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The Hole Next Door

by Craig Cheatham

KMOV.com

Posted on January 21, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 22 at 1:52 PM

There's a huge pit next to Richard Cullen's home. The massive hole appears to be twenty feet deep, sixty feet wide and one hundred feet long. It's between Cullen's home and another house still under construction in the exclusive golf community of Tapawingo in Sunset Hills. Cullen has tried to get builder Dennis Moellenhoff to fill in the pit, but Moellenhoff has failed to keep his promise to fix the problem.

Cullen sent us a message on Facebook and asked us to look into the problem.

Today, I called Moellenhoff and asked him to talk with us. He tried repeatedly to talk us out of doing the interview, but finally agreed to meet us at the Cullen's home, right next to the hole.

"It's on me," he finally told me. Moellenhoff promised to bring heavy machinery to the lot next week and fill in the hole on Thursday.

So, this is good news, assuming it happens. But it's also frustrating for the Cullens, who say they complained about the situation for months, then got so frustrated they contacted News 4. I hope we can help. Unfortunately, it also sends a signal to the people living next to the pit that their complaints weren't compelling enough until we told Moellenhoff we were going to do the story whether he talked with us, or not.

We also told him we'd follow-up next Friday to see if he kept his promise to us, and actually finished filling in the hole.

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