Tapp. "Everyone just wants to take it."

Even after getting turned away, she says people would circle the block and come back for more.

"I'm not buying any of it. If they aren't going to give it to me, then I don't want it," said one man who was searching for metal to scrap.

Now there's a 'no trespassing' sign on the window of Tapp's old home, not only keeping others out but herself as well.

"I have no money and no where to go. Nothing that looks very promising for now," said Tapp.

Now she's merely holding onto what she has as she parts with what is no longer hers.

Authorities tell us the law actually states that Tapp's belongings can be on the curb for 24 hours and that no one is allowed to take her things. If it's not abandoned, then it's not up for grabs.


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