Video shows feces, clutter in house Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger listed as residence

County challenging Spranger's residency

By Jason Colthorp - Anchor/Reporter, Amber Ainsworth

MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. - The house in Warren that Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger listed as her residence when running for the position is full of feces and clutter.

Spranger said she lived at the house in April of last year.

Related: Neighbor says home listed as Macomb County clerk's primary residence overrun with raccoons

Sources said a dumpster was at the house last week, but before that, deputies from the Macomb County Sheriff's Office went inside to survey the home as part of a lawsuit challenging Spranger's residency.

Investigators, who wore Hazmat suits, were barely able to get through the front door. Video showed the state of the trashed house.

The video plus water usage records and neighbors will be used to prove that no one has lived in the home for years.

Months ago, the city ordered that no one can live at the house. Someone answered the door when Local 4 visited the house Thursday night, but they closed the door and did not respond again.

The lawsuit challenging Spranger's residency is expected to go to trial next month. If it is found that she lied, she could be removed from office. 

Full coverage of Karen Spranger

Jan. 19, 2017: Spranger barred from using county computers after violating security protocols

March 13, 2017: Spranger seeks lawyer for court battle with Hackel

April 11, 2017: Spranger hides in bathroom to avoid questions about dispute with county board

April 20, 2017Macomb County Clerk fined for ethics violation amid dispute with county board

April 20, 2017Macomb County clerk crashes county car after being fined for ethics violation

April 24, 2017Neighbor says home listed as Spranger's primary residence overrun with raccoons

May 3, 2017Emails reveal another battle between Spranger and Macomb County officials

May 4, 2017Spranger caught hiding moving boxes to block move to new building

May 9, 2017Legal battle troubles intensify for Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger

May 10, 2017Judge orders Spranger to cooperate with move to new building

May 17, 2017Spranger answers claims that her office is 'hostile work environment'

June 19, 2017Simple report turns heated between Spranger and county officials

June 22, 2017Macomb County clerk files suit to allow firearms inside government buildings

June 28, 2017Spranger's employees working in fear after security removed

July 20, 2017Spranger accused of perjury over 'uninhabitable' home in Warren

Aug. 1, 2017Lawsuit announced against Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger

Aug. 14, 2017Employee calls 911 after Spranger asks to look through her purse

Sept. 22, 2017Spranger accused of moving, hiding computers overnight

Sept. 28, 2017Judge rules against Spranger in 'toxic work environment' case

Oct. 21, 2017: Spranger's totaled car among items up for bids at Macomb County auction

Oct. 25, 2017Spranger caught on video covering up court order

Oct. 27, 2017Union files restraining order against Spranger over 'hostile workplace'

Oct. 27, 2017Macomb County Clerk Karen Spranger sues Google amid residency battle

Nov. 1, 2017Employee blames Spranger for huge online backlog at office

Nov. 7, 2017: Spranger requests $100K to pay for her ongoing legal battles

Nov. 9, 2017Spranger's office given Thursday deadline to clear e-filing backlog

Nov. 9, 2017Spranger fails to meet judges' backlog deadline

Nov. 9, 2017: Spranger solves long wait times by bringing in benches for customers

Nov. 21, 2017Union files motion to hold Spranger in contempt of court

Nov. 29, 2017Contempt of court hearing held for Spranger

Nov. 30, 2017: Spranger appears before Board of Commissioners

Nov. 30, 2017Spranger grilled over massive backlog in her office

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