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Veteran fighting to keep house

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AKRON, OH (WOIO) -

A demolition debate in Akron and a fight to save an Army veteran's home.

Larry Modic wishes the City of Akron would see what he sees.  Not a rundown house, but a place he wants to call home.

"I was shocked. I can't believe they condemned my house after it was recently purchased," Modic said.

He bought the house in the Spring of 2012 not knowing the city had it on a list to be condemned and demolished.

"We got a stay for another three days so it's not going to happened before Thursday," said Modic's attorney Warner Mendenhal

As Modic was making repairs when his power was shut off, then his other utilities.

This fight is far from over. This house sits on prime property. His house faces Summit Lake and when they shut of his water, he used two buckets from the lake and used that to flush his toilet.

The situation then escalated when Modic sent a threatening e-mail.  He was later arrested by the SWAT team.  They found loaded rifles, a handgun, ammo and a flak jacket inside the home.

Modic checked himself into the VA Medical Center in Cleveland.  The Army vet, who suffers from depression, is a recovering alcoholic and drug addict and has no criminal history.

He simply wants to live in his house and in Akron.  He says he would have never followed through on his threats.

Monday night, he spoke in front of Akron City Council, "Veterans we are not asking for more than anyone else we are just asking for a chance."

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